“O Lord Thou Hast Given Us a Commandment That We Must Call Upon Thee”

The prayer of Moriancumer might profitably be made a special study by every reader of the Book of Mormon. It should be used as a pattern for own private devotions.

Moriancumer first reminded the Lord that the difficulty he had met had arisen in the divine command itself. "Thou hast said" (v. 2). Also: "Thou hast given us a commandment that we must call upon Thee." Moriancumer did not feel that he was an intruder before the Almighty. He then humbly asked the Lord not to be angry with him for his weakness, his failure to solve the problem before him; or his unworthiness on account of the Fall. Thou, he said, art holy, and dwellest in the Heavens; we because of the Fall have become evil continually. That is, our natures have been permanently affected by the transgression in Eden.

George Reynolds, Janne M. Sjodahl -

George Reynolds, Janne M. Sjodahl

Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 6

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