Righteous Initiative

I am a great admirer of Mormon, the prophet who abridged the Book of Mormon. As a fellow writer, I am in awe of this man’s capabilities. Imagine the responsibilities and pressures associated with having to decide what goes into one of the greatest works of scripture ever known to mankind!

In fact, Mormon must have been an all-around impressive human being. Visited by the Lord at age fifteen? Chosen to lead an army at sixteen? Wow. Strong, courageous, steadfast…those are only a few adjectives that describe this great leader.

I will probably sing Mormon’s praises more than once on this blog. In this post, I want to highlight a single verse that shows one of Mormon’s admirable characteristics:

“And I did endeavor to preach unto this people, but my mouth was shut, and I was forbidden that I should preach unto them…” Mormon 1:16

Oh, Mormon! Talk about righteous initiative! I can only imagine how proud (maybe even ecstatic?) Heavenly Father was when he had to forbid(!) Mormon to preach to the hardened Nephites. And maybe Heavenly Father chuckled at the memory of having to do so when he gave the following commandment around 1,400 years later:

“For behold, it is not meet that I should command in all things; for he that is compelled in all things, the same is a slothful and not a wise servant; wherefore he receiveth no reward.

Verily I say, men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness;”  (D&C 58:26-27)

Where are you on the spectrum between slothful and anxiously engaged? I admit that I too often find myself on the side of the sloths. I have been known to drag my feet more than once, even when directly commanded by Heavenly Father to do something!Luckily, I have plenty of good examples around me who remind me to do better. While I was on bed rest, for example, many of my friends volunteered to help with meals and childcare. And they did so long before being asked to by me or the Relief Society compassionate service committee.

How cool would it be to have Heavenly Father slow you down for being too enthusiastic about doing good?!

Any uplifting stories about blessings that have come to you or someone you know after showing righteous initiative? 

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