Jacob picks up the record for the next few chapters. He quotes a lot of Isaiah and lays out the future apostasy and restoration of Christ’s kingdom on earth. What stood out to me in this chapter was how God blesses those who wait on Him. What does it mean to truly wait on the Lord?
The theme of Nephi’s life seemed to be building things. He first built a bow as a young man, then a boat, then he taught others to build buildings, and ultimately, he built a temple to God. God asks that we be builders as well–of faith, character, testimony, love, trust in Him. Are we building with the finest materials we have to give, or are we cutting corners and taking shortcuts. That never works out well in a construction project. How can you use your best workmanship to constantly build your life into something God will want to accept?
This chapter is often called Nephi’s psalm. He agonizes over his weaknesses and sins that keep him from being close to God, but then he utters one word that changes everything…Nevertheless…and he puts his hope and trust in God again and pours out his heart in mighty prayer to the Lord. And despair turns into inspiration.
This chapter has tons of prophesies from Joseph of Egypt that Lehi’s gives to his son, named after him. They are great and powerful and explain a ton about the restoration in the latter-days. Lehi also talks about the message the ancients left for us. What do you think they gave us that would make us most happy?
This chapter delves into an eternal law of heaven: the law of opposites. This is an important concept that can help us get through trials by understanding that we must know pain to know joy.
The second part of this chapter focuses on the plan of salvation, beginning with the eternal law of opposition in all things that we must understand in order to know the fullness of truth. Adam fell that men might be, and men are that they might have joy. How can we have joy in this life, even when things don’t go all that well?
I love this chapter. There is so much rich imagery with the awake and shake off the chains that bind you analogy. We all have burdens and chains that weigh us down or keep us from happiness. Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd, has told us that we can come to Him and He will give us rest. How do we awake from spiritual sleep and shake off our chains so that we can come to Him?