After the lengthy quotation of Isaiah 2-14 (contained in 2 Nephi 12-24), the text of the Book of Mormon indicates a clear break at 2 Nephi 25:1. And what is ‘all we can do’? It was a vision of the Almighty and of the Redeemer of the world, glorious beyond our understanding but certain and unequivocating in the knowledge which it brought. 13 Behold, they will acrucify him; and after he is laid in a bsepulchre for the space of cthree days he shall drise from the dead, with healing in his wings; and all those who shall believe on his name shall be saved in the kingdom of God. And notwithstanding they have been carried away they shall return again, and possess the land of Jerusalem; wherefore, they shall be brestored again to the cland of their inheritance. Now they are spread across the world, and they are among us” (“The One Pure Defense” [an evening with President Boyd K. Packer, Feb. 6, 2004], 4, www.ldsces.org). 1998, 77; or Ensign, May 1998, 56). 2 … 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". Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles added that priestcraft can occur both in the Church and from enemies to the Church: “Therefore, let us beware of false prophets and false teachers, both men and women, who are self-appointed declarers of the doctrines of the Church and who seek to spread their false gospel and attract followers by sponsoring symposia, books, and journals whose contents challenge fundamental doctrines of the Church. His journeyings in the wilderness, and so forth. The Prophet said that every man should be a prophet; that the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. They say we do not believe in the traditional Christ of Christianity. In contrast, Jesus taught the Nephites, “I am the light which ye shall hold up” (3 Nephi 18:24). Otherwise he is placing his soul in jeopardy and neglecting that which could give spiritual and intellectual unity to his whole life. Elder M. Russell Ballard explained that the gospel blessings are for every one of God’s children: “Our Father in Heaven loves all of His children equally, perfectly, and infinitely. Book of Mormon Central. Do not obey the commandments but live according to your own appetites and desires” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1991, 86; or Ensign, Nov. 1991, 63). 19 For according to the words of the prophets, the aMessiah cometh in bsix hundred years from the time that my father left Jerusalem; and according to the words of the prophets, and also the word of the cangel of God, his dname shall be Jesus Christ, the eSon of God. B. 1. Do not follow Church leaders but be critical of them. In overview, beginning in 2 Nephi 25, Nephi spoke “somewhat concerning the words which I have written, which have been spoken by the mouth of Isaiah” (25:1). B. Scriptures warn us that the Spirit of the Lord will ‘not always strive with man.’ When we are confirmed, we are given the right to the companionship of the Holy Ghost, but it is a right that we must continue to earn through obedience and worthiness. 27:25 (23–27); Ether 5:4. On another occasion, Elder Maxwell said: “Faith in the timing of God [is] to be able to say Thy timing be done, even when we do not fully understand it” (“Glorify Christ” [an evening with Elder Neal A. Maxwell, Feb. 2, 2001], 7, www.ldsces.org). Because Nephi’s people are of the House of Israel, they are part of that great saga and Nephi points them forward to its anticipated fulfillment. There is some substance to what they say. I imagine that Nephi wrote these words midway through his reign as king in the city of Nephi. Mal. Yes, either to our blessing or our condemnation. Neh. Here the Lord compares His covenant relationship to the house of Israel with the marriage covenant between a man and a wife. 23 For we labor diligently to write, to apersuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by bgrace that we are saved, after all we can cdo. 26 And we atalk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we bprophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our cchildren may know to what source they may look for a dremission of their sins. Hey Friends! Elder Bruce R. McConkie (1915–85) of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles indicated how people who murmur against revealed truth shall learn new doctrines: “Such is the purpose of the Book of Mormon. 25 For, for this end was the alaw given; wherefore the law hath become bdead unto us, and we are made alive in Christ because of our faith; yet we keep the law because of the commandments. “But my greatest anxiety stems from that very same commission. 130:4 (3–4); Rom. And the words which I have spoken shall stand as a btestimony against you; for they are sufficient to cteach any man the dright way; for the right way is to believe in Christ and deny him not; for by denying him ye also deny the prophets and the law. President Ezra Taft Benson (1899–1994) discussed the importance of studying the Book of Mormon and how neglecting that study may have unforeseen consequences: “Do eternal consequences rest upon our response to this book? First and Second were added to the titles of The Books of Nephi by Oliver Cowdery when preparing the book for printing. 15 Wherefore, the aJews shall be bscattered among all nations; yea, and also cBabylon shall be destroyed; wherefore, the Jews shall be scattered by other nations. 33:10. 2 Ne. 8:14 (14–15). Jacob uses 2 Nephi 7:10-11 as a text to exhort his people to give heed to revelations and the truths of the gospel and not to rely upon their own wisdom (2 Nephi 9:28-43). A significant part of the prophesied Restoration was the coming forth of the Book of Mormon. A. February 17-23 2 Nephi 11-25 Study and Teaching Helps for all ages. Search for and mark all the promises God makes with the inhabitants of this land in 2 Nephi 1:5-9 and 2 Nephi 10:10-19. Do not pray; the door to revelation will be closed. “… For example, faith, repentance, baptism, and the gift of the Holy Ghost are requirements for all of God’s children, regardless of gender. Day 2: Read 2 Nephi 25:9-17; Malachi 4:2 4. It was first published in March 1830 by Joseph Smith as The Book of Mormon: An Account Written by the Hand of Mormon upon Plates Taken from the Plates of Nephi. 7:13; 2 Ne. 17 And the Lord will set his hand again the second time to arestore his people from their lost and fallen state. 2002, 107–8; or Ensign, May 2002, 90–91). 2 Ne. “Why Does Nephi Quote a Temple Psalm While Commenting on Isaiah? 28:32 (31–33). Jacob 4:12; Jarom 1:11; Mosiah 3:13; 16:6. [1953], 2:217–18). From 2 Nephi 25:3, 7-8, to whom is Nephi writing? Roles of Moroni and Joseph Smith in bringing forth the Book of Mormon (see verses 9–10). Search for and mark all the promises God makes with the inhabitants of this land in 2 Nephi 1:5-9 and 2 Nephi 10:10-19. 2 Nephi 26. But he “did know that their records would be preserved and given to future generations to assist in the Restoration” (Robert J. Matthews, Selected Writings of Robert J. Matthews: Gospel Scholars Series [1999], 356). That set of interpretive sayings continues on until the end of chapter 30. 2 Nephi 25:4, 7 Nephi Prefaces His Own Prophecies After quoting Isaiah extensively, Nephi records his own prophecies in 2 Nephi 25:9 through 30:18. His divine determinations are guaranteed, since whatever He takes in His heart to do, He will surely do it (see Abraham 3:17). A careful comparison of Isaiah 29 and the same chapter from the brass plates (2 Nephi 27) shows that some of the “plain and most precious” parts that have been “taken away” (1 Nephi 13:26–27) include: Latter-day context of the prophecy (see 2 Nephi 27:1). 27:26; 3 Ne. 2 Ne. Luke 23:53; John 19:41 (41–42); 1 Ne. Do not listen to prophets and follow their counsel but interpret their declarations according to your own desires. We answer this accusation with the words of two Book of Mormon prophets. His purposes will all triumph and without abrogating man’s moral agency. 2 Nephi 11–25: Isaiah Handout . Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin (1917–2008) of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles taught the importance of diligent effort to merit the continued presence of the Holy Ghost: “As with all gifts, [the gift of the Holy Ghost] must be received and accepted to be enjoyed. The book would be “sealed” (verses 7–8). Another testament, speaking as a voice from the dust, came forth as a second witness to the reality and the divinity of the Son of God, the great Redeemer of the world. 1991, 119; or Ensign, May 1991, 90). Isa. 2 Kgs. 2 Nephi 2:11 There is an opposition in all things. It is likewise through the grace of the Lord that individuals, through faith in the atonement of Jesus Christ and repentance of their sins, receive strength and assistance to do good works that they otherwise would not be able to maintain if left to their own means. 2 Nephi 27:25, Isaiah 29:13. From chapters 25-26, give as many examples as you can of Nephi expounding on the themes from Lehi's vision of the tree of life. I love 2 Nephi 25:23- 'That it is by Grace that we are saved'- such a great lesson for this week! Prepare a talk or family home evening lesson concerning the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy of the “marvelous work and a wonder” (2 Nephi 27:26) the Lord is performing in the latter days. In addition to preparing the world to recognize the great work of the Lord in the last days, Nephi’s writings will help you know how to apply the Atonement for your personal forgiveness. The written version of the sermon as we have it in 2 Nephi 25:4–32:6 is prefaced by a few personal, context-setting sentences in which Nephi explains, “Wherefore I write unto my people” (2 Nephi 25:3). It is based on principles embodied in the teachings of the Savior. 29 And now behold, I say unto you that the right way is to believe in Christ, and deny him not; and Christ is the Holy One of Israel; wherefore ye must bow down before him, and aworship him with all your bmight, mind, and strength, and your whole soul; and if ye do this ye shall in nowise be cast out. 1:8 (7–9); 2 Ne. “Chapter 12: 2 Nephi 25–27,” Book of Mormon Student Manual (2009), 92–100, “Chapter 12,” Book of Mormon Student Manual, 92–100. His Atonement and His gospel are for all of God’s children. How does this happen? The Promises of the Promised Land. Refer to the chart “The Witnesses of the Book of Mormon Plates” in the appendix (page 409). 2 And the things which shall be written out of the a book shall be of great b worth unto the children of men, and especially unto our seed, which is a c remnant of the house of Israel. Elder Neal A. Maxwell (1926–2004) of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke of scriptures yet to be revealed, especially those from the Book of Mormon: “Many more scriptural writings will yet come to us, including those of Enoch (see D&C 107:57), all of the writings of the Apostle John (see Ether 4:16), the records of the lost tribes of Israel (see 2 Nephi 29:13), and the approximately two-thirds of the Book of Mormon plates that were sealed: ‘And the day cometh that the words of the book which were sealed shall be read upon the house tops; and they shall be read by the power of Christ; and all things shall be revealed unto the children of men which ever have been among the children of men, and which ever will be even unto the end of the earth’ (2 Nephi 27:11). TG Jesus Christ, Savior. Nephi glories in plainness—Isaiah’s prophecies will be understood in the last days—The Jews will return from Babylon, crucify the Messiah, and be scattered and scourged—They will be restored when they believe in the Messiah—He will first come six hundred years after Lehi left Jerusalem—The Nephites keep the law of Moses and believe in Christ, who is the Holy One of Israel. Nephi will then interpret these Isaiah passages in 2 Nephi 25–30, following this same four-stage pattern. 2 Nephi 7 [JST of Isaiah 50 . Read 2 Nephi … See also John 1:12–17; Eph. They spoke to him. He had very brief success against some of the cities north of Jerusalem as listed in verses 28-32 (Aiath, Migron, Michmash, Geba, Ramath, Gibeah, Gallim, Laish, Anathoth, Madmenah, Gebim). 16 And after they have been ascattered, and the Lord God hath scourged them by other nations for the space of many generations, yea, even down from generation to generation until they shall be persuaded to bbelieve in Christ, the Son of God, and the atonement, which is infinite for all mankind—and when that day shall come that they shall believe in Christ, and worship the Father in his name, with pure hearts and cclean hands, and look not forward any more for danother Messiah, then, at that time, the day will come that it must needs be expedient that they should believe these things. The first point of discussion concerned the place of 2 Nephi 2 in 2 Nephi 1-4. [1909], 509–10). 1 Kgs. 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