Wednesday, February 14, 2007

2 Nephi 30

Believe and Carry

In verse 3, Nephi prophesies that after the Book of Mormon would come forth, the many would believe the words and "carry them forth unto the remnant of our seed." I believe I am proof that this prophesy has been and is being fulfilled. I believe the words of the Book of Mormon and I had the wonderful opportunity of preaching the teachings of the Book of Mormon to the people of Guatemala for two years.

A Great Division

In chapter 30, Nephi talks about the 2nd Coming. One significant verse in this chapter that has always stood out in my mind is verse 10. Nephi tells of a great division among the people. It will be a division of the righteous and the wicked and that once divided, the wicked will be destroyed by fire. This division will happen in the future. A similar division has happened before, in the Book of Mormon. Just before the coming of Jesus to the Nephites, the government was destroyed and the people were divided into tribes of families (3 Nephi 7:2-3). Some were wicked and some were righteous. But the main point was that there was a division of the righteous and the wicked. Once the division was in place, the earthquakes, volcanoes, thunder, lightening and tempests began (3 Nephi 8). All the wicked were destroyed and the righteous were left, or at least those who were righteous as well as those who were willing to repent.

Our day is no different than in the Book of Mormon times. Every day, we divide ourselves by making choices. When we sin or fall to temptation and we do not repent, we move closer to Satan. But if we repent and do those small and simple things (Alma 37:6), our footing becomes more sure on the Lord's side.

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