Abiding Precepts – 1 Nephi 16

Read the full chapter here: 1 Nephi 16

Passage #1

And after we had traveled for the space of many days, we did pitch our tents for the space of a time, that we might again rest ourselves and obtain food for our families.

1 Nephi 16:17

Precept #1

Take a break!

When was the last time you stopped to refresh yourelf?

Passage #2

And it came to pass that Laman and Lemuel and the sons of Ishmael did begin to murmur exceedingly, because of their sufferings and afflictions in the wilderness; and also my father began to murmur against the Lord his God; yea, and they were all exceedingly sorrowful, even that they did murmur against the Lord. . . .

And it came to pass that I, Nephi, did speak much unto my brethren, because they had hardened their hearts again, even unto complaining against the Lord their God.

1 Nephi 16:20, 22

Precept #2

Don’t complain.

How does complaining impact your relationship with those around you? How has complaining affected your relationship with God?

Passage #3

And it came to pass that I, Nephi, did make out of wood a bow, and out of a straight stick, an arrow; wherefore, I did arm myself with a bow and an arrow, with a sling and with stones. And I said unto my father: Whither shall I go to obtain food?

1 Nephi 16:23

Precept #3

When something goes wrong don’t just sit around waiting for God to shower miracles upon you. Get up and go to work to change the circumstances so He can bless you with increased capacity to manage your personal circumstances. This is when He showers miracles on us.

Do you find that God doesn’t really respond requests to change things you have the capacity to change on your own? Has He been more responsive to your sincere efforts to create and enact a plan to improve things?

Passage #4

And it came to pass that the voice of the Lord came unto my father; and he was truly chastened because of his murmuring against the Lord, insomuch that he was brought down into the depths of sorrow.

1 Nephi 16:25

Precept #4

Let God chasten you.

Has God ever brought you to task for something you did wrong? Have you ever asked Him to? Do you want Him to? How would it change you if you did?

Passage #5

And it came to pass that I, Nephi, beheld the pointers which were in the ball, that they did work according to the faith and diligence and heed which we did give unto them.

1 Nephi 16:28

Precept #5

Listen for and diligently respond to the Holy Ghost and His promptings.

How has your relationship with God and the Holy Ghost been impacted by your diligent response to spiritual promptings?

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