5 And he also spake concerning the prophets, how great a number had testified of these things, concerning this Messiah, of whom he had spoken, or this Redeemer of the world.
6 Wherefore, all mankind were in a lost and in a fallen state, and ever would be save they should rely on this Redeemer.
(1 Nephi 10:5-6)
The first step in getting help is recognizing that you need it. You’ll never call the doctor until you recognize you’re sick. Likewise, you won’t reach out to God for spiritual healing until, like Enos, your soul begins to “hunger,” or like King Benjamin’s people, you become aware of your own spiritual deficiencies (Enos 1:3-4, Mosiah 4:2).
After studying the words of the prophets on the brass plates, Lehi taught his sons about the Savior. To help them understand why a Savior was necessary, he used a phrase which later Book of Mormon prophets would use repeatedly. He told them that all people are “in a lost and in a fallen state” until we learn to rely on our Redeemer. (See 2 Nephi 25:17, Mosiah 16:4, Alma 12:22, Alma 42:6.)
- To be lost implies that we are not where we should be, and that we don’t know how to get there
- To be fallen implies that we have lost our position of honor and have been damaged by our actions.