Abiding Precepts – 1 Nephi 17

Read the full chapter here: 1 Nephi 17

Passage #1

. . . and notwithstanding we had suffered many afflictions and much difficulty, yea, even so much that we cannot write them all, we were exceedingly rejoiced when we came to the seashore . . .

1 Nephi 17:6

Precept #1

Even when things are rough find reasons to rejoice.

What personal challenge have you thanked God for while you were in the thick of things?

Passage #2

And I will also be your light in the wilderness . . .

1 Nephi 17:13

Precept #2

Let the Savior light your way.

Have you ever given the Lord complete control over a particular circumstance or goal in your life?

Passage #3

. . . and now when they saw that I began to be sorrowful they were glad in their hearts, insomuch that they did rejoice over me, saying: We knew that ye could not construct a ship, for we knew that ye were lacking in judgment; wherefore, thou canst not accomplish so great a work.

1 Nephi 17:19

Precept #3

Don’t think you understand what another person is thinking – least of all God.

Have you ever been led in the wrong direction because you assumed you knew what God was thinking instead of listening for an answer?

Passage #4

Yea, do ye suppose that they would have been led out of bondage, if the Lord had not commanded Moses that he should lead them out of bondage?

1 Nephi 17:24

Precept #4

Follow the prophet.

Can you remember a situation where following the prophet saved you a whole lot of grief? Or pulled you out of a bad situation getting worse?

Passage #5

Behold, the Lord esteemeth all flesh in one; he that is righteous is favored of God.

1 Nephi 17:35

Precept #5

Don’t think you’re more important than you are simply because you’re part of the “right” faith, family, or fortune. Value righteousness above all else.

What’s more important to you: Being part of the club or living like Jesus lived?

Bonus Passage

Ye are swift to do iniquity but slow to remember the Lord your God.

1 Nephi 17:45

Bonus Precept

Be swift to remember the Lord and slow to break His commandments.

How does remembering Jesus help you make better decision? How does it help keep you from making poor ones?

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