Sunday, March 14, 2010

I See... When Fighting Wickedness Becomes Happiness

Church leadership and doctrine appropriately bombard us with Alma's immortal mantra “Wickedness never was happiness.” Why shouldn't they? An era of unprecedented wickedness and e-ville requires an unprecedented amount of righteous reminders. However, even with the massive sound of a moral flush ringing in our ears as the world is sucked down the symbolic toilet of immorality, the gospel also teaches us that there are ways to become happy fighting wickedness.

Imagine a world of quarrelings, contentions, murderings, plunderings, idolatry, whoredoms, abominations, wars, and destructions. Are we talking about life today? Certainly. Never has wickedness had more opportunities to overcome us. This also accurately assesses the civilization that Captain Moroni faced over 2000 years ago in the Book of Mormon. Yet those days were described thusly: “behold there never was a happier time among the people of Nephi, since the days of Nephi, than in the days of Moroni.”

So how did he do it? How did Captain Moroni turn endless rounds of quarrelings, contentions, murderings, plunderings, idolatry, whoredoms, abominations, wars, and destructions into the happiest times of the people of Nephi?

The secret lies in Captain Moroni's penchant for preparation sparked by his longing for liberty. He did not merely wait for evil to come- he prepared for it. He not only built bulwarks around Nephite cities, he also did not hesitate to inspire his people with a love of liberty. The result was that “his armies increased daily because of the assurance of protection which his works did bring forth unto them.”

Could it be that as we prepare to face today's threats to our morality and liberty- spiritually, through our faith and study and prayers; and temporally, through our savings and emergency preparedness and home food production- our ranks of righteousness will “increase daily because of the assurance of protection which our works bring forth?”

I'm rooting for history to repeat itself.


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