What’s happening? The voice of the Lord comforts Nephi and gives him sealing power. The Lord asks Nephi to preach to the people and Nephi immediately does.
Why does it matter? Encouragement and power from on high can help us get through challenging times, just like it did for Nephi.
Between the lines: Because of the Lord’s trust in Nephi, he can play a role in what happens to the Nephites if they won’t repent.
Quote of the day: “Behold, thou art Nephi, and I am God. Behold, I declare it unto thee in the presence of mine angels, that ye shall have power over this people.” ~ Helaman 10:6
10:2-3 Even prophets need to spend time pondering. What good things can you or have you pondered on? How can you make time to ponder on the things of the spirit?
“To know what the voice of the Divine sounds and feels like, read His words, study the scriptures, and ponder them. Make them an integral part of everyday life.” ~ RG Scott, 2014, Make the Exercise of Faith Your First Priority
10:4-5 Can you think of other times in history when pondering has prepared someone for a heavenly visitation?
“Pondering, which means to weigh mentally, to deliberate, to meditate, can achieve the opening of the spiritual eyes of one’s understanding. Also, the Spirit of the Lord may rest upon the ponderer.” ~ JB Wirthlin, 1982, Pondering Strengthens the Spiritual Life
10:6 How does Nephi have power over the people when they won’t listen to him?
10:7-11 Judging by His words, how much do you think the Lord trusted Nephi?
10:12 What did Nephi do with the information the Lord had given him?
10:13 How did most of the people react to the miracle Nephi had just shown them about the murder of the chief judge? Why don’t miracles convert?
10:15-17 How did Nephi escape the people’s plans for him?