Wed - Jan 23, 2008 : 09:47 pm
1st Nephi : 15
After reading this chapter for no more than 30 seconds, I simply must type.
I love verse 3.
Many, many times have I been in a doctrinal discussion with someone and the other person just can't "get" what a scripture or principle means. Verse 3 could explain why that happens to us.
Some things we just can't understand without the help of the Spirit through prayer.
Now... Imagine you were Nephi in this chapter:
You have just had a vision wherein you have basically seen the entire earth's history from beginning to end. You have seen angels and you have also seen the Son of God in this vision. Pretty spiritual experience, eh'?
Now, you're coming back on a spiritual high to find what? Your brothers disputing and murmuring about what Lehi had told them. Wow... What a bummer that must have been.
Verse 6 is a testament to truth due to the consistency of intense spiritual experiences draining one's strength. (Moses 1:9-10)
The rest of the chapter basically is Nephi telling his brothers the various representations of the vision their Father had. (verse 27 is interesting, because we can only assume that Nephi hadn't told Laman and Lemuel that he had seen the vision as well, though he goes on to say "Lehi didn't notice it, but the water was filthy..." hehe..)