Abiding Precepts – 2 Nephi 13

Read the full chapter here: 2 Nephi 13

Passage #1

And the people shall be oppressed, every one by another, and every one by his neighbor; the child shall behave himself proudly against the ancient, and the base against the honorable.

2 Nephi 13:5

Precept #1

Don’t oppress other people and be humble in all your interactions with them.

Have you ever made someone feel bad by telling them they’re not as cool as you, or because they made a mistake you haven’t made or have a weakness that to you is a strength?

Passage #2

For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen, because their tongues and their doings have been against the Lord, to provoke the eyes of his glory.

2 Nephi 13:8

Precept #2

Don’t do things to provoke the Lord.

Have you ever deliberately done something to make someone else mad? Your parents, perhaps? Or maybe a sibling? How about the Lord Jesus Christ and your Father in Heaven?

Passage #3

Say unto the righteous that it is well with them; for they shall eat the fruit of their doings.

Wo unto the wicked, for they shall perish; for the reward of their hands shall be upon them!

2 Nephi 13:10-11

Precept #3

Make sure what you choose to do will lead to the outcome you want to reap later on down the road – there are no shortcuts.

What decision did you make today that will bring the Lord’s greatest blessings in years to come?

Passage #4

O my people, they who lead thee cause thee to err and destroy the way of thy paths.

2 Nephi 13:12

Precept #4

Compare what your leaders say against the word of the Lord. If they don’t line up don’t support them. And don’t let them lead you astray.

Think of the last person you voted for, or perhaps someone currently in authority who you support. Are their policies and lifestyle in line with the expectation, standards, and teachings of our Heavenly Father?

Passage #5

Moreover, the Lord saith: Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched-forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet –

Therefore the Lord will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the Lord will discover their secret parts.

2 Nephi 13:16-17

Precept #5

Remove all pride and pretense from your life.

How often do you find yourself looking down on other people for any reason – but especially because you have the gospel and covenants of the Lord and they don’t?

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