Jesus tells the people in this chapter to ask, seek, and knock, to gain personal revelation from God. Am I careful not to be swayed by false prophets who come in sheep’s clothing to deceive? God has given us the tools we need to stay safe. But am I using these tools in my life?
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?
These next few chapters are thrilling. Christ is personally there among the Nephites, after His resurrection, teaching them the points of His gospel. He raises the bar, asking them to be perfect, as He is. How can we do this, without being overwhelmed with failure?
The horrible days of darkness end when Jesus Christ appears to the people, pronouncing that He is the light and life of the world. He gives them a simple way to always access His light. Am I taking advantage of this precious gift He has given me?
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?
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?
Mormon, the prophet-historian, inserts his wisdom and thoughts in this chapter, pointing out how quickly we turn away from God unless He chastens us. Repentance helps us turn back to God and remember Him always. Are we taking advantage of this glorious gift our Savior has given us?
Nephi feels alone. He’s cast down. But he refuses to wallow. He ponders the things of God, and that’s when power comes into his life. How can we access the power of pondering in our own life, to bring us closer to God?
Moroni successfully unites his nation…finally. As they savor peace once more, some have become hardened by the many years of war and others have been softened to turn to God. What can we do to ensure we are meek and humble before God?