3 Angels speak by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore, they speak the words of Christ. Wherefore, I said unto you, feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do.
(2 Nephi 32:3)
To feast upon something is to savor it, to enjoy it, to consume a great deal of it because it brings joy, not out of a sense of duty. Nephi has told us that his “soul delighteth in the scriptures” and that he “pondereth continually upon the things which [he has] seen and heard” (2 Nephi 4:15-16). He has illustrated the point by quoting fifteen chapters of Isaiah, saying “my soul delighteth in his words” (2 Nephi 11:2), and by weaving scripture stories and references into his teachings. In the vision which both he and his father saw, the people who arrived at the tree and partook of the delicious fruit which represented the love of God were the people who “held fast” to the word of God over time. (See 1 Nephi 8:30, 1 Nephi 15:24.)
As Nephi tells us in the passage above, the words of Christ are any words which are spoken by the power of the Holy Ghost. (See D&C 68:4.) These include the words of angels, the words of prophets, both ancient and modern, and the words which we are taught individually as we are inspired by the Spirit of the Lord. As he tells us above, we should feast upon all of these words, finding joy in studying them, and pondering them continually.
Today, I will find joy in my study of the word of God. I will follow Nephi’s example and ponder the words which I have read and heard which have helped me to draw closer to Christ.