Abiding Precepts – 1 Nephi 13

Read the full chapter here: 1 Nephi 13

Passage #1

And the angel spake unto me, saying: Behold the gold, and the silver, and the silks, and the scarlets, and the fine-twined linen, and the precious clothing, and the harlots, are the desires of this great and abominable church.

1 Nephi 13:8

Precept #1

Set your heart’s desires on things that will allow you to be part of the church of the Lamb of God.

What motivates you to do the things you do? Do you work so you can have the coolest best things ever? Or do you work so that you can accomplish the purposes of God?

Passage #2

And I looked and beheld a man among the Gentiles, who was separated from the seed of my brethren by the many waters; and I beheld the Spirit of God, that it came down and wrought upon the man; and he went forth upon the many waters, even unto the seed of my brethren, who were in the promised land.

1 Nephi 13:12

Precept #2

Let the Spirit of God work on your heart, mind, and soul.

When did you last feel the Holy Ghost gently nudging you to think a certain way or make a specific decision? Did you listen?

Passage #3

Wherefore, these things go forth from the Jews in purity unto the Gentiles, according to the truth which is in God.

And after they go forth by the hand of the twelve apostles of the Lamb, from the Jews unto the Gentiles, thou seest the formation of that great and abominable church, which is most abominable above all other churches; for behold, they have taken away from the gospel of the Lamb many parts which are plain and most precious; and also many covenants of the Lord have they taken away.

And all this have they done that they might pervert the right ways of the Lord, that they might blind the eyes and harden the hearts of the children of men.

. . . because of these things which are taken away out of the gospel of the Lamb, an exceedingly great many do stumble, yea, insomuch that Satan hath great power over them.

1 Nephi 13:25-27, 29

Precept #3

Don’t blindly accept everything you hear. Compare it with what you already know to be true and accurate. And more importantly check everything with Heavenly Father before accepting it as truth.

What belief do you have that may not be correct? Where did it come from? Are you willing to let it go?

Passage #4

And blessed are they who shall seek to bring forth my Zion at that day, for they shall have the gift and the power of the Holy Ghost; and if they endure unto the end they shall be lifted up at the last day, and shall be saved in the everlasting kingdom of the Lamb; and whoso shall publish peace, yea, tidings of great joy, how beautiful upon the mountains shall they be.

1 Nephi 13:37

Precept #4

Learn what Zion is and what it means and work to build it in your wards, your homes, and in your own heart.

Do you know what it means to be part of Zion? What have you done to be part of it?

Passage #5

. . . and shall make known to all kindreds, tongues, and people, that the Lamb of God is the Son of the Eternal Father, and the Savior of the world; and that all men must come unto him, or they cannot be saved.

1 Nephi 13:40

Precept #5

Come to Jesus.

How effective are your efforts to come to the Savior?

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