Understanding the Scriptures
|Grievous (v. 1)||Difficult to describe, painful to the soul|
|Striving (v. 4)||Working, struggling|
|Tabernacle of clay (v. 6)||Mortal body|
|Abomination (vv. 9, 13, 15)||Serious wickedness, evil|
|Civil (v. 12)||Obedient, courteous|
|Betwixt (v. 17)||Between|
|Depravity (v. 18)||Corruption|
|Perversion (v. 19)||Evil, corruption|
|Grieve (v. 25)||Sorrow, mourn|
Mormon 9:9—Why Is the Law of Chastity So Important?
Elder Richard G. Scott, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, taught: “Sexual immorality creates a barrier to the influence of the Holy Spirit with all its uplifting, enlightening, and empowering capabilities. It causes powerful physical and emotional stimulation. In time, that creates an unquenchable appetite that drives the offender to ever more serious sin. It engenders selfishness and can produce aggressive acts such as brutality, abortion, sexual abuse, and violent crime. Such stimulation can lead to acts of homosexuality, and they are evil and absolutely wrong” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1994, 50–51; or Ensign, Nov. 1994, 38).
Studying the Scriptures
Do activities A and B as you study Moroni 9.
In Moroni 9:4, Mormon feared that the Spirit of the Lord had left the Nephites.
Review Moroni 9:1–20 and write 10 phrases that show Mormon’s observation was correct.
Read verses 21–26 and write a paragraph that you believe summarizes Mormon’s feelings.
Respond to the question Mormon asked his son in verses 13–14.
Describe what you think being “past feeling” (v. 20) means. What evidences of this condition do you see today?
Give Your Opinion
Read Moroni 9:9 and explain why you believe chastity and virtue are “dear and precious above all things.”