Abiding Precepts – 1 Nephi 9

Chapter 9 of 1 Nephi is one of the shortest chapters in all the Book of Mormon. I did my best to find at least 3 precepts, but I’m not certain how well I succeeded. You can be the judge of that 😉

Read the full chapter here: 1 Nephi 9

Passage #1

Nevertheless, I have received a commandment of the Lord that I should make these plates, for the special purpose that there should be an account engraven of the ministry of my people.

1 Nephi 9:3

Precept #1

Even (and maybe especially) when it doesn’t make sense – keep God’s commandments.


When was the last time the Spirit instructed you to do something? Did it make sense at the time? Did you see the impact immediately? Or are you going to have to wait a few hundred years like Nephi did?


Passage #2

Wherefore, the Lord hath commanded me to make these plates for a wise purpose in him, which purpose I know not.

1 Nephi 9:5

Precept #2

Believe that God is wise and all His instructions are given in wisdom.


Do you trust what God has to say more than you trust what other people have to say?


Passage #3

But the Lord knoweth all things from the beginning; wherefore, he prepareth a way to accomplish all his works among the children of men; for behold, he hath all power unto the fulfilling of all his words. And thus it is. Amen.

1 Nephi 9:6

Precept #3

Believe that God has the power to keep all His promises – even and especially when it may not look like it.


Has the Lord ever proven your faith in Him by fulfilling His promise to you at the last possible moment? How did this make you feel? How did you feel through the process? How did it impact your faith in Him?

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