Jacob gives four simple, yet meaty steps to be reconciled to Jesus Christ in this chapter. Ponder on these to see if you can think of specific ways you can apply one or all of these steps better in your life.
The Book of Mormon is God’s words for our day. Nephi tells us in this chapter that wherever God’s people are on the earth, He has commanded them to keep a record. We have the Bible, a record of the Jews, and the Book of Mormon, a record of the ancient peoples living in America. No doubt there are other records out there we have not been given by God yet, but when we do receive them, they will run together and prove the truth of the others. Do we treasure God’s words?
Satan knows us better than we know ourselves sometimes…because he doesn’t have a veil of forgetfulness over him here on earth, like we do. He has an arsenal of tricks to tempt us and lead us away from God to misery. But Nephi debunks most of these and sheds light on Satan’s tools to help us not be overcome.
Joseph Smith has said that God is more “boundless in his mercies and blessings, than we are ready to believe or receive.” How can we prepare ourselves better to believe and receive all that God yearns to give us. This chapter gives a few insights into doing this.
Love is key in returning to our God. This chapter delves into what it means to sell ourselves for naught and the dangers of pride. We need to look at our motives for doing things. Are our motives pure or are we trying to please the world more than God?
This chapter is packed full of hope…because it preaches about Christ and the Life He has made possible for us. Nephi also gives tips on how to worship Him with our whole souls, which makes Life in Christ possible and makes us want to rejoice always, because Christ gives life in abundance, life everlasting, life full of joy.
Are you ever tired from the burdens you carry? Sorrows, fears, doubts, sins. Would you like to cast these weights off and receive rest…a spiritual time out. God has promised us rest from our labors and relief from all that weighs us down. We just need to choose Him.