Abiding Precepts – 2 Nephi 15

Read the full chapter here: 2 Nephi 15

Passage #1

And then will I sing to my well-beloved a song of my beloved, touching his vineyard. My well-beloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill.

And he fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and also made a wine-press therein; and he looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes. . . .

What could have been done more to my vineyard that I have not done in it? Wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes it brought forth wild grapes.

2 Nephi 15:1-2, 4

Precept #1

Don’t let a false sense is security lead to complacency and sloth – especially as it regards living the Gospel and serving in the Lord’s vineyard.

Are you too relaxed about encouraging faith to grow in the world around you? When was the last time you actively and deliberately sought to minister to the people you are assigned to minister to?

Passage #2

And the harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe, and wine are in their feasts; but they regard not the work of the Lord, neither consider the operation of his hands.

2 Nephi 15:12

Precept #2

Don’t let culture, custom, or tradition get in the way of remembering, honoring, and worshipping God.

Last Christmas were you more focused on the presents and parties than you were on remembering Christ and reverencing Him? How about this upcoming Easter? Is the family gathering and egg hunt more important than speaking of and sharing testimony regarding the life of Jesus Christ and the atonement He made in our behalf?

Passage #3

And the mean man shall be brought down, and the mighty man shall be humbled, and the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled.

2 Nephi 15:15

Precept #3

Humble yourself before it’s forced upon you.

Have you ever been forced to be humble? How did that go for you? How would it have gone differently if you had humbled yourself?

Passage #4

Wo unto them that call evil good, and good evil, that put darkness for light, and light for darkness, that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! . . .

Who justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!

2 Nephi 15:20, 23

Precept #4

Don’t mix up the difference between good and evil, right and wrong.

Is there something you may consider to be fine or even good that may not actually be? How would you go about changing that belief?

Passage #5

. . . And he will lift up an ensign to the nations from far, and will hiss unto them from the end of the earth . . .

2 Nephi 15:26

Precept #5

Look for the Lord’s ensign and listen for its call.

How has general conference influenced the last few months of your life? How often do you go back and listen to the messages there?

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