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What Is the Book of Mormon?

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Thursday, 04 February 2016. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 1936

What Is the Book of Mormon?

What is it? How was it written? Why is it the Word of God?

These are questions you’ve probably asked in the past or may still ask. It's likely you've been asked them many, many times. To craft some clear, basic answers, we're taking a cue from the Gospel News and giving you 5 Amazing Facts about the Book of Mormon:

The Love of God (1 Nephi 11)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 27 January 2016. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 1269

The Love of God (1 Nephi 11)

If you've ever read or learned about Lehi's dream, then you probably know that the tree in the dream represents "The Love of God" as Nephi is told in 1 Nephi 11:22. However, if you read the description of what Nephi is shown as the meaning of the tree, you'll see that he is shown the virgin Mary giving birth to Jesus (verses 15-20) as well as the Lord Himself going forth among the people (verse 24). Putting these together, we see that the love of God has been demonstrated to mankind by Jesus coming into the world and making a way for each of us to inherit eternal life in the kingdom of God.

Jesus Himself said the same thing: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16).

It's My Desire (1 Nephi 10)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 20 January 2016. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 1554

It's My Desire (1 Nephi 10)

DESIRE – A strong feeling of wanting to have something that inspires actions to be taken to obtain the goal

After hearing his father Lehi’s wonderful vision (1 Nephi 8) and his other prophecies regarding the coming of the Messiah and the future of the House of Israel and the Gentiles (as summarized in chapter 10), Nephi “was desirous also that [he] might see, and hear, and know of these things.” Nephi’s desire for this was so strong that he was caught up by the Spirit of the Lord and was shown all of this and more (as recorded in chapters 11-14).

How strong is our desire for the things of God?

God Knows What Lies Ahead (1 Nephi 9)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 13 January 2016. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 1467

God Knows What Lies Ahead (1 Nephi 9)

In 1 Nephi 9, Nephi reflects on God's commandment that he keep two sets of records, known as the Large Plates of Nephi and the Small Plates of Nephi. The Large Plates contained the full history of the people, while the Small Plates were devoted to spiritual accounts that would persuade people to come to God.

Although Nephi understood the commandment, he didn’t really understand God’s reasoning. Why two sets of records covering the same period of time? Couldn’t all the information just be put in one place? Finally, acknowledging, “the Lord knoweth all things from the beginning,” Nephi decided to just trust that God had some wise purpose and do what He commanded.

The Answers Are in There (1 Nephi 8)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 06 January 2016. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 1910

The Answers Are in There (1 Nephi 8)

When I was a young person, my parents used to take me to MBA every week. (Parents: Do you still do that?) One week, our MBA class read 1 Nephi 8 in which Lehi’s wonderful dream is recorded. After reading through the imagery of a dark and dreary waste, a tree with desirable fruit, a straight and narrow path with a long rod of iron next to it, etc., our MBA teacher gave us an assignment to come back the next week ready to describe what each element of the dream represented.

Setting Priorities (1 Nephi 6)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 02 December 2015. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 1533

Setting Priorities (1 Nephi 6)

In 1 Nephi 6, Nephi briefly describes the decision-making process he followed to decide what type of information to include in his own personal record, sometimes referred to as the "Small Plates of Nephi." According to the chapter, Nephi considered the following options:

  • The genealogy of his ancestors (his family tree)
  • A full account of his father's life and experiences
  • General items of interest to any reader
  • Spiritual accounts that would persuade people to come to God

Studying the Scriptures (1 Nephi 5)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 25 November 2015. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 1810

Studying the Scriptures (1 Nephi 5)

When Nephi and his brothers returned to their father with the plates of brass, Lehi then had in his possession a valuable volume of scriptures. What do you think he did next?

a) Looked for a good spot for them on his shelves
b) Remarked how difficult they were to understand
c) Told his wife that he would plan to start reading them next year
d) Told Nephi what he thought was written in them
e) Told Laman & Lemuel that the writings would show them how wrong they were
f) None of the above

No Excuses (1 Nephi 4)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 18 November 2015. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 1297

No Excuses (1 Nephi 4)

Nephi and his brothers had tried multiple ways to obtain the brass plates from Laban. They tried asking for them, and they tried trading their gold and silver for them. Both attempts failed miserably and ended up with Laban keeping all of their possessions and still not giving up the plates. After “trying their best,” it wouldn’t have been unreasonable for the brothers to return to their father and explain why they couldn’t obtain the plates. They certainly had a valid excuse. Laban had 50 armed men at his command — how could four brothers go up against that?

However, Nephi knew there was no way he was returning to his father without the brass plates, especially after stating in chapter 3: “the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.” Rather than believing the lie that he had no choice, Nephi chose to trust in God and wound up obtaining the plates on the third attempt.

I Will Go and Do (1 Nephi 3)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 11 November 2015. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 1950

I Will Go and Do (1 Nephi 3)

After Lehi and his family had walked for three full days into the wilderness, Lehi informed his sons that the Lord wanted them to return to Jerusalem to retrieve a set of records referred to as the "plates of brass." You can imagine the responses: Wait, what? Are you kidding me? Why didn't you have this dream three days ago?

Only Nephi received the directive in a suitable manner, responding, "I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded."

Nephi's statement has two parts to it – "Go" and "Do." Both are often necessary to be successful in an undertaking.

All In (1 Nephi 2)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 04 November 2015. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 1661

All In (1 Nephi 2)

Note: This article is part of a series on 1 Nephi. Click here to read the first article.

I’ve seen the phrase “All In” used in various scenarios. A baseball team that feels it has a good chance to win this year may be willing to sacrifice future young talent in order to go for the championship this year. The team is considered to be “all in” for the year. A card player who feels he has a winning hand may push all his chips into the middle of the table. At that point, he is “all in” for that hand, holding nothing back.

It’s easy to draw parallels to our service to God. The concept of being willing to sacrifice and hold nothing back because we know we have a “winning hand” or that we’re on the “winning team” is something we should all strive for to be effective servants of God.

Establishing Credibility (1 Nephi 1)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 28 October 2015. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 1994

Establishing Credibility (1 Nephi 1)

For the next few months, each Wednesday blog will be based on a chapter from the First Book of Nephi. Each blog will say something about an event or teaching in the chapter and then develop a short lesson we can learn from that chapter. The blog for 1 Nephi Chapter 1 appears below. We hope you enjoy this series!

Most people who have read the Book of Mormon know the first line: “I, Nephi, having been born of goodly parents…” However, if you read the rest of the first verse, you find Nephi making several other statements about himself:

  • Taught somewhat in all the learning of my father
  • Seen many afflictions in the course of my days
  • Highly favored of the Lord in all my days
  • Great knowledge of the goodness and the mysteries of God

Victory Over Death in the Book of Mormon

Written by Brother Joshua Gehly on Wednesday, 21 October 2015. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 1625

Victory Over Death in the Book of Mormon

Jesus Christ gives us victory over death and hell. Often, we quote New Testament passages to proclaim this victory. The Book of Mormon takes us a step deeper into the original meaning of the Hebrew Old Testament to make the same proclamation as the Apostle Paul. By understanding the source language, we gain a greater understanding of prophecy and appreciation for the ancient authorship of the Book of Mormon text.

"…they never did look upon death with any degree of terror, for their hope and views of Christ and the resurrection; therefore, death was swallowed up to them by the victory of Christ over it." (Alma 27:28)

Let the Word Uplift You

Written by Sister Stefanie on Thursday, 20 August 2015. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 1993

Let the Word Uplift You

When thinking about what to write in my blog post, I did what I normally do when trying to search for something — I Googled it.

I searched for "upliftment" and came across a list of scriptures that this man, John Callahan, put together. They're supposed to give us hope when we feel down.

Even though I am not feeling down in any aspect of my life, just reading these 10 verses really uplifted me. How amazing is it knowing that God is always there and that He knew we would need to these words 2,000+ years later?

Going into the Mountain

Written by Brother Jordan Champine on Tuesday, 23 June 2015. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 2541

Going into the Mountain

"...the voice of the Lord came unto me, saying: Arise, and get thee into the mountain. And it came to pass that I arose and went up into the mountain, and cried unto the Lord." (1 Nephi 17:7)

"Nephi, get up and go up." That was the Lord's command after eight-plus years into his wilderness journey. No doubt, God had some big news to share. We read of His great plan for Nephi to build a ship, that curious workmanship which would inevitably carry him and his family across the depths of the untamed sea to the promise land. Notwithstanding how pivotal that moment was, God had never called Nephi up the mountain before. God required something more, and this encounter helps us learn an important lesson — how our relationship with God must grow.

Consider Nephi's journey up to this point. His entire expedition had been one continual cycle of faith building. It was a daily "wash, rinse, repeat" of facing trials, enduring persecution, and receiving God's deliverance. Through it all, God communed with Nephi.

A New Way of Journaling

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 27 January 2015. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 2319

A New Way of Journaling

I have a slight addiction to notebooks and journals. And by slight, I mean a big addiction.

I love opening a new journal, cracking the spine, sitting to write or jot a few notes down. Here's a snapshot of my collection:

I have a notebook just for my to-do lists.
I have a notebook just for taking notes on Sunday's sermons.
I have a notebook just for writing my favorite quotes from books I've read.
I have a notebook just for taking notes on my scripture studies.
I have notebooks just to sit on my desk and look pretty.

Told you I had an addiction.

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