2 Nephi 21:6-9 The Wolf and the Lamb

6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid, and the calf and the young lion and fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. 7 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice‚Äôs den. 9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. These verses describe the destiny … Continue reading

Alma 11:42 and 12:11 The Bands of Death and the Chains of Hell

42 Now, there is a death which is called a temporal death; and the death of Christ shall loose the bands of this temporal death, that all shall be raised from this temporal death. 11 And they that will harden their hearts, to them is given the lesser portion of the word until they know nothing concerning his mysteries; and then they are taken captive by the devil, and led by his will down to destruction. Now this is what is meant by the chains of hell. In Alma chapters 11 and 12 there are two types of restraints spoken of: bands of death and chains of hell. These restraints represent two types of death, physical death and spiritual death. … Continue reading

1 Nephi 7:13 If we are faithful

And if it so be that we are faithful to him, we shall obtain the land of promise; and ye shall know at some future period that the word of the Lord shall be fulfilled concerning the destruction of Jerusalem; for all things which the Lord hath spoken concerning the destruction of Jerusalem must be fulfilled. Nephi is once again found talking to his older brothers, trying to persuade them to make the right decision. He does that a lot until finally he has to flee from them in order to save himself from being killed by them. At this point, he makes some promises to Laman and Lemuel. One is that they will obtain the land of promise. That … Continue reading

1 Nephi 6:10 I said in my heart

And it came to pass that I was constrained by the Spirit that I should kill Laban; but I said in my heart: Never at any time have I shed the blood of man. And I shrunk and would that I might not slay him. The heart is an important location in Christianity. Christ’s mission was all about changing hearts. In this story about Nephi, he is asked to kill Laban. But, he says, his heart had a problem with that request. In the end, he does kill Laban, after having a conversation with the spirit about why he should do it. He determines that it is in the best interests of his people to kill this man, especially since … Continue reading

Mosiah 26 The Church and Zion

1 Now it came to pass that there were many of the rising generation that could not understand the words of king Benjamin, being little children at the time he spake unto his people; and they did not believe the tradition of their fathers. 2 They did not believe what had been said concerning the resurrection of the dead, neither did they believe concerning the coming of Christ. 3 And now because of their unbelief they could not understand the word of God; and their hearts were hardened. 4 And they would not be baptized; neither would they join the church. And they were a separate people as to their faith, and remained so ever after, even in their carnal … Continue reading

Moroni 3:14-15 Vengeance

Behold the voice of the Lord came unto me, saying: Vengeance is mine, and I will repay; It is human nature to desire revenge. In the natural man, this is an insatiable appetite that is never fully satisfied. The person who pursues revenge cannot find relief in the pains inflicted upon their enemy because that is not what they truly want. Those who give up their desire for revenge to the Lord are opened up to the freedom gained only through forgiveness. But they also are eligible for higher knowledge if they allow their Savior to teach them. The desire for revenge stems from a godly desire. That is why it is so widespread and so difficult to conquer. It … Continue reading

1 Nephi 1:1-3 A Record

I Nephi, having been born of goodly parents, therefore I was taught somewhat in all the learning of my father; and having seen many afflictions in the course of my days, nevertheless, having been highly favored of the lord in all my days; yea, having had a great knowledge of the goodness and the mysteries of God, therefore, I make a record of my proceedings in my days. Yes, I make a record in the language of my father, which consists of the learning of the Jews and the language of the Egyptians. And I know that the record which I make is true; and I make it with mine own hand; and I make it according to my knowledge. … Continue reading

1 Nephi 1:8 Singing and Praising their God

And being thus overcome with the Spirit, he was carried away in a vision, even that he saw the heavens open, and he thought he saw God sitting upon his throne, surrounded with numberless concourses of angels in the attitude of singing and praising their God. When I read this verse I see a certain image come into my mind. I see a throne with a single man, white flowing beard and hair, sitting in the middle of a crowd of beings clad in white, mouths open and singing. There is nothing terribly wrong with this image but as I grow older and wiser, I’m not sure it is entirely accurate. This is the scene that is normally described in … Continue reading

2 Nephi 2:27 All Things are Given which are Expedient unto Man

Wherefore, men are free according to the flesh; and all things are given to them which are expedient unto man. And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil; for he seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself. It is the sad condition of mortal man to view himself as right and all those whose views contradict his own as wrong. However, setting up a right/wrong dichotomy blinds us to a great truth that we would otherwise perceive. The Lord gives to each and every one of us all things that are expedient unto … Continue reading

1 Nephi 5:1-8 Sariah in the Wilderness

1 And it came to pass that after we had come down into the wilderness unto our father, behold, he was filled with joy, and also my mother, Sariah, was exceedingly glad, for she truly had mourned because of us.   2 For she had supposed that we had perished in the wilderness; and she also had complained against my father, telling him that he was a visionary man; saying: Behold thou hast led us forth from the land of our inheritance, and my sons are no more, and we perish in the wilderness.   3 And after this manner of language had my mother complained against my father.   4 And it had come to pass that my father … Continue reading