Cruelty and Violence
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Samuel continues his sermon.
|15:1 And now, my beloved brethren, behold, I declare unto you that
except ye shall repent your houses shall be left unto you desolate.
They shall be trodden down and shall be left to perish.
Samuel tells the Nephites that unless they repent their houses will be desolate and their women will mourn when they give suck. God will make things
especially bad for pregnant women; they'll be trodden down and left to perish.
|15:2 Yea, except ye repent, your women shall have great cause to mourn in the day that they shall give
suck; for ye shall attempt to flee and there shall be no place for refuge; yea, and
wo unto them which are with
child, for they shall be heavy and cannot flee; therefore, they shall be trodden down and shall be left to perish.
|15:3 Yea, wo unto this people who are called the people of Nephi except they shall repent, when they
shall see all these signs and wonders which shall be showed unto them; for behold, they have been a chosen
people of the Lord; yea, the people of Nephi hath he loved, and also hath he chastened them; yea, in the days
of their iniquities hath he chastened them because he loveth them.
(15:3-4) The Lamanites he hateth.|
God loved the Nephites, but hated the Lamanites "because of the iniquity of the tradition of their
|15:4 But behold my brethren, the Lamanites
hath he hated because their deeds have been evil continually,
and this because of the iniquity of the tradition of their fathers. But behold, salvation hath come unto them
through the preaching of the Nephites; and for this intent hath the Lord prolonged their days.
|15:5 And I would that ye should behold that
the more part of them are in the path of their duty, and
they do walk circumspectly before God, and they do observe to keep his commandments and his statutes and his
judgments according to the law of Moses.
(15:5-10) The more part of them are in the path of their duty.|
But now "the more part" of the Lamanites walk circumspectly, keep the commandments, believe the scriptures and prophecies,
are steadfast in the faith, and have buried their weapons.
|15:6 Yea, I say unto you, that the more part of them are doing this, and they are striving with
unwearied diligence that they may bring the remainder of their brethren to the knowledge of the truth; therefore
there are many who do add to their numbers daily. ||
|15:7 And behold, ye do know of yourselves, for ye have witnessed it, that as many of them as are brought
to the knowledge of the truth, and to know of the wicked and abominable traditions of their fathers, and are led to
believe the holy scriptures, yea, the prophecies of the holy prophets, which are written, which leadeth them to
faith on the Lord, and unto repentance, which faith and repentance bringeth a change of heart unto them -- ||
|15:8 Therefore, as many as have come to this, ye know of yourselves are firm and steadfast in the
faith, and in the thing wherewith they have been made free. ||
|15:9 And ye know also that they have buried their weapons of war, and they fear to take them up lest
by any means they should sin; yea, ye can see that they fear to sin -- for behold they will suffer themselves
that they be trodden down and slain by their enemies, and will not lift their swords against them, and this
because of their faith in Christ. ||
|15:10 And now, because of their steadfastness when they do believe in that thing which they do believe,
for because of their firmness when they are once enlightened, behold, the Lord shall bless them and prolong their
days, notwithstanding their iniquity -- ||
|15:11 Yea, even if they should dwindle in unbelief
the Lord shall prolong their days, until the
time shall come which hath been spoken of by our fathers, and also by the prophet Zenos, and many other
prophets, concerning the restoration of our brethren, the Lamanites, again to the knowledge of the truth --
(15:11) Even if they should dwindle in unbelief |
So now even if the Lamanites start to dwindle in unbelief, the Lord will prolong their days until they are again restored into the
knowledge of the truth.
|15:12 Yea, I say unto you, that in the latter times the promises of the Lord have been extended to
our brethren, Lamanites; and notwithstanding the many afflictions which they shall have, and notwithstanding
they shall be driven to and fro upon the face of the earth, and be hunted, and shall be smitten and scattered
abroad, having no place for refuge, the Lord shall be merciful unto them.
(15:12-13) In the latter times|
In the latter times the Lamanites (Native Americans) will convert to Mormonism after being "driven to and fro" by the Gentiles.
|15:13 And this is according to the prophecy, that they shall
again be brought to the true knowledge,
which is knowledge of their Redeemer, and their great and true shepherd, and be numbered among his sheep. ||
|15:14 Therefore I say unto you, it shall be better for them than for you except ye repent. ||
|15:15 For behold, had the mighty works been shown unto them which have been shown unto you, yea,
unto them who have dwindled in unbelief because of the traditions of their fathers, ye can see of yourselves
that they never would again have dwindled in unbelief. ||
|15:16 Therefore, saith the Lord: I will not utterly destroy them, but I will cause that in the day
of my wisdom they shall return again unto me, saith the Lord. ||
|15:17 And now behold, saith the Lord, concerning the people of the Nephites:
If they will not
repent, and observe to do my will, I will utterly destroy them, saith the Lord, because of their unbelief
notwithstanding the many mighty works which I have done among them; and as surely as the Lord liveth shall
these things be, saith the Lord.
(15:17) Because of their unbelief|
If the Nephites don't repent, God will destroy them all for their unbelief.
Behold [15:1, 3, 4(2), 5, 7, 9, 10, 15, 17]
Dwindling in unbelief [15:11, 15(2)]
(15:1) Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. -- Matthew 23:38
(15:2) Woe unto them that are with child -- Matthew 24:19, Mark 13:17,
(15:5) See then that ye walk circumspectly -- Ephesians 5:15
- The Annotated Book of Mormon
- Helaman 15