The Book of Mormon was written for us in our day to help us navigate the turbulent times before the Savior returns. While we may not be able to avoid all the pitfalls that the Nephites went through, we can certainly take notice of what it teaches us in regards to our politics.
In regards to our faith, there are things we believe and things we do because we believe. How do we differentiate between them? And how well are we doing at living what we believe?
Jesus Christ lived a life that followed His Father's will perfectly! And it is against Him and His life that we will be measured when we are judged. For the righteous Lord loveth the righteous.
If we hope to grow closer to God and maintain the brightness and luster of our faith and testimonies we must put forth a concerted and deliberate effort to really connect with God each and every day of our lives.
For those of us still questioning whether or not Joseph Smith saw what he said he saw and was called by God to be a prophet, there is a simple way to find out.
We can't always expect God to give us everything we ask Him for and certainly not exactly as we think it should be given. But we can expect Him to give us what we need to grow and progress in our maturity and path back to Him.
When God does things differently than we might do them it can be really difficult to see that He exists and that He is actively involved in the world around us - and in our lives!
"Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." Being born again requires that we take on ourselves the name of Christ, the Lord Omnipotent.