Mosiah 12:36 Graven Images

Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing in heaven above, or things which are in the earth beneath. What is a graven image? The dictionary says that “graven” means something that is “engraved,” but it also can be something that is indelibly fixed in the mind. This second definition is something to consider, since all of God’s commandments are first spiritual and secondly temporal. The second definition is more spiritual in nature. Paul on Mars’ Hill told the people: Acts 17:24-25; 29 24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;  25 Neither is worshipped … Continue reading

2 Nephi 8:22-25 A Parable of a Prostitute

22 Thus saith thy Lord, the Lord and thy God pleadeth the cause of his people; behold, I have taken out of thine hand the cup of trembling, the dregs of the cup of my fury; thou shalt no more drink it again. 23 But I will put it into the hand of them that afflict thee; who have said to thy soul: Bow down, that we may go over–and thou hast laid thy body as the ground and as the street to them that went over. 24 Awake, awake, put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city; for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean. … Continue reading

Book of Mormon Title Page: The Power of God

Wherefore, it is an abridgment of the record of the people of Nephi, and also of the Lamanites—Written to the Lamanites, who are a remnant of the house of Israel; and also to Jew and Gentile—Written by way of commandment, and also by the spirit of prophecy and of revelation—Written and sealed up, and hid up unto the Lord, that they might not be destroyed—To come forth by the gift and power of God unto the interpretation thereof—Sealed by the hand of Moroni, and hid up unto the Lord, to come forth in due time by way of the Gentile—The interpretation thereof by the gift of God. We are told that the Book of Mormon will be brought for by … Continue reading

2 Nephi 1:5 Receiving the Promise

5 But, said he, notwithstanding our afflictions, we have obtained a land of promise, a land which is choice above all other lands; a land which the Lord God hath covenanted with me should be a land for the inheritance of my seed. Yea, the Lord hath covenanted this land unto me, and to my children forever, and also all those who should be led out of other countries by the hand of the Lord. The initial story in the Book of Mormon is about a family who are spiritually led away from Jerusalem right before its destruction toward a promised land. This story is important for all those who truly want to follow Jesus Christ because it serves as … Continue reading

Mormon 9:23-25 Keeping not Doing the Commandments

In John 6 there is a story that I never heard in Sunday school but that deeply impressed me when I read about it in Talmage’s Jesus the Christ. John 6: 24 When the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, neither his disciples, they also took shipping, and came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus. 25 And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither? 26 Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. 27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but … Continue reading

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’s 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