Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2012, January 17

“Book of Mormon; Doctrine and Covenants: How Great Shall Be Your Joy (1 Nephi 16:32; Doctrine and Covenants 18:10-16)” by grego

Book of Mormon; Doctrine and Covenants: How Great Shall Be Your Joy (1 Nephi 16:32; Doctrine and Covenants 18:10-16)

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I was reading today in 1 Nephi 16:

 18 And it came to pass that as I, Nephi, went forth to slay food, behold, I did break my bow, which was made of fine steel; and after I did break my bow, behold, my brethren were angry with me because of the loss of my bow, for we did obtain no food.
 19 And it came to pass that we did return without food to our families, and being much fatigued, because of their journeying, they did suffer much for the want of food.
 20 And it came to pass that Laman and Lemuel and the sons of Ishmael did begin to murmur exceedingly, because of their sufferings and afflictions in the wilderness; and also my father began to murmur against the Lord his God; yea, and they were all exceedingly sorrowful, even that they did murmur against the Lord.
 21 … it began to be exceedingly difficult, yea, insomuch that we could obtain no food.
 23 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, did make out of wood a bow, and out of a straight stick, an arrow; wherefore, I did arm myself with a bow and an arrow, with a sling and with stones. And I said unto myfather: Whither shall I go to obtain food?

 30 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, did go forth up into the top of the mountain, according to the directions which were given upon the ball.
 31 And it came to pass that I did slay wild beasts, insomuch that I did obtain food for our families.

and then this scripture:

1 Nephi 16:32 And it came to pass that I did return to our tents, bearing the beasts which I had slain; and now when they beheld that I had obtained food, *how great was their joy!* And it came to pass that they did humble themselves before the Lord, and did give thanks unto him.

“How great was their joy!” reminded me of these verses:

Doctrine and Covenants 18:10 Remember *the worth of souls is great in the sight of God*;
 11 For, behold, the Lord your Redeemer suffered death in the flesh; wherefore he suffered the pain of all men, that all men might repent and come unto him.
 12 And he hath risen again from the dead, that he might bring all men unto him, on conditions of repentance.
 13 And *how great is his joy in the soul that repenteth!*
 14 Wherefore, you are called to cry repentance unto this people.
 15 And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, *how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father!*
 16 And now, if *your joy will be great with one soul* that you have brought unto me into the kingdom of my Father, *how great will be your joy if you should bring many souls unto me!*

How great is the worth of souls? How great is Jesus’ joy in the soul that repents? How great will be your joy?

Well, think of walking long distances in the desert. You are tired and sore. You have been thirsty for hours, and on food rations for days. You are hungry; your spouse is hungry; your children are crying from hunger. It’s time to find food and end it! But suddenly the best means of catching the only available food is gone. The hunger is almost unbearable.
Then, a while later, lying in your tent from fatigue and depression and wondering how long before you die, you hear someone call out: “I have brought food; come eat!” Everyone feasts.
How do you feel? How did you feel when someone called out? How did you feel about the meal? How do you feel about the person that brought you the food?

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