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2nd Nephi : 28
Well....  From the first eight verses of this chapter, I could write pages.  The first verse itself is a great testament to the veracity of Jacob 4:13, which states that the Holy Ghost "speaketh the truth and lieth not".

Because we all can be under the influence of the Holy Ghost (and worthy members have the opportunity to have that influence with them all the time), we also can testify according to the will of God and make the exact same claim as the claim in verse 1.  I love the Gospel!  All things considered, it is quite empowering.

Verses 5 and 6 were a great focus of instruction given last Sunday during gospel doctrine class.  Ryan Anderson was our teacher and man, can that man teach.  I love his style.  Anyway....

Verses 5 and 6 basically state exactly what has been explained to me as the Protestants' belief of latter-day revelation from God:  It doesn't exist.  So, I guess these verses are fulfilled even as I write.  The cool thing about the discussion in G.D. class was that these verses were distilled to the fact that if revelation from God doesn't exist, the link between us and God through prayer is basically shot as well, because answers to prayers are nothing more than personal revelation, right?  So...  If God has "done his work" and doesn't speak to men, then why pray?  Why strive to get a relationship with God at all?  Very interesting.

Further on, verse 19 caused me to wonder how many times the words "chains of hell" appear in scripture.  Well..  They appear 9 times, 1 time in the New Testament, and the rest in the Book of Mormon and D&C.

Verses 20-22 are a perfect list of ways the devil works.  It's good to be aware of them.  The best one, in my opinion, is the "I am no devil, for there is none".  Seems like that is a very prevalent belief among the general population today.

Also, in verse 21, the word carefully is used in conjunction with the way Satan leads people down to hell again (reference 2nd Nephi 26:22).

and then there's verse 30.  Relate that to Alma 12:10,11 and we could sit down and have a serious conversation about the fundamental doctrine behind it.

If you want more knowledge from God, act upon the knowledge you have today.  If you want to lose everything, do nothing.

Great chapter.