“From the Dust” – 2 Nephi 33:13

Nephi tells us that he "did liken all scriptures" to himself and to his family. Here's an example of a passage from Isaiah which he identified with personally: And thou shalt be brought down, and shalt speak out of the ground, and thy speech shall be low out of the dust, and thy voice shall... Continue Reading →

Internalizing Isaiah

Nephi loved the words of Isaiah. He read them to his family to "persuade them to believe in the Lord their Redeemer" (1 Nephi 19:23). He assigned his brother Jacob to preach a sermon about a passage from Isaiah (2 Nephi 6:4). He quoted 16 chapters from the book of Isaiah in his writings. And... Continue Reading →

Like unto Moses – 1 Nephi 4:2

After Nephi and his family arrived in the promised land, he shared many scriptures with his brothers, including passages from the books of Moses and from the writings of Isaiah. He tells us that he "likened" the scriptures to them, helping them apply scriptural lessons to their current circumstances (1 Nephi 19:23). He actually began "likening"... Continue Reading →

“Of Great Worth” – 1 Nephi 5:21

After Lehi's sons obtained the brass plates and brought them to their father in the wilderness, Lehi searched them to understand their contents. As a result, "he was filled with the Spirit, and began to prophesy" (1 Nephi 5:17). Lehi concluded that the scriptures "were desirable; yea, even of great worth" (1 Nephi 5:21). As... Continue Reading →

Abiding by Its Precepts

precept — A general rule intended to regulate behavior or thought (Oxford English Dictionary) On Sunday, November 28, 1841, Joseph Smith spent the day with the apostles and with Joseph Fielding, who had recently returned from a four-year mission in England, at the home of Brigham Young in Nauvoo, Illinois. He made the following declaration to... Continue Reading →

What Does the Book of Mormon Refute?

This is the third of six posts answering a series of questions raised by President Russell M. Nelson in the October 2017 general conference. So far, I have discussed what the Book of Mormon is and what it affirms. Today, I am listing some of the fallacies it refutes. It refutes the concept of original sin,... Continue Reading →

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