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?
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?
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?
This chapter focuses on the Messianic prophesies Samuel gives the people. Am I carefully observing so I don’t miss warnings, signs, or invitations from living prophets that will prepare me to stand in front of my Savior someday?
Walls keep people in. They keep people out. They can stop our progress. Or, we can climb them and use walls to lift us up to obey God’s commands, as Samuel does in this chapter.
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?
In this chapter, we see many devilish tactics being used to silence a prophet and manipulate and control the Nephites. Nephi testifies of Christ. Our prophet does the same today. Are we listening? How can we ensure we’re building Christ’s kingdom?
The people find Nephi, their prophet, pouring his heart out for them, due to their wickedness. He pleads with them to repent. Repentance opens up infinite possibilities for us. What keeps us from turning to God?
God always gives people many warnings before He exercises His wrath upon them. Are we listening to these? Are we heeding the calls of modern day prophets?
Zeniff’s people made many weapons to protect against their enemy. What defensive armor and offensive weapons do you take upon yourself to keep safe from the adversary today?