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The scenes of horror and violence, culminating in the sickening escalation of atrocities by Lamanties and Nephites in the 9th chapter of Mormon, need no news photographs to make their message convincing to the modern world.
Within the space of 400 years, the people of Lehi descended from inexpressible joy in the presence of the Savior of the world to inexpressible misery in the thrall of Satan. In Mormon's words, they went through a "complete revolution," an utter about-face from the arms of the Savior into the chains of the Devil.
There is no salvation in any other person, or any other plan. There is no other way. Jesus is the mediator of the covenant, and he is also the One who gave us the covenant. That is why we do all things in his name, as he has commanded: "Therefore, whatsoever ye shall do, ye shall do it in my name"
Truly the prophets of the Lord-ancient and modern-provide the principles and patterns we need to "abide the day" of our Savior's coming. As the Lord so thoroughly taught from his prophets, so may we profit from a continual searching of the same.
The motif and pattern of the gathering and the scattering of Israel, or the Lord's children, is used throughout the scriptures. Story after story is about one of the two topics.
One of the most remarkable events in sacred history was the appearance of Jesus Christ to the Nephites at the temple in Bountiful . It was remarkable not only for the visit of the Savior but also for the outpouring of the Holy Ghost that occurred at that time.