Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The "Keystone" of Our Religion

If, then, Abel was a righteous man he had to become so by keeping the commandments[.] - Joseph Smith

To be righteous is to be just and merciful. - Joseph Smith

The Book of Mormon: The Earliest Text
2 Nephi 9
41 O then, my beloved brethren, come unto the Lord, the Holy One.
Remember that his paths are righteousness.
Behold, the way for man is narrow,
but it lieth in a straight course before him.
And the keeper of the gate is the Holy One of Israel,
and he employeth no servant there.
And there is none other way save it be by the gate,
for he cannot be deceived,
for the Lord God is his name.
42 And whoso knocketh to him will he open.
And the wise and the learned and they that are rich
which are puffed up because of their learning and their wisdom and their riches,
yea, they are they whom he despiseth.
And save they shall cast these things away
and consider themselves fools before God
and come down in the depths of humility,
he will not open unto them.
43 But the things of the wise and the prudent shall be hid from them forever,
yea, that happiness which is prepared for the saints.

"And save they shall cast these things away..."

It is taught that we should hoard money and supplies (riches), and get as much worldly credentialing (learning, wisdom) as possible - the very things it seems we must divest ourselves of to enter the presence of God. It is an interesting exercise to go through the Book of Mormon and see how many of its precepts are exactly contradicted by our paid ministry.

Mosiah 23:14 And also trust no one to be your teacher nor your minister, except he be a man of God, walking in his ways and keeping his commandments.

Imagine if we actually applied that standard in our voting to sustain people in their callings in all things and at all levels in the Church, and particularly at the level where they take money for their labors.

2 Nephi 26:31 But the laborer in Zion shall labor for Zion; for if they labor for money they shall perish.

Those who accept paid callings are not to be trusted, apparently.

I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book. - Joseph Smith