What pathos is found in Mormon’s lamenting over the fallen Nephite nation! I like his reference to Christ “who stood with open arms to receive you” (v. 17). Our Savior is very long-suffering with us, as He was with the Nephites. He stands, waiting for us to ask, then He comes running to us. Knowing this should not make us complacent in following Him, though. Mormon’s lamentation shows us how risky it is to wait too long. But even in this past-time, Mormon spoke of the Lord’s mercy in verse 22: “The Eternal Father of Heaven knoweth your state; and he doeth with you according to his justice and mercy.” Mormon eventually gave up on the Nephites. Perhaps I'm wrong, but I just can’t imagine the Lord doing so.