073N - Written for This Day

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His name was Mormon, and he was born [about] 1700 years ago in these the America’s. He was named for his father, and after a land sacred to the memory of his people, a land that symbolized restoration. When he was only [about] 10, he was recognized as a sober and gifted child by Ammaron the Prophet, who came to him and requested that when he reached the age of 24 that he should go to a special hiding place, and there he would find the collective record of his entire civilization dating back almost a thousand years. He was charged to take that record, and add his own account of all that he observed in his own days among his people.

Well, at age 11, he witnessed the beginning of war near his home. By age 15, this gifted boy was appointed a leader in the armies of his people. Throughout his life, he lived in a world of war and rumors of wars. It was also at age 15 that he was born again and “…tasted and knew of the goodness of Jesus.” (Mormon 1:15)

But he was alone. His people were not of his faith, and they came out in “…open rebellion against their God...” (Mormon 2:15) His land was convulsed by war and wickedness, and soon became ‘one complete revolution.’ “…every heart was hardened, so that [they] his people delighted in the shedding of blood continually.” (Mormon 4:11) Never in history had there been so great wickedness as was among his people. “…it is impossible for the tongue to describe or for man to write a perfect description of the horrible scene of blood and carnage…” that was laid before his eyes all his days. (Mormon 4:11) Sorrow filled him all his life as he labored with and lead his people in love. Repeatedly he sought to bring them to Christ, but it was too late. “…the day of grace was passed with them…” (Mormon 2:15).

He became a disciple, an apostle of Jesus Christ, if you will, a man of faith and charity in a world immersed in wickedness. We can only imagine how lonely and difficult it must have been for him and his family.

Somewhere near his 75th year, he knew the days of his people were numbered, and his heart turned to the future generations. His people would be lost, but he could not bear that we of the future would perish in faithless ignorance, that we would follow the fate of his people, that we would not know who we really were or the Christ who redeemed us. Therefore, filled with perfect love, this prophet-historian scoured the records of his people over the centuries, and wrote a special book – for this day, this people, and this time, and especially “…for this intent…” – that all men would be “…persuaded that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God...” (Mormon 5:14)

Finally, 385 AD, he lay a wounded old man atop a hill called Cumorah looking down upon hundreds of thousands of his people slaughtered by their enemies and left in the fields to rot.

“…O ye fair ones,” he cried, “how could ye have rejected that Jesus, who stood with open arms to receive you!” (Mormon 6:17) His heart was broken for his people, but he understood that because of his work there would be hope for us.

His name was Mormon, and the name of this record that he wrote of singular purpose is the Book of Mormon. “…and as your Lord and your God liveth it is true.” (D&C 17:6)

Glenn Rawson – January 8, 2012
Music: Another Testament Theme (edited) – Clyde Bawden and Jason Barney
Song: I Believe in Christ – The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra