The Book of Mormon states:
2 Nephi 27:31 For assuredly as the Lord liveth they shall see that the terrible one is brought to naught, and the scorner is consumed,and all that watch for iniquity are cut off;
In context, there are four things you should never do, and this scripture is at the heart of a warning.
- First, never aspire to preeminence,
- Second, never accuse or search for iniquity in order to accuse,
- Third, do not contend,
- Fourth, never coerce by force.
If it isn’t clear, the scripture refers to Satan and those who follow after him. As another notes, both “the terrible one” and “the scorner” are epithets applied to Satan.
Consider the story from Clementine Recognitions. [see more at here and here] where Peter seeks peace and his opponent, Simon Magus derides the thought, for he asserts (as the agent of the anti-Christ) that those in the right should use force. That debate is constantly played out all over the world, all over the internet and all over the Church with people accusing, looking for flaws and mistakes and valuing contention over peace.
In looking at that story and others, and in using them to seek the message of the Book of Mormon, the question that arises is: do we seek to force others, do we accuse others, do we scorn others? If so, to what are our hears aspiring? To what should we aspire instead?