Abiding Precepts – 1 Nephi 11

Read the full chapter here: 1 Nephi 11

Passage #1

. . . after I had desired to know the things that my father had seen, and believing that the Lord was able to make them known unto me, as I sat pondering in mine heart I was caught away in the Spirit of the Lord . . .

1 Nephi 11:1

Precept #1

Ponder the things of the Lord, whether read in the scriptures, heard from the pulpit, or whispered by the Spirit of the Lord.

How often do you ponder the things of the gospel? How deep do you go?

Passage #2

And blessed art thou, Nephi, because thou believest in the Son of the most high God; wherefore, thou shalt behold the things which thou hast desired.

1 Nephi 11:6

Precept #2

Believe in the Son of the Most High God.

Do you believe in God? Do you believe in His Son? Why? And How?

Passage #3

And I said unto him: To know the interpretation thereof—for I spake unto him as a man speaketh; for I beheld that he was in the form of a man; yet nevertheless, I knew that it was the Spirit of the Lord; and he spake unto me as a man speaketh with another.

1 Nephi 11:11

Precept #3

Speak with the Lord as you would with another person.

When you think of your prayers do you feel you’re connecting with God? How do your speech patterns (i.e. word choice, grammar, etc.) contribute to that connection/feeling?

Passage #4

And he said unto me: Knowest thou the condescension of God?

And I said unto him: I know that he loveth his children; nevertheless, I do not know the meaning of all things.

1 Nephi 11:16-17

Precept #4

Admit what you do know. Also admit that you don’t know everything and be specific about what it is you don’t know. Admit this to God – but also admit it especially to yourself.

How does reminding yourself that you don’t understand everything – or even something specifically – keep you grounded and help you treat people right?

Passage #5

And after he was slain I saw the multitudes of the earth, that they were gathered together to fight against the apostles of the Lamb . . .

And it came to pass that I saw and bear record, that the great and spacious building was the pride of the world; and it fell, and the fall thereof was exceedingly great. And the angel of the Lord spake unto me again, saying: Thus shall be the destruction of all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people, that shall fight against the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

1 Nephi 11:34, 36

Precept #5

Get out of the great and spacious building – and get out fast! Stop fighting against the Apostles and their prophetic messages to the world.

Was there ever a time when you didn’t want to accept the counsel of the church leaders? What did you do? Did you set aside your own pride and vain ambitions? Or did you carry on without a change?

Bonus Passage

. . . and the multitudes were gathered together to hear him; and I beheld that they cast him out from among them.

1 Nephi 11:28

Bonus Precept

When you are feeling rejected by the world remember that the world also rejected Jesus.

Has it ever brought you strength, hope, or comfort to remember that Jesus was rejected and criticized? How does it help you grow closer to God to remember these things?

2 thoughts on “Abiding Precepts – 1 Nephi 11

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    1. Yeah! I think there is a general misunderstanding regarding what humility is. That’s all this precept is about – recognizing and accepting things as they really are, especially about yourself and your place in this grand universe.
      But knowing it doesn’t necessarily make it any easier to live it. At least being aware you can pay closer attention to yourself and notice the moments when you typically need to recalibrate how you are thinking about yourself.
      I’ve found that this perspective change lessens the stress of most of our difficult situations in life – and sometimes makes them disappear altogether. In other words, they never even start!


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