Melanie Stroud

Episode 53 Moroni 7–9 May Christ Lift Thee Up

 December 7–13

Moroni 7–9

“May Christ Lift Thee Up”

Before Moroni concluded the record we know today as the Book of Mormon with his own final words, he shared three messages from his father, Mormon: an address to “the peaceable followers of Christ” (Moroni 7:3) and two letters that Mormon had written to Moroni. Perhaps Moroni included these messages in the Book of Mormon because he foresaw similarities between the perils of his day and ours. When these words were written, the Nephite people as a whole were tumbling headlong into apostasy. Many of them had “lost their love, one towards another” and delighted in “everything save that which is good” (Moroni 9:5, 19). And yet Mormon still found cause for hope—teaching us that hope does not mean ignoring or being naive about the world’s problems; it means having faith in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, whose power is greater and more everlasting than those problems. It means “lay[ing] hold upon every good thing” (Moroni 7:19). It means letting the Atonement of Jesus Christ “and the hope of his glory and of eternal life, rest in your mind” (Moroni 9:25). And until the glorious day of Christ’s Second Coming, it means never ceasing the “labor [we have] to perform … [to] conquer the enemy of all righteousness” (Moroni 9:6).

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3 thoughts on “Episode 53 Moroni 7–9 May Christ Lift Thee Up”

  1. Hello Melanie,
    My name is Abi. I am 19, and I wanted to share something that happened today because of your podcast. Recently I had not had much of a desire to go to church; ever since quarantine when there was no church, I got comfortable with not going. I could feel myself drifting away from my Heavenly Father, which does not make me happy. So on Saturday night, I prayed to know how to be closer to him and feel his spirit more in my life. Then on Sunday, I was listening to this podcast, and you said that we need to be “doers,” these words were exactly what I needed to hear, and this idea amplified when there was a speaker who gave a talk on that, too in my sacrament meeting. I realized then that I needed to write in my journal more about my spiritual experiences. Ever since I received my endowments in Dec of 2019, I have seen the Lord’s hand in my life more clearly, but I have not been using this gift as well as I should. In my journal, I wrote about the very thing that I and writing about now when I was randomly flipping through pages, and I came across the entry that I wrote on the day my dog had passed away. His death has been hard on me. I still hysterically cry thinking about him even two months later. I began to cry again, thinking about him and asking my heavenly father to help me with the pain I feel. When my Sunday playlist began to play Somewhere from the musical west side story, this particular song was a cover by the tabernacle choir, and it was the exact right song that I needed to hear. I knew that it was heavenly father telling me that I would be ok and there is a place where I will be happy again. Without your podcast, my whole life would be different. I have used your words to help me grow in my life, and if I had not listened to it would have never had the prompting to write in my journal, and I would still be in pain. I know that your podcast is not just the crazy ramblings of a lady in her closet but inspired by our heavenly father to help those who need it. I love it so much. Thank you for what you do.

  2. Melanie, I’ve been listening to you for 2 years and have grown in my testimony so much. As I was re-listening to this podcast, and I’m hoping you have that talk by Jeffery R Holland that talks about Charity? I was trying to find it to share it with my family, but have been unsuccessful. Thanks for always finding the things that touch my heart.

    1. It was from the Institute manual! Here’s the quote and I’ll add the link.

      Elder Jeffrey R. Holland taught why charity is such a blessing in our lives:

      “The greater definition of ‘the pure love of Christ,’ however, is not what we as Christians try but largely fail to demonstrate toward others but rather what Christ totally succeeded in demonstrating toward us. True charity has been known only once. It is shown perfectly and purely in Christ’s unfailing, ultimate, and atoning love for us. It is Christ’s love for us that ‘suffereth long, and is kind, and envieth not.’ It is his love for us that is not ‘puffed up … , not easily provoked, thinketh no evil.’ It is Christ’s love for us that ‘beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.’ It is as demonstrated in Christ that ‘charity never faileth.’ It is that charity—his pure love for us—without which we would be nothing, hopeless, of all men and women most miserable. Truly, those found possessed of the blessings of his love at the last day—the Atonement, the Resurrection, eternal life, eternal promise—surely it shall be well with them.

      “This does not in any way minimize the commandment that we are to try to acquire this kind of love for one another. … We should try to be more constant and unfailing, more longsuffering and kind, less envious and puffed up in our relationships with others. As Christ lived so should we live, and as Christ loved so should we love. But the ‘pure love of Christ’ Mormon spoke of is precisely that—Christ’s love. With that divine gift, that redeeming bestowal, we have everything; without it we have nothing and ultimately are nothing, except in the end ‘devils [and] angels to a devil.’ [2 Nephi 9:9.]

      “Life has its share of fears and failures. Sometimes things fall short. Sometimes people fail us, or economies or businesses or governments fail us. But one thing in time or eternity does not fail us—the pure love of Christ. …

      “Thus, the miracle of Christ’s charity both saves and changes us. His atoning love saves us from death and hell as well as from carnal, sensual, and devilish behavior. That redeeming love also transforms the soul, lifting it above fallen standards to something far more noble, far more holy. Wherefore, we must ‘cleave unto charity’—Christ’s pure love of us and our determined effort toward pure love of him and all others—for without it we are nothing, and our plan for eternal happiness is utterly wasted. Without the redeeming love of Christ in our lives, all other qualities—even virtuous qualities and exemplary good works—fall short of salvation and joy” (Christ and the New Covenant [1997], 336–37).

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