(May 26, 2015)
As I read this chapter today, I began to think in my mind what it must have been like for the people of that time. We, of course, know that the conditions that existed at that moment were not permanent, but there is no evidence that they understood that. In fact, it seems likely that the Nephites of that time must have thought that the end of the world had arrived. They likely had little or no context for the destruction that had taken place, nor could they understand that it was not of a permanent duration.
There was nothing to indicate to them that their lives were not over. No fire, no light, nothing that they needed to survive. And they could not know that it would be coming back.
Yet in that time of darkness, they could not understand that within a year that the risen Lord would appear to them and they would be ushering in a golden age for them as a people. Sometimes in our darkest moments – even when those moments seem permanent and even when we brought this destruction on ourselves – our own golden age is just around the corner. There is no destruction so permanent that the Lord cannot fix it, renew it, and make it better than before. Even if we cannot see how that could ever be done, He can do it.