Study Question: By studying Nephi’s example, what could we do in overcoming personal weakness and what did he mean by “separate ourselves from wickedness” ?
Summary: Lehi testified, Joseph of Egypt (son of Jacob) foresee our day when God would raise up the great Prophet/Revelator Joseph Smith to carry the gospel to the world. Before he dies, Lehi also blessed his children with the Lord’s promise that if they keep the commandments they would prosper, but if they were disobedient they would be cut off from the Lord’s presence. Nephi’s people departed from the rebellious followers of Laman and Lemuel to go into the wilderness.
Scripture: 2 Nephi 4: 34 “O Lord, I have trusted in thee, and I will trust in thee forever. I will not put my trust in the arm of flesh; for I know that cursed is he that putteth his trust in the arm of flesh. Yea, cursed is he that putteth his trust in man or maketh flesh his arm.”
Rachael D: I like 2 Nephi 4:27-29, he asks himself why does he give into temptation which destroys the peace in his heart. The tells himself to give no more place in his heart for the enemy of his soul. Do not lose strength because of afflictions. I think at times we need to evaluate ourselves and tell ourselves to step up and remember the strengthening experiences we have had and what our goals are. We can then make changes to separate ourselves from wickedness.
Emily H: Yep! I loved this chapter! I especially loved verse 28. It is definitely the “step up” moment that you talked about. It is the pep talk we must give ourselves. The guilt of sin is so overpowering, but the only way to get out of the hole, is to dig yourself out. And the easy part is, that we never have to do it alone.