#LDSConf – 2 Nephi 29

CLICK HERE to read 2 Nephi 29.

In the last days, the Lord “shall proceed to do a marvelous work among them” (verse 1).

Anytime the scriptures use the word “shall”, that is covenant language, and it shows up in the very next phrase of the same sentence: “that I may remember my covenants which I have made unto the children of men” (verse 1).

So what was His covenant?

He promised to gather those who believe in Him (and their families).

So not only will the Lord remember His promises to Abraham, but also His promises to Nephi and his father (Lehi).

We know the covenants of Abraham, because they are restored to us today through the Temple.  (“that I would remember your seed” from verse 2).

But what was the promises made to Nephi?

“That the words of your seed should proceed forth out of my mouth unto your seed…” (verse 2).

So the promise is that the records Nephi and his descendants are keeping will continue to be passed on, all the way through the last days.   We know – in our time – that we call these records “The Book of Mormon”.

But many will reject it, saying, “A Bible! A Bible!  We have got a Bible, and there cannot be any more Bible” (verse 3).

Yet the Bible is only the record of the Jews that were descendants of Judah.

All the tribes kept records.

(Note that this has implications that there is more scripture not yet delivered to us, which is confirmed through the teachings of modern prophets that we could get more scripture if all the covenant people would read and study what we have thus far.)

Nephi explains it as the records of each people being for them to learn their lessons through their own experiences, so each people need their own record because they have their own history and lessons.  “What do the Gentiles mean (understand)? Do they remember the travails, and the labors, and the pains of the Jews?” (verse 4)  Of course they cannot; it is a rhetorical question.  The other peoples need their own records, because it is how God worked amongst them specifically.

But it is the same God, and so the same lessons and principles are taught, and everything points to Christ.

But all people everywhere are Heavenly Father’s children, and He loves all of them, and wants all of them to succeed.  So all people need access to Scriptures in order to learn about them, and all people need to keep their own record of how the Lord worked in the lives of their people.

“Know ye not that there are more nations than one?  Know ye not that I, the Lord your God, have created all men?” (verse 7).

Many people, same God.

Many records of the different experiences of (with) the same Christ.

“Wherefore murmur ye, because that ye shall receive more of my word?  Know ye not that the testimony of two nations is a witness unto you that I am God… wherefore, I speak the same words unto one nation like unto another” (verse 8).

It’s the same God, so He is going to tell all people the same things.

The Bible (from the Jews) and the Book of Mormon (from the Gentiles) are not going to be contradictory, because it is the same God who has authored them.  They are companion books, the same story given to different peoples, but go together in that the testify of Christ.

“And when the two nations shall run together, the testimony of the two nations shall run together also” (verse 8).   So we have the Bible and the Book of Mormon, which work together as Scriptures to us, proclaiming the Testament of Christ.

We have the Old Testament.

We have the New Testament.

And we have “The Book of Mormon: Another Testament”.

“And I do this that I may prove unto many that I am the same yesterday, today, and forever; and that I speak forth my words according to my own pleasure.”

Three testaments, in the above examples, but one God doing the testifying.

But He is testifying to different peoples: ancient tribes of Israel, Jews in Palestine, and Modern Gentiles.

“Wherefore, because that ye have a Bible ye need not suppose that it contains all my words, neither need ye suppose that I have not caused more to be written” (verse 10).

The words of Scriptures are HIS words.

And He gives them HIS way.

“For I command all men, both in the east and in the west, and in the north, and in the south, and in the islands of the sea, that they shall write the words which I speak unto them…” (verse 11), and then according to these books of recorded words, He will judge us.

He delivers to us the Bible (the record of the Jews) and the Book of Mormon (the record of the Nephites).  “And it shall come to pass that the Jews shall have the words of the Nephites, and the Nephites shall hear the words of the Jews…” (verse 13).

Everyone will have access to all His words that have been recorded and passed down generation after generation.

And knowing His words is what will gather us as the House of Israel, as we become His covenant people.

“And my word also shall be gathered in one” (verse 14).

In one what?

One family.

The family of Holiness.

This is at-one-ness unfolding.

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I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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