Christ visits the Americas

Christ visits the Americas

Saturday, February 22, 2014

1 Nephi 2:24

"And if it so be that they rebel against me, they shall be a scourge unto thy seed, to stir them up in the ways of remembrance." 

The rebellious children of Nephi's brothers would remind the children of Nephi by fighting and putting them into bondage. This is a cycle of remembrance, or a cycle of repentance:

This happens The Cycle of Righteousness and Wickednessmany times. Even the children of Israel in the time of Moses struggled with this process. Being stuck in the wilderness for 40 years.


Generation from Nephi his brothers remind generation from Nephi how? war, bondage, slave. this cycle, circle. 

Happen  much, people Israel with Moses struggle process. stuck in no people land for 40 year. 

1 Nephi 2:23

"For behold, in that day that they shall rebel against me, I will curse them even with a sore curse, and they shall have no power of thy see except they shall rebel against me also."

God protects His people, making it possible to distinguish the enemies of the servants of god. Even making it so that if the people are dong the right things the enemy shall not prevail against the righteous. But if the righteous fall and don't listen to the words of God, then they shall be reminded as needed.


God Himself protect His people. Happen look see difference Group1 follow God Group2 not. People themselves do right enemy overcome not. If right people fall stop listen God, Himself allow remind if need. 

1 Nephi 2:22

"And inasmuch as thou shalt keep my commandments, thous shalt be made a ruler and a teacher over they bretheren."

Nephi was appointed by God to hold the authority that would give him the right to lead his brothers to the promised land. Much like King David was appointed by a prophet to lead the people after Saul. Nephi proved his faith time and time again by following the commandments and always trusting in the Lord. Unlike David, though, Nephi didn't fall away as time progressed.


Authority from God give Nephi. Nephi have priviledge lead people and brothers promise land. Same David from Bible authority from prophet receive become king after Saul. Nephi faith always, follow commandments endure. Lord he trust. Different David, Nephi fall away, not. 

1 Nephi 2:21

"And inasmuch as they bretheren shall rebel against thee, they shall be cut off from the presence of the Lord."

Because Nephi set the example his brothers had something to follow for the blessings they could have gotten. But as Laman and Lemuel were both so hardened they would lose their ability to be in the presence of God ultimately. No unclean thing can be in the presence of God. It's by keeping the commandments of God we are able to come unto Him again.


Nephi, himself, establish example. His brothers see and follow can, but choose not. Those-two able to approach God not. Thing itself dirty with God can't. Obey Heaven Father commandment with him again can. 

Friday, February 21, 2014

1 Nephi 2:20

"And in as much as ye shall keep my commandments, ye shall prosper,and shall be led to a land of promise; yea, even a land which I have prepared for you; yea, a land which is choice above all other lands."

Nephi is promised that so long as he and his family keep the commandments of the Lord they shall prosper. They would also be led to the pomised land, which we know to be the Americas. This is a huge promise. And the Lord one He makes a promise will keep it so long as the other party does what they are expected and need to do. So, if the person making the covenant, meaning a promise between us and God, keeps the side they are supposed to then the Lord will give what was promised.

The promised land was kept a place apart from others by the power of God. It is a land preserved because it is a "Choice land above all others." The Lord saved it for a specific purpose.

# Gloss

Nephi promise from God receive. If family obey God they blessed will. Them lead promised land will. Happen God promise make give will if other person themself obey will. 

Promise land preserve, save. God purpose have, above other land. 

1 Nephi 2:19

"And it came to pass that the Lord spake unto me, saying: Blessed art thou, Nephi, because of they faith, for thou hast sought me diligently, with lowliness of heart."

Through the Spirit Nephi was told that by doing the right things he was blessed. By having three things Nephi was blessed greatly.

1, Faith: by faith is all things possible and miracles can happen. Each of the miracles performed by Christ was because of faith. Raising Lazarus from the dead, the woman with the issue of the blood being made whole, the leper that was made clean, the blind man, and many more described in the New Testament.

2, Sought the Lord diligently: by searching for the word of God and understanding Nephi was given great knowledge. Many great prophets followed this example. Adam, our first father, Alma the older (later in the Book of Mormon) and so on up to Joseph Smith.

3, lowliness of heart: meaning humility. Christ said that we all should be like unto little children "of such is the kingdom of heaven." Children submit to their fathers and this is why we must become like them. To submit to our Father who is in Heaven and knows all, so He is the best person to go to when in need of guidance. 

# Gloss

Nephi learn himself blessed how? Holy Ghost inform. Nephi himself have three thing. 

1 faith all things possible and wonder happen will. Jesus Christ Himself do wonder happen how? Faith people around. #Lazarus live again after die. woman herself blood sick heal. man himself skin fall off heal. blind man progress. all happen where? New Testament. 

2 search Lord eager. read scripture want understand, #Nephi learn much. Many prophet same do. Adam, first dad here earth, Alma older (find later Book of Mormon will) upto Joseph Smith, Sign name JS.

3 humble Jesus Christ himself say, us need become same child them same King land heaven. Children humble dad, us same need. Humble, listen heavenly Father, Himself know everything. He best person advice and guide need go to.

Friday, February 14, 2014

1 Nephi 2:18

"But, behold, Laman and Lemuel would not hearken unto my words; and being grieved because of the hardness of their hearts I cried unto the Lord for them."

Because of the harness of their hearts and being stiff necked they could not understand Nephi's words. Nor did they care to understand them.

Nephi was sorrowful for them. when one has possession of a great knowledge which will bring eternal joy and others don't want to accept it, there is a feeling much like heart break. By wanting others to have the same knowledge and same joy in a great and merciful God we do all we can to help them receive it. And feel real grief when they don't accept it.

And as Nephi always reminds us the first thing to do is to pray. This again, opens the pathways of communication with our Heavenly Father. This was He can give us specific knowledge and help needed. Including that of perhaps the softened heart of one who is dearly loved.


#Laman, #Lemuel understand Nephi not, For-for? Heart blocked, not want understand God. 

#Nephi himself depressed for brother++. Happen person have know great things, help receive forever joy. Share want. Others find understand can. Try help other find accept. Happen accept not, grief, heart-rip. 

#Nephi always remind, Cl;list thing first, pray. Help communicate with God. Know help people them how? Holy Ghost guide will. 

1 Nephi 2:17

"And I spake unto Sam, making known unto him the things which the Lord had manifested unto me by his Holy Spirit. And it  came to pass that he believed in my words."

Nephi goes to Sam and speaks to him about the things he had learned and by sharing his testimony Sam accepted the things Nephi had learned. Sam was more receptive to the things of the Lord than Laman and Lemuel, by being so, he was better able to understand the mysteries of the Lord.

# Gloss

#Nephi approach Sam, speak about things himself learn from God. Sam accept brother testimony. Sam willing accept thing from God. #Laman, #Lemuel accept things not. Sam understand God can.

1 Nephi 2:16

"And it came to pass that I, Nephi, being exceedingly young, nevertheless being large in stature, and also having great desires to know of the mysteries of God, wherefore, I did cry unto the Lord; and behold he did visit me, and did soften my heart that I did believe all the words which had been spoken by my father; wherefore, I did not rebel against him like unto my brothers."

Nephi provides a great example of what people should do if they do not understand the ways of the Lord. Even though we was young he desired to know the "Mysteries of God." The first thing we should do if we want to know as well is pray. This opens the path to receive personal revelation. By the Spirit of God He reveals many things to those who seek diligently.

By the Spirit Nephi felt the power of God and had no desire to rebel against his father. The knowledge of God was more readily available to Nephi as he desired to know and searched with an open mind and willing heart. He became an example to his family after he gain that knowledge. Even now Nephi stands as an example to followers of Jesus Christ. Children around the world read of Nephi's example and want to be like him, so he still stands as a witness for generations now.

# Gloss

#Nephi, himself become example, people confuse do-do? Want understand God His ways? Need do, pray. Pray make possible to learn things from God. God Himself  show to people themselves search eager. 

Spirit prompt #Nephi, himself feel power God, want reject father, not. #Nephi receive know from God happen #Nephi search with willing heart, mind. #Nephi himself example for people themselves want follow Jesus Christ. Children read story, want become same, #Nephi. #Nephi himself strong witness for Jesus Christ. Whew!

1 Nephi 2:15

"And my father dwelt in a tent."

Lehi gave up more than most people are willing to give up to follow the commandments of the Lord. He gave up his house, land, gold, silver, and worldly possessions. Everything except what was absolutely necessary for survival. All of this because he understood that God knew best and would provide for His servants as they kept his commandments. It takes great faith to leave so much and follow the words of God into the unknown. I greatly admire Lehi, Sariah, Sam, and Nephi for willingly following Lehi into what they may not have entirely understood.

#Lehi, himself sacrifice much. People compare not, willing follow God, his commandment. #Lehi sacrifice home, land, gold, silver, things from world. Take only thing survive need. #Lehi understand  God know much. Give thing servant need. Need much faith leave things and follow God. Where? Don't know. Myself impress #Lehi, #Sariah, #Sam, #Nephi themself follow #Lehi understand whole, not yet. 

Monday, February 3, 2014

1 Nephi 2:14

"And it came to pass that my father did speak unto them in the valley of Lemuel, with power, being filled with the Spirit, until their frames did shake before him. and he did confound them, that they durst not utter against him; wherefore, they did as he commanded them."

Lehi, knowing of his oldest sons disposition spoke with the power of the Spirit of God. By the priesthood which Lehi held he could confound his sons and speak the words of God with such strength that Laman and Lemuel would not dare argue or rebel. Lehi's faith did exceed that of the rebelliousness of Laman and Lemuel.

Recognizing the power of God in their father, Lehi, they submitted and did as they were told. Sad that it took so much for them to follow their father.

#Lehi, himself know son++ personality, knew need speak with power from God His Spirit. Priesthood have touch-fsh, possible confuse son++. Speak God His word strength have. #Laman #Lemuel fight refuse, can't.

Recognize God His power in #Lehi, Obey father. Only follow father happen God His power have, sad.