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CHURCH MEMBERS NEED OTHERS' STRENGTH, SUPPORT, LEADERSHIP

"Behold, I say unto you that because I said unto you that I had spent my days in your service, I do not desire to boast, for I have only been in the service of God.

"And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God." (Mosiah 2:16-17.)In a June 1974 conference address, President Spencer W. Kimball addressed the topic of serving others, in which he said:

"I have learned that it is by serving that we learn how to serve. When we are engaged in the service of our fellowmen, not only do our deeds assist them, but we put our own problems in a fresher perspective. When we concern ourselves more with others, there is less time to be concerned with ourselves. In the midst of the miracle of serving, there is the promise of Jesus, that by losing ourselves, we find ourselves. (Matt. 10:39.)

"Not only do we `find' ourselves in terms of acknowledging guidance in our lives, but the more we serve our fellowmen in appropriate ways, the more substance there is to our souls. We become more significant individuals as we serve others. We become more substantive as we serve others - indeed, it is easier to `find' ourselves because there is much more of us to find."

President Kimball further said: "We need to help those we seek to serve to know for themselves that God not only loves them, but He is ever mindful of them and of their needs. . . .

"God does notice us, and He watches over us. But it is usually through another person that He meets our needs. Therefore, it is vital that we serve each other in the kingdom. The people of the Church need each other's strength, support and leadership in a community of believers as an enclave of disciples. In the Doctrine and Covenants we read about how important it is to ` . . . succor the weak, lift the hands which hang down, and strengthen the feeble knees.' (D&C 81:5.) So often, our acts of service consist of simple encouragement or of giving mundane help with mundane tasks, but what glorious consequences can flow from mundane acts and from small but deliberate deeds."

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Part of plates of Mormon sealed, not yet translated

The book of Mosiah marks the beginning of Mormon's abridgment of various books that had been written on the large plates of Nephi.

In a lecture series delivered in 1987, Daniel H. Ludlow pointed out that essentially these plates are:

1. An abridgment by Mormon of the books initially recorded on the large plates of Nephi. (In A Companion to Your Study of the Book of Mormon, Brother Ludlow wrote: "The book of Mosiah and the five books that follow - Alma, Helaman, 3 Nephi, 4 Nephi and Mormon - were all abridged or condensed by Mormon from the large plates of Nephi, and these abridged versions were written by Mormon on the plates that bear his name, the Plates of Mormon. These are the same plates that were given to Joseph Smith by the angel Moroni on Sept. 22, 1827.")

2. A "first person" account by Mormon, including the section entitled "The Words of Mormon."

3. Some "first person" accounts of Moroni.

4. Moroni's abridgment of the plates of Ether.

"Also, a portion of the plates of Mormon were sealed and have not yet been translated," Brother Ludlow said in one of his lectures. "We are not certain of the exact contents of this sealed portion. However, Moroni evidently was the major writer of the portion that was later sealed." (From lecture series, "How to Get the Most Out of Your Study of the Book of Mormon.")

Christ, Lord Omnipotent, is source of life and light

Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson contains statements by today's prophet about the Savior's omnipotence:

"Jesus Christ was and is the Lord God Omnipotent. (See Mosiah 3:5.) He was chosen before He was born. He was the all-powerful Creator of the heavens and the earth. He is the source of life and light to all things. His word is the law by which all things are governed in the universe. All things created and made by Him are subject to His infinite power."

President Benson noted that in the premortal existence Heavenly Father gave Jesus a name above all others - the Christ. "We have a volume of scripture whose major mission is to convince the world that Jesus is the Christ," President Benson wrote. "It is the Book of Mormon. It is another testament of Jesus Christ. In its pages we read `that there shall be no other name given nor any other way nor means whereby salvation can come unto the children of men, only in and through the name of Christ, the Lord Omnipotent.' " (Mosiah 3:17.)

Of the Savior's mortal life, President Benson wrote: "Because His Father was God, Jesus Christ had power that no other human had before or since. He was God in the flesh - even the Son of God. He therefore, as scripture records, had power to do many miracles: raise the dead, cause the lame to walk and the blind to receive their sight, and cast out evil spirits. (See Mosiah 3:5-6.)

"He provided His gospel as a source of constant sustenance and nourishment to keep each individual's spirituality alive forever. His own testimony is: `Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him as a well of water springing up into everlasting life.' " (John 4:14.)