Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Ether 6

One of the consistent messages in the scriptures is that political, secular power concentrated in the hands of one man "leadeth into captivity." The Old Testament is full of stories of the impact of unrighteous kings on the people as a whole. The history of the ancient world (I'm reading one now written by Susan Wise Bauer -- fascinating) has the same pattern we see in the scriptures. Men consolidate power in their hands and some use that power to defend the people and work for the good and prosperity of all, but most use it for their own aggrandizement. The Lord said through the prophet Joseph Smith (D&C 121): 

39 We have learned by sad experience that it is the nature and disposition of almost all men, as soon as they get a little authority, as they suppose, they will immediately begin to exercise unrighteous dominion.

Orihah was the first king of the Jaredite people when they reached the new world. He was selected by the people. He remembered his father and uncle and he remembered the goodness the Lord had shown them.

30 And it came to pass that Orihah did walk humbly before the Lord, and did remember how great things the Lord had done for his father, and also taught his people how great things the Lord had done for their fathers.

We need to teach our children what great things the Lord has done for us. They need to hear our testimonies and hear of our spiritual experiences and the blessings we have received from God. If they don't hear it from us, how will they know?

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