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Thoughts on Doctrine and Covenants 10:45-52

Verses 46-52 are some of the most interesting scriptures I’ve read lately. I’d not spent much time thinking about the way in which the specific teachings and stories of the Book of Mormon were abridged until I read this recently. What the Lord says here, is that the prophets who are in the abridgment specifically prayed that the tenets of the gospel they concentrated on would reach our day. The Lord grants that prayer (verse 52) and the result is the Book of Mormon. This also means then, that the work of Mormon was truly as inspired as the translation of the Book of Mormon by Joseph Smith was. He had to be tuned to the spirit not only to derive the right choices for the work itself, but also to add the right commentary and clarifications along the way.

Likewise, I am astounded at the order of the Lord in his work. It is Mormon’s responsibility to abridge the work. But it is Moroni’s responsibility to care for and oversee the safekeeping of the Book of Mormon itself. He tells us this in Ether 5 (verse 6 specifically). This is likely why it is Moroni who brings forth the message and the book to Joseph. Not merely because he is the last prophet to handle the plates, but because he holds the keys to the handling of the Book of Mormon itself. Joseph also returns the plates to Moroni when the work of translation is accomplished, and Moroni holds the plates in his care still (JSH 1:60).

I wonder how much the “passing down” of the plates from prophet to prophet might have been a specific calling with priesthood keys… I digress.

Finally, I am reminded and strengthened in my testimony of Joseph Smith. His role is one of translation, and ultimately he carries the weight not only of Mormon, but of all the prophets of the Book of Mormon on his shoulders to faithfully tell their stories and relay their messages according to the dictates of their hearts and prayers.

The Lord keeps his promise to “grant unto them according to their faith in their prayers” (D&C 10:47) and conveys that promise through all time and through all of his servants. A miracle. Indeed he tells us that much in his own words: “For behold, I am God, and I am a God of miracles: and I will show unto the world that I am the same yesterday, today, and forever; and I work not among the children of men save it be according to their faith.” (2 Ne 27:23).

Now it’s up to us … we have proof that our prayers in faith matter to the Lord. He changes everything to bring about righteous desires of his servants. Give it a try… and see what He can do for you.

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