“Show and Tell” – 2 Nephi 32:3,5

Scripture Gems

There is a subtle, but significant, difference between 2 Nephi 32 verse 3 and verse 5.

Verse 3 reads, “Feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do” (2 Ne. 32: 3)

Verse 5 reads, “Receive the Holy Ghost, it will show unto you all things what ye should do” (2 Ne. 32:5)

Thus, the words of Christ will “tell” us what we should do, but the Holy Ghost will “show” us what should do.

Which is better, being told what to do, or being shown what to do?

It depends.

Sometimes it is better to be told, and sometimes it is better to be shown.

For example, I would rather have someone show me how to tie a bow tie than tell me. On the other hand, I would rather have someone tell me how to use the shower than to show me.

For me, I want both. I want both the words of Christ and the gift the Holy Ghost. I want to be told the right path and shown the right path. 

Of course, Nephi had so much faith he was willing to be “led by the Spirit, not knowing beforehand the things which I should do.” (1 Ne. 4:6)

But for me, I want to know beforehand where I am going.  However, I know that, like a moving train,  there are times that I must continue to travel to the edge of the light.

Something to think about.

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