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 2!
Read the full chapter here: 2 Nephi 9
But wo unto the rich, who are rich as to the things of the world. For because they are rich they despise the poor, and they persecute the meek, and their hearts are upon their treasures; wherefore, their treasure is their god. And behold, their treasure shall perish with them also.2 Nephi 9:30
Don’t value the rich things of the world so much that you cannot recognize the needs of others.
What would you be willing to give up so that others around you can have a warm meal to eat and a roof over their heads?
Remember, to be carnally-minded is death, and to be spiritually-minded is life eternal.2 Nephi 9:39
Be “spiritually minded.” And when the carnal mind wants to take over let the spiritual mind stand its ground.
What “carnal” thought have you subdued recently by remembering something sacred or spiritual? Did you think on the scriptures to help you? Did you pray?
Do not say that I have spoken hard things against you; for if ye do, ye will revile against the truth; for I have spoken the words of your Maker. I know that the words of truth are hard against all uncleanness; but the righteous fear them not, for they love the truth and are not shaken.2 Nephi 9:40
Love the truth. Don’t let it be hard to swallow.
Does the truth set you free? Or does it make you want to run and hide?
And whoso knocketh, to him will he open; and the wise, and the learned, and they that are rich, who are puffed up because of their learning, and their wisdom, and their riches—yea, they are they whom he despiseth; and save they shall cast these things away, and consider themselves fools before God, and come down in the depths of humility, he will not open unto them.
But the things of the wise and the prudent shall be hid from them forever—yea, that happiness which is prepared for the saints.2 Nephi 9:42-43
Be humble enough to ask Heavenly Father for advice and counsel and value His responses more than anything else.
What was the last thing you knocked on Heavenly Father’s door about? What was His answer?
O, my beloved brethren, turn away from your sins; shake off the chains of him that would bind you fast; come unto that God who is the rock of your salvation.2 Nephi 9:45
Turn away from your sins and let go of your addictions.
Which of your sins do you find especially addicting? What would it take to let it go?
Behold, my soul abhorreth sin, and my heart delighteth in righteousness; and I will praise the holy name of my God.2 Nephi 9:49
Delight in righteousness, hate wickedness, and give praise to God for all He is and does.
What righteous thing has filled you with delight recently?