BYU (Brigham Young University) is operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, often mistakenly called the “Mormon Church.” As part of their undergraduate coursework, BYU students take multiple semesters of spiritually uplifting, stimulating religion classes.
In this series (see below), students enrolled in scripture study classes have shared their thoughts, insights, and reflections on the Book of Mormon in the form of letters to someone they know. We invite you to take a look at their epiphanies and discoveries as they delve into the scriptures.
In publishing these, we fulfill their desire to speak to all of us of the relevance, power and beauty of the Book of Mormon, a second witness of Jesus Christ and complement to the Bible. The Book of Mormon includes the religious history of a group of Israelites who settled in ancient America. (The names they use are those of prophets who taught the Book of Mormon peoples to look forward to the coming of Christ—Nephi, Lehi, Alma, Helaman, and other unfamiliar names. We hope those names will become more familiar to you as you read their inspiring words and feel the relevance and divinity of their messages through these letters.)
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Member Beliefs: Be Softened Rather Than Hardened
The world in which we live is a difficult and often overwhelming place. Sometimes it seems as though the war with sin will never end, no matter how hard we strive to overcome. Our day-to-day victories seem to be swallowed up in the turmoil and struggles of life. As outlined in Alma 62:41, there are two options available to us in reacting to life’s seemingly endless challenges. We can either let our troubles harden us or we can choose to let them humble us. It is easy to feel as though we must be constantly guarded and war-like in our attitude towards life. It is hard to resist the temptation to be hardened in what feels like a never-ending battle. But there is another option which will bring us much more happiness. This is the option some of the Nephites chose in overcoming their “exceedingly great” war. These Nephites chose to be humbled “even in the depth of humility.” This is the more difficult but far superior and more rewarding route. If we humble ourselves and turn to God for strength, recognizing that we cannot have sufficient strength on our own, we will be far happier. We will be able to be free of the burdens which come from trying to conquer Satan on our own. I plead with you to choose the happier way. Do not let the war with sin harden you; let your afflictions soften you. I say these things in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ, amen.