In 2 Nephi 26, Nephi asks a series of rhetorical questions to illustrate the universality of the Savior’s love:
- “Doth he cry unto any, saying: Depart from me?” (2 Nephi 26:25)
- “Hath he commanded any that they should depart out of the synagogues, or out of the houses of worship?” (2 Nephi 26:26)
- “Hath he commanded any that they should not partake of his salvation?” (2 Nephi 26:27)
- “Hath the Lord commanded any that they should not partake of his goodness?” (2 Nephi 26:28)
The answer to all of these questions is an emphatic “No.”
Nephi concludes the chapter by testifying that the Lord “inviteth them all to come unto him and partake of his goodness, and he denieth none that come unto him” (2 Nephi 26:33).
When the Savior appeared on the American continent, the first thing He did after introducing Himself was to invite everyone to come forward and feel the prints of the nails in his hands and in his feet (3 Nephi 11:15). Later that day, He taught those people that their church meetings should follow the same principle:
Ye shall not forbid any man from coming unto you when ye shall meet together, but suffer them that they may come unto you and forbid them not….
Ye see that I have commanded that none of you should go away, but rather have commanded that ye should come unto me, that ye might feel and see; even so shall ye do unto the world (3 Nephi 18:22, 25).
Today, I will remember that the Savior invites everyone to come, to worship, and to partake of His goodness and salvation, and that He doesn’t turn away anyone who chooses to come. As His disciple, I will look for opportunities to invite other people to come to the Savior.