You know the end of the Book of Mormon when Moroni is all alone?
And he says…
“And I, Moroni, will not deny the Christ; wherefore, I wander whithersoever I can for the safety of mine own life.”
He gives this statement after mentioning that the Lamenites are putting everyone to death who will not deny the Christ. I love how firm he says “I will not deny the Christ”. I can just imagine him. A strong, seasoned soldier. A prophet of God. The son of Moroni. Yet he is also extremely lonely. He has just witnessed his whole people, including his father, destroyed. His mortal life is HARD.
But no matter what challenges came, his testimony of Christ was UNBREAKABLE.
How can we gain an unbreakable testimony of Christ like Moroni?
It’s the little things that matter most. It’s our daily choices. Choosing every day who we belong to. Who we will follow. Who we will draw our strength from.
I love to listen to beautiful music that is centered in Christ when I am feeling overwhelmed with what challenges are all around. In Christ Alone is my current favorite song. I play it loud. Sing it loud. And feel lifted up.
Because in Christ alone, hope is found. No earthly thing or person can bring our soul the hope and peace it seeks. We must choose daily to seek Christ.
There is peace in staying firmly rooted in the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. For me, my religion, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, provides the path for me to be rooted in Christ. Firm in my knowledge of how to return to my Father in Heaven. Living prophets give guidance and reminders of how we come to Christ.
I am good a scraping my knees because I fall down on that path back to my Father. But I get back up. I stay on the path.
Studying the Book of Mormon more diligently and deeply this past 18 months has literally changed me. I find daily hope as I read the words of Christ written by his prophets of old. Reading the words of modern day prophets and apostles lifts me equally. If you are struggling with your faith, this is where I would start. Read the Book of Mormon every day. Even if it’s only one verse. Get that habit going. And then watch it build. Watch your hope build. Satan will start trying extra hard to throw things at you. But remain strong like Moroni.
I recently listened to a podcast interview of the author of Tiny Habits on 3in30. He talks about anchoring the habit we desire to something we are already doing in our daily routine. For me, I struggled for years and years and years to be consistent in my morning prayers. It’s hard when you have little kids that are your alarm clock and wake you up. But a few years ago, unbeknownst to me, I followed this guy’s advice. I anchored my prayer to going to the bathroom. Every morning after I go to the bathroom and wash my hands, of course, I immediately kneel down and pray. Every morning I need to go to the bathroom. And now every morning, I pray. I have added other things to this routine, like reading scriptures, journaling, creating, pondering. Sometimes this takes 60 minutes. Sometimes it takes 10. But I always take this time in the morning.
It’s all about choices and what we desire most.
And like Moroni, we can have faith that when we reach the end of our lives we can say like him, “I soon go to rest in the paradise of God, until my spirit and body shall again reunite, and I am brought forth triumphant through the air, to meet you before the pleasing bar of the great Jehovah, the Eternal Judge of both quick and dead.”
Paradise of God sounds like a great place to be for all eternity. Let’s stand strong together. Let’s read daily in the Book of Mormon, look to our living prophets to guide us, and pray and connect with Heavenly Father each day. It’s the simple, daily actions that lead to an unbreakable faith.
Today there is a reason to hope.
PS picture of Christ credit: Christ Visits the New World, by Walter Rane