This week in Book of Mormon class, we studied Fourth Nephi. Fourth Nephi is an interesting book; it covers about 286 years in only four pages. The defining characteristic of the time period covered in Fourth Nephi is a state of peace and no contention. In verse two it states:
2 And it came to pass in the thirty and sixth year, the people were all converted unto the Lord, upon all the face of the land, both Nephites and Lamanites, and there were no contentions and disputations among them, and every man did deal justly one with another.
The majority of the remaining verses in the book continue to be very similar. Peace, love, miracles, and prosperity all abounded. In fact, when abridging this text, found it sufficient to simply keep saying that the years continued to pass away in the same manner as previous verses.
Although this time of peace eventually came to an end, I find it amazing to think of such a paradisiacal society where contention was nonexistent. It shows what we can become if we are truly converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ and strive to be the best we can be.
As we go through this upcoming Chirstmas season (it is December 7th as I write this) I encourage you to keep in mind the savior and how peaceful our lives can be if let him in to lead us, guide us, walk beside us, and shape us into the people he would have us be.