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A Library Tour of 2 Nephi 29-33
2 Nephi 29
1 But behold, there shall be many -- at that day when I shall proceed to do a marvelous
work among them, that I may remember my covenants which I have made unto the children
of men, that I may set my hand again the second time to recover my people, which
are of the house of Israel;
2 And also, that I may remember the promises which I have made unto thee, Nephi,
and also unto thy father, that I would remember your seed; and that the words of
your seed should proceed forth out of my mouth unto your seed; and my words shall
hiss forth unto the ends of the earth, for a standard unto my people, which are of
the house of Israel;
3 And because my words shall hiss forth -- many of the Gentiles shall say: A Bible!
A Bible! We have got a Bible, and there cannot be any more Bible.
The thesis of this unique book is that the major theme of the Qur’an is that God
has always, for all people, called a prophet or messenger or warner. Some listen
and most do not. Then, after the days of that prophet, apostasy occurs, and then
God calls another prophet. The author quotes quite a lot of the Qur’an, and his
thesis – the apostasy and restoration cycle – is easily and thoroughly proven. The
book is repetitive, because the Qur’an is repetitive.
Quoted from the book:
II:88 They say: “Our hearts are the wrappings which preserve Allah’s Word; we need
no more” nay, Allah’s curse is on them for their blasphemy; little is it they believe.
This is the same as saying “A Bible! A Bible! We have got a Bible, and there cannot
be any more Bible.” It is obvious from this scripture that anyone who says that
there cannot be any more revelation is blasphemous and that they are wrong.
4 But thus saith the Lord God: O fools, they shall have a Bible; and it shall proceed
forth from the Jews, mine ancient covenant people. And what thank they the Jews for
the Bible which they receive from them? Yea, what do the Gentiles mean? Do they remember
the travails, and the labors, and the pains of the Jews, and their diligence unto
me, in bringing forth salvation unto the Gentiles?
5 O ye Gentiles, have ye remembered the Jews, mine ancient covenant people? Nay;
but ye have cursed them, and have hated them, and have not sought to recover them.
But behold, I will return all these things upon your own heads; for I the Lord have
not forgotten my people.
6 Thou fool, that shall say: A Bible, we have got a Bible, and we need no more Bible.
Have ye obtained a Bible save it were by the Jews?
7 Know ye not that there are more nations than one? Know ye not that I, the Lord
your God, have created all men, and that I remember those who are upon the isles
of the sea; and that I rule in the heavens above and in the earth beneath; and I
bring forth my word unto the children of men, yea, even upon all the nations of the
[excerpt from] Question #17: Know ye not that there are more nations than one?
Perhaps one way to approach this question on a more personal level is to consider
that we are members of a worldwide church – part of a global community, not just
a local one.
There is an old joke that goes like this:
Q: What do you call somebody who can speak three languages?
Q: What do you call somebody who can speak two language?
Q: What do you call somebody who can speak one language?
The world is a bigger place than just one country. . . .
President Howard W. Hunter taught, “As members of the Lord’s church, we need to lift
our vision beyond personal prejudices. We need to discover that supreme truth that
indeed our Father is no respecter of persons. . . . Do you imagine our Heavenly Father
loving one nationality of his offspring more exclusively than others? As members
of the Church, we need to be reminded of Nephi’s challenging question: ‘Know ye
not that there are more nations than one?’” . . .
A student at Southern Virginia University, Garret Bernal, complete an internship
in Washington, D.C., during which he was able to help make arrangements for a luncheon
being held for the wives of many foreign ambassadors living in that capital city.
When the day of the event arrived, he was asked to greet the guests and help them
find their places. Because he served his mission in Ukraine, he greeted the wife
of the Ukrainian ambassador in her native language rather than English. This led
to a friendship between them and left the woman very impressed with Garret and the
Church. Months later, Garret suggested the Ukrainian ambassador be the featured
guest at the Washington D.C. Temple’s 2012 Festival of Light. At the urging of his
wife, the ambassador accepted. The evening arrived, and the ambassador was invited
to throw the switch to turn on thousands of Christmas lights on the temple grounds.
Many visitors were in attendance. The visitors’ center was filled with traditional
Ukrainian decorations. Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve gave
the opening remarks. He was followed by the Ukrainian ambassador who expressed sincere
gratitude for the Latter-day Saint temple in his country and the work of the missionaries
and members there. He promised his full support for the Church.
Garret and many others in attendance that night had never before heard such warm
and sincere remarks about the Church from an ambassador. Who knows how many lives
will be affected because one young man could greet a woman in her native language?
We are not suggesting that everyone run out and take a geography course or learn
a foreign language. But we do have a mandate from the Lord to receive a “knowledge
also of countries and of kingdoms.” President Gordon B. Hinckley said, “The sun
never sets on this work of the Lord as it is touching the lives of people across
the earth. And this is only the beginning. We have scarcely scratched the surface.
We are engaged in a work for the souls of men and women everywhere. Our work knows
no boundaries. Under the providence of the Lord it will continue. Those nations
now closed to us will someday be open. That is my faith. That is my belief. That
is my testimony.” Perhaps by developing a deeper interest in other people’s cultures,
or extending a hand of fellowship to individuals from other countries, we will be
able to be a part of taking the gospel into all the world.
“President Ezra Taft Benson taught: ‘The Book of Mormon . . . was written for our
day. . . . Under the inspiration of God, who sees all things from the beginning,
[Mormon] abridged centuries of records, choosing the stories, speeches, and events
that would be most helpful to us.’”
The authors ask, “We wonder if, in addition to the stories, speeches, doctrines,
and events, Book of Mormon authors selected questions that would also be most beneficial
for us in our day.”
8 Wherefore murmur ye, because that ye shall receive more of my word? Know ye not
that the testimony of two nations is a witness unto you that I am God, that I remember
one nation like unto another? Wherefore, I speak the same words unto one nation like
unto another. And when the two nations shall run together the testimony of the two
nations shall run together also.
9 And I do this that I may prove unto many that I am the same yesterday, today, and
forever; and that I speak forth my words according to mine own pleasure. And because
that I have spoken one word ye need not suppose that I cannot speak another; for
my work is not yet finished; neither shall it be until the end of man, neither from
that time henceforth and forever.
10 Wherefore, because that ye have a Bible ye need not suppose that it contains all
my words; neither need ye suppose that I have not caused more to be written.
11 For I command all men, both in the east and in the west, and in the north, and
in the south, and in the islands of the sea, that they shall write the words which
I speak unto them; for out of the books which shall be written I will judge the world,
every man according to their works, according to that which is written.
12 For behold, I shall speak unto the Jews and they shall write it; and I shall also
speak unto the Nephites and they shall write it; and I shall also speak unto the
other tribes of the house of Israel, which I have led away, and they shall write
it; and I shall also speak unto all nations of the earth and they shall write it.
13 And it shall come to pass that the Jews shall have the words of the Nephites,
and the Nephites shall have the words of the Jews; and the Nephites and the Jews
shall have the words of the lost tribes of Israel; and the lost tribes of Israel
shall have the words of the Nephites and the Jews.
14 And it shall come to pass that my people, which are of the house of Israel, shall
be gathered home unto the lands of their possessions; and my word also shall be gathered
in one. And I will show unto them that fight against my word and against my people,
who are of the house of Israel, that I am God, and that I covenanted with Abraham
that I would remember his seed forever.
2 Nephi 30
1 And now behold, my beloved brethren, I would speak unto you; for I, Nephi, would
not suffer that ye should suppose that ye are more righteous than the Gentiles shall
be. For behold, except ye shall keep the commandments of God ye shall all likewise
perish; and because of the words which have been spoken ye need not suppose that
the Gentiles are utterly destroyed.
2 For behold, I say unto you that as many of the Gentiles as will repent are the
covenant people of the Lord; and as many of the Jews as will not repent shall be
cast off; for the Lord covenanteth with none save it be with them that repent and
believe in his Son, who is the Holy One of Israel.
3 And now, I would prophesy somewhat more concerning the Jews and the Gentiles. For
after the book of which I have spoken shall come forth, and be written unto the Gentiles,
and sealed up again unto the Lord, there shall be many which shall believe the words
which are written; and they shall carry them forth unto the remnant of our seed.
4 And then shall the remnant of our seed know concerning us, how that we came out
from Jerusalem, and that they are descendants of the Jews.
5 And the gospel of Jesus Christ shall be declared among them; wherefore, they shall
be restored unto the knowledge of their fathers, and also to the knowledge of Jesus
Christ, which was had among their fathers.
6 And then shall they rejoice; for they shall know that it is a blessing unto them
from the hand of God; and their scales of darkness shall begin to fall from their
eyes; and many generations shall not pass away among them, save they shall be a pure
and delightsome people.
7 And it shall come to pass that the Jews which are scattered also shall begin to
believe in Christ; and they shall begin to gather in upon the face of the land; and
as many as shall believe in Christ shall also become a delightsome people.
8 And it shall come to pass that the Lord God shall commence his work among all nations,
kindreds, tongues, and people, to bring about the restoration of his people upon
9 And with righteousness shall the Lord God judge the poor, and reprove with equity
for the meek of the earth. And he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth;
and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
10 For the time speedily cometh that the Lord God shall cause a great division among
the people, and the wicked will he destroy; and he will spare his people, yea, even
if it so be that he must destroy the wicked by fire.
11 And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle
of his reins.
12 And then shall the wolf dwell with the lamb; and the leopard shall lie down with
the kid, and the calf, and the young lion, and the fatling, together; and a little
child shall lead them.
13 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together;
and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
14 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child
shall put his hand on the cockatrice's den.
15 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be
full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.
16 Wherefore, the things of all nations shall be made known; yea, all things shall
be made known unto the children of men.
17 There is nothing which is secret save it shall be revealed; there is no work of
darkness save it shall be made manifest in the light; and there is nothing which
is sealed upon the earth save it shall be loosed.
18 Wherefore, all things which have been revealed unto the children of men shall
at that day be revealed; and Satan shall have power over the hearts of the children
of men no more, for a long time. And now, my beloved brethren, I make an end of my
2 Nephi 31
1 And now I, Nephi, make an end of my prophesying unto you, my beloved brethren.
And I cannot write but a few things, which I know must surely come to pass; neither
can I write but a few of the words of my brother Jacob.
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.
3 For my soul delighteth in plainness; for after this manner doth the Lord God work
among the children of men. For the Lord God giveth light unto the understanding;
for he speaketh unto men according to their language, unto their understanding.
4 Wherefore, I would that ye should remember that I have spoken unto you concerning
that prophet which the Lord showed unto me, that should baptize the Lamb of God,
which should take away the sins of the world.
5 And now, if the Lamb of God, he being holy, should have need to be baptized by
water, to fulfil all righteousness, O then, how much more need have we, being unholy,
to be baptized, yea, even by water!
6 And now, I would ask of you, my beloved brethren, wherein the Lamb of God did fulfil
all righteousness in being baptized by water?
7 Know ye not that he was holy? But notwithstanding he being holy, he showeth unto
the children of men that, according to the flesh he humbleth himself before the Father,
and witnesseth unto the Father that he would be obedient unto him in keeping his
8 Wherefore, after he was baptized with water the Holy Ghost descended upon him in
the form of a dove.
9 And again, it showeth unto the children of men the straightness of the path, and
the narrowness of the gate, by which they should enter, he having set the example
10 And he said unto the children of men: Follow thou me. Wherefore, my beloved brethren,
can we follow Jesus save we shall be willing to keep the commandments of the Father?
11 And the Father said: Repent ye, repent ye, and be baptized in the name of my Beloved
12 And also, the voice of the Son came unto me, saying: He that is baptized in my
name, to him will the Father give the Holy Ghost, like unto me; wherefore, follow
me, and do the things which ye have seen me do.
13 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, I know that if ye shall follow the Son, with full
purpose of heart, acting no hypocrisy and no deception before God, but with real
intent, repenting of your sins, witnessing unto the Father that ye are willing to
take upon you the name of Christ, by baptism -- yea, by following your Lord and your
Savior down into the water, according to his word, behold, then shall ye receive
the Holy Ghost; yea, then cometh the baptism of fire and of the Holy Ghost; and then
can ye speak with the tongue of angels, and shout praises unto the Holy One of Israel.
14 But, behold, my beloved brethren, thus came the voice of the Son unto me, saying:
After ye have repented of your sins, and witnessed unto the Father that ye are willing
to keep my commandments, by the baptism of water, and have received the baptism of
fire and of the Holy Ghost, and can speak with a new tongue, yea, even with the tongue
of angels, and after this should deny me, it would have been better for you that
ye had not known me.
15 And I heard a voice from the Father, saying: Yea, the words of my Beloved are
true and faithful. He that endureth to the end, the same shall be saved.
16 And now, my beloved brethren, I know by this that unless a man shall endure to
the end, in following the example of the Son of the living God, he cannot be saved.
17 Wherefore, do the things which I have told you I have seen that your Lord and
your Redeemer should do; for, for this cause have they been shown unto me, that ye
might know the gate by which ye should enter. For the gate by which ye should enter
is repentance and baptism by water; and then cometh a remission of your sins by fire
and by the Holy Ghost.
18 And then are ye in this strait and narrow path which leads to eternal life; yea,
ye have entered in by the gate; ye have done according to the commandments of the
Father and the Son; and ye have received the Holy Ghost, which witnesses of the Father
and the Son, unto the fulfilling of the promise which he hath made, that if ye entered
in by the way ye should receive.
19 And now, my beloved brethren, after ye have gotten into this strait and narrow
path, I would ask if all is done? Behold, I say unto you, Nay; for ye have not come
thus far save it were by the word of Christ with unshaken faith in him, relying wholly
upon the merits of him who is mighty to save.
20 Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect
brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press
forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith
the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.
21 And now, behold, my beloved brethren, this is the way; and there is none other
way nor name given under heaven whereby man can be saved in the kingdom of God. And
now, behold, this is the doctrine of Christ, and the only and true doctrine of the
Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, which is one God, without end. Amen.
2 Nephi 32
1 And now, behold, my beloved brethren, I suppose that ye ponder somewhat in your
hearts concerning that which ye should do after ye have entered in by the way. But,
behold, why do ye ponder these things in your hearts?
2 Do ye not remember that I said unto you that after ye had received the Holy Ghost
ye could speak with the tongue of angels?
And now, how could ye speak with the tongue of angels save it were by the Holy Ghost?
3 Angels speak by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore, they speak the words of
Christ. Wherefore, I said unto you, feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the
words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do.
4 Wherefore, now after I have spoken these words, if ye cannot understand them it
will be because ye ask not, neither do ye knock; wherefore, ye are not brought into
the light, but must perish in the dark.
5 For behold, again I say unto you that if ye will enter in by the way, and receive
the Holy Ghost, it will show unto you all things what ye should do.
6 Behold, this is the doctrine of Christ, and there will be no more doctrine given
until after he shall manifest himself unto you in the flesh. And when he shall manifest
himself unto you in the flesh, the things which he shall say unto you shall ye observe
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.
8 And now, my beloved brethren, I perceive that ye ponder still in your hearts; and
it grieveth me that I must speak concerning this thing. For if ye would hearken unto
the Spirit which teacheth a man to pray ye would know that ye must pray; for the
evil spirit teacheth not a man to pray, but teacheth him that he must not pray.
9 But behold, I say unto you that ye must pray always, and not faint; that ye must
not perform any thing unto the Lord save in the first place ye shall pray unto the
Father in the name of Christ, that he will consecrate thy performance unto thee,
that thy performance may be for the welfare of thy soul.
2 Nephi 33
1 And now I, Nephi, cannot write all the things which were taught among my people;
neither am I mighty in writing, like unto speaking; for when a man speaketh by the
power of the Holy Ghost the power of the Holy Ghost carrieth it unto the hearts of
the children of men.
2 But behold, there are many that harden their hearts against the Holy Spirit, that
it hath no place in them; wherefore, they cast many things away which are written
and esteem them as things of naught.
3 But I, Nephi, have written what I have written, and I esteem it as of great worth,
and especially unto my people. For I pray continually for them by day, and mine eyes
water my pillow by night, because of them; and I cry unto my God in faith, and I
know that he will hear my cry.
4 And I know that the Lord God will consecrate my prayers for the gain of my people.
And the words which I have written in weakness will be made strong unto them; for
it persuadeth them to do good; it maketh known unto them of their fathers; and it
speaketh of Jesus, and persuadeth them to believe in him, and to endure to the end,
which is life eternal.
5 And it speaketh harshly against sin, according to the plainness of the truth; wherefore,
no man will be angry at the words which I have written save he shall be of the spirit
of the devil.
6 I glory in plainness; I glory in truth; I glory in my Jesus, for he hath redeemed
my soul from hell.
7 I have charity for my people, and great faith in Christ that I shall meet many
souls spotless at his judgment-seat.
8 I have charity for the Jew -- I say Jew, because I mean them from whence I came.
9 I also have charity for the Gentiles. But behold, for none of these can I hope
except they shall be reconciled unto Christ, and enter into the narrow gate, and
walk in the strait path which leads to life, and continue in the path until the end
of the day of probation.
10 And now, my beloved brethren, and also Jew, and all ye ends of the earth, hearken
unto these words and believe in Christ; and if ye believe not in these words believe
in Christ. And if ye shall believe in Christ ye will believe in these words, for
they are the words of Christ, and he hath given them unto me; and they teach all
men that they should do good.
11 And if they are not the words of Christ, judge ye -- for Christ will show unto
you, with power and great glory, that they are his words, at the last day; and you
and I shall stand face to face before his bar; and ye shall know that I have been
commanded of him to write these things, notwithstanding my weakness.
12 And I pray the Father in the name of Christ that many of us, if not all, may be
saved in his kingdom at that great and last day.
13 And now, my beloved brethren, all those who are of the house of Israel, and all
ye ends of the earth, I speak unto you as the voice of one crying from the dust:
Farewell until that great day shall come.
14 And you that will not partake of the goodness of God, and respect the words of
the Jews, and also my words, and the words which shall proceed forth out of the mouth
of the Lamb of God, behold, I bid you an everlasting farewell, for these words shall
condemn you at the last day.
15 For what I seal on earth, shall be brought against you at the judgment bar; for
thus hath the Lord commanded me, and I must obey. Amen.