What’s happening? Samuel comes to preach a second time to the Nephites.
Why does it matter? Samuel is an outsider, but a prophet, and through him the Lord is giving the Nephites one more chance to repent.
Between the lines: For the prideful, the truth can be harder to hear from an outsider.
Quote of the day: “Our joy in God’s kingdom will be a natural extension of the happiness we cultivate in this life.” ~ JH Gosalind, “Happiness”
13:2, 5 Who was Samuel?
13:3 How would you feel if the Lord asked you to return to people who had rejected you? Have you ever felt the right things to say come to you in the moment through promptings from the Spirit? See also D&C 100:3-8.
13:4 What were the figurative and literal walls Samuel was up against with the Nephites?
13:6-7 How would you react to such words from a prophet? Has a call to repentance ever been a blessing in your life?
“Too often we think of repentance as something miserable and depressing. But God’s plan is the plan of happiness, not the plan of misery! Repentance is uplifting and ennobling. It’s sin that brings unhappiness. Repentance is our escape route!” ~ SW Owen, 2017, Repentance is Always Positive
13:8-9 What about these scriptures could have made the unrepentant Nephites mad?
13:18-20 What are modern day treasures to hide up to the Lord?
13:21-23 How can someone be cursed because of their riches?
“Historically, the abundance with which the Lord has blessed his people has proved to be one of their greatest tests. The cycles of their acquiring worldly wealth and their subsequent spiritual decline are well documented in scriptural and historical records. Moses’ concern for his people proved to be justified in the years following their entry into the land of Canaan. It was when they became settled in this goodly land that they began to take their abundance for granted and to forget the real source of these blessings.” ~ DL Larsen, 1992, “Bewarest Lest Thou Forget the Lord”
“The worst fear I have about this people is that they will get rich in this country, forget God and His people, wax fat, and kick themselves out of the Church and go to hell. This people will stand mobbing, robbing, poverty, and all manner of persecution, and be true. But my greater fear … is that they cannot stand wealth.” ~ B Young (quoted from James S. Brown, Life of a Pioneer, Salt Lake City: Geo. Q. Cannon and Sons Co., 1900, pp. 122–23.)
13:24-26 Why do bad things happen to a people when they reject or even kill prophets? See also Matthew 23:37-39.
“Especially have men through the ages refused to accept prophets of their own time, and many of them have been persecuted, ridiculed, and slain. The scriptures are replete with incidents lamenting the fact that the majority of people have always refused to accept the prophets who have cried repentance unto them and reminded them of their iniquities.” ~ NE Tanner, 1972, Warnings from Outerspace”If you accept the prophets whom the Lord sends in your day, you also accept that Lord who sent them.” ~ BR McConkie, 1981, “Who Hath Believed Our Report”
13:30-31 In what ways can land become cursed and riches slippery?
13:38 Why is it impossible to be happy in sin? See also Alma 41:10-11.
“Heavenly Father’s commandments are key components of the care package. Alma declared, ‘Wickedness never was happiness’ (Alma 41:10). Tolerating improper behavior without loving correction is false compassion and reinforces the common notion that wickedness might in fact be happiness. Samuel the Lamanite clearly countered this notion.” ~ MJ Brough, 2017, His Daily Guiding Hand