Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2010, December 29

“Book of Mormon: Lessons from 1 Nephi 18: Binding the Prophets” by grego

Book of Mormon: Lessons from 1 Nephi 18: Binding the Prophets


In 1 Nephi 18, Laman and Lemuel get angry with and bind Nephi:
10 And I, Nephi, began to fear exceedingly lest the Lord should be angry with us, and smite us because of our iniquity, that we should be swallowed up in the depths of the sea; wherefore, I, Nephi, began to speak to them with much soberness; but behold they were angry with me, saying: We will not that our younger brother shall be a ruler over us.
11 And it came to pass that Laman and Lemuel did take me and bind me with cords, and they did treat me with much harshness; nevertheless, the Lord did suffer it that he might show forth his power, unto the fulfilling of his word which he had spoken concerning the wicked.
12 And it came to pass that after they had bound me insomuch that I could not move, the compass, which had been prepared of the Lord, did cease to work.
13 Wherefore, they knew not whither they should steer the ship, insomuch that there arose a great storm, yea, a great and terrible tempest, and we were driven back upon the waters for the space of three days; and they began to be frightened exceedingly lest they should be drowned in the sea; nevertheless they did not loose me.
14 And on the fourth day, which we had been driven back, the tempest began to be exceedingly sore.
15 And it came to pass that we were about to be swallowed up in the depths of the sea. And after we had been driven back upon the waters for the space of four days, my brethren began to see that the judgments of God were upon them, and that they must perish save that they should repent of their iniquities; wherefore, they came unto me, and loosed the bands which were upon my wrists, and behold they had swollen exceedingly; and also mine ankles were much swollen, and great was the soreness thereof.
16 Nevertheless, I did look unto my God, and I did praise him all the day long; and I did not murmur against the Lord because of mine afflictions.
17 Now my father, Lehi, had said many things unto them, and also unto the sons of Ishmael; but, behold, they did breathe out much threatenings against anyone that should speak for me…
19 …and also my wife with her tears and prayers, and also my children, did not soften the hearts of my brethren that they would loose me.
20 And there was nothing save it were the power of God, which threatened them with destruction, could soften their hearts; wherefore, when they saw that they were about to be swallowed up in the depths of the sea they repented of the thing which they had done, insomuch that they loosed me.
21 And it came to pass after they had loosed me, behold, I took the compass, and it did work whither I desired it. And it came to pass that I prayed unto the Lord; and after I had prayed the winds did cease, and the storm did cease, and there was a great calm.
22 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, did guide the ship, that we sailed again towards the promised land.
23 And it came to pass that after we had sailed for the space of many days we did arrive at the promised land; and we went forth upon the land, and did pitch our tents; and we did call it the promised land.

Summary: Nephi is a prophet, and says things that Laman and Lemuel don’t like to hear, so they bind him. The connected result is that the Liahona stops working. Then, not knowing where to go, they enter a storm, which grows worse and worse; about to die, they unbind Nephi; he prays, and voila, the Liahona works, and the storm stops.

I have heard many say that they don’t believe the prophets, and speak against them, but they still pray and read the scriptures and feel the Spirit.

Nope, not really. A little, maybe, but not like they’d be able to if they humbled themselves and listened to the prophets.

It’s like Laman and Lemuel, binding the prophet and disregarding the commandments, advice, and pleas of him, the prophet Lehi, those faithful to Nephi, the prophet, and innocent people suffering from their actions—and then expecting the Liahona to keep working.

It doesn’t work that way.

When you figuratively bind the prophet, prayer and the scriptures will stop working, too, as will everything else truly spiritual.

We suffer the same consequences as Laman and Lemuel, too, that we are left to our own survival, not knowing God’s will and progressing to where He wants to bless us.

My advice: don’t bind the prophets!!

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