The prophet Mormon defines the attitudes and actions that lead a people to destruction. The list below pulls directly from some of Mormon’s words and translates others, describing the kind of wickedness that leads to destruction, into more contemporary terms.
- Oppression of the poor
- Ignoring those in need
- Persecuting others
- Mocking the sacred
- Denying the spirit of prophecy and revelation
- Taking innocent life
- Taking advantage of others financially
- Committing adultery
- Being contentious
“…This great loss of the Nephites, and the great slaughter which was among them, would not have happened had it not been for their wickedness and their abomination which was among them; yea, and it was among those also who professed to belong to the church of God. And it was because of the pride of their hearts, because of their exceeding riches, yea, it was because of their oppression of the poor, withholding their food from the hungry, withholding their clothing from the naked, and smiting their humble brethren upon the cheek, making a mock of that which was sacred, denying the spirit of prophecy and of revelation, murdering, plundering, lying, stealing, committing adultery, rising up in great contentions…And because of this their great wickedness, and their boastings in their own strength, they were left in their own strength; therefore they did not prosper, but were afflicted and smitten and driven before the Lamanites…” (Helaman 4:11-13)
-How many of the above items are engaged in, on a wide scale, in the United States (and in other countries)?
-How many who profess to belong to the church of God engage in these wicked actions and attitudes?