The Book of Mormon is filled with memorable verses that contain profound truths and rich doctrine. These verses are a powerful witness of the Book of Mormon divinity.
Every chapter includes verses and phrases worth highlighting. Each of these profound verses can, and have been, the basis for talks and lessons. Some of these verses have become very popular in the church.
Below is a very small sampling from the books of First and Second Nephi. If you take time to ponder these verses, you “see” and “feel” the hand of the Lord in the text.
1 Nephi 2:20-21
Inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments, ye shall prosper, and shall be led to a land of promise; yea, even a land which I have prepared for you; yea, a land which is choice above all other lands.
1 Nephi 3:7
And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father, I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.
1 Nephi 19:23
For I did liken all scriptures unto us, that it might be for our profit and learning.
2 Nephi 2:15
But behold, the Lord hath redeemed my soul from hell; I have beheld his glory, and I am encircled about eternally in the arms of his love.
2 Nephi 2:11
For it must needs be that there is opposition in all things.
2 Nephi 2:25
Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.
2 Nephi 2:26-27
And the Messiah cometh in the fullness of times, that he may redeem the children of men from the fall. And because that they are redeemed from the fall they have become free forever, knowing good from evil; to act for themselves and not to be acted upon, save it be by the punishment of the law at the great and last day, according to the commandments which God hath given.
Wherefore, men are free according to the flesh; and all things are given them which are expedient unto man. And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil; for he seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself.
2 Nephi 4:15-16
For my soul delighteth in the scriptures, and my heart pondereth them, and writeth them for the learning and profit of my children.
Behold, my soul delighteth in the things of the Lord, and my heart pondereth continually upon the things which I have seen and heard.
2 Nephi 9:29
But to be learned is good if they hearken unto the counsels of God.
2 Nephi 10:23
Therefore, cheer up your hearts, and remember that ye are free to act for yourselves–to choose the way of everlasting death or the way of eternal life.
2 Nephi 25:23
For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do.
2 Nephi 25:26
And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.
2 Nephi 28:7-8
Yea, and there shall be many which shall say: Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die; and it shall be well with us.
And there shall also be many which shall say: Eat, drink, and be merry; nevertheless, fear God– he will justify in committing a little sin; yea, lie a little, take the advantage of one because of his words, dig a pit for thy neighbor; there i no harm in this; and do all these things, for tomorrow we die; and if it so be that we are guilty, God will beat us with a few stripes, and at last we shall be saved in the kingdom of God.
2 Nephi 28:21
And others will he pacify, and lull them away into carnal security, that they will say: All is well in Zion; yea, Zion prospereth, all is well–and thus the devil cheateth their souls, and leadeth them away carefully down to hell.
2 Nephi 31:20
Wherefore, we must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father; ye shall have eternal life.
2 Nephi 32:9
Behold, I say unto you that he must pray always, and not faint; that ye must not perform anything unto the Lord save in the first place ye shall pray unto the Father in the name of Christ, that he will consecrate thy performance unto thee, that thy performance may be for the welfare of thy soul.
2 Nephi 33:6
I glory in plainness; I glory in truth; I glory in my Jesus, for he hath redeemed my soul from hell.
It is inconceivable that Joseph Smith could have made up these memorable and profound verses while he was orally dictating the Book of Mormon. Remember, he had no notes. He had no degrees in theology. He had no read-backs. And he did all of this in 60+ days.
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