Comments on: Mormon bean counting doesn’t always add up … Religion, faith and ethics Sat, 23 Apr 2016 23:25:07 +0000 hourly 1 By: Anon86 Tue, 12 Jan 2010 15:03:27 +0000 So the Mormons are missing a few beans?

Not exactly news, is it?

By: Think_About_It Mon, 11 Jan 2010 20:18:09 +0000 Fortunately, we’re not beans. :-)

We’re deeply loved children of our Heavenly Father. The servants of God care for His children, as shepherds care for sheep – as the Savior cared for his lambs.

We come to know each other, but at the same time, as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we are all given well defined, specific responsibilities in caring for each other.

Record keeping is a crucial part of knowing whom we serve.

The Book of Mormon records that in the early Christian Church in the Americas, newly converted members were numbered among the people of the Church, and their names were taken, in other words, recorded:

Moroni 6:4 “And after they had been received unto baptism, and were wrought upon and cleansed by the power of the Holy Ghost, they were numbered among the people of the church of Christ; and their names were taken, that they might be remembered and nourished by the good word of God, to keep them in the right way, to keep them continually watchful unto prayer, relying alone upon the merits of Christ, who was the author and the finisher of their faith.”

This is consistent with the Savior’s admonition to Peter, repeated three times in John 21:15-17 :

John 21:17 “He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.”

Again, this is consistent with the Lord’s command to Ezekiel, His prophet, to be a watchman, and to transmit the Lord’s warnings to the people. It is the responsibility of the Lord’s prophet:

Ezekiel 33:
7 “So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me.”
8 “When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.”
9 “Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.”