After great teaching by Aaron, Ammon, and their brethren, many Lamanites accepted truth and repented of “sins and of the many murders which we have committed.” They declared their determination to keep their newly made covenants by physically burying their swords deep in the earth to avoid the temptation to return to their old ways.
As I read their amazing story of redemption and grace, a phrase caught my eye:
And now behold, my brethren, since it has been all that we could do (as we were the most lost of all mankind) to repent of all our sins and the many murders which we have committed, and to get God to them away from our hearts, for it was all we could do to repent sufficiently before God that he would take away our stain.
“After all we can do” has been a phrase I’ve pondered a lot of my life. It comes from this verse in 2 Nephi 25.
For we labor diligently to write, to after all we can .our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by that we are saved,
Wow! Doesn’t that make perfect sense?
We know it is by Jesus Christ’s grace that we are saved after all we can do and it was all we could do to repent sufficiently before God that He would take away our stain!
The salvation I seek is eternal life, which is to live with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ eternally. As He prayed His intercessory prayer, Jesus said,
And this is they might , and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast thee the only true ., that
Enoch taught that the Lord commanded Adam to
teach it unto your children, that all men, everywhere, must , or , or they can in nowise inherit the kingdom of God, for no can dwell there in his ; for, in the language of Adam, of Holiness is his name, and the name of his Only Begotten is the , even , a righteous , who shall come in the meridian of time.
Repentance cleanses our stain so that we can dwell in God’s presence.
Doing All Things
Curious, I wanted to discover if this train of thought carried through other similarly worded scriptures.
In 1 Nephi 17:30-31, Nephi recounts how Jehovah did all things for Israel.
And notwithstanding they being led, the Lord their God, their Redeemer, going before them, doing all things for them which were for man to receive, they hardened their hearts and blinded their minds, and against Moses and against the true and living God.them by day and giving light unto them by night, and
And it came to pass that according to his word he did he did do all things for them; and there was not any thing done save it were by his word.them; and according to his word he did them; and according to his word
So what the people could do was repent and keep the commandments, because the Lord was taking care of everything else! He did do all things for them!
Mormon pointed out other temporal ways the Lord did all things for His people.
Yea, and we may see at the very doing all things for the welfare and happiness of his people; yea, then is the time that they do their hearts, and do the Lord their God, and do under their feet the Holy One—yea, and this because of their ease, and their exceedingly great prosperity.when he doth his people, yea, in the increase of their fields, their flocks and their herds, and in gold, and in silver, and in all manner of things of every kind and art; sparing their lives, and delivering them out of the hands of their enemies; softening the hearts of their enemies that they should not declare wars against them; yea, and in fine,
In Alma 7:8-9, Alma taught that God is doing all things and the next verse on repentance follows this train of thought, too.
This much I do know, that the Lord God hath power to do all things which are according to his word.
But behold, the Spirit hath said this much unto me, saying: Cry unto this people, saying—ye, and prepare the way of the Lord, and walk in his paths, which are straight; for behold, the kingdom of heaven is at hand, and the Son of God upon the face of the earth.
The Lord has power to do all things so what we can, and should do, is to repent! Alma continued his discourse by describing some of the amazing “all things” Jesus would do for us.
Ye Can Do All Things
After we’ve done all we can do and repented and are cleansed by the blood of our Messiah, then another miraculous thing happens! He gives us power to act in His name!
The first way we act in the Lord’s name is by keeping His commandments. By keeping commandments, we grow in experience and faith and understanding until we can do all things according to His word!
And Christ truly said unto our fathers: ye can do all things which are expedient unto me.ye have faith
Yea, I know that I am in his ; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever. I can do all; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will boast of myself, but I will of my God, for
[T]hey have received so great blessings from the hand of the Lord—having a knowledge of the creation of the earth, and all men, knowing the great and marvelous works of the Lord from the creation of the world; having power given them to do all things by faith; having all the commandments from the beginning, and having been brought by his infinite goodness into this precious land of promise….
Cheerfully Do Then Stand Still
“Do all things” is a phrase in one of my very favorite scriptures.
I love that so much! We can live cheerfully doing all things in our power and then stand still (with the utmost assurance!) to watch our God do all things in His power for us. I know He can! And He will!
I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have moved 64 times and have not tired of experiencing this beautiful earth! I love the people, languages, histories/anthropologies, & especially religious cultures of the world. My life long passion is the study & searching out of religious symbolism, specifically related to ancient & modern temples. My husband Anthony and I love our bulldog Stig, adventures, traveling, movies, motorcycling, and time with friends and family.