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“Thine Anger Is Turned Away” – 2 Nephi 22:1

The following refrain appears five times in the book of Isaiah: For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still. It appears in chapter 5, after the prophet pronounces six “woes” or warnings of evil practices which will bring painful consequences (2 Nephi 15:25, Isaiah 5:25). It appears… Continue Reading →

Active, Aware, and Joyful

What does it mean to be alive? At the end of my post two days ago, almost as an afterthought, I identified three characteristics of livingness. All three are clearly identified in Jacob’s discussion of physical and spiritual death: When we are alive, we are active. We have energy. We are able to “live and move… Continue Reading →

“According to the Flesh” – 2 Nephi 10:2

On at least two occasions, Nephi’s older brothers asked him if the scriptures were talking about spiritual things or about temporal things. Here’s how they asked the question after he read two chapters of Isaiah to them: What meaneth these things which ye have read? Behold, are they to be understood according to things which… Continue Reading →

Death and Hell – 2 Nephi 9:6-26

Because of our fallen state, we are subject to two kinds of death. The prophet Jacob refers to them in a number of different ways: Death Hell The death of the body The death of the spirit Temporal death Spiritual death The grave The lake of fire and brimstone The first death Endless death Physical… Continue Reading →

“Fear Ye Not the Reproach of Men” – 2 Nephi 8:7-8

There’s an arrogance in our anxiety. When we allow ourselves to be intimidated by other people, we are assigning too much power to humans and underestimating or ignoring the power of God. This is a common theme in Isaiah, and it permeates chapter 51, which Jacob quotes in 2 Nephi 8: Hearken unto me, ye… Continue Reading →

“My Heart Pondereth Continually” – 2 Nephi 4:15-16

When I read the Psalm of Nephi, I generally focus on his main message: He is discouraged by his sins and recognizes that only God can help him overcome them. But today, I’ve been thinking about how he begins the psalm: with pondering. “My soul delighteth in the scriptures,” he says, “and my heart pondereth… Continue Reading →

Building a City (or a Company or a Family) – 2 Nephi 5

Today, I’ve been pondering what we can learn from Nephi and his people when they left a contentious situation, traveled in the wilderness, and established a new city.  All of us have opportunities in our lives to start something new, such as a new organization, a new project, or a new family. What did Nephi and… Continue Reading →

Names and Titles of Jesus Christ

In March, 2019, I studied 20 different names or titles of Jesus Christ which appear in the Book of Mormon. I was particularly interested in the way each name was used, both in the Book of Mormon and in the Bible.

Sermon Summaries

In 2018, I wrote summaries of many of the sermons in the Book of Mormon. Each summary describes the setting, the purpose, an outline of the sermon’s content, and my takeaways from the sermon.

Questions recommended by President Russell M. Nelson

In December 2019, I wrote six posts explaining what the Book of Mormon is, what it affirms, what it refutes, what it fulfills, what it clarifies, and what it reveals.