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#BOMTC Day 20, April 26~2 Nephi 32-Jacob 1 or Pages 115-120: From Nephi to Jacob

26 Apr

Are you TASTING or FEASTING on the words of Christ? READ MORE…

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#BOMTC Day 20, April 26~2 Nephi 32-Jacob 1 or Pages 115-120 (2) Click graphi to read 2 Nephi 32-Jacob 1
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These pages mark a major transition in the Book of Mormon. Nephi’s final words are found in chapters 32-33. Once again we find his great anxiety for our welfare and his pattern for plainness (2 Nephi 32:8; 33:3-9). His final words are an invitation to “hearken unto these words and believe in Christ” (2 Nephi 33:10-15). A more simple, yet perfectly suited ending could not have been better for Nephi’s writings: “for thus hath the Lord commanded me, and I must obey” (2 Nephi 33:15). No wonder Nephi’s name seems to spring from our lips when asked about examples of obedience!

#BOMTC Day 20, April 26~2 Nephi 32-Jacob 1 or Pages 115-120 FEAST Upon the Words of Christ

Jacob inherits Nephi’s Small Plates and is given instruction on what should be recorded on them (Jacob 1:1-4). Jacob is not at all new to the Book…

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#BOMTC Day 19, April 25~2 Nephi 29-31 or Pages 109-114: Dueling Doctrines

25 Apr

Elder L. Tom Perry said: “Neither the Bible nor the Book of Mormon in and of themselves is sufficient. Both are necessary for us to teach and learn about the full and complete doctrine of Christ. The need for the other does not diminish either one of them. Both the Bible and the Book of Mormon are necessary for our salvation and exaltation. As President Ezra Taft Benson so powerfully taught, ‘When used together, the Bible and the Book of Mormon confound false doctrines’.” READ MORE…

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Click on graphic to read 2 Nephi 29-31 Click on graphic to read 2 Nephi 29-31

2 Nephi 28 exposes the “false and vain and foolish doctrines” of the devil (v.9). Pride seems to be the main reason for people embracing Satan’s system of justification (vv. 12,13,14,15). Unlike Nephi, whose main concern is to teach with such “plainness” that “no man can err” (2 Ne 25:7,20,28), Satan prefers the “precepts of men” which lead people to “err” (2 Ne 28:14). His tactics are also exposed in 2 Nephi 9:20-22. Perhaps some of these have even worked on you and me. Nephi is quick to warn us of accepting such tempting SIN-speration. Just take a look at the number of “wo’s” that are found in vv. 15-32. One way to define wo is “grief, sorrow, misery”. Not a very tempting doctrine in the end.

It's a-MAZE-ing how Satan can get us off of the Lord's simple gospel path. It’s a-MAZE-ing how Satan can get…

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#BOMTC Day 18, April 24~2 Nephi 27-28 or Pages 103-108: A Marvelous Work and a Wonder

24 Apr

The Book of Mormon is not only inspired writing that must be studies by the Spirit of Inspiration, but it is also a catalyst for inspiration. READ MORE…

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Click graphic to read 2 Nephi 27-28 Click graphic to read 2 Nephi 27-28

Although in these pages Nephi is not exactly quoting Isaiah like he did before (2 Nephi 12-24), he is relying on the teachings of Isaiah heavily to teach about the coming forth of his writings (2 Nephi 26:15; 27:6-22) and the Restoration of Christ’s Kingdom on the earth (2 Nephi 27:24-26). The Book of Mormon was the forerunner to the Restoration. It was during the translation process that Joseph and Oliver received the Priesthood and 12 major revelations contained in the Doctrine and Covenants. The Book of Mormon is not only inspired writing that must be studies by the Spirit of Inspiration, but it is also a catalyst for inspiration. As I read the Book of Mormon I am constantly inspired by not just the words that I read, but more particularly by the Spirit…

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#BOMTC Day 17, April 23~2 Nephi 25-26 or Pages 97-102: Importance of Plainness

23 Apr

Nephi really knew how to apply a quote by President Harold B. Lee:

“You’re to teach the old doctrines, not so plainly that they can just understand, but you must teach the doctrines of the Church so plainly that no one can misunderstand.” READ MORE…

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Click here to read 2 Nephi 25-26 Click here to read 2 Nephi 25-26

I love studying 1 Nephi 25 for so many different reasons. Some of my favorite verses are vv. 23,26,29. Some of my favorite things it taught were: (1) keys to understanding Isaiah; (2) the importance of Isaiah’s writings; (3) the scattering and gathering of Israel; (4) Nephi’s testimony of Jesus Christ’s ministry and mission.

#BOMTC Day 17, April 23~2 Nephi 25-26 or Pages 97-102 Nephi's Keys to Understanding Isaiah Click on the graphic to read an article by John Bytheway about Nephi’s Keys to Understanding the Isaiah Chapters.

What really stands out to me is Nephi’s sincere desire to be so PLAIN that “no man can err” (vv. 7,20,28). This seems to be the pattern of The Master Teacher that Nephi has espoused. It reminds me of a quote by President Harold B. Lee:

You’re to teach the old doctrines, not so plainly that they can just understand, but you must teach the doctrines…

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#BOMTC Day 15, April 21~2 Nephi 15-19 or Pages 85-90: “But His Hand Is Stretched Out Still”

21 Apr

“But his hand is stretched out still”. Is that a good thing, or a bad thing? READ ON…

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#BOMTC Day 15, April 21~2 Nephi 15-19 or Pages 85-90 (2)Click graphic to read 2 Nephi 15-19

Nephi continues to quote Isaiah in these chapters (2 Nephi 15-20). One footnote of interest prior to this reading is found in 2 Nephi 12:2, footnote a, “Comparison with the King James Bible in English shows that there are differences in more than half of the 433 verses of Isaiah quoted in the Book of Mormon, while about 200 verses have the same working as the KJV.” An example of how this comparison is helpful is found in 2 Nephi 12:16, footnote a, “The Greek (Septuaging) has ‘ships of the sea.’ The Hebrew has ‘ships of Tarshish.’ The Book of Mormon has both, showing that the Brass Plates had lost neither phrase” (see, “Upon All the Ships of the Sea, and Upon All the Ships of Tarshish”: Revisiting 2 Nephi 12:16 and Isaiah 2:16 for an insightful article…

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#BOMTC Day 14, April 20~2 Nephi 10-14 or Pages 79-84: “SNellFour”

20 Apr

HAPPY EASTER!!! Here is today’s reading and post from the #BOMTC about “SNellFour”…

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#BOMTC Day 14, April 20~2 Nephi 10-14 or (Pages 79-84) (2) Click graphic to read 2 Nephi 10-14

As Jacob concludes his invitation to come unto Jesus Christ (2 Nephi 10), Nephi validates his words by letting us know that Jacob has seen the promised Messiah (2 Nephi 11:3). Nephi invokes the Law of Witnesses by stating that he has also seen the Redeemer (2 Nephi 11:2). In that same verse we are told that one of the reasons he loves the words of Isaiah so much are because Isaiah has also seen Christ.

The key phrase in this chapter seems to be “my soul delighteth” (2 Nephi 11:2,4,5,6). This chapter precedes Nephi recording 13 chapters from the writings of Isaiah (2 Nephi 12-14; Isaiah 2-14). You may want to see exactly what his soul delights in before you read these chapters so that you can LOOK FOR those elements in the writings of Isaiah…

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#BOMTC Day 13, April 19~2 Nephi 9 or Pages 73-78: Scriptural Foils

19 Apr

President Joseph Fielding Smith taught that 2 Nephi 9 contains, “one of the most enlightening discourses ever delivered in regard to the atonement. It should be carefully read by every person seeking salvation.” READ MORE…

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#BOMTC Day 13, April 19~2 Nephi 9 or Pages 73-78 (2)Click graphic to read 2 Nephi 9

Lets start off with a quote to inspire our study and pondering of the scriptures today. President Joseph Fielding Smith taught that 2 Nephi 9 contains:

 “One of the most enlightening discourses ever delivered in regard to the atonement. It should be carefully read by every person seeking salvation.” (Answers to Gospel Questions, 4:57. Emphasis added.)

Well, that is a powerful statement, by a powerful prophet, about a powerful chapter, in a powerful book! I wrote that quote in my scriptures years ago so I would always remember and consider that before reading 2 Nephi 9.

#BOMTC Day 13, April 19~2 Nephi 9 or (Pages 73-78) Chess Pieces

Starting in verse 10 of 2 Nephi 9, Jacob seems to use a literary technique known as a foil (a person or thing that makes another seem better/worse by contrast). Jewelers do this visually when they put a diamond on black velvet. The black absorbs the light…

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