Abiding Precepts – 2 Nephi 9, Part 1

2 Nephi 9 is one of the great sermons of the Book of Mormon. It is chalked full of great doctrine, warnings, and instruction for the welfare and happiness of our souls. After looking things over I’ve decided that this one is so rich it’s worth turning it into a two-parter. Enjoy Part 1!

Read the full chapter here: 2 Nephi 9

Passage #1

. . . they who are righteous shall be righteous still, and they who are filthy shall be filthy still . . .

2 Nephi 9:16

Precept #1

Be righteous.


At the end of your life do you want to be filthy still or righteous still? Have you started yet?


Passage #2

. . . they who have endured the crosses of the world, and despised the shame of it, they shall inherit the kingdom of God, which was prepared for them from the foundation of the world, and their joy shall be full forever.

2 Nephi 9:18

Precept #2

Don’t let the shame others place on believing in God deter you from keeping your faith.


Are you afraid to let people know that you believe in God and Jesus Christ?


Passage #3

O how great the holiness of our God! For he knoweth all things, and there is not anything save he knows it.

2 Nephi 9:20

Precept #3

Believe that God knows everything.


Do you believe God has answers that you and those around you don’t have? What do you do with that belief?


Passage #4

And he commandeth all men that they must repent, and be baptized in his name, having perfect faith in the Holy One of Israel, or they cannot be saved in the kingdom of God.

2 Nephi 9:23

Precept #4

Repent. Be baptized. And have perfect faith in Jesus Christ.


How is your faith in Jesus Christ growing? Is it perfect yet? What do you need to do to get there?


Passage #5

But wo unto him that has the law given, yea, that has all the commandments of God, like unto us, and that transgresseth them, and that wasteth the days of his probation, for awful is his state!

2 Nephi 9:27

Precept #5

Don’t waste your lifetime transgressing God’s instructions.


How much of your lifetime have you wasted? How much do you plan to continue to waste?


Bonus Passage

O that cunning plan of the evil one! O the vainness, and the frailties, and the foolishness of men! When they are learned they think they are wise, and they hearken not unto the counsel of God, for they set it aside, supposing they know of themselves, wherefore, their wisdom is foolishness and it profiteth them not. And they shall perish.

But to be learned is good if they hearken unto the counsels of God.

2 Nephi 9:28-29

Bonus Precept

No matter how smart you think you are always listen to God before you listen to yourself!


What do you know lots about? Do you think God knows even more? Have you asked Him to teach it to you?

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