Monday, April 18, 2016

1 Nephi 3:12

 12 And he desired of Laban the records which were engraven upon the plates of brass, which contained the genealogy of my father. (1 Nephi 3:12)

The word desired here means that Laman asked Laban for the records.  I can imagine it went down like this:

Laman:  I want the plates of brass, those of the family of Joseph.

Laban:  What for?

Laman:  It's for my father.

Laban:  Who is your father?

Laman:  Lehi.

Laban:  GUARDS!!!  I will have you killed along with the thieves of your family!

(Laman runs away.)  (Three seconds later guards, heavily armored and armed, run after him).

1 Nephi 3:11

11 And we cast lots—who of us should go in unto the house of Laban. And it came to pass that the lot fell upon Laman; and Laman went in unto the house of Laban, and he talked with him as he sat in his house. (1 Nephi 3:11)

One might ask here: what is the casting of lots?  It was a more ancient practice of what some would call today the drawing of straws or the rolling of the dice.  The odd one out would have been considered to have won the draw.  In this case, Laman won the draw, and then decides to have an amenable conversation with Laban.

1 Nephi 3:10

10 And it came to pass that when we had gone up to the land of Jerusalem, I and my brethren did consult one with another. (1 Nephi 3:10)

Right here someone must be saying to themselves:  Why did they wait until they arrived in Jerusalem to consult.  Remember, they were traveling through the desert for approximately two weeks before they got to Jerusalem.

Perhaps a little nerves?  Perhaps other things out in the desert?

But at least they did consult on what they were to do.  No argumentation here, just calm, brotherly discussion right here, brotherly discussion that would not repeat later on in the book.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

1 Nephi 3:9

 And I, Nephi, and my brethren took our journey in the wilderness, with our tents, to go up to the land of Jerusalem. (1 Nephi 3:9)

 The sons of Lehi make their arduous journey back to Jerusalem, to get the plates of brass.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

1 Nephi 3:8

 And it came to pass that when my father had heard these words he was exceedingly glad, for he knew that I had been blessed of the Lord. (1 Nephi 3:8)

Lehi, like any father raising his sons in the truth and right, is pleased that Nephi had been following his counsel as well as the Lord's.  Lehi could see it in the countenance of Nephi's face when he said his determined response in the preceding verse.

1 Nephi 3:7

 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them. (1 Nephi 3:7)

This scripture was the center of EVERYTHING that Nephi did during his life on this earth.  He understood his place in the plans of the Lord.  He also understood he could not rely on force or might alone.  He needed God to help him out.

Nephi was very aware of God being fair and just.  God doesn't give us a task that is impossible to accomplish.  The task may be difficult and we might even ask Him for help.

As a little aside, my mission, the Tuxtla Gutierrez Mission in Mexico, had this chapter and verse as its mission scripture.  Simply put in Spanish, irĂ© y harĂ©.

Friday, November 27, 2015

1 Nephi 3:6

Therefore go, my son, and thou shalt be favored of the Lord, because thou hast not murmured. (1 Nephi 3:6)

This is an important thing that Lehi is saying here.  Nephi would become more favored of the Lord because he had not murmured against the Lord.

Here murmuring against the Lord, appears to mean doubt in His power to overcome all obstacles and all enemies.  Many people have doubts in their own abilities to accomplish something.  Nephi surely had his doubts.  But what set apart Nephi from Laman and Lemuel was that Nephi did NOT believe just in Himself, but he believed in his God, who WAS and IS ALL POWERFUL.  

We must work in order to find a solution but when we have our eyes set on God all things become possible.