Moroni saw me daily
Moroni declares in his last message "come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ," [Moroni 10:32]
That is why Jesus is the Answer.
Chapter 33 of 2 Nephi prompted me to think about my people, the people I come from, my Black people--African Americans. I felt like Nephi as he testified during over 500 years before the birth of Christ that He would bring salvation to all who believe on His name and act on those beliefs.
A Message to My People
Like Nephi and Moroni before me, I speak the words given to my heart by God to my people, whom I love. The message is: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord's restored Church in the last days before His second coming.
The teachings of that Church can lift you, my people, out of oppression and darkness and bring pure joy. My Black people, I invite you to explore the truths taught in this Church, search the teachings, and ask God if The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is where His full truth is.
I Invite you to General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints each April and October to hear the words of prophets of God who speak for modern Israel, which many of you are.
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I testify that The Church of Jesus Christ is not just some random organization of Christians. It has within it the blessing of God to unite the world one person at a time to Christ in ways that millions can testify.
Yes, going to church does matter. God commands us to meet together in faith. We are Saints of the last days before the coming of Christ. Don't let the distractions of life let you miss that truth.
Knowing Where the Truth is Makes It Easier to Focus on What the Holy Spirit is Trying to Tell Us.
Why is that important? Satan is coming after us with strange doctrines and lifestyles. He is pitting us against each other and deceiving us into thinking that he does not exist. He wants us to focus on every hurt and offense committed against our people so that he can keep us distracted from the joy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Praising God is only a fraction of knowing the truth about Jesus and His power to save. The truth about that power is best found in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I plead with you, my Black brothers and sisters, and all my brothers and sisters to take the good you have and come and see how God will add to it in His Church.
Nephi teaches to liken the scriptures to us.
The Words of Nephi Likened to My People
Adapted from 2 Nephi 33:2-15
There are many that harden their hearts against the Holy Spirit, that it has no place in them; wherefore, they cast many things away which are written and esteem them as things of naught.
But I, Rodric, have written what I have written, and I esteem it as of great worth, and especially unto my people. For I pray continually for them by day, and my eyes water my pillow by night, because of them; and I cry unto my God in faith, and I know that He will hear my cry.
And I know that the Lord God will consecrate my prayers for the gain of my people. And the words which I have written above in weakness will be made strong unto them; for it persuades them to do good; it speaks of Jesus, and persuades them to believe in Him, and to endure to the end, which is life eternal.
And it speaks harshly against sin, according to the plainness of the truth; wherefore, no man or woman will be angry at the words which I have written save he or she shall be of the spirit of the devil. I glory in plainness; I glory in truth; I glory in my Jesus, for He hath redeemed my soul from hell.
I have charity for my people, and great faith in Christ that I shall meet many souls spotless at His judgment-seat. I have charity for the Black people—I say Black people, because I mean them from whence I came. I also have charity for all people. But behold, for none of these can I hope except they shall be reconciled unto Christ, and enter into the narrow gate, and walk in the strait path which leads to life, and continue in the path until the end of the day of probation.
And now, my beloved brethren, and also my Black people, and all ye ends of the earth, hear intently these words and believe in Christ; and if ye believe not in these words believe in Christ. And if ye shall believe in Christ ye will believe in these words, for they are the words of Christ, and He hath given them unto me; and they teach all men that they should do good.
And if they are not the words of Christ, judge ye—for Christ will show unto you, with power and great glory, that they are His words, at the last day; and you and I shall stand face to face before His bar; and ye shall know that I have been commanded of Him to write these things, notwithstanding my weakness.
And I pray the Father in the name of Christ that many of us, if not all, may be saved in His kingdom at that great and last day.
And now, my beloved brethren, all those who are of the house of Israel, and all ye ends of the earth, I speak to you as the voice of one crying from the internet.
And you that will not partake of the goodness of God, and respect the words of the Saints, and also my words, and the words which shall proceed forth out of the mouth of the Lamb of God, behold, these words shall condemn you at the last day.
I adapted the worlds of Nephi into my own with a knowledge that it is my faith and hope in Christ alone that will redeem me each day. I invite you to seek further than what you know. Black people, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is for us. Come to it. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Reading 2 Nephi 31-33, I could not help but rejoice in the knowledge that through the sacrifice, the suffering, of Jesus Christ we are washed clean of our weakness through repentance. Each day as we work on changing a little, God strengthens our efforts. For those sins that take longer to overcome, His grace is enough for our efforts to change.