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?
Jesus speaks to the people again, telling them He will gather them as a chicken gathers her chicks, to protect and nourish them. How can we qualify for such great blessings?
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?
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?
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?