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No Excuses (1 Nephi 4)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 18 November 2015. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 1094

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 1733

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 1469

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 1768

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 1380

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 1773

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 2233

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 2088

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.

Gospel Lesson: Your Stone Is Your Testimony

Written by Brother Ben Hemmings on Thursday, 06 November 2014. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 1755

Gospel Lesson: Your Stone Is Your Testimony

Today's Reading: Helaman 5:12 (see below)

"And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall." – Helaman 5:12

Gospel Lesson: Don't Smite Twice

Written by Brother Ben Hemmings on Thursday, 30 October 2014. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 2049

Gospel Lesson: Don't Smite Twice

Today's reading: Exodus 17:1-6 and Numbers 20:2-13

"Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders in Israel." – Exodus 17:6

About 60 percent of the human body is water. Humans must maintain this percentage in order to survive. After leaving Egypt, the Israelites were having difficulty trusting that God would provide for their needs. By the 17th chapter of Exodus, they were chiding Moses for their lack of water, murmuring against him. Moses, as their leader, went to God for direction. The Lord instructed him to go before the people and strike a rock with his staff. God wanted to use this as an example and provide water for the people.

Gospel Lesson: Casting the First Stone

Written by Brother Ben Hemmings on Thursday, 23 October 2014. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 3112

Gospel Lesson: Casting the First Stone

If you're just joining us for Gospel Lessons, here's the first in this five-part series.

Today's reading: John 8:1-11

"He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her." – John 8:7

This week's Bible passage depicts one of the many times when the scribes and Pharisees tried to discredit Jesus, but the outcome paints a beautiful portrait of God's grace and mercy.

One morning, as Jesus was teaching in the temple, the scribes and Pharisees brought a woman who was caught in adultery, a sin punishable by death under the Law of Moses. The scribes and Pharisees weren't trying to hold this woman accountable to the law as much as they were trying to trap Jesus in His teachings.

I Heart My Scripture Study Sheet

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Wednesday, 22 October 2014. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 2724

I Heart My Scripture Study Sheet

I'm definitely a geek, and my scripture study sheet is probably one of the nerdiest things about me.

When I was in my late teens early 20s, I'd already read through the Bible and the Book of Mormon, and I was ready to kick things up a notch. I wanted to stop reading and start studying.

But I didn't know how.

Gospel Lesson: One Smooth Stone

Written by Brother Ben Hemmings on Thursday, 16 October 2014. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 2350

Gospel Lesson: One Smooth Stone

What are Gospel Lessons? Read the first one here!

Today's reading: 1 Samuel 17

"And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd's bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine." (1 Samuel 17:40)

Today's lesson really isn't so much about metaphor itself as it is an examination of what the rock in this story stands for. Some of us have heard the story of David and Goliath since we were young. David has recently (and secretly) been anointed King of Israel. Still tending his family's flocks, his father sends him to deliver food to his three older brothers who are soldiers in Israel's army, which is in battle against the Philistines.

Gospel Lesson: Being a Lively Stone

Written by Brother Ben Hemmings on Thursday, 09 October 2014. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 2317

Gospel Lesson: Being a Lively Stone

Today is our first Gospel Lesson! Your teacher is Brother Ben Hemmings, and his topic rocks! Wait, his topic actually is rocks...

Today's reading: 1 Peter 2:5-9

Every day we walk over them. They are pieces of earth that we don't always consider. They can comprise the footpaths we walk on or the area where we park our cars. They are still used as weapons and still stacked to build the walls and foundations of our houses.

Cursing vs. Marking in the Book of Mormon

Written by Brother Josh Gehly on Wednesday, 01 October 2014. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 3340

Cursing vs. Marking in the Book of Mormon

PLEASE NOTE: We are trying something different with this article. It presents an interpretation of a portion of scripture that is the opinion of the author and does not necessarily represent the view of The Church of Jesus Christ. It is intended to promote thought and perhaps discussion on this topic. Please consider this before leaving any comments. – Gospel Blog Ministry Review Team

I've always loved the Bible and Book of Mormon but have felt uncomfortable when reading scripture that says, "...after they had dwindled in unbelief they became a dark, and loathsome, and a filthy people, full of idleness and all manner of abominations." (See 1 Nephi 12:22-23; see also Alma 3:6, 2 Nephi 5:21-22, Jacob 3:8, 3 Nephi 2:15-16, among many others.)

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