What Does It Mean to “Dwindle in Unbelief?”

dwindle - Diminish gradually in size, amount, or strength (Oxford English Dictionary) Near the beginning of the Book of Mormon, Nephi learns from the Spirit that, without the brass plates containing the scriptures, his family would "dwindle and perish in unbelief" (1 Nephi 4:13). King Benjamin later emphasized this point to his sons: "Were it not for... Continue Reading →

Nephi’s Vision

The prophet Nephi was so impressed with his father's dream and his father's prophecies that he prayed to see what his father had seen. As a result, he saw a sweeping vision in which an angel showed him many future events and used them to explain the symbols from his father's dream. Today, I summarized the... Continue Reading →

“Wrought Upon” – 1 Nephi 13:12-13

After observing an odious society in which the wealthy oppressed the poor, Nephi saw some people from that society cross the ocean to the "land of promise" where his family's descendants would live. The process began with a single individual: And I looked and beheld a man among the Gentiles, who was separated from the... 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 →

What Are “Plain and Precious” Things?

During the vision which Nephi experienced after praying to understand his father's dream, he saw a time when scripture would be intentionally corrupted. "Many plain and precious things" would be removed. Because of those omissions, many people would "stumble" and fall under the power of Satan (1 Nephi 13:28-29). An angel promised Nephi that his... Continue Reading →

What Is “Awful Woundedness?”

During Nephi's vision on the mountain (described in 1 Nephi 11-14), he saw a future time of great confusion. Important spiritual truths ("plain and precious things") would be lost, and as a result, many people would stumble. The angel who served as Nephi's guide throughout the vision reassured him that God would intervene on behalf... Continue Reading →

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