Book of Mormon Highlights: Nephi

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.

Nephi from the Book of MormonI 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.

Mormon Scriptures

Mormon ScripturesDespite what you may have heard, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) read from the Holy Bible. The misconception that Mormons don’t read the Bible probably stems from the fact that they do read other sacred books and believe them to be scripture.

Below is a list of the formal Church canon of the Mormon Church along with a description about each:

The Holy Bible

Mormons read from the King James Version of the Bible, including both the Old Testament and New Testament. “We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly” (see Articles of Faith 1:8). I am grateful for the Bible, particularly that we have an account of the life of Jesus Christ to help us learn from His teachings. Read More >>

Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. Just as the Bible witnesses of His divinity, the Book of Mormon stands as a second witness that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world.

Mormon ScripturesWhile the Bible is a record of God’s dealings with the people of the old world (i.e., Jerusalem and that area) the Book of Mormon is a record of God’s dealings with the people of the ancient American continent. It contains stories of men and women doing their best to follow God and keep His commandments, just like the Bible. It also contains the record of the miraculous appearance of Jesus to the people after his death and resurrection. It is an amazing book that will strengthen your belief and faith in Jesus Christ. Read More >>

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Doctrine and Covenants

Both the Bible and the Book of Mormon are considered “ancient scripture” meaning they were written many centuries ago. The Doctrine and Covenants is different in that it is a modern record.

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