Texting in church

During the Saturday morning session of last April’s conference, Sister Lifferth of the Genereal Primary Presidency said:

Texting or reading e-mails in a Church meeting is not only irreverent, it is distracting and signals a lack of respect for those around us.

Yesterday, Mary was called as a Relief Society instructor. Unfortunately, the bishopric counsellor conducting failed to put her name forward for sustaining. After failing to catch his attention for several minutes, I finally texted the bishop to let him know about the omission. They took care of it right before the closing hymn.

I hope Sister Lifferth forgives me.

Does baptism wash away the sins of little children?

I attended a baptism last Saturday for an eight-year-old. One of the speakers made the comment that baptism will wash this child’s sins away.

In Moro. 8:8, Mormon told Moroni that the Lord said the following:

Behold, I came into the world not to call the righteous but sinners to repentance; the whole need no physician, but they that are sick; wherefore, little children are whole, for they are not capable of committing sin; wherefore the curse of Adam is taken from them in me, that it hath no power over them

If little children are whole and not capable of committing sin, how can baptism wash away their sins?

Enlarge the wounds of those are already wounded

Earlier this week, I was reading in Jacob 2, and I came across something I thought was poignant.

Jacob was teaching the Nephites in the temple. The record is unclear whether this was a regular occurrence, or if this was a specific occasion when Jacob had called everyone together.

In verses 15 and 16 of Jacob 1, we learn that the Nephites “began to grow hard in their hearts,” “indulge themselves somewhat in wicked practices,” “began to search much gold and silver, and began to be lifted up somewhat in pride.”

I found this interesting in itself. Jacob wasn’t concerned for the Nephites because they were hard in their hearts, indulged in wicked practices, searched for gold and silver, and were lifted up in pride. He was concerned they were starting to do these things.

In verse 7 of chapter 2, Jacob says that he grieves to have to rebuke the fathers/husbands in front of their wives and children.

In verse 8, he suggests that many of the women and children had come hoping “to hear the pleasing word of God; the word which healeth the wounded soul.” Presumably, many of them had wounded hearts that needed healing.

Despite this, according to verse 9, God gave specific instruction to Jacob to not “[console] and [heal] their wounds” or allow them to “[feast] upon the pleasing word of God.” Rather he was “to admonish [the men],” “to enlarge the wounds of those who are already wounded,” and to place daggers ”to pierce [the] souls and wound [the] delicate minds” of those who have not been wounded.

What a burden indeed.

Who, in their right mind, would rather enlarge the wounds of the wounded rather than offer them healing? Who would rather pierce the souls of the unwounded than allow them to feast on the pleasing word of God?

I can just imagine Jacob pacing his bedroom the night before grieving at this great and burdensome task (see verse 10).

I do not envy the role of the prophet.

Exceedingly tender, chaste, and delicate feelings

While reading my scriptures last night, I came across this in Jacob 2:6:

It grieveth me that I must use so much boldness of speech concerning you, before your wives and your children, many of whose feelings are exceedingly tender and chaste and delicate before God, which thing is pleasing unto God

Reading this caused me to question something: is God pleased with these women and children for having exceedingly tender, chaste and delicate feelings, or is he pleased with exceedingly tender, chaste and delicate feelings from anyone.

Related to that, what does Jacob mean by tender, chaste, and delicate feelings?

Temple among the Nephites

I came across something interesting while reading my scriptures last night. In Mosiah 1:18, Mormon states that Mosiah issued a proclamation to the Nephites from King Benjamin to meet at the temple for some instruction.

And now, it came to pass that Mosiah went and did as his father had commanded him, and proclaimed unto all the people who were in the land of Zarahemla that thereby they might gather themselves together, to go up to the temple to hear the words which his father should speak unto them.

What is interesting is that nowhere in the instruction Benjamin gives his son (Mosiah 1:10–14) does he mention gathering at the temple.

I am left wondering whether Mormon forgot that part during his compiling, or whether it was an assumption Mosiah made. We read in Jacob 1:17; Alma 16:13 and 3 Ne. 11 that temple was a place of instruction. In each of those scriptures, repentance is a part of the message from each of the speakers.

That leads me to wonder if temples then were different from the LDS temples today. Even the Kirtland Temple was different from what our temples are like today.