15 And it came to pass that Nephi–having been visited by angels and also the voice of the Lord, therefore having seen angels, and being eye-witness, and having had power given unto him that he might know concerning the ministry of Christ, and also being eye-witness to their quick return from righteousness unto their wickedness and abominations;
16 Therefore, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts and the blindness of their minds–went forth among them in that same year, and began to testify, boldly, repentance and remission of sins through faith on the Lord Jesus Christ.
(3 Nephi 7:15-16)
Mormon tells us in this passage that Nephi was an eye-witness to two things:
- The gospel – He had seen angels and heard the voice of God. He not only understood the principles of the gospel; he knew firsthand that they were true.
- The wickedness of his people – He had seen their rapid descent from righteousness to evil in only a few years. He knew that they were living in a way that was contrary to happiness.
Because he knew both of these things firsthand, he was both highly motivated and well-qualified to share the gospel. He knew eternal truths which could help his friends and neighbors. And because he lived among them and knew them, he was aware of their previous righteous state and could speak to them in a way that they could understand.
Today, I will be grateful for the spiritual truths I have been taught and also for the daily experiences of mortality. I’ll be grateful for the opportunities I have to befriend a variety of people in many circumstances, and I’ll look for opportunities to share my testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ.