Journey through the Book of Mormon: Mormon 9 (Racked with Guilt)

3 Then will ye longer deny the Christ, or can ye behold the Lamb of God? Do ye suppose that ye shall dwell with him under a consciousness of your guilt? Do ye suppose that ye could be happy to dwell with that holy Being, when your souls are racked with a consciousness of guilt that ye have ever abused his laws?4 Behold, I say unto you that ye would be more miserable to dwell with a holy and just God, under a consciousness of your filthiness before him, than ye would to dwell with the damned souls in hell.
We all rationalize our mistakes and excuse our poor behavior. No one wants to admit that he was in the wrong. We are also reluctant to admit our dependence on God and our need for him in our lives. We want to be perfect and perfectly independent. But Mormon’s warning is stark. At the end of the day, all those rationalizations and excuses will melt away. We will be brought before God and forced to confront how we used our time on earth. Were we kind and compassionate towards our fellow man? Did we serve and love others? Did we serve and love Christ? If not, then we will be condemned – not by another but by ourselves. We will feel great guilt and shame.

The solution is both simple and difficult to implement:

“6 O then ye unbelieving, turn ye unto the Lord; cry mightily unto the Father in the name of Jesus, that perhaps ye may be found spotless, pure, fair, and white, having been cleansed by the blood of the Lamb, at that great and last day.”

We must turn to God and be cleansed by him. That require mighty effort and prayer. And it requires a willingness to serve and follow him. But it is the only way that we can be cleansed in the final day.


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