2 Nephi

2 Nephi 33

2 Nephi 33 is the last chapter in 2 Nephi, as I said in my last post, I am super sad that it is coming to an end, but all things must at one point.

Verse 3 has hit home for me.  “But I Nephi, have written what I have written, and I esteem it as of great worth, and especially unto my people.”  I, Samantha, have read what Nephi has written and I esteem it as of great worth, and especially unto my family. Verse 3 continues; “For I pray continually for them by day, and mine eyes water my pillow at night, because of them; and I cry unto my God in faith, and I know that he will hear my cry.”  For I, Samantha, pray continually for my family by day and I cry on my pillow at night because of how much I want for them and how much I worry on their behalf; and I cry unto Heavenly Father in faith knowing that he will hear my prayer and pleas.

Nephi then shares some of his soul with us again and he tells us that he has spoken harshly of sin, which is indeed true.  There is no place in this world or in the hearts of men for sin, we must repent and come unto Christ.  I particularly love verse six which reads: “I glory in plainness; I glory in truth; I glory in my Jesus, for he hath redeemed my soul from hell.”  Nephi shares so much of himself in his writing and I love his words.  The words of Nephi are glorious to my soul and they are indeed plain.  He continues to tell us that if we believe in Christ, that we will believe in the words which he has shared with us because they are the words of Jesus Christ and that these words are meant to teach all men to do good.

I will leave this with you in the name of Jesus Christ and also my parting word for the end of 2 Nephi, please, pray and ask God if these words are true that you might know for yourself and then go here and read.  Feast upon the words of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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2 Nephi 32

“The words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do,” 2 Nephi 32:3.

Some symbolism found in verse 4.  Where it says “neither do ye knock,” this means that you do not ask for. And then again with light and dark.  Light is of God and his Son, Jesus Christ, dark is of Satan. In verse eight we are told that the evil spirit (Satan) is the one that tells us not to pray.  Satan will do everything he can to get us to stray from the path that will lead us to eternal salvation.  Remember this, and know that any of those negative self thoughts or actions are of the devil.  Nephi tells us in verse nine that we must pray always and be strong in our prayers and he also gives us guidance here that we should pray in the name of Jesus Christ.

I love the Book of Mormon and am really sad that 2 Nephi is coming to an end, but I know there are going to be some great chapters ahead!

I write this short blog post to each and every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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2 Nephi 31

These ending chapters of 2 Nephi are so clear to me.  I love the way that Nephi writes so clearly.  I love how it is explained to us that God speaks to us in a language that we can understand.  At this very moment, I understand and am more in tune that I ever have been.  2 Nephi 31 is glorious.  I understand the following:

  • We must repent of our sins
  • We must be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, for if he, a perfected man needs to be baptized, then so must we.
  • We must be given the gift of the Holy Ghost (baptized by fire)
  • We must follow Jesus Christ in all things, with a full purpose of heart
  • We must take upon us the name of Jesus Christ (which is a covenant of baptism)
  • We must endure to the end… we hear this a lot as LDS members, but we have got to do it.  We must bear the pains and afflictions in this life with an eye on Christ, we must stay on that straight and narrow path (symbolism) that leads to eternal life. We must “press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.”
  • We must NOT ever deny Jesus Christ

This sums up the chapter pretty tidy for me, and so I will leave it at this.  I pray all is well in your day and family.  In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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2 Nephi 30

Would you like to be a delight?   I would.  A delightsome people is what many shall become, this is what the heading of 2 Nephi 30 tells us.  Let’s see what other promises and perhaps even a little symbolism we find within.

This chapter starts out with Nephi speaking to the Nephites and he tells them that they are no better than anyone else, and if they fail to keep the commandments of the Lord, that they will die along side everyone else that doesn’t keep them too.  I like verse two which is a great reminder to all; “for the Lord covenanteth with none save it be with them that repent and believe in his Son, who is the Holy One of Israel.”  I find that to be pretty straight forward and plain, if you do not repent and believe in Jesus Christ, there are no covenants between yourself and the Lord, this goes for every human that has or ever will walk the earth.  Verse three then tells us more of the prophesy of the Book of Mormon and plainly states that this book will be carried forth unto the remnant of the Nephites.   Do you know that the Book of Mormon and the words within are a blessing unto us by the hand of God?  I am thankful for the Book of Mormon, and I know that I have expressed this to others and in my prayers, but to know that it is a blessing unto me by the hand of God…. I love it when a different phrase can give one a new outlook.  Verse seven says “and as many as shall believe in Christ shall also become a delightsome people.”  Do you believe, are you delightful?

In verse eight, God begins to work; He will bring the restoration and begin to judge those of their works on earth and the people will be divided based upon their works.  And then there shall be peace upon the earth among all of God’s creatures and Satan shall no longer have power over the hearts of the children of men.  And, that right there is the so awesome.  I don’t know that I want to be here on earth to witness the destruction, but I do know that I want to be able to live among all of God’s creatures in peace and know that Satan will no longer have any power among the human race.

This I share with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Redeemer of the world, Amen.

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2 Nephi 29

2 Nephi 29 only has 14 verses and I haven’t started to study them or look for any symbolism yet, but I know from the heading of the chapter that it’s going to be a good one.  The introduction reads thus: “Many Gentiles shall reject the Book of Mormon- They shall say: We need no more Bible- The Lord speaks to many nations – He will judge the world out of the books thus written.”

God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. I feel like a broken record here, but I’ve got to say it… I LOVE THIS CHAPTER.  I love that we learn that God can do more than one thing.  Verse 9 says “And because I have spoken one word ye need not suppose that I cannot speak another; for my work is not yet finished; neither shall it be until the end of man, neither from that time henceforth and forever.” God can do more than one thing.  I mean, I can sit here and type and also read my scriptures, and listen to my toddler, and tell a dog to go lay down and wonder what time my husband will be home from work all at the same time.  Which one of us mortals has the privilege to say that God can’t have his prophets in different areas of the planet write down his word so that everyone can have it? My answer is no one. End rant.

Okay, read this chapter, it is inspiring. My love of Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father to each of you.

Samantha

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2 Nephi 28

It’s not the Sabbath, but the beginning of a new week for school.  This week, I want to try to focus on using symbolism in the scriptures, but am really a little leery of this study skill.  I’m not confident in this arena at all, but I know that if I make a good effort with this, that I will gain at least something.  Religion, as with most aspects of life, is full of symbols.  Let me read through this chapter and see what I can find.

After a good study of this chapter, I really didn’t find too much symbolism. The one that sticks out in my head right off the bat though is the whore of all the earth found in verse 18.  Remember from previous readings that we learned that the whore of all the earth, which is the great and abominable church of Satan.  Essentially, all those who are led away from the straight and narrow path and into the filthy waters.

I really enjoyed this chapter, even though it focuses on a lot of negatives, we are really clearly told that Heavenly Father still speaks to his children and what it is that we must not do in order to be received into his kingdom when the time comes.

I hope that you enjoy the study of this chapter and can find the light within.  “If they will repent and come unto me; for mine arm is lengthened out all the day long, saith the Lord God of Hosts”  reads the end of 2 Nephi 28:32, we can all find our happiness and shake off the chains that bind us down.

I write this in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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2 Nephi 27

As I am sitting here to write this post, I have a little bit of guilt, so you get to read it.  I meant to get this post, and also 2 Nephi 26 done yesterday, as this was technically last weeks reading.  In our class, however, we are told to do at least 5 days of studying for at least 30 minutes each day, that I did, but I did not get my blog posts done for these two chapters and I feel bad about it.  Okay, off my soap box and moving on.

While this chapter has several lists in it, they are pretty set and easy to pick out.  I am choosing not to get into that right now and instead share what this chapter is about and a bit of my testimony.  2 Nephi 27 can be compared to Isaiah 29 and with that being said, I have no issue understanding most of this chapter as I normally struggle with reading Isaiah’s works. Again, a big shout out to Brother Mike Day and all of his help with insight into understanding Isaiah.  You can visit his site here, and know that his info is so much more comprehensive than mine, in short, he is great!

Verses 6 and 7 of 2 Nephi 27 read: “And it shall come to pass that the Lord God shall bring forth unto you the words of a book, and they shall be the words of them which have slumbered.  And behold the book shall be sealed; and in the book shall be a revelation from God, from the beginning of the world to the ending thereof.”  This is Isaiah telling us of the coming of the Book of Mormon.  Keep in mind, please, that Isaiah is writing in Old Testament times.  He is telling us before Jesus Christ was born to walk the land and share his gospel that the Book of Mormon was to come about.  In verse 14, we are told that there will be witnesses brought forth.  We know from the introduction of the Book of Mormon that there are witnesses to testify of its origin.  There are several more verses that sync up with Joseph Smith’s own testimony about how the Book of Mormon is to come about and how there will be parts lost and parts still sealed up for God to bring to earth in his own time.  I know from reading this chapter that it is true.  If you don’t yet have a testimony of the Book of Mormon, I would encourage you to get on your knees book of mormon is trueand pray to our Heavenly Father with a sincere heart and ask Him for yourself if this book is true.  He will answer you, as he did me.  I know that this is true and I love feeling the power of the Holy Ghost fill my entire being.  I love knowing that He is speaking to me, just a mother of five typing up a blog in Southeast Texas.   God is good, He works miracles and speaks to his children each and every day.

I write this in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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