Some people think that the scriptures have nothing to do with business and that looking at them beyond ethical and moral truths is misguided and wrong.  I disagree.

We have been told to pray over our crops, our families, our everything.  When you own a business, your business is your crops.  When you make business decisions, ethics and honesty are involved.  The scriptures also discuss your human value.  I will only mention a few scriptures for now.

Mormon 8:14 states: “And I am the same who hideth up this record unto the Lord; the plates thereof are of no worth, because of the commandment of the Lord. For he truly saith that no one shall have them to get gain; but the record thereof is of great worth; and whoso shall bring it to light, him will the Lord bless.”  This is Moroni writing about the record condensed and authored by his father, Mormon.  The plates were of a gold alloy and weighed 50+ pounds when fully prepared and sealed up to be brought forth by the Prophet Joseph Smith.  Moroni is differentiating between the material the record is written on and the message contained on the material.  The material is “of no worth” but the message is “of great worth”.  Now, in normal human accounting, 50+ pounds of a gold alloy would in fact be worth a large sum of money depending on the gold content.  It became worthless “because of the commandment of the Lord”.  What faith and power.  Moroni simply states as fact (because it is a fact) that the gold is worthless because God said so.

What about your life?  Are you like the golden plates?  On one hand, our mortal bodies are not worth that much in the eternal scheme of things because they are temporary vehicles that will be replaced with perfect bodies in the Resurrection.  But our souls are worth a great amount to God.  Our spirit and body, although temporarily united for now, are of great worth to God.  Besides the mechanics of the situation, what is the value of your message?  Is your message of great worth?  It is worth thinking about.  God can command us to be great, and we will be so if we obey.  I believe that we have all been commanded to be great.

Another great story in the Book of Mormon has to do with Jared and the Brother of Jared.  In Ether Chapter 1, the story of Jared and his Brother begins at the Tower of Babel and the confounding of languages.  Jared asks his Brother to call upon God to first not confound their language, then to not confound the language of their friends and then to ask if God might then drive them out of the land to a land which is choice above all other lands?  Talk about faith and optimism.  When everything around them was going wrong at the Tower of Babel, Jared had faith to ask the Brother of Jared to ask God for specific desired blessings with an expectation and optimism that wonderful things would be the result.  

As the story goes forward, it turns out that God will preserve the language of this group and will drive them out of the land to a land which is choice above all others.  In Ether Chapter 2 and 3, Jared’s group goes forward over some bodies of water where they built barges to cross and camped on the edge of the great waters for the space of about four years and the Brother of Jared gets chastened for the space of about three hours for not praying like he should.  Then it is revealed that they should build barges to cross the great waters and God is there to instruct them and show them how to build doors and the Brother of Jared is given the privilege of figuring out how to light the barges for the trip and is then given a glorious vision that is not fully recorded.

The relationship between the Brother of Jared and God was a bit strained from time to time, but God was still there willing to teach and instruct and help and ultimately bless these people with what Jared had in mind from several years prior.  That is amazing and instructive to us.  Of course, God wouldn’t have done it without His own consent first, but I always wonder if they would have gotten there faster if the Brother of Jared would have prayed more often.

One other scripture that enlightens our understanding of things is Ether 12:37: “And it came to pass that the Lord said unto me: If they have not charity it mattereth not unto thee, thou hast been faithful; wherefore, thy garments shall be made clean. And because thou hast seen thy weakness thou shalt be made strong, even unto the sitting down in the place which I have prepared in the mansions of my Father.”  This is one of the Scriptures that Joseph Smith read to his family before he went to Carthage Jail where he was killed.  We don’t need to prove anything to anybody.  We need to be right with God, and let the chips fall where they may.  Sometimes we want to prove to others that we are right and have made the correct decisions with our lives and fortunes.  We don’t need to prove to the naysayers that we are correct, we need to prove to God that we are faithful and willing to follow his instructions and to do the right thing and going forward with Faith that God will lead us where we need to go.

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