1 Nephi 12

Location: the wilderness

People: Nephi

Important events & details:

  • Nephi sees a vision of the promised land; the people who inhabit it, and their righteousness, wickedness, and downfall; and the Savior coming and choosing twelve disciples, who will judge Nephi’s seed just as the twelve apostles will judge the tribes of Israel.

Favorite verses:

10 … And, behold, they are righteous forever; for because of their faith in the Lamb of God their garments are made white in his blood.

Thoughts/Reflections:

  • This is one of the first chapters in the Book of Mormon that talks about Christ’s atonement. It talks about how, through our faith, we are saved by Him. I love Nephi is told that we are made white through Christ’s blood, that’s a powerful image. That through the atonement Christ takes what is dirty and makes it clean – completely clean.
  • Nephi also sees the great and spacious building again and the mists of darkness that tempt “the children of men”. I like the imagery of the mists of darkness as Satan’s temptations because it feels relatable to my life. I often think of temptations as causing confusion and distracting me from my end goal, making the path difficult to see/hazy to make out.

Questions:

  • Am I taking full advantage of the atonement in my daily life – having enough faith to make myself clean, and deter the mists of darkness that blind me from what is right?
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1 Nephi 11

Location: the wilderness

People: Nephi

Important events & details:

  • Nephi desires to see and know the things his father prophesied about in chapter 10 (concerning the coming of Christ to the earth) so he ponders them and is caught up in the Spirit. The Spirit asks Nephi what he wants to know and if he believes the words of his father and Nephi says, “Yea, thou knowest I believe all the words of my father” (1 Nephi 11:5).
  • The Spirit then shows Nephi the same things that were shown to Lehi. Nephi see the virgin Mary and Christ’s birth. He also sees the iron rod again, and sees that it is the word of God; the tree of life, and that it is the love of God. He also sees Christ be baptized, and the Holy Ghost come down in the form of a dove. He sees the twelve apostles and Christ healing the sick and afflicted. Then Nephi sees Christ crucified. After Christ’s death Nephi sees the great and spacious building, that is the pride of the world, and it’s fall.

Favorite verses:

6 … And blessed art thou, Nephi, because thou believest in the Son of the most high God; wherefore, thou shalt behold the things which thou hast desired.

17 And I said unto him: I know that he loveth his children; nevertheless, I do not know the meaning of all things.

22 … it is the love of God, which sheddeth itself abroad in the hearts of the children of men; wherefore, it is the most desirable above all things. [speaking of the tree]

33 And I, Nephi, saw that he was lifted up upon the cross and slain for the sins of the world.

Thoughts/Reflections:

  • Steps to personal revelation:
    • Desire
    • Belief
    • Study & ponder
    • Be ready for what the Lord has to say, and receive it with an open heart
  • God knows us individually, He knows our hopes & desires, He knows our names. He knows my name.
  • It’s ok that we don’t have all the answers, sometimes it’s enough just to know that God love us and we can trust Him. His plan will always be enough and He will never leave us.
  • God’s love is there whether we follow His word or not, His love is eternal. However, we are only about the fully feel His love and really partake of it when we are following His word. His love is the most desirable thing because it is through His love that we are made clean, and through His love that we can do all things.

Questions:

  • Am I living my life in a way that I can fully partake in God’s love for me? Is knowing Christ and my Heavenly Father my greatest desire?

1 Nephi 1

Location: Jerusalem (first year of the reign of Zedekiah, king of Judah)

People: Nephi and Lehi (his father)

Important events and details:

  • Lehi sees a vision of God upon His throne, surrounded by angels. He also sees Christ and the twelve apostles come down to minister on the earth. Christ gives Lehi a book, which fills him with the Spirit. He reads that Jerusalem is to be destroyed and the people will be destroyed or taken captive into Babylon.
  • Lehi preaches of the destruction of Jerusalem, the coming of the Messiah, and the redemption of the world – the Jews mock him.
  • Nephi explains that he makes an abridgment of his father’s record and then an account of his proceedings

Favorite verses:

20 … But behold I, Nephi, will show unto you that the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance.

Thoughts/Reflections:

  • One of the first things Nephi mentions is that he knows the record he makes is true – the BoM opens with his testimony of it’s truthfulness. It was important to him that I know immediately that he knew the importance of the BoM in my life.
  • Nephi ends the chapter by saying that he will show us the tender mercies of the Lord. The BoM’s purpose is to bring us closer to Christ – to help us learn of Him, understand Him, and come to know Him. Nephi wants me to know that in the BoM I will find accounts of Christ’s tender mercies to those who have faith in Him.

Questions:

  • Do I show faith in Christ by diligently and obediently following the words of His prophets? Do I ever mock their teachings with my words or actions?
  • Am I aware of and do I show gratitude for Christ’s tender mercies in my life each day?