Shortcutting Past Moroni’s Promise
And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.
However, in this modern era of fast food, rapid transit and instant messaging, Moroni’s advice seems a bit old-fashioned. Isn’t there a quicker method to gospel truth, shortcutting past all that inquiry and patient waiting for revelation through the Holy Ghost?
Here is a modern alternative to Moroni’s methods:
And when ye shall receive these things, just do as you’re told.
There are several advantages to this new approach:
1. It is easier to memorize than Moroni’s promise.
2. Faith, real intent and a sincere heart are not required.
3. Holy Ghost power is not wasted (just in case such power is not a renewable resource).
4. Chances are that the person speaking from the pulpit is more spiritual than you are, or at least vested with greater authority than you are, so it is likely that he is right. Why waste time and effort just to make sure? Certainly you wouldn’t doubt something said by such an honorable person?
I think the logic presented in item 4 is the most compelling of all the advantages listed. I have heard variations of item 4 preached on many occasions. Unfortunately, after applying Moroni’s promise to item 4, I cannot testify that I know the truth of item 4 by the power of the Holy Ghost. In fact, I suspect that we miss out on something when we shortcut past Moroni’s promise.