Read the full chapter here: Mosiah 11
For behold, he did not keep the commandments of God, but he did walk after the desires of his own heart.Mosiah 11:2
Learn to recognize when the desires of your own heart are contrary to the desires of God. Then choose to follow God’s desires instead of your own.
Do you love to choose your own path so much that you cannot see when it is not right for you, your happiness, and your eternal growth?
For behold, he did not keep the commandments of God, but he did walk after the desires of his own heart. And he had many wives and concubines. And he did cause his people to commit sin, and do that which was abominable in the sight of the Lord. Yea, and they did commit whoredoms and all manner of wickedness. . . .
Yea, and they also became idolatrous, because they were deceived by the vain and flattering words of the king and priests; for they did speak flattering things unto them.Mosiah 11:2, 7
Don’t let the wicked ideas and practices of your leaders distort your own perspectives and keep you from living righteously.
Do the voices of political correctness which surround you keep you from living with conviction for the doctrines and commandments of Christ?
And he did cause his people to commit sin, and do that which was abominable in the sight of the Lord.Mosiah 11:2
Don’t lead others astray by your own sins, transgressions, and false beliefs.
Are there people who could attempt to justify their own wrong doing because they have seen you do it too?
And it came to pass that he placed his heart upon his riches, and he spent his time in riotous living with his wives and his concubines; and so did also his priests spend their time with harlots.Mosiah 11:14
Place more value in your heart on the things of God than you do in the pursuit of money and other temporary pleasures.
What do you spend your time, effort, and desires on?
And except they repent and turn to the Lord their God, behold, I will deliver them into the hands of their enemies; yea, and they shall be brought into bondage; and they shall be afflicted by the hand of their enemies.
And it shall come to pass that they shall know that I am the Lord their God, and am a jealous God, visiting the iniquities of my people.
And it shall come to pass that except this people repent and turn unto the Lord their God, they shall be brought into bondage; and none shall deliver them, except it be the Lord the Almighty God.Mosiah 11:21-23
Repent and know that God wants you to turn to Him. Believe that He knows you and all that you do – and that He will respond to all that you do in one way or another if not now then at some future time.
When did you last repent? Do you believe God sees and knows all that you do?
And now, because of this great victory they were lifted up in the pride of their hearts; they did boast in their own strength, saying that their fifty could stand against thousands of the Lamanites; and thus they did boast, and did delight in blood, and the shedding of the blood of their brethren, and this because of the wickedness of their king and priests.Mosiah 11:19
Give credit where credit is due and don’t believe you are more capable or powerful than you really are.
Has there been an occasion when you have boasted of your own strength beyond what you are actually capable of? Are there times when you should have thanked the Lord either privately or publicly for His role in your accomplishments but you didn’t? Do you think you should now?
Enjoyed this post? Read the original post defining the Abiding Precepts project or the post presenting Russty’s Daily Coat.
Just a note…it’s interesting to me the similarities there were between King Noah and Riplakish (in the Book of Ether). I appreciate your thought-prompting questions concerning both how we are influenced by our leaders and how we may bein influencing others.
That is an interesting connection that I’ve never made before. A good/important one. On that note I chose not to make any comments in this post regarding the negative impact of extremely high taxes on the people and that we should avoid such policies and the political leaders who support them, but it is worth considering. The church itself gets by on 10% plus voluntary additional donations. Why can’t the government? Think how much better a relationship there would be between government and people if the tax structure were more optional or self-directed than it currently is? But that’s a discussion for somewhere and some time else. 😉
I’m glad the other questions have left a good impact. They can be difficult ones to face and answer. I think the important thing is being able to come to a correct personal understanding and conviction of true principles and then having the courage to follow them no matter what is going on around you or by whom it is encouraged. This is at the core of all Jesus taught and did. If we are to be like Him it’s for us to follow in His footsteps and do as He did. I think that concept is the key behind these particular precepts.