What’s happening? More wars and rebellions are happening, both from the Lamanites and among the Nephites themselves.
Why does it matter? More righteous leaders are raised up to stop new, wicked men seeking personal gain.
Between the lines: In this chapter we learn that even during times of war and internal rebellion, the Nephites were a happy people.
Quote of the day: “Covenant keeping is essential for true happiness.” ~ LK Burton, 2013, Power, Joy, and Love of Covenant Keeping
50:22-23 Why do you think the Nephites were happy even though they were at war?
“Our loving Heavenly Father knows that choosing to develop a spirit of gratitude will bring us true joy and great happiness…. We can choose to be grateful, no matter what. This type of gratitude transcends whatever is happening around us. It surpasses disappointment, discouragement, and despair. It blooms just as beautifully in the icy landscape of winter as it does in the pleasant warmth of summer.” ~ DF Uchtdorf, 2014, Grateful in Any Circumstance
50:25-34 Why did Moroni feel he had to address Morianton’s contention and rebellion?
“War and conflict are the result of wickedness; peace is the product of righteousness…. The blessings of the gospel are universal, and so is the formula for peace: keep the commandments of God.” ~ DH Oaks, 2019 Christmas Devotional
50:35 Who is Teancum?
“One courageous Nephite leader, Teancum, stood up against Amalickiah. An officer in General Moroni’s army, Teancum had already defeated another Nephite dissenter named Morianton, who had tried to claim the land of Lehi from its inhabitants.” ~ JM Choate, 1988, Scriptural Giants: Teancum, Fighter for Freedom