Abiding Precepts – 2 Nephi 26

Read the full chapter here: 2 Nephi 26

Passage #1

. . . and the words which he shall speak unto you shall be the law which ye shall do.

2 Nephi 26:1

Precept #1

Let the Savior’s teachings be the law by which you live and which governs your decision-making.


How have the teachings of Jesus Christ guided your decision making this week?


Passage #2

. . . but I must cry unto my God: Thy ways are just.

2 Nephi 26:7

Precept #2

Acknowledge and accept that Heavenly Father is a just God – that all His ways are just. Then strive to live within the bounds of that justice.


Can you see how God has dealt justly with you over the years? How has mercy played a role? Do you believe justice will yet come for those things that it seems have not yet been dealt justly with? Are you judging those things by your sense of justice or God’s?


Passage #3

But behold, the righteous that hearken unto the words of the prophets, and destroy them not, but look forward unto Christ with steadfastness for the signs which are given, notwithstanding all persecution—behold, they are they which shall not perish.

But the Son of Righteousness shall appear unto them; and he shall heal them, and they shall have peace with him . . .

. . . he manifesteth himself unto all those who believe in him, by the power of the Holy Ghost; yea, unto every nation, kindred, tongue, and people, working mighty miracles, signs, and wonders, among the children of men according to their faith.

2 Nephi 26:8-9, 13

Precept #3

Believe in Jesus Christ and wait for His second coming.


Do you truly believe that Jesus will return? Do you wait for that day? Are you letting Him heal you now as life goes on or are you waiting for that day to come?


Passage #4

And the Gentiles are lifted up in the pride of their eyes, and have stumbled, because of the greatness of their stumbling block, that they have built up many churches; nevertheless, they put down the power and miracles of God, and preach up unto themselves their own wisdom and their own learning, that they may get gain and grind upon the face of the poor.

And there are many churches built up which cause envyings, and strifes, and malice. . . .

He commandeth that there shall be no priestcrafts; for, behold, priestcrafts are that men preach and set themselves up for a light unto the world, that they may get gain and praise of the world; but they seek not the welfare of Zion.

2 Nephi 26:20-21, 29

Precept #4

Don’t participate in or support priestcrafts. Don’t set yourself up for a light to other people. Set up Jesus Christ as the light that everyone should be looking to.


Do you find yourself talking in church so that people will give you praise for what you’ve said? Or is your motivation to point people to Jesus Christ as the source of their strength, support, and answers to life’s questions and challenges?


Passage #5

He doeth not anything save it be for the benefit of the world; for he loveth the world, even that he layeth down his own life that he may draw all men unto him. Wherefore, he commandeth none that they shall not partake of his salvation.

Behold, doth he cry unto any, saying: Depart from me? Behold, I say unto you, Nay; but he saith: Come unto me all ye ends of the earth, buy milk and honey, without money and without price. . . .

. . . wherefore, the Lord God hath given a commandment that all men should have charity, which charity is love. And except they should have charity they were nothing.

2 Nephi 26:24-25, 30

Precept #5

Develop charity for everyone around you. Love the world – or the people of the world – the way Jesus Christ loves them.


When you think of the world around you do you hate or love them? Do you feel resentment or compassion? Do you reject or embrace them?

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