It seems that whenever I sit and ponder prior to a random reading session, the chapter my mind gravitates toward is 4 Nephi. About a month and a half ago I had this urge, and yesterday I had this urge. This week, though, it was especially perfect, since it is a chapter we will be covering in class, also. This chapter spans over 280 years in only 4 pages, and brief as it may be, it is jam-packed with the dos and don’t s necessary for achieving a life lived after the manner of happiness. My favorite verse, however, makes its appearance a few years before the instruction manual begins:
“And the Lord did prosper them exceedingly in the land; yea, insomuch that they did build cities again where there had been cities burned.”
4 Nephi 1:7
The cities referred to in this passage of scripture are cities that were destroyed for their faults: for their mistakes, their unrepentant hearts, their willful rebellion against the gospel which they knew to be right and true, their wickedness. Yet God was still willing to build them back up and give these places another try. I love the parallels that can be drawn from this. God always restores what is right. It could be an individual (from spiritual or physical anguish), a relationship, an entire city, the gospel and church itself even if it is our own fault. I am confident that His mercy has all power so long as we do what we can to show him that we want it and will appreciate it. Even though sometimes it is hard to believe, I do know that He loves us more than we understand, and in ways that we don’t understand, too.