Christ tells the people they should be aware of their motives for doing good things and figure out where their priorities lay. Do I do good things for good reasons? Who or what is my main priority? Is my love for God motivate me, or something else?
There is a great storm and ensuing darkness in the new world, after Christ’s death in the old world. The people mourn and wish they had repented before this great and terrible day. Am I looking to Christ, so I can reflect His light, instead of adding to the darkness and confusion in the world today?
The Nephite nation is poised on a peak of great change. The line which divides them boils down to this: who are they yielding their hearts to? Satan or Christ? This seems like an easy choice to make, but Satan is subtle and tricky in how he gets us to yield to him. How can we protect ourselves from his deceptions?
In a few short years, the Nephites go from prospering with God’s help, to spiraling into vile evil and corruption in their government. How can we stand firmly for Christ in a wicked world?
The Nephites have a season of prosperity and righteousness, Mormon inserts himself into the narrative to talk about the gathering of Israel. How can I be part of this great work in God’s kingdom today?
The Nephite/Lamanite nations wait for their enemy to attack. But they are prepared to outlast them. Their preparations and humility bring them victory in the end. How can I better prepare to face the adversary and win in my own life?
Giddianhi, the robber leader, writes to Lachoneus, praising him and then demanding he surrender or his army will destroy them. It would’ve been easy to fear. But Lachoneus stood strong. How can we stand strong and not fear the devil’s attacks on us today?
The Nephites go back and forth between weakness and strength in battles with their enemies. What led to the weakness within that made them susceptible to their enemies? How can we avoid this weakening in our own lives?
The Nephite believers face a faith crisis. The unbelievers threaten to kill them if the prophet’s sign of a day without a night doesn’t happen by a certain date. Nephi shows us in this chapter how to strengthen faith in Jesus Christ during turbulent, dangerous times.
A few people believe Samuel, the prophet, but many get angry and harden their hearts. There are many negative consequences of anger. How can we protect against letting anger control us?
Samuel contrasts his people, the Lamanites, and the Nephites. One is growing in righteousness. The other culture is dwindling in sin. The difference is where their focus was placed. Do i focus on my Savior Jesus Christ enough, or do other things distract or confuse me from focusing fully on Him?