He Makes Up What We Lack
- Verse 1 is one of my favorite things we get to learn.
- When the Spirit speaks, and we listen, that is when we are taught. It is up to us while reading scriptures, attending church, attending the temple, praying, etc. to allow the Spirit to teach us – it’s not up to anyone else.
- Verse 3-4: Who does these verses bring to mind? Is it yourself? A family member? A child?
- I love the reassurance in verse 4 after the heartbreak we can feel in verse 3. He will consecrate our prayers for the gain of His people. When we are praying with all our might, mind and strength and truly paying attention to the prayer we’re praying and the people we are pleading a cause for – He hears! He hears us and will do all He can to answer us.
- It’s important to remember that the plan of Salvation enables everyone to choose for themselves. We may not have the opportunity to see someone come back to Christ or gain a stronger testimony in this life, but it’s important to remember that Through Christ nothing is impossible.
- Nephi’s brother
- He had to tell his people to repent.
- We learn that the people loved Nephi. He worked side by side with them, and loved them as well.
- In chapter 1 verse 15 we learn that they begane to harden their hearts after Nephi passed away.
- Jacob and Joseph were tasked, by the Lord, to persuade them to do good and repent.
- Chapter 1 verse 7-8. Verse 19 – they took this call seriously.
- In Chapter 2 Jacob begins to teach them about the wickedness they are choosing and we learn in verse 23 about the excuses they are making for themselves!
- How often do we do this? Justify our “favorite” sin?
- Chapter 3:1-2
- Chapter 4:10-11
- Share the words of Zenos.
- We are not going to touch much on the allegory of the Olive Tree – there is a lot to unpack.
- However, I would like to touch on the fact that this part of the Book of Mormon is given to use by Jacob – through Zenos! He is sharing the words of Zenos with us! I think this is so exciting.
- Enos is one of my favorite scripture stories in the Book of Mormon.
- I’ve always loved that he went and took time somewhere quiet and prayed.
- I love that he tells us that it was a WRESTLE with the Lord.
- Then he tells us about how the words of his father sunk deep into his heart.
- Enos receives a remission of his sins after praying all day and all night for several days. He doesn’t understand how it’s possible – and is told that it is because of Jesus Christ and becomes of his own faith.
- Then Enos wants everyone to have this opportunity to and begins to pray for his people.
- In verse 15 and 17 it says that our prayers can be answered. We in verse 17 we are reminded that it is in our covenants that we can find rest!
- President Nelson October 2022 just talked about this! If you haven’t relistened I would encourage you to do that.
- President Nelson teaches us that when we make covenants with the Lord, and KEEP them, we can find rest. However, the REST we can find is not always going to make life easier. President Nelson tells us that “rest – meaning relief and peace …”
- Even amidst the trials and tribulations we can have peace instead of anxiety or chaos. We just have to allow the Savior into our lives to allow His atonement to work in our lives.
Family History Lesson
- Gathering together as Saints – General Conference.
- King Benjamin wants to address his people. The crowd comes and it’s too big. They’ve built a tower so he can look out and teach and have them hear him.
- However, it still wasn’t enough. So many still couldn’t hear that he had someone write the words down so they could be sent out to those who couldn’t hear him.
- In chapter 2 verse 7-8 we learn about the details of this.
- It seriously sounds like a General Conference right?!? This is what used to happen – especially for those who weren’t able to listen when it was broadcast on radio or watch when it was less available on TV. We would send out the conference magazine issue.
- King Benjamin tells the people how to come unto Christ. He testifies of Jesus Christ and the life He will live.
- Little children are sinless.
- Mosiah 3:14-17 – Infants cannot sin!
- We need to be pure in heart like little children.
- Verse 19 teaches us how to do that.
- Gathering of Israel.
- Mosiah 3:20 This is the gathering of Israel!
- Mosiah 4
- Verse 9-10 Try to believe. Just have a desire to believe even.
- President Nelson taught us that even if we have a desire to believe that is enough!
- Verse 10
- Ask for forgiveness
- Verses 11-12 tell us what we need to do continually to live with Him again.
- Chapter 4 verses 26-27 are such good reminders.
- We need to help and take care of others.
- We also need to help and take care of ourselves.
- We cannot give what we do not have.
- 4:30 – Watch yourselves. King Benjamin ends his address to his people.