What’s happening? Miracles and the ministering of angels happen on Lehi and Nephi’s mission.
Why does it matter? About 300 people will see these miracles and it will strengthen the faith they have already–faith centered on what they’ve learned about Jesus Christ.
Between the lines: Miracles and seeing angels doesn’t convert, but being aware of the Holy Ghost and how we receive promptings does.
Quote of the day: “[Aminadab] had once belonged to the church of God, but he became critical and contentious. He evidently sympathized with the opposition, because he was present when two young missionaries named Nephi and Lehi were taken captive by an army of Lamanites. A cloud of darkness came upon him, and he heard a still, mild voice whisper, ‘Repent … and seek no more to destroy my servants’ (Hel. 5:29–30). Surprised, he turned around and looked at Nephi and Lehi. Their faces shone through the darkness, and they appeared to be lifting their voices to heaven (see Hel. 5:36). Aminadab then recognized them for what they were. In a loud voice he told the Lamanites that the young men were servants of God. As the army turned to look, they too became aware of the darkness which surrounded them. They asked Aminadab how to dispel it, and he, drawing on truth learned, I believe, at another time, said: ‘You must repent, and cry unto the [Lord], even until ye shall have faith in Christ … ; and when ye shall do this, the cloud of darkness shall be removed from overshadowing you” (Hel. 5:41). Now notice again, the scripture speaks of darkness overshadowing those who have abandoned the faith. The effect of darkness is to prevent one from seeing clearly. To find the way back, as Aminadab discovered, one must repent and pray until doubt and darkness disappear and important things can be seen again.'” ~ FB Howard, 1987, Come Back to the Lord
5:2-3 What happens when the majority of people choose evil?”We must not assume that since the Constitution embodies a “divinely inspired” political system the machinery of checks and balances, separation of powers, and other constitutional limitations will automatically preserve political and moral freedom for the individual. The prophets have made clear that no constitution or set of laws, written or unwritten, can by themselves protect a nation from corrupt leaders. Brigham Young remarked, ‘No matter how good a government is, unless it is administered by righteous men, an evil government will be made of it’ (Journal of Discourses, 10:177). Bitter experience has shown that the best way to keep corrupt individuals from subverting constitutional and legal processes is for committed citizens to maintain a constant, careful surveillance over governmental activities, opposing individuals motivated only by selfish ambition in seeking public office. Although ancient and latter-day scriptures warn that increasing political violence and corruption will precede the millennium, Latter-day Saints must continue during this premillennial period to struggle to maintain the political freedoms essential to the spread and practice of the gospel. ~ CL May, 1976, Beyond Voting: Some Duties of the LDS Citizen
5:4 What did Nephi and Lehi choose to do rather than maintain political offices?
5:6-7 What is the significance of Nephi and Lehi’s names?
“Nephi’s and Lehi’s names helped them remember the good works of their ancestors and encouraged them to do good as well. Sisters, no matter where we live, what language we speak, or whether we are 8 years old or 108, we all share a special name that has these same purposes. ‘For as many of [us] as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ … for [we] are all one in Christ Jesus’ (Galatians 3:27-28).” ~ LL Harkness, 2019, Honoring His Name
5:9-13 Why is it critical to remember and contemplate Jesus’ great gift of the Atonement?
“Coming to understand this great gift is an individual pursuit for each child of God. Brothers and sisters, I believe that if we could truly understand the Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ, we would realize how precious is one son or daughter of God.” ~ MR Ballard, 2004, The Atonement and the Value of One Soul
5:5-14 Why do you think the word “remember” is repeated so much?
5: 12 Why is Jesus Christ the “rock” to build our foundation?
5:19-27 What were some of the challenges Nephi and Lehi faced on their missions? Who was converted?
5:28-30 What was the voice of the Lord like?
5:35-43 What is a lasting way to gain faith?
5:44-48 What is the purpose of miracles and heavenly ministers?