Abiding Precepts – 1 Nephi 12

Read the full chapter here: 1 Nephi 12

Passage #1

And, behold, they are righteous forever; for because of their faith in the Lamb of God their garments are made white in his blood.

And the angel said unto me: Look! And I looked, and beheld three generations pass away in righteousness; and their garments were white even like unto the Lamb of God. And the angel said unto me: These are made white in the blood of the Lamb, because of their faith in him.

1 Nephi 12:10-11

Precept #1

Wash your garments in the blood of the Lamb of God – or in other words exercise faith in Him in a way that you can be cleansed from the effects of your sins.

Can you think of something Jesus taught which you acted on and which helped you feel cleaner than you were before?

Passage #2

And the mists of darkness are the temptations of the devil, which blindeth the eyes, and hardeneth the hearts of the children of men, and leadeth them away into broad roads, that they perish and are lost.

1 Nephi 12:17

Precept #2

Don’t let Satan’s temptations blind you into leaving the path or harden your heart against following the path that leads to the greatest joy.

Was there ever an occasion when you recognized how Satan was trying to deceive you and you were able to ignore the temptation and stick to the truth?

Passage #3

And the large and spacious building, which thy father saw, is vain imaginations and the pride of the children of men.

1 Nephi 12:18

Precept #3

Don’t let vanity convince you that you’re somehow greater or more important than you really are.

Are you aware of your own vanity and how it impacts your ability to see the truth about yourself?

Passage #4

And the angel said unto me: Behold these shall dwindle in unbelief.

And it came to pass that I beheld, after they had dwindled in unbelief they became a dark, and loathsome, and a filthy people, full of idleness and all manner of abominations.

1 Nephi 12:22-23

Precept #4

Don’t let unbelief or disbelief in God and Jesus Christ creep in and keep you from being and becoming the best version of yourself that there can be.

Have you ever felt the effects of unbelief? How has regaining or strengthening your belief in God help you grow into a better version of yourself?

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