This is the first of what I hope will be many “highlights” of various people in scripture. Today, I’d like to start with the person we are first introduced to in the Book of Mormon: Nephi (pronounced “nee-fye”).
The Book of Mormon is record of God’s dealings with the people of the Ancient Americas, but it begins in Jerusalem. Nephi is the first person to write in the Book of Mormon. He is an exemplar of faith, courage, and righteousness.
I will share one event from his writings to highlight. It is found in the Book of Mormon in The Second Book of Nephi, Chapter 4 (2 Nephi 4: 17-30).
At this time in Nephi’s life, he and his family had already journeyed from Jerusalem and were living on the American continent. His father had just passed away, and his two older brothers (who were often rebellious and did not follow God) were angering him greatly. Nephi felt weighed down by his own sins and by his brothers’ disobedience. Perhaps like many of us today, Nephi felt uncertain about the future. But, Nephi believed in God and exclaimed: “I know in whom I have trusted.”
With a firm resolution, Nephi wrote:
Awake, my soul! No longer droop in sin. Rejoice, O my heart, and give place no more for the enemy of my soul.
Do not anger again because of mine enemies. Do not slacken my strength because of mine afflictions.
Rejoice, O my heart, and cry unto the Lord, and say: O Lord, I will praise thee forever; yea, my soul will rejoice in thee, my God, and the rock of my salvation.
Nephi helps us understand that, despite the hardships and trials we may face, we can put our trust in God. If you would like to read more of Nephi’s story, you can request a free copy of the Book of Mormon, or read its contents online at lds.org/scriptures.