The issue centers in nonbelievers. He is proclaimed the enemy of all righteousness (Moroni 9:6) who desires “that all men might be miserable like unto himself” (2 Nephi 2:27). 15–16); second, to those in Zion who think “all is well” (vv. Between waves I made friends with another surfer who liked to sit in the same area as I did to catch waves. 2 Nephi 28:9 Yea, and there shall be many which shall teach after this manner, false and vain and foolish doctrines, and shall be puffed up in their hearts, and shall seek deep to hide their counsels from the Lord; and their works shall be in the dark. Lehi explains that Jerusalem will be destroyed, and he bestows a general curse and blessing upon Jerusalem. Pride separates people as some lift themselves away from their neighbors in supposed superiority. . your own Pins on Pinterest. Today they can be found well disguised as the philosophies and tendencies listed in the chart below. What explanation do we have for other racial types in the Americas such as the Negro, if we follow current theories and refuse to consider transoceanic voyages? Service in the Church should be motivated by a desire to build Zion, not for praise or a position. . It … Neither the atheists nor the communists have any use for the Bible, but they wage no open warfare against the book per se; they do not wear out their lives trying to show that it is false. 2 Nephi 13 ... 2 Nephi 22. Determination to Change 5. These structural divisions order Nephi’s record as a four-part progression, from (1) the journey to the New World (1 Nephi 1–18) through (2) a series of theological sermons (1 Nephi 19–2 Nephi 5) to (3) the culminating, commanded heart of Nephi’s record (2 Nephi 6–30) and (4) a brief conclusion (2 Nephi … . Edited by Leo Rosten. Therefore, consistent with the disharmony inherent in the learning of men, these churches are characterized by their strifes of words, contests of opinions and contention among the clergy (JS- H 1:6). "eat and drink; for tomorrow we shall die" in 2 Nephi 28:7-8, 4. He then put a big piece of meat on top of the blade, so that all the wolf would see was the meat. Feb 28, 2014 - This Pin was discovered by Maryssa Brown. Get an Overview of Isaiah’s Writings. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1968. RETURN TO HEAVEN . (3 Nephi 28:15),” KnoWhy 509 (April 4, 2019). Fishermen use a variety of lures to attract the fish to take the bait. Know ye not that I, the Lord your God, have created all men, and that I remember those who are upon the isles of the sea; and that I rule in the heavens above and in the earth beneath; and I bring forth my word unto the children of men, yea, even upon all the nations of the earth? The Lord calls this response foolish in 2 Nephi 29:4. These sins, Nephi states, will pervade much of society in the latter days. It is the opposite of the statement of John the Baptist regarding the Messiah, “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). It is interesting to note that blood types of the American Indian do not correspond to those of east Asian peoples where most scholars theorize the American Indians have their roots. The verses in Isaiah 29 that are quoted in chapters 26 and 27 of 2 Nephi include Isaiah 29:3-24, a total of twenty-two verses. October 16, 2020. “I was a basket case when I went in there,” says one wife . The goal is to educate women to make a meaningful decision. All of this—the pacifying, the cheating, the flattering, and the leading—is done carefully, which is synonymous with thoroughly, painstakingly, and conscientiously. Discover (and save!) While many accept the Book of Mormon as the “truth of God,” many others “revile” against it, proclaiming it to be of “no worth.” “Many of the Gentiles . 24:43). He said, “Yes, I believe that.” I then asked him what made up the Bible. . 2 Nephi 25:12–17 — Passover and Temple References. “I still feel a little bit (guilty), but not to the same degree. Nephi and Moroni saw that the false teachers would have high heads and stiff necks (v. 14) and would love their money and their substance more than their poor (Mormon 8:37). Those in Zion who have the propensity to relax in their discipleship, Satan pacifies, causing them to believe that “all is well in Zion.” When people become too secure in their righteousness, they can develop a blind side in their own spirituality, which opens a door for Satan to then lead them carefully and almost impercepitbly away from the spiritual nourishment that comes from “being alive in Christ.” A quick pace turns to a lethargic plod, and the member is no longer the watchful disciple. By reading and hearkening to the message of 2 Nephi 28 Church members can get “nearer” to God by recognizing and avoiding his enemies. I opened the lesson with the opening principle from the manual about how the Book of Mormon exposes the adversary's workings. In their index to the first European edition of the Book of Mormon, Brigham Young and Willard Richards singled out 2 Nephi 28:3–4 with the summary that they “Teach with their learning & deny the Holy Ghost” (Book of Mormon 638). The official LDS summary for 2 Nephi 5 prior to December 17, 2010 The Nephites separate themselves from the Lamanites, keep the law of Moses, and build a temple -- Because of their unbelief, the Lamanites are cursed, receive a skin of blackness, and become a scourge unto the Nephites. Such voices may have to answer for their perpetuating falsehood and their failure to give true leadership in combating evil. 2 Nephi 23. This is the true doctrine of Christ. , by Alexander von Wuthenau (New York: Crown Publishers Inc.) [Diane E. Wirth. But during the contest the other team intercepted two key passes and returned the ball each time for touchdowns and won the game. (JS-H 1:21; emphasis added). For example, if there were no miracles, there would have been no first vision of Joseph Smith; if there were no power of God, there would have been no restoration of the Aaronic and Melchizedek Priesthood; if there were no work today, there would be no proselyting church with prophets receiving continuous revelation. . In this case the gentile populace who would be deceived by this type of preaching are like the Nephites just prior to the birth of Christ. Omni. The prophet of that time said to a gathering of wicked Nephites: Behold ye are worse than they; for as the Lord liveth, if a prophet come among you and declareth unto you the word of the Lord, which testifieth of your sins and iniquities, ye are angry with him, and cast him out and seek all manner of ways to destroy him; yea, you will say that he is a false prophet. . We agreed that the Bible was the word of God given to prophets. The story is told of an eskimo who was losing his meat to one particularly crafty wolf. Nephi and his family lived in Jerusalem, circa 600 BC, during the reign of King Zedekiah, until Lehi was commanded by God to take his family and flee into the wilderness. While 2 Nephi 28:20 describes the work of an enemy outside the Church, verse 21 identifies an enemy within the Church—apathy. 1975), 93–97. What explanation do we have for other racial types in the Americas such as the Negro, if we follow current theories and refuse to consider transoceanic voyages? In truth and in fact, the violent opposition to the Book of Mormon is one of the great evidences of its divinity. . . Satan thus customizes his dishonesty according to the susceptibility of his target. He bore his testimony of the truth of his words. Men and women both have affairs and the frequency of women having affairs is now almost as great as the men. 2 Nephi 27. Nephi's quotation of this material is found in 2 Nephi 26:6 and from 2 Nephi 26:15 through 2 Nephi 27:35, a total of fifty-five verses. . Again, Satan’s favorite tool is the one that works. What will you do when the adversary tries to deceive you? Identify and list as many reasons as you can find why we need the Book of Mormon and what it will do, in spite of already having the blessing of a Bible. Questioning those he condemned for this sin, Moroni asked: “Why do ye adorn yourselves with that which hath no life, and yet suffer the hungry, and the needy, and the naked, and the sick and the afflicted to pass by you, and notice them not?” (Mormon 8:39). Director (Betty Thomas) did a wonderful job of giving Gwen's (Sandra Bullock) flashbacks that fuzzy look and sound where she isn't sure if they dreamed what happened or if it really did happen. The Context of 2 Nephi 28 To help understand what is taught in 2 Nephi chapter 28, it is important to review its context. Speaking of this anger over the Book of Mormon, Elder Bruce R. McConkie wrote the following: Millions of sincere and devout people now living believe, in the depths of their souls and with all the fire and fervor of a Peter or a Paul, that the Book of Mormon is true. . In fact, a more plausible theory is that their ancestors came, by sea, from non-Mongoloid parts of the Old World. But to understand it fully, you must sort through the Josephs and loin fruit. Nephi labeled this a vain doctrine. 2 Nephi 9. The wolf came and began enjoying the easy meal. 1971), 6–11. Do not endeavor to excuse yourself in the least point because of your sins, by denying the justice of God; but do you let the justice of God, and his mercy, and his longsuffering have full sway in your heart; and let it bring you down to the dust in humility (Alma 42:30). It is that people who believe the Bible, as they suppose, can also believe any creed of their choice and belong to any church that suits them. The objective of this study is to show how, as President Benson taught, the Book of Mormon reveals the enemies of Christ. 13:26–28). . 28:1 And now, behold, my brethren, I have spoken unto you, according as the spirit hath constrained me; wherefore, I know that they must surely come to pass. It is possible that Nephi chose to specify and thus expose these particular precepts because they are enemies to the doctrine of restoration. Because of pride some members are tempted to seek the praise and gain of Babylon, at the expense of their commitment to Zion. Rejoice, O my heart, and give place no more for the enemy of my soul. First, one must have faith, then pass through the gate of repentance and baptism, and receive the Holy Ghost (v. 17), who according to Nephi “will show [us] all things [that we] should do” (32:5). 2 Nephi 28. 2 Nephi 7. . Additional Book of Mormon Study Resources, https://rsc.byu.edu/archived/book-mormon-second-nephi-doctrinal-structure/16-enemies-christ-2-nephi-28, The Book of Mormon: Second Nephi, The Doctrinal Structure, Lehi and the Covenant of the Promised Land: A Modern Appraisal, Lehi's Last Will and Testament: A Legal Approach, Lehi on God's Law and an Opposition in All Things, God Will Fulfill His Covenants with the House of Israel, The Name Jesus Christ Revealed to the Nephites, The Influence of the Brass Plates on the Teachings of Nephi, Nephi, Isaiah, and the Latter-Day Restoration, The Message to the Jews with Special Emphasis on 2 Nephi 25, We Labor Dilligently to Persuade Our Children to Believe in Christ: 2 Nephi 25:21 to 26:11, Insights from the Early Years: 2 Nephi 28-30, Some Key Ingredients for Finding and Understanding the Truth in Science and Religion, Days of Wickedness and Vengeance: Analysis of 3 Nephi 6 and 7, Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University. Thus we can see that Nephi's "own prophecy" displays his total mastery of Isaiah's concepts and doctrines. . Smith, Joseph F. Gospel Doctrine. 2 Nephi 28-29 (10/31) Reading Assignment for Class on Nov 1: 2 Nephi 28-29. He said, “I guess so.” “That is exactly what the Book of Mormon is!—it is God’s word through prophets who lived on the American continent.” I then told him I was a Mormon bishop. Who is it for?—Us. Seeking to reverse the process, some modern clinicians, with their false teachings, seek to strip mankind of the gift of conscience. . Part B: Read 2 Nephi 29:1–2 and list the things the Lord promises to do in the last days as part of this “marvelous work” (verse 1). . Guerrero, Pacific Coast: Top right, Negro, Plateau of Mexico, Tlapacoyan; center, Semitic-type bearded man, Tabasco; bottom left, Caucasian girl, Veracruz; Bottom right, Oriental head, Plateau of Mexico, Tlapacoyan (all in private collections). Without a devil there is no evil, except as defined by individual societies. As it did in the Nephite society, pride can lead to swelling and boasting, then to envy and strife, then to malice and persecution, and finally, if unchecked, to the grievous sin of murder (Hel. Items do not represent the official views of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or of Book of Mormon Central. Shall Say: According to Miriam Horwinski, embedded in Nephi's prophecy in 2 Nephi 28 are many phrases that describe the conduct of those who follow the devil. That is … Lesson 39: 2 Nephi 29–30 : LDV HELPS. Why should they do so with reference to a companion volume of holy writ based on New World peoples and prophets? Thus Nephi wrote, “the blood of the saints shall cry from the ground against them” (2 Nephi 28:10). All rights reserved. But belief in the Book of Mormon presupposes the acceptance of Joseph Smith as a prophet as well as membership in the church organized by him. A final declaration in 2 Nephi 28 that attracted attention was verse 31: “Cursed is he that putteth his trust in man, or maketh flesh his arm, or shall hearken unto the precepts of men, save their precepts shall be given by the power of the Holy Ghost.” 2 Nephi 31. The churches which are built up, and not unto the Lord . Wherefore murmur ye, because that ye shall receive more of my word? [Robert A. Cloward, "Isaiah 29 and the Book of Mormon," in. I told the students they were going to get to take a peek into the devil's playbook, as it were. Precepts such as this spawn numerous abominations among the children of men and pave the way for false teachers to echo the various voices that promote evil, destroy souls and pervert the truth. Only this month the press quoted the retired head of a populous church proposing “revival of old-style betrothals which would permit young unmarried couples to sleep together with the church’s blessing,” and “it would not be regarded in the moral sense as fornication.” (18). (Alma 34:28). Fourth, he leads the way by going in advance, by conducting, escorting, or directing, by causing one to follow a certain course of action or line of thought. (Hel. . Inclusion within the BMC Archive does not imply endorsement. Afterwards, it was discovered that an assistant coach, with the aid of binoculars, had decoded the signals being sent in to the opposing quarterback indicating his primary passing target. One example of this is a 2 November 1983 article in the Honolulu Star Bulletin, entitled “She Teaches Women How to Cheat.” It reports on the work of psychologist Cynthia Silverman, who conducts workshops “for married women who are having, or thinking of having extramarital affairs.” The following excerpt from that article reveals its teachings: “This is not advice on free love. This anger blinds their eyes and closes their hearts to its message. 2 Nephi 6. Jacob. . 100-101] 2 Nephi 2:8 How Great the Importance to Make These Things Known unto the Inhabitants of the Earth: As I see these, they are flattery of prominent men in the world, false educational ideas, and sexual impurity” (312–13). The Text: 2 Nephi 2:14–16. The meat was so delicious that he didn’t notice that as he was licking and biting, he was cutting his own tongue on the knife. With his raging, pacifying and flattering, he wages war both within and without the Church. Asking Questions 6. Kimball, Spencer W. “Voices of the Past, of the Present, of the Future.” Ensign (June 1971) 1:16–19; also in Conference Report (Apr. The Book of Mormon is a witness of the reality of Satan. As in the story of the eskimo, Satan tempts us with alluring distractions, attitudes, and circumstances, which appear on the surface to be harmless; but as one partakes of them, the spirit slowly suffers, creating a weakened condition which can produce eventual alienation from God. CHAPTER XII. And don’t say we have enough. For it shall come to pass that the inhabitants of Zion shall judge all things pertaining to Zion” (D&C 64:37–38). Many Christians are prone to view the Bible as one-sided history or great literature, but not as inspired writing. One is a modification of the other and both offer an alternate system of salvation that is contrary to the revealed word of God. In the April 1971 general conference, President Spencer W. Kimball spoke about the many and varied voices in the world that expound the ever-changing precepts of men: Certainly, some blame can be attached to the voices from lecture platforms, editorial rooms, or broadcasting stands, and even from the pulpit. precise rules of Christian conduct should not necessarily apply to problems of sexuality.” . 1. He testifies that the Book of Mormon will serve as a standard of truth in the Final Judgment (see 2 Nephi 25:18) and correct false doctrines and convince the Gentiles of their apostate conditions (see 2 Nephi 28). . Among Asians, blood types A and B are most common; among American Indians, blood type O predominates. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he co vered his feet, and with twain he did fly. . His favorite approach is whatever works. "As one reads 2 Nephi 9 one notices the interesting way that Jacob approaches each of his subjects: always in terms of God's goodness and greatness. I told him BYU–Hawaii. If Nephi’s brothers rebel against God, they will be cut off from God’s presence (implying that Nephi and his seed will enjoy God’s presence) (1 Nephi 2:21). Its time period is the latter days; its subjects are: (1) apostasy, characterized by empty souls who drink but remain faint, who are drunken and stagger, but not with strong drink and (2) restoration, particularly the coming forth of a book through an unlearned man, which would cause the wisdom of the wise to perish, the blind to see, the deaf to hear and those who have erred or murmured to learn doctrine. In fact, he repeatedly claims the words as his own or attributes them to the Lord. Through the Book of Mormon, our Heavenly Father has righteously opened to us his children the unholy playbook of those identified as his enemies. Top left, Caucasian female. Yea, ye will lift him up, and ye will give unto him of your substance; ye will give unto him of your gold, and of your silver, and ye will clothe him with costly apparel; and because he speaketh flattering words unto you, and he saith that all is well, then ye will not find fault with him. The Lord warns Nephi to depart into the wilderness. It does not matter to him whether people proclaim Christ or denounce him, if in their religious creeds they are blindly riveted to false doctrines and the traditions of men. Nephi explained that “because of pride, and wickedness, and abominations, and whoredoms, they have all gone astray save it be a few, who are the humble followers of Christ; nevertheless, they are led, that in many instances they do err because they are taught by the precepts of men” (2 Nephi 28:14). First and Second were added to the titles of The Books of Nephi by Oliver Cowdery when preparing the book for printing. 2 Nephi 2:6-8 Wherefore, redemption cometh in and through the Holy Messiah; for he is full of grace and truth. 2 Nephi 28:30. A key phrase used by those who advocate sin is “there is no harm in this” (2 Nephi 28:8). Nephi wrote to those who would fight against the restoration: “Wo unto them that turn aside the just for a thing of naught and revile against that which is good, and say it is of no worth! Chapter 29 is also a prophetic chapter concerning the Book of Mormon. I believe this startled him. and a man [can] get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book” (Introduction, Book of Mormon). They are the antithesis of the righteous and humble saints who preceded them, and in their false, vain and foolish actions they seek to counteract or undo the worthy work of their righteous predecessors. .” The workshop, she added, “helped me set my priorities differently. Alma then teaches Corianton the true relationship between God’s mercy and justice, clarifying that mercy cannot rob justice, but through the atonement of Jesus Christ mercy can appease justice if the sinner repents. In 2 Nephi 31, he gave his readers the antidote to avoid all the enemies of Christ. In this framework, mercy would rob justice. The Second Book of Nephi (/ ˈ n iː f aɪ /), usually referred to as Second Nephi or 2 Nephi, is the second book of the Book of Mormon.The original translation of the title did not include the word "second". And behold, others he flattereth away, and telleth them there is no hell; and he sayeth unto them: I am no devil, for there is none-and thus he whispereth in their ears, until he grasps them with his awful chains, from whence there is no deliverance (28:20–22). . Even those in Islam, whose whole religion is Koran-based, find no especial fault with the Bible. The key phrase is “the Redeemer hath done his work” (v. 5). [Robert A. Cloward, "Isaiah 29 and the Book of Mormon," in Isaiah in the Book of Mormon, pp. 2 Nephi 31. . His countenance changed and his response was: “So you’re a Mormon, huh?” I could read anti-Mormon literature all over his facial expression. 2 Nephi 28: 13: “They rob the poor because of their fine sanctuaries; they rob the poor because of their fine clothing; and they persecute the meek and the poor in heart, because in their pride they are puffed up.” You must keep the prior verse in mind as you read this one. I so much appreciate Nephi's candor. Moroni saw that many would say, “Do this, or do that, and it mattereth not, for the Lord will uphold such at the last day” (Mormon 8:31). If it were not of God, Lucifer would not overly concern himself with it. He warns Laman and Lemuel of the curses that will befall them if they do not keep the commandments (2 Nephi 1:18, 22) and leaves them a conditional blessing (2 Nephi 1:28–29). In line with this and in context with the subject of the chapter, many people are stirred to anger against the work of the restoration and particularly the Book of Mormon. Asking for the Lord's Help ... 28 Awake, my soul! Nephi explained that “because of pride, and wickedness, and abominations, and whoredoms, they have all gone astray save it be a few, who are the humble followers of Christ; nevertheless, they are led, that in many instances they do err because they are taught by the precepts of men” (2 Nephi 28:14). 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