- What classes of people do these represent in my life?
- Are there friends that should be my concern?
- Do I possess a desire for their welfare?
- Do I love those who despise me, perhaps for my faith?
- Do I pray for them?
- How large is my circle of prayer? Of action?
"Prayer for others is not always enough—sometimes we salve our consciences by praying for people when doing something for them is more important. We should 'pray as if everything depends on the Lord and work as if everything depends on us.'"
“Thus the experience of Enos demonstrates that a consequence of true conversion is the reception of the gift of charity, a gift of the Spirit, through which an individual feels concern for the welfare and the salvation of his brothers, both friends and enemies. …The experience of Enos demonstrates that the result of receiving the word and feeling the promptings of the Holy Ghost is the desire to share it with others.”
Asking and receiving
Nancy Jensen (LDS Gospel Doctrine Plus blog):
“Really? Anything we ask, we will receive? Is prayer like a genie in a bottle, granting us all our wishes? Not quite. We must ask “in faith,” and “in the name of Christ.” When we pray “in the name of Christ,” we are acting as his agents, praying for that which he would desire, just as if we had a power of attorney and were acting in the name of a relative who was out of the country, or as if we were a real estate agent and were making an offer on a home in the name of our client. When we act in someone else’s name, we are doing what they would want done.
So if we are praying “in the name of Christ,” as Enos was, and we are praying for what Christ wants anyway, what is the point of praying? Why did Enos have to cry unto the Lord “continually” over a long period of time? The Bible Dictionary answers our question:
“Prayer is the act by which the will of the Father and the will of the child are brought into correspondence with each other. The object of prayer is not to change the will of God, but to secure for ourselves and for others blessings that God is already willing to grant, but that are made conditional on our asking for them.” (Bible Dictionary, p. 752-753)”
Blessings of faithfulness
- Great joy in this life, greater than the pleasures of the world
- Confidence/peace in death
1:2 Importance/purpose of records
1:3 Hard heart, deaf ears, blind mind, stiff neck—what are these symbolic conditions, and how do they prevent us from feeling the promptings of the spirit?
1:4 What blessings come to those who overcome these conditions?
1:8-9 Prosperity principle
10-12 Role of prophets
Looking forward to the Messiah “as if he already was”
How would life change if we lived as if he had already come?
Five record keepers (Omni, Amaron, Chemish, Abinadom, Amaleki), covering about 200 years, yet it is only 30 verses long.
Omni—After having plates for 38 years he writes to preserve genealogy. Says he is a wicked man. Delivers plates to his son.
Amaron—Waits 38 years before writing on plates. More spiritual than his father—he saw hand of Lord in destruction of wicked Nephites. Righteous were spared (prosperity principle). Delivers plates to brother.Chemish—Apparently watched his brother write and years later wrote his one verse.
Amaleki—Tells story of Mosiah, warned by Lord to flee; many followed, led by power of God's arm thru wilderness to Land of Zarahemla. The second half of the book shows what heppened to a people (the Mulekites) who did not keep records. (Omni 1:17)
How would we be affected if we did not have the scriptures? How are we affected if we do not study them?
Words of Mormon:
Explanation of why he included the small plates
Purpose of the plates (WofM 1:2, 8)