“I Have Not Spoken in Secret”

Isaiah emphasized to his people that the Lord had communicated very clearly what they needed to know. "I have not spoken in secret," he said; "from the beginning, from the time that it was declared have I spoken; and the Lord God, and his Spirit, hath sent me" (Isaiah 48:16, 1 Nephi 20:16). Nephi added his own... Continue Reading →

Invite

The Savior has introduced Himself multiple times with a variation of the following statement: I came unto my own, and my own received me not.3 Nephi 9:16 (See also Doctrine and Covenants 6:21, 10:57, 11:29, 39:3, 45:8.) He knows what it is like to be rejected by the very people He is trying to help. He... Continue Reading →

Privilege

I've been thinking today about a passage from Alma's sermon to the people of Ammonihah. Speaking of people who receive "holy callings" from God, he said: And thus they have been called to this holy calling on account of their faith, while others would reject the Spirit of God on account of the hardness of... Continue Reading →

“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 →

“Come Unto Me” – 2 Nephi 26:25

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... 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 →

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