So... I remember Nephi coming back to his own people and seeing them in a state of wickedness, but I didn't remember that he had just been on a mission where everyone in the land northward rejected his word, too. That would be an incredible test of faith in an of itself. Only the most stalwart followers of God, in my view, could take failing a mission, and coming home to see wickedness and corruption throughout the entire land - and not give in to temptation. Part of me wonders what the last day will be like, and part of that part believes it'll be just as bad as this, if not worse. Ouch.
Man... The writing of these verses wrenches my heart for Nephi. It seemed that God was his only recourse for solace. Even as he saw the people gathered as he finished praying, the frustration seemed to find its way to the surface, for he knew he could tell them nothing except to repent.
It seems (by reading verse 24) that the more revelation one receives is directly proportional to the damnation received, if sin takes over. To sin against the greater light, is to receive greater damnation. Yeah, I think that's scriptural