Good Evening Everyone!
This is a late post for me so I won't keep you long. Today we read chapters 3 and 4 of 2 Nephi. Lehi finishes speaking to all of his household and gives them blessings. When he is finished, he waxes old and dies. What a great man Lehi was. He obeyed the Lord by leaving Jerusalem and was able to see his family in the Promised Land before he passed away.
After Lehi dies, Nephi shares very wise words in 2 Nephi 4. I will share the verses with you.
15 "…For my soul delighteth in the scriptures, and my heart pondereth them, and writeth them for the learning and the profit of my children."
16 "Behold, my soul delighteth in the things of the Lord; and my heart pondereth continually upon the things which I have seen and heard."
What meaningful verses these are to me. I also love the scriptures and I know that when I am reading them I feel a peace in my soul that is indescribable. I hope you are also feeling this sweet peace in your heart that Nephi speaks of.
Next we see how human Nephi was, just like us. In the following verses I can see how Nephi felt about his own sins. He was not perfect nor are we. The only perfect person who walked the face of the earth was our Savior, Jesus Christ. He truly showed us the way, by example, how we should be.
17 "Nevertheless, notwithstanding the great goodness of the Lord, in showing me his great and marvelous works, my heart exclaimeth: O wretched man that I am! Yea, my heart sorroweth because of my flesh; my soul grieveth because of mine iniquities."
18 "I am encompassed about, because of the temptations and the sins which do so easily beset me."
19 "And when I desire to rejoice, my heart groaneth because of my sins; nevertheless, I know in whom I have trusted."
Elder Dallin H. Oaks said…
“God has promised that he will consecrate our afflictions for our gain (see 2 Nephi 2:2). The efforts we expend in overcoming any inherited weakness build a spiritual strength that will serve us throughout eternity. Thus, when Paul prayed thrice that his ‘thorn in the flesh’ would depart from him, the Lord replied, ‘My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.’
I am grateful for these chapters today. I want to leave you with my favorite scripture from today's reading and also with another video which touches my heart. I want you to know that I know that Jesus Christ is my personal Savior and that he died and was resurrected 3 days later so that I can live again. I know these things with every fiber of my being. I hope that you can also come to know of these things for yourself if you haven't already. Thank you for taking the time to read with me today and learn a little about my faith. Please let me know if you have any questions or if I can do anything for you. I want you to know that you are all in my daily prayers.
2 Nephi 4:35
"Yea, I know that God will give liberally to him that asketh. Yea, my God will give me, if I ask not amiss; therefore I will lift up my voice unto thee; yea, I will cry unto thee, my God, the rock of my righteousness. Behold, my voice shall forever ascend up unto thee, my rock and mine everlasting God. Amen."
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