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...that the word of God might have no obstruction, but that it might go forth throughout all the land, that his people might be convinced concerning the wicked traditions of their fathers, and that they might be convinced that they were all brethren, and that they ought not to murder, nor to plunder, nor to steal, nor to commit adultery, nor to commit any manner of wickedness.
And they began to be a very industrious people; yea, and they were friendly with the Nephites; therefore they did open a correspondence with them, and the curse of God did no more follow them.The curse of God that no more follows them couldn't be referring to the color of their skin. Not only would that be incredibly racist of God, but it's also not supported by the famous painting of them that every Mormon kid has seen in Sunday School:
|See? Still dark-skinned.|
And since man had fallen he could not merit anything of himself; but the sufferings and death of Christ atone for their sins, through faith and repentance, and so forth; and that he breaketh the bands of death, that the grave shall have no victory, and that the sting of death should be swallowed up in the hopes of glory; and Aaron did expound all these things unto the king.So Aaron explains that because of the fall of man—which was part of God's plan from the beginning—we are unable to earn our own salvation. And he also points out that Christ's atonement will give us victory over death—which we're prone to only because of the fall of man, which (again) was part of God's plan from the beginning. Which means that Aaron is praising God for his wonderful solutions to problems he created intentionally.
And it came to pass that the king sent a proclamation throughout all the land, amongst all his people who were in all his land, who were in all the regions round about, which was bordering even to the sea, on the east and on the west, and which was divided from the land of Zarahemla by a narrow strip of wilderness, which ran from the sea east even to the sea west, and round about on the borders of the seashore, and the borders of the wilderness which was on the north by the land of Zarahemla, through the borders of Manti, by the head of the river Sidon, running from the east towards the west—and thus were the Lamanites and the Nephites divided.That's all one sentence. It starts off talking about the king's proclamation and ends up talking about the borders between Lamanite-land and Nephite-topia. And we never find out what this important proclamation is about. But for some reason we needed to know that there was a proclamation.
Therefore, as Aaron entered into one of their synagogues to preach unto the people, and as he was speaking unto them, behold, there arose an Amalekite and began to contend with him...It doesn't matter what religion you're targeting—if you walk into their place of worship and start preaching your own religion to them, you can count on not getting a warm reception. What was Aaron thinking? This is an insensitive invasion of privacy.
Behold, we have built sanctuaries, and we do assemble ourselves together to worship God. We do believe that God will save all men.They believe that God will save everybody...but they still opt to spend their time building synagogues in his honor for the purpose of worshiping him? That's pretty commendable. Instead of taking God's love for granted, they express regular, non-mandated gratitude. They don't serve God out of fear or out of desire to become eligible for an eternal reward. They worship because they want to. How many modern Christians are really that pure of heart?
And [Lamoni] also declared unto them that they might have the liberty of worshipping the Lord their God according to their desires, in whatsoever place they were in, if it were in the land which was under the reign of king Lamoni.