1 Nephi 15

Location: the wilderness

People: Nephi & his family

Important events & details:

  • After Nephi’s vision he returns to his father’s tent and talks to his brothers about what he saw.
  • When Nephi’s brothers complain that they don’t understand the visions of their father Nephi asks if they have “inquired of the Lord” and then interprets the meaning of the tree of life for them.
    • The tree = the tree of life
    • The iron rod = the word of God
    • The river = filthiness, and the representation of hell

Favorite verses:

8 And I said unto them: Have ye inquired of the Lord?

11 …If ye will not harden your hearts, and ask me in faith, believing the ye shall receive, with diligence in keeping my commandments, surely these things shall be made known unto you.

14 …they shall come to the knowledge of their Redeemer…that they may know how to come unto him and be saved.

Thoughts/Reflections:

  • Nephi tells us throughout the chapter that he “did exhort them {his brothers} with all the energies of my soul” that they would follow God’s commandments and not turn away from His word. Even though they are constantly fighting against him and treating him terribly, he is always trying to help them come to God. I need to be more patient and loving of those around me.
  • I love that Nephi reiterates that the whole purpose of the Book of Mormon is to lead people to the knowledge of the Savior and help us to know how to gain a relationship with him.

Questions:

  • Have I inquired of the Lord? When I have questions or concerns do I immediately turn to the Lord?
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1 Nephi 14

Location: the wilderness

People: Nephi

Important events & details:

  • Nephi continues to see the things his father saw in a vision. The angel tells Nephi about Church of the Lamb of God and the church of the devil, and how the saints all over the world are persecuted by the church of the devil.
  • Nephi is also sees┬áthe apostle John shall write about the end of the world.

Favorite verses:

14 …I, Nephi, beheld the power of the Lamb of God, that it descended upon the saints of the church of the Lamb…and they were armed with righteousness and with the power of God in great glory.

Thoughts/Reflections:

  • Chapter 13 and 14 were more difficult for me to read and understand, I think I wasn’t as focused on my reading/studying, but I knew that I didn’t want to miss a day of scripture study so I read it, and got through it, but I didn’t get as much out of it as I could have.
  • I do like that the last verse of chapter 14 ends with Nephi saying “the things which I have written are true”, ending with his testimony. For now, even when I have a hard time focusing, or difficulty understanding, his testimony gives me faith and encourages me that the things I am reading are true and important. And that’s enough for me today.

Questions:

  • What can I do differently in my approach to studying and reading the scriptures each day so that I can get more out of them?