Location: the wilderness
Important events & details:
- Nephi tells us that the Lord has commanded him to write two sets of plates. He says in this set he writes more of the ministry, and on the other he writes more about the reign of the kings, the wars, and the contentions of his people.
3 … I have received a commandment of the Lord that I should make these plates, for the special purpose that there should be an account engraven of the ministry of my people.
5 Wherefore, the Lord hath commanded me to make these plates for a wise purpose in him, which purpose I know not.
6 But the Lord knoweth all things from the beginning, wherefore, he prepareth a way to accomplish all his works among the children of men; for behold, he hath all power unto the fulfilling of all his words…
- Nephi again shows faith to follow the Lord, even when he doesn’t fully understand the reason behind His commandments. He reminds us that God fulfills all his words, and that He will always provide a way for us to accomplish His commandments.
- Reading Nephi’s account – of how he didn’t know why he was making a second set of plates, but that he knew it was for a wise purpose – strengthens my testimony of God’s plan for us, His greater knowledge of the “whole picture”, and His love for us. Heavenly Father knew that hundreds of years later Joseph Smith would lose part of the record, and that there needed to be another copy so that I, me personally, could have these scriptures.
- Do I have enough faith and trust in God to follow all His commandments, even if I don’t fully understand them yet?