Six Hundred years before Christ, the prophet Lehi saw in vision a land which was choice above all other lands, a precious land, a land of promise, and a land of liberty. The message from the scriptures is very clear regarding this, the Land of Liberty. If we turn from the God of this Land, who is Jesus Christ, His protection will be taken from us, as a nation, leading us to a Mighty purging. This is a fundamental message of the Bible as well as of the Book of Mormon, which many Americans are ignoring, as we view their moral decline, and as we witness them turning from God’s commandments. We sing the anthem: GOD BLESS AMERICA; how can we expect His blessings if we don’t keep His commandments?
Most Americans Don’t Remember the Price Paid for Liberty
We forget that as we live in this Promised Land of Freedom and Liberty that there have been no wars on this land for over 150 years. Nowhere in traditional history has that ever happened in any nation. Wars have been part of every other generation. God’s tender mercies have been upon us. Over those 150 years our nation has been involved in several terrible wars, but always elsewhere. Never here!
I just finished reading the Annotated Edition of the Book of Jasher which is an incredible read – covering the first 2500 years since Adam as a parallel history to the Bible and vindicating the Bible as well as the Book of Mormon in its 91 chapters. But here again we see nearly continual wars from the beginning as Satan enters into the hearts of men with contention and bigotry. The conflict between Isaac and Ismael and Jacob and Esau detailed in this book continues to this day between the Arab nations and Israel.
In all of these conflicts is the clear message that as we keep God’s commandments to love Him and our neighbor that we will both avoid wars as well as have His protection and blessings.
The Prophet Moroni Also Saw Our Day
The Prophet Moroni was specifically speaking to us as he saw our day from his 421 AD vantage point here in America. As he closes the Book of Mormon record, he profoundly states:
Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts. (Moroni 10:3)
Are We Sufficiently Grateful for the Lord’s Tender Mercies?
Christ, who will eventual bring peace on earth, has greatly blessed this land and its mission to share His glorious gospel message around the world in preparation for His Second Advent. Our gratitude can be shown by both living and sharing His message of gladness, salvation, and exaltation. The Lord’s infinite atonement is cap-stoned by His superlative resurrection. This gave the world direct evidence of the Father’s love in the gift of His Son to open the door to eternal life for all who will receive Him and hearken to His voice.
Let us not be guilty of ingratitude!
Let us not be guilty of ingratitude for all of God’s tender mercies in our lives. Moroni then shares this great promise that if we will remember how merciful the Lord has been to us, then if we will ask the Lord with sincere hearts, we can know of the truth of this record and its message of God’s love in the gift of His Beloved Son and His infinite atonement in our behalf.
How many thousands or perhaps millions of Father’s children have had this promise answered in their hearts? I don’t know, but I am confident the number is large. I am one of them that knows, and I thank the Lord for His tender mercies in my life. I am greatly blessed, and I delight in sharing His glorious message. May we each have our hearts filled with gratitude for His tender mercies and be full recipients of His infinite atonement, and let us encourage as many as we can of the importance of truly coming to Christ and repenting of all our sins.
David W Allan