Wednesday, April 23, 2014

1 Nephi 1-5

Right from the humble beginning of the Book of Nephi we can see sybolism abounding. In 1 Nephi 1:1, Nephi tells his readers that he is a very blessed son of righteous parents, both on earth and in the eternities. Nephi says that he was "taught somewhat in all the learning of his father". It is a very common tradition among all nations and people to have a father teach his son, but symbolic here was the combined learning of secular and religious learning that Lehi gave Nephi. Much like Christ, who was taught in His youth of all of Heavenly Father's work, and the eternal plan of happiness that required the great sacrifice of a perfect life.
The Christ child learning how to pray with his earthly mother, Mary

Later, in 1 Nephi 3:15, we learn of Nephi's Christlike ability to endure to the end. When asked to retrieve the genealogy of Lehi from a rich, powerful man named Laban back in Jerusalem, Nephi and his brothers hit a wall immediately. They are thrown out of the city and one of the brothers barely escaped with his life. While his brothers are ready to head back to their family empty handed, Nephi says this, "We will not go down unto our father in the wilderness until we have accomplished the thing which the Lord has commanded us". Nephi refused to go back to his father without finishing everything he was asked to do. In life we are asked to endure to the end of our lives, through trials and tribulations, and hold out until we've accomplished all that our Father has asked us to do in mortality. Nephi is a great example of enduring to the end.

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