Oh, chapter 13, it’s a long one. Nephi has a lot to share with us here and it is the part of his vision that in in regards to the gentiles. And before I go any further with this post, I would like to say a big thank you to my instructor Brother Mike Day for his insights into the tree of life and how we can read through this section of Nephi and break down all of the symbolism in the chapters. You can visit Brother Day’s blog here. That being said, my focus this week was looking for principles and doctrine found within the passages, so here we go:
Verse 5: The angel shows Nephi “the formation of a church which is most abominable above all other churches, which slayeth the saints of God, yea, and tortureth them and bindeth them down, and yoketh them with a toke of iron, and bringeth them down into captivity.” This church is made up of those that seek riches, harlots, those that look for the praises of the world and that destroy the saints. This is doctrine, it is true. We know that in the world today, that there are many men that fit into these categories, it is a sad and true fact.
Verse 6: Satan founded the great and abominable church. This is a principle. We know from verse 5 that the church is made up of those that seek riches, those that are harlots, those that seek the praises of the world and those that destroy the saints. Of course Satan is the founder of this horrible church. He is the heart of it.
Verse 16: Nephi sees that the Gentiles humble themselves before God and that God is with them. This is a principle in every day life. If one humbles themselves before the Lord, He will be with them.
Verse 20: “and I beheld a book, and it was carried forth among them.” This book is the Bible. This is doctrine, the Bible exists. This is an unchangeable truth.
Verse 23 explains to us that the Bible is more of a history of people, like Nephi’s large plates, and that it does contain prophecy and that it contains covenants of the Lord and that the Book is of great worth.
Verse 26 tells us that after the apostles are slain in the days of Christ, that people took away many parts of the gospel, the plain and precious parts “and also many covenants of the Lord have they taken away.” This is an unchanging truth; doctrine.
Verse 29 shows that after the Bible passes through many hands and the great and abominable church, that the truths and precious parts and covenants are taken away, it is then that the Bible is available for many across the globe to read.
Verse 30 shows us the love that Heavenly Father has for us. Simply, this verse states, that even though people have perverted the ways of the Lord, God is still with the Gentiles and that He is blessing them and watching over them.
Verse 32 declares that Heavenly Father will bring about the Book of Mormon. We learn here that He will not leave the Gentiles in a state of blindness, He will prepare a way for them. This is reiterated at the end of verse 34. This is doctrine, a plain and precious truth, an unchangeable fact.
Verse 35: Jesus Christ tells of his manifestation to the Nephites. Doctrine.
Verse 37: “Blessed are they who shall seek to bring forth my Zion at that day, for they shall have the gift and the power of the Holy Ghost; and if they endure unto the end they shall be lifted up at the last day, and shall be saved in the everlasting kingdom of the Lamb.” Principle is being shown here; we can port this information into our daily lives.
Verse 39: Nephi sees the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price that come from Jesus Christ be spread across the earth, with a purpose to declare that the records printed in the Bible are true.
Verse 40: These “new” books will have those lost plain and precious truths in them and these books shall be spread to people across the world in all countries, that speak all languages and again tells us that the only way to reach Heavenly Father is through our Redeemer Jesus Christ.
Verse 41 makes known that the only way through Jesus Christ is to accept his word. This is certainly doctrine.
Verse 42 proclaims that Jesus Christ will return to this earth, the time will come. Doctrine. An unchanging truth.
This was a long chapter, but it is full of goodness and hope. If any of you reading don’t have access to a Book of Mormon, you can go here to read for yourself. I pray that you do. I pray that while General Conference is about to commence, that each and every one of us is doing our part to bring forth Zion. And I write this in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.