The Book of Mormon teaches that the Lord’s church can dwindle, even be “broken up” because of the iniquity of its members.
The first indication of the church dwindling occurs when the members begin to disbelieve in the gifts of the Spirit (Helaman 4:23). Then there arises those who “profess” to be members of the church God, but in reality they are enemies of church. Then because of their prosperity they have opportunities for learning, and turn to persecuting their humble brethren (Helaman 3:33-34, 3 Nephi 6:12).
The following quiz can be helpful in zeroing in on the one quality that is the most damaging. It gives satan power in the lives of church members who allow it into their hearts.
After taking the quiz, click here to learn more about the quality of character, that brought down the Nephi church.
Pride won’t bring down the whole church this time, only individuals within (or without) the church. Following the prophet, staying worthy of the Holy Ghost, and shunning the worldly philosophies of men will help keep us in the church. It takes humility to follow the prophet, especially when what he (they) say is contrary to what we feel or believe, having been tainted by worldliness, or our own ignorance. It take a humble person to continue in worthiness to have the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost; that’s what I’m working on. And it takes humility to be different, often in very obvious ways, from the world. We can’t just blend in anymore; our standards, beliefs and actions make us stand out. We will need to be humble to endure the persecutions that will come.