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Guest Post : 2 Nephi 28-33

My friend wants to post her thoughts for this weeks Book of Mormon :

Hi!  My name is Tammy Steed and I have been involved in the wonderful BYU-I Pathway program and I am posting a blog about our reading for this week; 2 Nephi 28-33.

As I have been studying 2 Nephi 28-33 I have come to understand how relevant these words our to us today.  The first example that I found was in chapter 28:7…”eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die…”.  How often do we hear  these words used so carelessly as a way to do what one wants without thinking of eternal consequences?   How often we see this attitude in the everyday, and how sad it is to see so many lost in the immediate pleasures of today.  Are we guilty of this?  Do we say things like, “only this one time” or “it’s not that bad”.  Joseph F. Smith wrote about verses 28:7 & 8: ” Do not think that this was said of the world….It is said of the members of the Church”.
The next part that I found relevant was 2 Nephi 28:30.  It contains words from Isaiah that we are to learn “line upon line, precept upon precept.  We are not given everything all at once.  We learn as we go.  We need to be patient and humble and continually striving to learn.  The more we strive to learn with an earnest heart the more we will understand and our knowledge will grow.
In Chapter 29: We are reminded of the many gift that we are given because of the Book of Mormon.  It is the word of God and an ensign.  It gives us divine guidance and security.   What a wonderful gift that we have in these latter days as things keep getting darker and darker.  We will have this beacon of light in our lives.
In Chapter 30:  Many will be converted in the last days.  The literal gathering of Israel will occur.  The wicked will be swept off the earth and  everyone will have to choose righteousness or wickedness.  There will only be peace, …the wolf will dwell with the lamb…the leopard shall lie down with the kid…(vs 12).  All will be revealed and there will be no more darkness.
In Chapter 31: The Savior was baptized to take away the sins of the world.  Christ is our example in all that we must do and strive for.  We are baptized because Christ has shown us the path back to Heavenly Father through his example.  But we cannot stop at baptism. We must keep pressing forward and being steadfast. We need to receive our temple ordinances, we must endure.  32:
” This should be our purpose to persevere and endure, yes, but also to become more spiritually refined as we make our way through sunshine and sorrow”.  (President Thomas S. Monson Oct 2013 “I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee”)
In Chapter 32: Nephi talks about feasting on the words of Christ.  That made me think of Thanksgiving coming up, and how much more spiritually nourished we would all be if we feasted like that with the scriptures everyday.  But a friend of mine brought up a good point about how we cannot always feast because life gets in the way.  She found it better to snack on the words of Christ often, so that she can be sustained.  I loved the thought of feasting but I think that she gives great perspective on how we can continually study his words through our hectic lives.
Nephi stresses that we must “pray always”.  As I thought of this I thought of the times where I say the little prayers of thanks or extra support needed thorough out the day.  But I also thought of the importance daily morning and evening prayers.  We pray in the morning for guidance and safety throughout our day and we pray in the evening for all the things we are thankful for and the things we need to take to the Lord for answers.   I read a great quote by Brigham Young about prayer “It matters not whether you or I feel like praying, when the time comes to pray, pray.  If we don’t feel like it, we should pray till we do… You will find that those who wait till the Spirit bids them to pray, will never pray much on this earth.” (Discourses of Brigham Young, 44)
In Chapter 33: We are reading Nephi’s final testimony.  I could not read this without tears coming to my eyes.  Nephi’s testimony is unwavering.  His words are strong, poignant and profound.  He puts himself right beside us at the judgment seat, but states that if we do not believe, that we will believe because Christ will show it unto us.  Nephi wants us all to return and be saved.  Nephi is such a great example of how to be obedient and faithful even in times of struggle.  What a wonderful gift we all have been given to be able to learn and study of his wonderful example of how we can return to live with Heavenly Father.
I want to bear my testimony that I know the Book of Mormon is true.  I know that Heavenly Father loves us and I know that Christ died on the cross for our sins.  I am so grateful for the Atonement and for examples of righteous persons like Nephi. I am grateful for the many blessing that Heavenly Father has given me.
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