1 Nephi Chapter 1

I’m trying a different method of study this time around. I’m looking at the people in each chapter, and what I can learn from them. So far, in 1 Nephi 1, I’ve found:

Nephi

What I learned from him: Despite all the afflictions he went through, he felt that he was “highly favored of the Lord in all [his] days” because he had received the blessing of “great knowledge of the goodness and the mysteries of God” (verse 1).

What knowledge do I receive from the things I go through? Or do I just make it an opportunity to complain about what I’m going through? Sadly, I think I spend more time complaining than recognizing my blessings.

Nephi also followed the commandment of the Lord to keep a record, which he does “in the language of [his] father, which consists of the learning of the Jews and the language of the Egyptians” (verse 2).

Lehi

What I learned from him: He listened to the prophets when they began preaching throughout Jerusalem, calling the people to repentance with a warning that Jerusalem would be destroyed if they didn’t. Lehi was so concerned about it that he prayed to God, with all his heart, in behalf of his people. This wasn’t just a casual prayer; his concern for his people came from deep within.

The world today is moving further and further away from God. Every day, we see more and more ugliness and chaos and violence. We have the blessing of prayer. Who knows what it can do in today’s world?

After everything that he saw, both in this initial vision and the subsequent one after he returned home, Lehi could not be silent. He had to lend his voice to the other prophets in crying repentance to Jerusalem. Jesus told his apostles and other followers to go to all the world and teach what He had taught. Lehi is trying to do this among his own people, but they reject it and try to kill him. It may not come to that for us; but, as followers of Christ, it is our duty to spread His teachings to the world.

The Jews

What I learned from them: Yes, I even learned from the Jews who refused to listen to the prophets. They didn’t want to hear that they were doing anything wrong. They are angry enough that they now want to kill Lehi.

Eventually, of course, comes the destruction of Jerusalem, where many are killed and the rest are carried away into captivity. So the lesson learned from the Jews can best be summed up in the chorus of the Primary (children’s Sunday School) song “Follow the Prophet”.

Follow the prophet, follow the prophet,
Follow the prophet; don’t go astray.
Follow the prophet, follow the prophet,
Follow the prophet; he knows the way.

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