Over the last two days, I’ve looked at invitations to come unto Christ in the Book of Mormon. Two days ago, we reviewed Amaleki’s and Moroni’s final admonitions to “come unto Christ.” Yesterday, we looked at passages where the Savior says, “come unto me.”
Today, I’m pondering the passages where prophets use the phrase “come unto him” with reference to the Savior. In the Book of Mormon, there are six of these passages, and they are all in the first six books–the small plates of Nephi.
Here are some principles from those passages:
- We can have confidence that our efforts to approach the Savior will be successful. Nephi assures us that “the way is prepared for all men from the foundation of the world, if it so be that they repent and come unto him. For he that diligently seeketh shall find” (1 Nephi 10:18-19).
- The Savior will welcome all who seek Him. “He inviteth…all to come unto him and partake of his goodness; and he denieth none that come unto him, black and white, bond and free, male and female…. And all are alike unto God” (2 Nephi 26:33).
- We cannot be saved without coming to Him (1 Nephi 13:40). We can’t save ourselves, and no one else is capable of saving us.
- We learn how to come unto Him by studying the principles of the gospel which are taught in the scriptures. Nephi uses the phrase “the very points of his doctrine,” which suggests that the instructions are precise and clear-cut (1 Nephi 15:14).
- Coming unto Christ involves total commitment. We must “offer [our]whole souls as an offering unto him” (Omni 1:26).
Today, I will strive to follow the scriptural invitation to draw closer to the Savior. I will remember that He has invited everyone to come, and that we can all do this. I will remember that He is the only one who can save us. And I will remember that coming unto Him requires a total commitment.