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1st Nephi : 9 - Blind Faith
Two things for tonight's study:

I believe the purpose of this chapter is the same as chapter 6:  To give purpose behind the Book of Mormon.  The things Nephi is writing are things of God - things pertaining to the ministry of the people in those days.

I love verse 5.  It reminds me of when Adam was commanded to build an alter and make sacrifices to the Lord.  When asked why, he responded "I know not, save the Lord hath commanded me."  It was good enough for Adam, it was good enough for Nephi, it definitely should be good enough for me.

Now, just to clarify a bit...

I don't necessarily believe that blind faith is a good thing.  It's definitely not a good thing if you are not sure of the source of your faith.

Blind faith to me is someone coming up to me and saying "The sun is going to shower us with lemon drops tomorrow instead of sun rays, so be sure to bring an umbrella", and me believing that person blindly.

The faith which Nephi and Adam wielded is the faith coming after a commandment has been received from a known source of pure knowledge and goodness.  Even though they aren't sure of the commandment itself, they are sure of the source - and thus can deduce that the commandment must be true and good.