“O the Pain and the Anguish of My Soul for the Loss of the Slain of My People”

Bryan Richards

Nephi first felt this pain when he saw the vision of the history of his people, I considered that mine afflictions were great above all, because of the destruction of my people, for I had beheld their fall (1 Nephi 15:5). The Lord feels this same godly sorrow for His wicked children. He explained to Enoch how the God of heaven was brought to tears by the wickedness of his children:

’And Enoch said unto the Lord: How is it that thou canst weep, seeing thou art holy, and from all eternity to all eternity?

…The Lord said unto Enoch: Behold these thy brethren; they are the workmanship of mine own hands, and I gave unto them their knowledge, in the day I created them; and in the Garden of Eden, gave I unto man his agency;

And unto thy brethren have I said, and also given commandment, that they should love one another, and that they should choose me, their Father; but behold, they are without affection, and they hate their own blood;

And the fire of mine indignation is kindled against them; and in my hot displeasure will I send in the floods upon them, for my fierce anger is kindled against them’ (Moses 7:29, 32-34).