Readers of the scriptures have long marveled at the account of the translation (or removal heaven-ward) of the city of Enoch. Why were the people of this city so blessed? What was their society like? What kind of man was Enoch himself?
Through imaginary communications from a man called Mahijah (Moses 6:40) to his imaginary friend Omner, Elder Neal A. Maxwell probes the reasons for the glory of the city of Enoch, whose inhabitants were called by the Lord Zion, "because they were of one heart and one mind, and dwelt in righteousness." (Moses 7:18)
"Clearly, what made these people unique was their serious and steady application of the simple teachings of Jesus Christ," the author concludes.
In his recently published Look Back at Sodom, Elder Maxwell describes what might have happened to Sodom and her sister cities, which were destroyed because of their wickedness. Now, in Of One Heart, he describes the Christ-centered society of Enoch, providing a fascinating account of what might have happened in that ancient city and the lessons and applications we might make in our present-day world.
I read this book years ago while on a mission in New Mexico (1983-85). I read it again a couple years later, and then somehow lost the book. But the message was so profound that I have recalled it on many occasions. I am excited to read it again with the perspective of 30 more years of life!