Christ visits the Americas

Christ visits the Americas

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

1 Nephi 3:17

"For he knew that Jerusalem must be destroyed, because of the wickedness of the people."

Because Lehi was obedient in following the Lord he was warned of the danger and immanent destruction of Jerusalem because of the wickedness of the people. Much like the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and even the humbling of the Israelites under the leadership of Moses.

It is an extreme level of wickedness with which the Lord must destroy the city or the area to keep the evil from flooding the earth in it's entirety. The Lord protects His people and if it means the destruction of one person or a nation then, with warning, it will be carried out if not repent of their wicked ways. Even if, in Sodom and Gomorrah, one person would either repent or was righteous then the Lord would have spared the cities. It's because of this wickedness it was ultimately destroyed.


Lehi self obey Lord Lehi warn danger destroy Jerusalem. People there evil sin. Same destroy city #Sodom, #Gomorrah and same Isreal group, them become humble, leader self Moses.

Wicked high need Lord destroy city or place. Protect world cover evil. Lord protect people mean destroy person or country. Himself warn then happen if not repent. If city #Sodom #Gomorrah 1 person repent or right do city save will, but none have. Reason that evil city destroy finish.

Monday, April 28, 2014

1 Nephi 3:16

"Wherefore, let us be faithful in keeping the commandments of the Lord; therefore let us go down to the land of our father's inheritance, for behold he left gold and silver, and all manner of riches. And all this he hath done because of the commandments of the Lord."

The Lord knows everything. By having Lehi leave behind his worldly wealth He provided a way for a trade for the brass plates. Interesting that beyond the need to travel lighter the thing about leaving the wealth did, in fact, give them a way that a trade could be possible. This probably didn't even occur to them and they packed up to leave. Nephi was probably prompted by the spirit to think of the trade. By following the commandments of the Lord are His followers blessed.


Lord self know everything. Reason Lehi leave rich, gold, silver, things. Lord give way trade can. interesting. need travel not heavy with gold, silver, yes but also Lord knew best way, trade can. Thought happen not same time pack leave. Nephi prompt maybe spirit think trade. Happen follow commandment from Lord His follow-person bless will.

1 Nephi 3:15

"But behold I said unto them that: As the Lord liveth, and as we live, we will not go down unto our father in the wilderness until we have accomplished the thing which the Lord hath commanded us." 

The oath that Nephi used is a life or death strength oath. by making this promise Nephi states that he would die trying before he would go back to the camp of Lehi. Not only is this oath for getting the brass plates, it's also for each commandment God would give them. By saying, "the thing which the Lord hath command us." He promises to die trying to follow the will of God. Nephi was a dedicated servant of the Lord.

We are told that if we were to have faith like unto a seed of mustard we could do anything. Nephi shows his faith by refusing to give up saying, "This is too hard for me." He doesn't whine or complain. he just keeps trying and trusting in the Lord to be his strength. This reminds me of a quote from Arza in Ephraim's Rescue saying, "Brother Brigham sent me to find these saints. And I'll find them or give my life trying." The Martin Handcart company was struggling through heavy winter times, and there was a call for able bodied men to help them. With this promise showing the faith of this man he was able to find them as well as give them the aid they needed.


Promise Nephi use mean life death compare. make promise Nephi say self die before giveup go back father came. promise only for metal book? no, all commandments. self promis die try obey commandment from God. Nephi diligent servant Lord.

we finish informed if have faith same seed #mustard we do anything can. Nephi show faith give up refuse. self not complain. try+ trust Lord for strong. Remind me quote from movie #Ephraims Rescue Arza self say "brother Brigham Young sen me find saint. find will, or die try." #Martin #Co trial winter cold snow much. all men self++ call help. Promise show faith of Arza self able find saint can sametime give help need.

1 Nephi 3:14

"But Laman fled our of his presence, and told the things which Laban had done, unto us. And we began to be exceedingly sorrowful, and my brethren were about to return unto my father in the wilderness."

Laman, when he was threatened, quickly left the dangerous situation. He returned to his brothers and tells them what happened. They feel sorrow for the failed attempt, but they don't let it get them down. Or at least Nephi doesn't.

Every person has a time when they struggle with something. Here, Laman fails and is frustrated by it, while the other three are sad that they have yet to succeed, but like Nephi we can keep trying our best to succeed. Every scripture can be applied to our lives if we search for truth and understanding. These words are written for our day, here and now.


Laman, happen danger situation have, leave fast. Himself #sk brothers+ inform happen. three feel sad try and fail, but not discourage. Nephi not stop.

Each person+ have time self trial something. Laman fail frustrate three other sad success (pah) have not yet. scripture apply life can, how? we read search truth understand. Scripture word for-for? our day. right now.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

1 Nephi 3: 13

"And behold, it came to pass that Laban was angry, and thrust him out from his presence; and he would not that he should have the records. Wherefore, he said unto him: behold thou art a robber, and I will slay thee." 

Laban, having the responsibility of keeping the records, would lose a lot of his position in the eyes of the people if he for some reason or other lost the records. This request being an extreme and very unreasonable in many ways would make anyone in this position angry. But Laban goes beyond the necessary by threatening to kill Laman. Proving Laban's wickedness was pretty far along the scale.


Laban, himself responsibility have hold care for book. Himself loose respect if happen book disappear. Laman ask for book whew, crazy. Laban silly mad. he danger kill Laman. Laban sin bad dirty spirit have. 

1 Nephi 3:12

"And he desired of Laban the records which were engraven upon the plates of brass, which contained the plates of brass, which contained the genealogy of my father." 

After a short period of time Laman asked for the plates, explaining the reasoning of wanting them for the genealogy of Lehi. But failing to mention anything about being commanded by God. Not that Laban would have listened, he being a wicked man also. Which is funny. In doing the errand of the Lord neither of the men mentioned in this verse are followers of God in any sense of the words.


Time pass Laman ask plates have can? Explain want why? for generation of Lehi. But say none about God Himself send Laman get plates. Laban listen if talk about God really? No. Funny, Both men in verse doing command of Lord, none true-biz follow Lord. 

1 Nephi 3:11

"And we cast lots- who of us should go in unto the house of Laban. And it came to pass that the lot fell upon Laman; and Laman went in unto the house of Laban, and he talked with him as he sat in his house." 

This is apparently a pretty common way of choosing a person fro a specific assignment. The lots fell on Laman and he had the responsibility to go to Laban's house and ask for the plates. So, Laman went to Laban's house and tried to ease the question by talking to Laban before asking for the plates. This is pretty smart, talking to one and getting to know them is the best way of asking for something that seems not to be easy to obtain any other way.


Throw lot often use long ago. Laman himself choose go house Laban. Need obtain plate, book from Laban. Laman himself go house and chat. get know Laban before need ask for book. Smart, talk person before ask need thing maybe hard receive. 

1 Nephi 3:10

"And it came to pass that when we had gone up tot he land of Jerusalem, I and my brethren did consult one with another." 

After three days of traveling the four brothers got together and talked about how they were going to get the plates from Laban. As said before this would be a daunting task and would take a lot of courage. So, they probably came up with several approaches to get the plates. This would have been a terrifying task, yet Sam and Nephi were the only two really willing to be there in the first place. Laman and Lemuel were less likely to want to try anything beyond the normal level of activity. They have proved their loyalty before with murmuring words against their father and the words of the Lord.


Nephi brother++ arrive, travel three day fsh. Happen they together talk, plan receive plate how? Try get plates scary why? Laban top man. courage True-biz need. Brother+++ plan many thing probably. Sam Nephi want work follow Lord, Laman, Lemuel not. Laman, Lemuel try hard not, they before show follow how much? They complain, not listen father or Lord His word. 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

1 Nephi 3:9

"And I, Nephi, and my brethren took our journey in the wilderness, with our tents, to go up to the land of Jerusalem."

Here, I am pretty sure it took Nephi, Sam, and Lehi to convince Laman and Lemuel to be obedient. Finally, they packed up what they needed and traveled three days back to Jerusalem. The travel alone would have been tiring, but imagine having two brothers complaining the whole way as well. It was probably very hard, not to mention the fact that it did take them three days to go down to the wilderness, it would have taken them just as long to go back to Jerusalem.


Myself think much work need convince Laman, Lemuel obey God must. Pah, success themself pack. Travel three day J-city. Travel hard include brother+ complain+ whole time same. Tru-biz hard three day travel hard arrive wilderness, three day #SK J-city need. Wow.

1 Nephi 3:8

"And it came to pass that when my father had heard these words he was exceedingly glad, for he knew that I had been blessed of the Lord." 

Lehi was overjoyed that Nephi would hearken and listen to the Lord and to His will. He recognized in Nephi a faithful follower of God, a man willing to do all he was commanded. The blessings of God lay on Nephi, giving him the strength needed to follow and do all that was asked. Here we see all we can become if we follow the Lord diligently. We can become like Nephi and find faith to follow and endure to the end.

Lehi happy, why? Nephi listen Lord will. Lehi see Nephi, himself, faithful follow God. Willing do thing CL:list God inform command.God His blessing give, who? Nephi, give strong need follow fsh thing ask do. We become same Nephi can. How follow God eager. We endure end can.