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1st Nephi : 2
Things that impressed me for this chapter were different than any time I've read it before (that I can remember), and that, being as simple as it is, is a testament to me as to why we should continue reading the Book of Mormon throughout our entire lives.

Interesting how Laman and Lemuel consider the spiritual visions of Lehi to be "foolishness".  I have to wonder just how hard their hearts really are, because each time they receive teachings by those who are more spiritual than they, and they consider it foolishness, the fruits of those teachings inevitably and consistently show them they are wrong. (verse 11)  Bring that back to me - are there things in my life which I consider foolishness, which have panned out and bore good fruit?

Another verse struck me as interesting due to its telling me that Nephi wasn't blindly faithful - at least not now.

I say this due to verse 16.  The words "...and did soften my heart that I did believe..." tell me that Nephi's heart wasn't already as soft as it could be.   He must have had his doubts as to his Father telling him that they were all going to wander around in the wilderness for the rest of their lives because Jerusalem was going to be destroyed.  Instead, however, of taking that hard-heartedness and assuming his father's teachings as foolishness, he decided to go to the Lord with his doubts.  As usual, the Lord softened his heart, and truth and light prevailed.

This tells me that even prophets have their doubts.  They have to learn just like we do.  Part of what may be keeping distance between them and us, is the way we react to "tough truth" and commandments given to us.

Interesting...

Verses which talk of Christ - 1,2,3,7,10,16,17,19-24