Oh my word! Mormon gives us the secret to having the Lord minister to us in the flesh! In verse 15 of chapter one in the book of Mormon, he says,
And I, being fifteen years of age and being somewhat of a sober mind, therefore I was visited of the Lord, and tasted and knew of the goodness of Jesus.
Remember, if it wasn't important, it wasn't put in the B of M. Every word counts. So what should we take this to mean? Why would Mormon add it? Is he bragging? Is he saying he's all that? Seriously, that wasn't his personality. What he's doing is telling us that he wasn't a silly kid, only interested in the latest styles or being popular. He was studious and who knows, maybe a little boring. But he's telling us that being sober is one of those qualities that gave him the upper hand and got the Savior to come visit. Is this really possible? Absolutely yes! I know people who have been visited by the Savior. Are they prophets in the traditional sense of the word? No! They are normal, average, everyday people like you and me! The theory that He will only visit a "prophet" is false and one of those "false doctrines" we need to STOP believing. It falls under "Unbelief".
And I did endeavor to preach unto this people, but my mouth was shut, and I was forbidden that I should preach unto them; for behold they had wilfully rebelled against their God; and the beloved disciples were taken away out of the land, because of their iniquity.
So, if the Lord appeared to you, would it be totally awesome? Would you want to tell the world? Would you want to shout it from the rooftops and convert everyone to the gospel who you loved and cared about and then some? Me too! But Mormon was forbidden! How depressing for him, and he was only 15!!! Wow!
We also find out our previous question in this verse. The one where we wondered what happened to the disciples? Well, they were taken away out of the land. Could some of them have died? Yeah, it's possible, but here it says they picked up and moved. At least that's what it looks like to me. Not absolutely necessary to know, but a fun detail, none the less.
It also says here that the people had willfully rebelled. Do you understand what that means? It means they'd had testimonies at one time. They had been taught the truth and basically gave the Lord the finger. They didn't care. They were angry, hateful, selfish, devilish and the like. The Lord is going to let them suffer the consequences of their choices. He uses Love and Logic, just like we should with our own children. That right there is a very important detail. There's only so much you can do and the Lord doesn't force. I find it very difficult to parent this way. I don't want to fight with my kids, but I do. I'm too controlling. I don't want them to do anything wrong. I prefer Satan's plan, I guess. It's something I'm working on.