Monday, December 5, 2011

Book of Mormon Sunday II- 2 Nephi 8-15

     I have learned a few things in my second "read-through and blog about" of the Book of Mormon which have to do with the strengthening power of Jesus Christ.
    So far Lehi, Nephi, and Jacob have testified that he, Jesus Christ, has held them up in the worst of their trials. He has done this with power to stop the adversary from overcoming them, he has lifted them to a higher plane by showing them his plan and assuring them that they will be saved to come back to Him, and he has filled them with hope that their family and posterity will be given agency and choice even when they are are on a desolate path to destruction.
   These three men have seen Jesus Christ, of that they testify, and they have absolute faith in his power to give us, the family of God, salvation and eternal life. They have also given me the strong message that these experiences are not just for a select few, but for all God's children.
     2 Nephi 10: 20 "And now, my beloved brethren, seeing that our merciful God has given us so great knowledge concerning these things, let us remember him, and lay aside our sins, and not hang down our heads, for we are not cast off; nevertheless, we have been driven out of the land of our inheritance; but we have been led to a better land, for the Lord has made the sea our path, and we are upon an isle of the sea."

    Isaiah is quoted from in these chapters with the intent to show that in past years he, a prophet, has seen the destruction of Jerusalem and prophesied of the plan to rescue a lost House of Israel. Isaiah was recent history to Lehi, as the prophet Joseph Smith is to us. In Isaiah we learn that the rescue will come in the future through the atonement by way of the Restoration of His gospel in latter-days.
   Here are some sketches I made of this scripture block.

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