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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 788

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 1450

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 1135

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 962

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 952

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 1572

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 895

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 1248

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 1184

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 1555

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 1271

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 1451

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 979

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 1602

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 1362

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.

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