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Liken the Scriptures (1 Nephi 19)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 30 March 2016. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 765

Liken the Scriptures (1 Nephi 19)

After arriving at the promised land of the Americas, Nephi spent considerable time with the various records in his possession. It was then that he prepared the plates on which he would record his own family's record. He also read from the records of the prophets that were recorded on the plates of brass.

Nephi also spent time teaching his brothers from the writings of the prophets and even read to them from these writings. His favorite prophet to read from was the prophet Isaiah. He said that he chose Isaiah to read from because his writings were especially applicable to his family who were part of the House of Israel. The way he put it was that they could "liken the scriptures" to themselves.

Don't Tell Me What to Do (1 Nephi 18)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 23 March 2016. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 680

Don't Tell Me What to Do (1 Nephi 18)

Over the last few chapters, we've seen the Lord direct Lehi's family to the border of the Arabian Sea and work through Nephi to build a ship that would take the family across the many waters to the land of the Americas. In 1 Nephi 18, the family boards the ship and begins the voyage.

One day during the trip, Laman and Lemuel and the sons of Ishmael and their wives began to have sort of a party with singing and dancing. Perhaps if the party had been limited to this, it wouldn't have been a problem, but the account states that they did "speak with much rudeness, yea, even that they did forget by what power they had been brought thither; yea, they were lifted up unto exceeding rudeness" (verse 9).

What Is the Word of God? How Do We Know?

Written by Brother Josh Gehly on Wednesday, 16 March 2016. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 649

What Is the Word of God? How Do We Know?

We're pausing our weekly study of 1 Nephi to bring you this article by Brother Joshua Gehly.

For Hindus, it’s the Sruti. For Buddhists, it’s the Tripitaka and the Dhammapada. For Taoists, it’s the Dao De Jing, Chuang Tzu, and the I Ching. For Islam, it’s the Quran. For Judaism, it’s the Torah. Different Christians include the Bible and, for some groups, many other texts. Each text claims to hold critical keys to spiritual understanding of divine truth.

Odds are good you have not read even a fraction of the religious texts available around the world. How do you know what the Word of God is?

The Touch of the Master’s Hand (1 Nephi 17)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 09 March 2016. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 636

The Touch of the Master’s Hand (1 Nephi 17)

In 1 Nephi 17, the journey of Lehi’s family brings them to the border of the Arabian Sea, which they called Irreantum, meaning "many waters." The next part of their journey would be by water, eventually crossing the ocean and making their way to the land of the Americas. However, in order to do that, they would need a ship.

None of the party was experienced in shipbuilding, but the Lord summoned Nephi onto a mountain and told Him, “Thou shalt construct a ship, after the manner which I shall show thee, that I may carry thy people across these waters” (verse 8).

How to Use a GPS (1 Nephi 16)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 02 March 2016. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 1283

How to Use a GPS (1 Nephi 16)

A Global Positioning System receiver (GPS) is a very useful device that has gained widespread use over the past 10 years or so. The purpose of the GPS is simple: It helps you get to where you want to go. Using a GPS is quite easy:

  • Turn on the device.
  • Tell it where you want to go.
  • Follow the instructions it gives you.

Although the device is easy to use, there are a few things you need to do to ensure a successful trip.

The Fullness of the Gospel (1 Nephi 15)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 24 February 2016. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 976

The Fullness of the Gospel (1 Nephi 15)

While Nephi was being caught up to a high mountain to see his wonderful vision, as recorded in 1 Nephi chapters 11-14, his brothers were in their tent arguing about their father Lehi's dream and what he had said to them regarding future events. Nephi walks in on this argument at the beginning of Chapter 15 and tries to explain to them the meaning of some of the things that Lehi had said.

Among other subjects, Nephi explained the meaning of the metaphor that had been used of an olive tree and branches being grafted into it. He explained that the olive tree represented the House of Israel (all the people who are descendants of Jacob/Israel from the Bible) and that the branches being grafted in represented the Gentiles (everybody else). Specifically, the metaphor referred to a time when the "fullness of the gospel" would come to the Gentiles who would in turn bring it to the House of Israel.

We are living in the period of time that was being described!

Get off the Fence (1 Nephi 14)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 17 February 2016. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 804

Get off the Fence (1 Nephi 14)

There are many times in life when we are faced with a difficult choice and we put off making that choice as long as possible. We stay on the fence as long as we can, perhaps hoping that something will happen to make the choice a little easier. Although this is not necessarily a bad strategy, the time generally comes when you either have to make the choice or else it will be made for you.

For example, when you eat at a restaurant, you're presented with a menu that offers lots of choices. Although the choice may be difficult, you eventually have to select something. What would happen if you stayed on the fence and refused to make a choice? Either you would sit there with nothing while everybody else eats, or someone else would make the choice for you (probably spinach or something equally distasteful).

God Bless America (1 Nephi 13)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 10 February 2016. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 788

God Bless America (1 Nephi 13)

It was early March, 1776. The British General decided to attack the Americans at night. His troops were all ready. But the battle never happened. God had intervened!

During the previous day, the weather had been very pleasant; it was even abnormally warm. But by nightfall a storm raged. Hail mixed with snow and sleet, and the wind blew with almost hurricane force. Windows were smashed and fences were blown over. One American lieutenant called it the worst storm that he was ever exposed to.

The next morning, the wind continued to blow, and the snow and sleet changed over to a driving rain. The British general had no choice. He could not fight in those conditions. So instead, the entire British army evacuated the city of Boston without a fight. If it wasn't for that blizzard, American history could have been very different.

What Is the Book of Mormon?

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Thursday, 04 February 2016. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 1430

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 744

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 1085

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 1050

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 1393

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 1118

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 1292

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

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