Orson Scott Card: Surprising insights in the Book of Mormon

"Behold, I speak unto you as if ye were present, and yet ye are not," says Moroni (Mormon 8:35). "But behold, Jesus Christ hath shown you unto me, and I know your doing."

After these words were read, the seminary teacher challenged her high school students. "What did Moroni see, when he looked at us?"

The students spoke of how almost everyone walks in the pride of their hearts, of envying and strifes, of malice and persecutions -- things that happen in every high school and middle school in America.

"He says we love money and possessions and fine clothes more than we love the poor and the needy, the sick and the afflicted."

But then the teacher pointed out Mormon 8:39: "Why do ye adorn yourselves with that which hath no life, and yet suffer the hungry, and the needy, and the naked, and the sick and the afflicted to pass by you, and notice them not?"

"What are the things 'with no life' that Moroni says we adorn ourselves with, so we don't notice the needs of the people around us?" asked the teacher.

It took only a moment's thought before the students started laughing ruefully and saying, "Cell phones, MP3 players, texting instead of talking to the people around us."

They laughed because they realized Moroni had seen them and their friends.

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