Melanie Stroud

Episode 47 Mormon 1–6, I Would That I Could Persuade All … to Repent

Mormon 1–6

“I Would That I Could Persuade All … to Repent”

Mormon spared us the “full account” of the “awful scene” of wickedness and bloodshed that he saw among the Nephites (Mormon 2:18; 5:8). But what he did record in Mormon 1–6is enough to remind us how far righteous people can fall. Amid such pervasive wickedness, no one could blame Mormon for becoming weary and even discouraged. Yet through all that he saw and experienced, he never lost his sense of God’s great mercy and his conviction that repentance is the way to receive it. And although Mormon’s own people rejected his pleading invitations to repent, he knew that he had a larger audience to persuade. “Behold,” he declared, “I write unto all the ends of the earth.” In other words, he wrote to you (see Mormon 3:17–20). And his message to you, today, is the same message that could have saved the Nephites in their day: “Believe the gospel of Jesus Christ. … Repent and prepare to stand before the judgment-seat of Christ” (Mormon 3:21–22).

Here is the poem by Wiliam Wodsworth 

“Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:

The Soul that rises with us, our life’s Star,

Hath had elsewhere its setting,

And cometh from afar:

Not in entire forgetfulness,

And not in utter nakedness,

But trailing clouds of glory do we come

Here is the talk on being Quick to Observe by Elder Bednar
You Can Do it Now Elder Uchtdorf
O Remember, Remember Elder Eyring
Stand Forever Elder Corbridge

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3 thoughts on “Episode 47 Mormon 1–6, I Would That I Could Persuade All … to Repent”

  1. This lesson came at such a great time in our world where there is so much hate and anger. Would that everyone would pray with all the energy of heart for the pure love of Christ to enter their hearts. That scripture in Moroni is one of my favorites. Years ago as I read that scripture the thought that came into my mind was that I didn’t know how to pray with all the energy of my heart, so my prayer was teach me how to pray. What trials unfolded in the next few years taught me what that meant. It also was a testimony to me that God heard my prayer which also was a strength to me as we faced those trials that He was there to bear us up. Thank you so much for your time and testimony

  2. Hey Melanie,
    I really appreciated your insight on charity today. That Mormon’s love for his people is what drove him to return as a leader for them. I didn’t think about that all. However, I had the same question: why would he go back and help them? One reason I think was that perhaps the Lord needed him to. Mormon’s mission was to be a witness of his people’s destruction and maybe becoming a military leader again was his way of keeping that commandment to the Lord. It also made me think of why he stopped being a military leader in the first place. Maybe it wasn’t only because it was so hard. Maybe the Lord was showing him Mercy. Giving Mormon time to write and compile some of the plates. Maybe it was a time for him teach Moroni to be the man the Lord needed him to be. The Lord gave him time to do all that was required of him. That was comforting to me. That the Lord will help us do the things he asks in his way and in his timing no matter how daunting those missions may be.

    I just want to say thank you for your podcast. I stumbled upon them in May and it has been a Godsend for me. As a mom of a 5 and 2 year old it’s nursery and primary 24/7 here and I have so dearly missed Sunday School and Relief Society. I love learning from others experiences and discussing the scriptures and this has filled a hole in my life these past few months. So thank you. Shine on!

    1. Melanie Wellman

      Love this insight! I was talking to someone else about this same thing this week. He needed to have time to compile all those records and he couldn’t have if he was leading the armies or teaching them the gospel full time. Sometimes we don’t get to do what we think we need to or want to, because the Lord has other purposes for us. So good Analee!!

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