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This book, of 2 Nephi, has only one more chapter in it after this one. These are Nephi’s final words, and it fascinates me what he chooses to include. He has poured himself into teaching the people the importance of the covenant and how to choose it, and now he tells them what to do next.
“I suppose that ye ponder somewhere in your hearts concerning that which we should do after ye have entered” (the covenant) (verse 1).
So what do we do next?
“Feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do” (verse 3).
What are the words of Christ?
The scriptures, of course! And the words of his prophets!
So we are to study His words, and we will know how to live our lives.
If we “cannot understand them, it will be because ye ask not” (verse 4).
So the asking is always part of understanding.
But we have the Holy Spirit that will reveal to us the answers to our questions. So once we enter the covenant, “and receive the Holy Ghost, it will show unto you all things what ye should do” (verse 5).
It’s that simple.
“This is the doctrine of Christ” (verse 6).
And it grieves Nephi, just as it grieves our families or priesthood leaders, when we do not do the work of asking those questions and seeking to find the answers through study and revelation.
“… I am left to mourn because of the unbelief and the wickedness, and the ignorance, and the stiffneckedness… 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” (verse 7).
So instead of being lost in not understanding, we simply need to seek the Spirit and hearken “unto the Spirit” (verse 8). Then we can understand all things, even the very mysteries of God, as He unfolds them one layer at a time.
But we must study, and we must pray.
“I say unto you that ye must pray always, and not faint” (verse 9).
Not only should we be praying always, but we should pray before we do anything so that He will “consecrate” (verse 9) all that we do, and bless it for the welfare of our own souls as well.