BOOK OF MORMON - LESSON 11
2 Nephi 31-33
"Press Forward With A Steadfastness In Christ"


Scriptural Highlights

A study of this lesson will help us understand the doctrine of Christ and have an increased desire to press forward, feasting on his words.


2 Nephi 31 - The Doctrine of Christ

  1. All who have studied the scriptures know that this undertaking can be a great challenge.  As we study the scriptures we often struggle to understand their meaning.  We turn to scholarly commentaries, even though the best of scholars differ in their understanding.
    1. Brother Joseph F. McConkie: "Some have responded to such difficulties by avoiding the challenge.  They are satisfied to depend on interpretations given by others, particularly if the commentary comes from a prominent person.  The thought seems to be that all interpretation and meaningful insights will come from a selected few while the rest of us are to depend on their understanding; and that when we are called upon to speak or teach, we are to confine ourselves primarily to weaving together quotations from those commissioned to understand." (Studies In Scripture, 7:162-163)
    2. I suppose, the great irony is to quote a scholar to make this point.  Nonetheless, we are often guilty of leaning on the study and understanding of others in an effort to achieve understanding.
    3. One of the great things about the Book of Mormon is the assurance that we all may know and understand the doctrines of salvation.
    4. WHAT IS NECESSARY TO GAIN TRUE UNDERSTANDING?
    5. 2 Nephi 31 contains a discourse by Nephi that is without equal in the entire Standard Works in terms of plainness and clarity.  He who applies these simple ingredients to this chapter has claim on the greatest treasure man can obtain.
The Savior Is Our Example In All Things
  1. 2 Nephi 31:2: "Wherefore, the things which I have written sufficeth me, save it be a few words which I must speak concerning the doctrine of Christ; wherefore, I shall speak unto you plainly, according to the plainness of my prophesying."
  2. READ 2 NEPHI 31:4-5.  Jesus baptized to fulfill all righteousness.
  3. VERSE 21 MAKES REFERENCE AGAIN TO THE "DOCTRINE OF CHRIST".  WHAT IS THE DOCTRINE OF CHRIST?  HOW WOULD YOU SUM IT UP?

Chapter 32

  1. In verse 1 Nephi says, "I suppose that ye ponder somewhat in your hearts that which ye should do after ye have entered in the way."
  2. 2 Nephi 32:7:  "And now I, Nephi, cannot say more; the Spirit stoppeth mine utterance, and I am left to mourn because of the unbelief, and the wickedness, and the ignorance, and the stiffneckedness of men; for they will not search knowledge, nor understand great knowledge, when it is given unto them in plainness, even as plain as word can be."
  3. The battle between good and evil.

Chapter 33

  1. In chapter 33 Nephi makes a passionate conclusion to his writings - a testimony of its source.
  2. In verse 1 Nephi states that he cannot write all the things that were taught among his people.
    1. He also says that he is not mighty in writing, like unto speaking.  If Nephi is a greater teacher than speaker, can you imagine what it would be like to have him for a Sunday School teacher.  Nephi's writings are some of the most clear, concise, and inspiring writings from any prophet.  What an experience it must have been to sit at his feet and be taught.
  3. READ 2 NEPHI 33:3-5.  The words of Nephi are of great worth.
  4. READ 2 NEPHI 33:10-11.
  5. Nephi's final witness.

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