Laman & Lemuel: Part 7- Promises Made to Fathers (1604)

Because of the Promises Made to Fathers you have hope. Currently you are ignorant of those promises, but in humility that can change. Greater opportunities to hear the voice of the Lord clearer will be made available, as you have done the necessary work.

Lehi’s covenant was significant enough to preserve Laman & Lemuel. His covenant extends far beyond the Lamanite and Nephite destruction, to those who are descendants of the Lamanites and Nephites, called the remnant, TODAY. It is because of the covenant made to the fathers by Christ that we must build our trust around. Knowing them provides us knowledge of what it takes to obtain a covenant from Christ. With that knowledge, we can apply it, and receive our own covenant.

Currently you are ignorant of those promises, but in humility that can change. Familiarizing yourself to the words of Christ in the scriptures simultaneously familiarizes you with the promises made to the fathers. Once familiar with those covenants, you can set out to obtain one for yourself by following the same pattern. It isn’t easy, it takes a lot of work, and requires you to stand alone at times. But Nephi shows the example:

2 Nephi 4:16-35

“16. Behold, my soul delighteth in the things of the Lord; and my heart pondereth continually upon the things which I have seen and heard.

17. Nevertheless, notwithstanding the great goodness of the Lord, in showing me his great and marvelous works, my heart exclaimeth: O wretched man that I am! Yea, my heart sorroweth because of my flesh; my soul grieveth because of mine iniquities.

18. I am encompassed about, because of the temptations and the sins which do so easily beset me.

19. And when I desire to rejoice, my heart groaneth because of my sins; nevertheless, I know in whom I have trusted.

20. My God hath been my support; he hath led me through mine afflictions in the wilderness; and he hath preserved me upon the waters of the great deep.

21. He hath filled me with his love, even unto the consuming of my flesh.

22. He hath confounded mine enemies, unto the causing of them to quake before me.

23. Behold, he hath heard my cry by day, and he hath given me knowledge by visions in the night-time.

24. And by day have I waxed bold in mighty prayerbefore him; yea, my voice have I sent up on high; and angels came down and ministered unto me.

25. And upon the wings of his Spirit hath my body been carried away upon exceedingly high mountains. And mine eyes have beheld great things, yea, even too great for man; therefore I was bidden that I should not write them.

26. O then, if I have seen so great things, if the Lord in his condescension unto the children of men hath visited men in so much mercy, why should my heart weep and my soul linger in the valley of sorrow, and my flesh waste away, and my strength slacken, because of mine afflictions?

27. And why should I yield to sin, because of my flesh? Yea, why should I give way to temptations, that the evil one have place in my heart to destroy my peace and afflict my soul? Why am I angry because of mine enemy?

28. Awake, my soul! No longer droop in sin. Rejoice, O my heart, and give place no more for the enemy of my soul.

29. Do not anger again because of mine enemies. Do not slacken my strength because of mine afflictions.

30. 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.

31. O Lord, wilt thou redeem my soul? Wilt thou deliver me out of the hands of mine enemies? Wilt thou make me that I may shake at the appearance of sin?

32. May the gates of hell be shut continually before me, because that my heart is broken and my spirit is contrite! O Lord, wilt thou not shut the gates of thy righteousness before me, that I may walk in the path of the low valley, that I may be strict in the plain road!

33. O Lord, wilt thou encircle me around in the robe of thy righteousness! O Lord, wilt thou make a way for mine escape before mine enemies! Wilt thou make my path straight before me! Wilt thou not place a stumbling block in my way—but that thou wouldst clear my way before me, and hedge not up my way, but the ways of mine enemy.

34. O Lord, I have trusted in thee, and I will trust in thee forever. I will not put my trust in the arm of flesh; for I know that cursed is he that putteth his trust in the arm of flesh. Yea, cursed is he that putteth his trust in man or maketh flesh his arm.

35. Yea, I know that God will give liberally to him that asketh. Yea, my God will give me, if I ask not amiss; therefore I will lift up my voice unto thee; yea, I will cry unto thee, my God, the rock of my righteousness. Behold, my voice shall forever ascend up unto thee, my rock and mine everlasting God. Amen.”

At one point Nephi sounds really grateful and happy, and then he seems depressed and saddened by his awful condition in sin, and then he expresses confidence and trust in the things of the Lord. To Mom, Nephi would sound crazy, psycho, and bi-polar. But what’s happening in Nephi is evidence of an internal wrestle, which must happen in each of us. If we prove true and faithful, we are taught by Nephi that we are built upon a rock, and that rock is Christ. Repentance requires study.

Greater opportunities to more clearly hear the voice of the Lord will be made available, in the future, as you have done the necessary work. There is more to be expected in the Dispensation of the Fulness of Times. The separation is upon us now. In the near future, that separation will be clearer.

Conclusion: Nephi has written many things that are of great value. In this final post on Laman & Lemuel I will use his words, addressing you as descendants of Lehi, who qualify to receive a covenant through your father’s who are in heaven, to return into the presence of Christ in the flesh. Pray for it.

2 Nephi 32: 2-9

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.

We are promised here that that words of Christ will tell you all things what you should do. The words of Christ enlightens the mind so that you can act, and not be acted upon. Doing what the words of Christ tells you, provides you with confidence to act, rather than to react.

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.

Nephi is addressing your ignorance. He also suggests how you can overcome ignorance: ask, knock, and be led into the light.

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.

The Holy Ghost now SHOWS you all things that ye should do. That indicates a guide, a constant companionship, showing you what you should do.

6. Behold, this is the doctrine of Christ, and there will be no more doctrine given until after he shall manifesthimself 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 to do.

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.”

The work must be done to claim the treasures that accompany it in heaven. Would you sell the treasures in heaven in exchange for the treasures upon the earth? Do you sell your tokens fore money? Both questions are the same.

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