What’s happening? Nephi, through prophesy, helps identify the chief judge’s killer.
Why does it matter? This becomes a high profile case which allows Nephi to preach to more individuals than before.
Between the lines: Sometimes when things look like they’re falling apart, they’re really falling into place.
Quote of the day: “The first of the Ten Commandments reiterates this divine wisdom: ‘I am the Lord thy God. … Thou shalt have no other gods before me’ (Exodus 20:2-3). The placement of this commandment helps us understand that if we place Him as our main priority, everything else will ultimately fall into place—even our service to others. When He takes the preeminent position in our lives by our deliberate choice, then He is able to bless our actions to our good and to the good of others.” ~ JD Jones, 2018, For Him
9:2-5 Why did the five men who went to check on the chief judge fall to the earth?
9:9, 15, 18, 39 Why do you think the Lord allowed the five men to be sent to prison?
“Scripture says, ‘Search diligently, pray always, and be believing, and all things shall work together for your good’ (D&C 90:24). This doesn’t mean all things are good, but for the meek and faithful, things—both positive and negative—work together for good, and the timing is the Lord’s.” ~ NF Marriott, 2015, Yielding Our Hearts to God
9:19-20 Why was Nephi accused of being a “confederate”?
9:25-33 What does Nephi say and do in his defense?
9:39-41 What were the results of the five men and Nephi’s unjust imprisonment? Have you ever had something not fair happen to you that ended up being a good thing for someone else or yourself in the end?
“Tests and trials are given to all of us. These mortal challenges allow us and our Heavenly Father to see whether we will exercise our agency to follow His Son. He already knows, and we have the opportunity to learn, that no matter how difficult our circumstances, ‘all these things shall [be for our] experience, and … [our] good’ (D&C 122:7).” ~ RD Hales, 2011, Waiting Upon the Lord: Thy Will Be Done