Mormon Chapter 3.
So now Mormon is not going to lead the Nephites against the Lamanites beacause after being spared three times the Nephites will not repent. Now, how frustrating is this for Mormon. I bet that is how Heavanly Father feels about us when don't listen. So Mormon has done his share, he prays for his people, and they don't listen. He refuses to lead his people into battle and he becomes an observer of the destruction of his people. He also comments on the judgement seat, and how we all have to face it.
"And I did cry unto this people, but it was in vain; and they did not realize that it was the Lord that had spared them, and granted unto them a chance for repentance. And behold they did harden their hearts against the Lord their God." (Mormon 3:3)
How many times have we been granted unto us a a second chance? I am so guilty about this one, but I am glad that I recognize that opportunity and I take it. Unfortunatley I have met people who don't. My grand-aunt was one of these people(not the one that was at church on Sunday). She had a chance to be an at stay home mom, after she married my grand-uncle, who took her in with 9 children none of which were his. It was too bad that instead of learning the trades of a housewife, she spent most of most of her time drinking with drinking buddies while her husband waited for her at home. I remember that sometimes she would be so drunk that he would have to tuck her in bed. I have a feeling that my grand-uncle truly loved her and hoped that someday she would change her ways. The bottom line is that she never did. With 9 children they could have had a beautiful family. Oh the things the kids would have learned from my grand-uncle. They could have learned how to play the piono, and how to paint. My grand-uncle was a self-learned person. He worked many years for the Rail Road, after his retirement he married my grand-aunt and he picked up Norwegian, taught himself how to play the piano, and how to paint beautiful landscapes on canvas. It is incredible how one person's decision affects so many.