“The Sword of Destruction Did Hang Over Them . . Because of Their Iniquity”

Ed J. Pinegar, Richard J. Allen

The only way to confront the enemy is in the strength of the Lord. Only by forsaking iniquity and rising up in majesty against the foe and in supplicating the Lord for protection can the strength of the Lord help us to prevail. President Thomas S. Monson explains what is at stake:

This is your world. Whether you like it or not, you are engaged in the race of your life. At stake is eternal life—yours. What shall be the outcome? Will you be a leader of men and a servant of God? Or will you be a servant of sin and a follower of Satan? Decisions determine destiny. In the quiet of your study, surrounded by books written by the finest minds of men, listen for and hearken to the Master’s invitation: “learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” (Matthew 11:29–30.) Such learning transcends the classroom, it endures beyond graduation, it meets the test of experience. (Pathways to Perfection [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1973], 253)

Commentaries and Insights on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 2