The Power of the Lamb of God – 1 Nephi 14:14

14 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, beheld the power of the Lamb of God, that it descended upon the saints of the church of the Lamb, and upon the covenant people of the Lord, who were scattered upon all the face of the earth; and they were armed with righteousness and with the power of God in great glory.
(1 Nephi 14:14)

One of the purposes of the Book of Mormon is to teach us about “the covenants of the Lord, that [we] are not cast off forever” (Title Page of the Book of Mormon). In the verse above, Nephi tells us about the state of “the covenant people of the Lord” in our day. He saw that their numbers would be relatively small and that they would be scattered throughout the world, be he also saw that they would be “armed…with the power of God in great glory.”

In a recent talk to seminary and institute teachers, Elder Kim B. Clark quoted this verse and then connected it to the work of teaching the gospel:

This is what you do. You teach these wonderful young people the gospel of Jesus Christ, and you help them receive divine power in the priesthood, in the temple, in the companionship of the Holy Ghost, in the holy scriptures, in sacred covenants and ordinances. It is God’s power, and He gives it to His beloved sons and daughters so that they can love, teach, and serve with faith and hope in Him, doing His work all of their lives (“Deep Learning and Joy in the Lord,” Seminaries and Institutes of Religion Annual Training Broadcast, June 13, 2017).

Today, I will remember that the opportunities I have to share the gospel and serve in the church are opportunities to participate in the divine process described in this verse. As I help people prepare to receive priesthood power, to enter into covenants with God, and to hear and follow the Holy Ghost, I help them to receive “the power of the Lamb of God,” which Nephi prophesied would be given to God’s people in the last days.

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