Nephi Went His Way…Pondering – Helaman 10:2

2 And it came to pass that Nephi went his way towards his own house, pondering upon the things which the Lord had shown unto him.

In the verses preceding this one, Nephi is surrounded by a group of people who were arguing about what label to attach to his spiritual power. Was he a “prophet” or a “god?” Bizarrely, even though he was standing among them, no one asked for his opinion, and, as the crowd dispersed, no one stayed behind to learn more from him. They were caught up in the excitement of the debate, and they completely missed the most important part of the experience. In contrast, Mormon tells us that “Nephi went his way towards his own house, pondering upon the things which the Lord had shown unto him.”
Ancient and modern prophets have urged us to take the time to meditate on important things and not to waste undue time and energy on matters of less importance. For example, President Thomas S. Monson gave the following counsel:

Everywhere people are in a hurry. Jet-powered aircraft speed their precious human cargo across broad continents and vast oceans so that business meetings might be attended, obligations met, vacations enjoyed, or families visited. Roadways everywhere—including freeways, thruways, and motorways—carry millions of automobiles, occupied by more millions of people, in a seemingly endless stream and for a multitude of reasons as we rush about the business of each day.
In this fast-paced life, do we ever pause for moments of meditation—even thoughts of timeless truths? (“The Race of Life,” General Conference, April 2012)

Today, I will take the time to focus my mind on things of eternal importance. Although the tasks of the day are important, and although temporal concerns may demand some of my attention, I will ensure that they do not consume all of my time and energy. I will take time to ponder.

3 thoughts on “Nephi Went His Way…Pondering – Helaman 10:2

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  1. Our minds need attention and nourishment. The feelings that spring from what happens around me if left unchecked may create undesirable roots. To place upon the armour of God I need to gradualy remove my natural armour. This gradual process requires understanding, paciente, love and daily poundring. Was Nephi trying to understand why was he shown what he saw. Or generally speaking, was Nephi trying to make sence of everything that had happen? Perhaps he was concerned of his apparent lack of success? What came during his introspection was precious and another testimony of the tender mercies of a loving Father in Heaven and his son Jesus Christ always attentive and always near.


    1. Thank you for the comment. I agree that pondering can not only help us understand what we have learned but can also help us better understand ourselves. Spending quiet time thinking about our experiences and about our own progress can help us to understand what we need to do better and can give us the opportunity to hear the voice of the Savior through His Spirit. Have a great day!


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