Sunday, July 1, 2012

O Ye Fair Ones

Mormon's elegiac poem to his people contrasts two possible meetings with Christ.  On the one hand, Christ "stood with open arms to receive them"; in other words, in the imagery of the Worship of the Shalems, he called them to meet him through the strait and narrow gate.  Instead of ascending like Shalems, though, the Nephites fell, out of grace and out of the temple.

It's still the case that their "mortal must put on immortality" (dressing imagery) and they must "stand before the judgment-seat of Christ," but now it won't be as disciples, coming unto the Lord in his house, but as sheep waiting to be assigned to one flock or the other.

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