Mormon Abridges the Nephite Records

The Grandeur of God

Helaman 12:7–8

Mankind is nothing—even dust obeys God, but not man.

O how great is the nothingness of the children of men; yea, even they are less than the dust of the earth. For behold, the dust of the earth moveth hither and thither, to the dividing asunder, at the command of our great and everlasting God.

Helaman 12:9–13

God is all powerful, and has control over the elements.

Yea, behold at his voice
do the hills and the mountains tremble and quake.

And by the power of his voice they are broken up,
and become smooth, yea, even like unto a valley.

Yea, by the power of his voice doth the whole earth shake.

Yea, by the power of his voice,
do the foundations rock, even to the very center.

Yea, and if he say unto the earth—Move—it is moved.

Helaman 12:14–17

The Lord can command the earth to rotate in rivers, can command the oceans to dry up, and can command mountains to move.

Yea, if he say unto the earth—

“Thou shalt go back,”

That it lengthen out the day for many hours—it is done;

And thus, according to his word the earth goeth back, and it appeareth unto man that the sun standeth still; yea, and behold, this is so; for surely it is the earth that moveth and not the sun. And behold, also, if he say unto the waters of the great deep—

“Be thou dried up—”

It is done. Behold, if he say unto this mountain—

“Be thou raised up,
and come over and fall upon that city,
that it be buried up—”

Behold it is done.

Helaman 12:18–19

The Lord can curse people’s possessions, and make them unfindable.

And behold, if a man hide up a treasure in the earth, and the Lord shall say—

“Let it be accursed,
because of the iniquity of him
who hath hid it up—”

Behold, it shall be accursed. And if the Lord shall say—

“Be thou accursed,
that no man shall find thee
from this time henceforth and forever—”

Behold, no man getteth it henceforth and forever.

Helaman 12:20–22

The Lord can curse people, and deny them from his presence.

And behold, if the Lord shall say unto a man—

“Because of thine iniquities,
thou shalt be accursed forever—”

It shall be done. And if the Lord shall say—

“Because of thine iniquities
thou shalt be cut off from my presence—”

He will cause that it shall be so. And wo unto him to whom he shall say this, for it shall be unto him that will do iniquity, and he cannot be saved; therefore, for this cause, that men might be saved, hath repentance been declared.

Helaman 12:23–24

The repentant are blessed and offered grace.

Therefore, blessed are they who will repent and hearken unto the voice of the Lord their God; for these are they that shall be saved. And may God grant, in his great fulness, that men might be brought unto repentance and good works, that they might be restored unto grace for grace, according to their works.

Helaman 12:25

Mormon hopes that all men will be saved, but knows that some will not be.

And I would that all men might be saved. But we read that in the great and last day there are some who shall be cast out, yea, who shall be cast off from the presence of the Lord;

Helaman 12:26

The wicked will be endlessly miserable, in fulfillment of prophesy.

Yea, who shall be consigned to a state of endless misery, fulfilling the words which say:

“They that have done good shall have everlasting life;
and they that have done evil shall have everlasting damnation.
and thus it is. Amen.”