TODAY'S THEME PREVIEW: The Prophet and Progenitor of the Nephite Nation, Lehi, not long before his death spoke to each of his children in turn to prepare them to live righteously as he personally had lived. In this following segment of scripture he particularly is addressing his next to last son who is mentioned in the book of 2 Nephi, Chapter 2, Jacob.
Those principles of righteousness which Lehi desired his son, Jacob and his other children to live by are principles which each of us should earnestly desire applying in our lives and teaching them to our children. They are taught by Father Lehi in:
The Book of Mormon, 2Nephi CHAPTER 2
Redemption cometh through the Holy Messiah—Freedom of choice (agency) is essential to existence and progression—Adam fell that men might be—Men are free to choose liberty and eternal life. About 588–570 B.C.
1 AND now, Jacob, I speak unto you: Thou art my first-born in the days of my tribulation in the wilderness. And behold, in thy childhood thou hast suffered afflictions and much sorrow, because of the rudeness of thy brethren.
Lehi Preaching to the Unrighteous in Jerusalem before God Commanded Him to take His Family and Leave and go through the Wilderness and across a vast ocean to be guided to a Promised Land -by Del Parson
2 Nevertheless, Jacob, my first-born in the wilderness, thou knowest the greatness of God; and he shall consecrate thine afflictions for thy gain.
Nephi Rebuking His Rebellious Brothers. -by Arnold Friberg
Jacob (when still a boy) is to the Right of Nephi with His Mother and His Father, Lehi to Nephi's Left -by Arnold Friberg
3 Wherefore, thy soul shall be blessed, and thou shalt dwell safely with thy brother, Nephi; and thy days shall be spent in the service of thy God. Wherefore, I know that thou art redeemed, because of the righteousness of thy Redeemer; for thou hast beheld that in the fulness of time he cometh to bring salvation unto men.
4 And thou hast beheld in thy youth his glory; wherefore, thou art blessed even as they unto whom he shall minister in the flesh; for the Spirit is the same, yesterday, today, and forever. And the way is prepared from the fall of man, and salvation is free.
5 And men are instructed sufficiently that they know good from evil. And the law is given unto men. And by the law (of Moses) no flesh is justified; or, by the law men are cut off. Yea, by the temporal law they were cut off; and also, by the spiritual law they perish from that which is good, and become miserable forever.
6 Wherefore, redemption cometh in and through the Holy Messiah; for he is full of grace and truth.
7 Behold, he offereth himself a sacrifice for sin, to answer the ends of the law, unto all those who have a broken heart and a contrite spirit; and unto none else can the ends of the law be answered.
The Crucifixion -by Harry Anderson
8 Wherefore, how great the importance to make these things known unto the inhabitants of the earth, that they may know that there is no flesh that can dwell in the presence of God, save it be through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah, who layeth down his life according to the flesh, and taketh it again by the power of the Spirit, that he may bring to pass the resurrection of the dead, being the first that should rise.
9 Wherefore, he is the firstfruits unto God, inasmuch as he shall make intercession for all the children of men; and they that believe in him shall be saved.
Why Weepest Thou? -by Simon Dewey
10 And because of the intercession for all, all men come unto God; wherefore, they stand in the presence of him, to be judged of him according to the truth and holiness which is in him. Wherefore, the ends of the law which the Holy One hath given, unto the inflicting of the punishment which is affixed, which punishment that is affixed is in opposition to that of the happiness which is affixed, to answer the ends of the atonement—
11 For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things. If not so, my first-born in the wilderness, righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness, neither holiness nor misery, neither good nor bad. Wherefore, all things must needs be a compound in one; wherefore, if it should be one body it must needs remain as dead, having no life neither death, nor corruption nor incorruption, happiness nor misery, neither sense nor insensibility.
12 Wherefore, it must needs have been created for a thing of naught; wherefore there would have been no purpose in the end of its creation. Wherefore, this thing must needs destroy the wisdom of God and his eternal purposes, and also the power, and the mercy, and the justice of God.
13 And if ye shall say there is no law, ye shall also say there is no sin. If ye shall say there is no sin, ye shall also say there is no righteousness. And if there be no righteousness there be no happiness. And if there be no righteousness nor happiness there be no punishment nor misery. And if these things are not there is no God. And if there is no God we are not, neither the earth; for there could have been no creation of things, neither to act nor to be acted upon; wherefore, all things must have vanished away.
14 And now, my sons, I speak unto you these things for your profit and learning; for there is a God, and he hath created all things, both the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are, both things to act and things to be acted upon.
15 And to bring about his eternal purposes in the end of man, after he had created our first parents, and the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, and in fine, all things which are created, it must needs be that there was an opposition; even the forbidden fruit in opposition to the tree of life; the one being sweet and the other bitter.
16 Wherefore, the Lord God gave unto man that he should act for himself. Wherefore, man could not act for himself save it should be that he was enticed by the one or the other.
17 And I, Lehi, according to the things which I have read, must needs suppose that an angel of God, according to that which is written, had fallen from heaven; wherefore, he became a devil, having sought that which was evil before God.
18 And because he had fallen from heaven, and had become miserable forever, he sought also the misery of all mankind. Wherefore, he said unto Eve, yea, even that old serpent, who is the devil, who is the father of all lies, wherefore he said: Partake of the forbidden fruit, and ye shall not die, but ye shall be as God, knowing good and evil.
Jesus Casting Out the Devil, Satan
19 And after Adam and Eve had partaken of the forbidden fruit they were driven out of the garden of Eden, to till the earth.
20 And they have brought forth children; yea, even the family of all the earth.
Adam and Eve Kneeling at an Altar -by Del Parson
21 And the days of the children of men were prolonged, according to the will of God, that they might repent while in the flesh; wherefore, their state became a state of probation, and their time was lengthened, according to the commandments which the Lord God gave unto the children of men. For he gave commandment that all men must repent; for he showed unto all men that they were lost, because of the transgression of their parents.
Adam and Eve Teaching Their Children -by Del Parson
22 And now, behold, if Adam had not transgressed he would not have fallen, but he would have remained in the garden of Eden. And all things which were created must have remained in the same state in which they were after they were created; and they must have remained forever, and had no end.
23 And they would have had no children; wherefore they would have remained in a state of innocence, having no joy, for they knew no misery; doing no good, for they knew no sin.
24 But behold, all things have been done in the wisdom of him who knoweth all things.
25 Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.
26 And the Messiah cometh in the fulness of time, that he may redeem the children of men from the fall. And because that they are redeemed from the fall they have become free forever, knowing good from evil; to act for themselves and not to be acted upon, save it be by the punishment of the law at the great and last day, according to the commandments which God hath given.
27 Wherefore, men are free according to the flesh; and all things are given them which are expedient unto man. And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil; for he seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself.
The Birth of Jesus -by Carl Heinrich Bloch
28 And now, my sons, I would that ye should look to the great Mediator, (Jesus Christ) and hearken unto his great commandments; and be faithful unto his words, and choose eternal life, according to the will of his Holy Spirit;
29 And not choose eternal death, according to the will of the flesh and the evil which is therein, which giveth the spirit of the devil power to captivate, to bring you down to hell, that he may reign over you in his own kingdom.
30 I have spoken these few words unto you all, my sons, in the last days of my probation; and I have chosen the good part, according to the words of the prophet. And I have none other object save it be the everlasting welfare of your souls. Amen. (emphasis and clarification added by Neil Birch)After you have very carefully read the prophetic guidance Father Lehi gave to his son Jacob, which applied also to each of his other children, and eventually apply to each of us too; and if you then proceed to live by the counsel he gave and also teach your own children to do so too, you will find that you have been preparing to seek the blessings which come by becoming temple worthy and making temple attendance an important part of your life.
In the cases of some of you viewers of this blog post you very likely might want to be taught by the Mormon missionaries as investigators of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and consider the possibility of becoming baptized members of that church to open up to you the great temple blessings which are made available to all worthy LDS Church members.
In the video you will find at the regular end of this post, in which President Thomas S. Monson of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints convincingly and interestingly teaches each of us that temple blessings are among the greatest blessings available to mankind and are worthy of much preparation and sacrifice to obtain.
As you each continue to read the Book of Mormon you will learn that the Nephite people of which Lehi was their progenitor, were builders of temples and worshipped regularly in them:
2Nephi 5:16 And I, Nephi, did build a temple; and I did construct it after the manner of the temple of Solomon save it were not built of so many precious things; for they were not to be found upon the land, (somewhere in or near Mexico or Central America) wherefore, it could not be built like unto Solomon's temple. But the manner of the construction was like unto the temple of Solomon; and the workmanship thereof was exceedingly fine.The presence of temples among the Nephites is made clear throughout the Book of Mormon. We read in the Book of 3 Nephi the following:
3 Nephi 11:1 AND now it came to pass that there were a great multitude gathered together, of the people of Nephi, round about the temple which was in the land Bountiful; and they were marveling and wondering one with another, and were showing one to another the great and marvelous change which had taken place. ( A.D. 34)
Also we read in that same Book of Mormon chapter:
Jesus Descending From Heaven to Visit Among the Nephite Nation in Ancient America (A.D. 34
3Nephi 11: 8 And it came to pass, as they understood they cast their eyes up again towards heaven; and behold, they saw a Man descending out of heaven; and he was clothed in a white robe; and he came down and stood in the midst of them; and the eyes of the whole multitude were turned upon him, and they durst not open their mouths, even one to another, and wist not what it meant, for they thought it was an angel that had appeared unto them.
9 And it came to pass that he stretched forth his hand and spake unto the people, saying:
Jesus Christ Teaches In the Americas (The temple located in Bountiful can be seen in this painting.) - John Scott, Artist
10 Behold, I am Jesus Christ, whom the prophets testified shall come into the world.
11 And behold, I am the light and the life of the world; and I have drunk out of that bitter cup which the Father hath given me, and have glorified the Father in taking upon me the sins of the world, in the which I have suffered the will of the Father in all things from the beginning.Now you may find yourself ready to learn how members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of our time, throughout the world, have discovered that great blessings come to individuals and families by their making temple attendance/service an important part of their lives; so important that they will even make great sacrifices so the blessings of temple ordinances and regular temple attendance will be theirs. You will be told of such sacrifices having been made by a financially poor family in the video you will soon experience.
This Mormon Messages Video featuring the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Thomas S. Monson, will help each of you to more fully appreciate how important Temple ordinances are, or could become, in your lives.
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