He still heralded the days of Captain Moroni when the preaching of the gospel of Christ was used as a way to prepare the people psychologically for war and hoped heeding the gospel to justify the protection of heaven. What was Mormon's joy when the Lord instructed him during this time to preach the gospel to his brethren!
I did cry unto this people, but it was in vain; and they did not realize that it was the Lord that had spared them, and granted unto them a chance for repentance. And behold they did harden their hearts against the Lord their God."Mormon 3:20
The only revelations that the people would heed from Mormon would be those related to military strategy. No more did the people consider the religion of their leaders a pertinent source of victory. No more did the people seek prophets to consult for battle. Luckily, the people had Mormon to volunteer for service.
Narrow Neck of Land
The civilian form of government among the Nephites ceased to operate officially or at least surrendered to a form of Marshall Law--giving the command of the functions of government to the military.
Covenant Over Country
...it was only the distance of a day and a half’s journey...on the line Bountiful and the land Desolation, from the east to the west sea; and thus the land of Nephi and the land of Zarahemla were nearly surrounded by water, there being a small neck of land between the land northward and the land southward.
...they began to boast in their own strength, and began to swear before the heavens that they would avenge themselves of the blood of their brethren who had been slain by their enemies. And they did swear by the heavens, and also by the throne of God, that they would go up to battle against their enemies, and would cut them off from the face of the land. And it came to pass that I, Mormon, did utterly refuse from this time forth to be a commander and a leader of this people, because of their wickedness and abomination."Mormon 3:9-11
"this strait and narrow path which leads to eternal life; yea, ye have entered in by the gate; ye have done according to the commandments of the Father and the Son; and ye have received the Holy Ghost, which witnesses of the Father and the Son, unto the fulfilling of the promise which he hath made, that if ye entered in by the way ye should receive...after ye have gotten into this strait and narrow path, ...ye have not come thus far save it were by the word of Christ with unshaken faith in him, relying wholly upon the merits of him who is mighty to save....[Y]e must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life... [T]here is none other way nor name given under heaven whereby man can be saved in the kingdom of God...."
The Significance of Desolation in the Book of Mormon Heritage
Hagoth, he being an exceedingly curious man, therefore he went forth and built him an exceedingly large ship, on the borders of the land Bountiful, by the land Desolation, and launched it forth into the west sea, by the narrow neck which led into the land northward. Alma 63:5
He does this when referring to the birthplace of his coming Lord Jesus by writing at Jerusalem rather than mentioning the suburb Bethlehem when copying out the speech Alma gave at a city called Gideon. God would have revealed to Nephi that city when considering all the other things he revealed to the man!
This time, the people would be in the part that was actually Desolation. This time, the land would describe their souls as well as their location because they refused to heed the counsel of God through Mormon.
- The Legacy and Righteousness of Mormon the General
When the Nephites took it upon themselves to attack the Lamanites out of vengeance, it nullified their contract of deliverance completely with God. Not only did this nation forswear itself and commit unholy acts, but it dared....
- Mormon, Chief Captain of the Licentious
In the failing moral environment, Mormon receives exception from God. Mormon describes how he received visitations of the spirit and acknowledgment of heaven to soothe him in his jaded culture.
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God knew that following the Age of Enlightenment, many Christians would convert to intellectualism and deny the divinity of Christ. So, he instructed Mormon to include in the record of the Book of Mormon encounters the people of God had with those
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It is important for all Christians and others to know of the truth of this book because it testifies that the Bible record is authentic, being a second witness of the divinity of Christ and verifies ancient stories and prophets mentioned in the Holy