1 Nephi 19:4
Testimony of Two Nations
4 Wherefore, I, Nephi, did make a record upon the other plates, which gives an account, or which gives a greater account of the wars and contentions and destructions of my people. And this have I done, and commanded my people what they should do after I was gone; and that these plates should be handed down from one generation to another, or from one prophet to another, until further commandments of the Lord.
1- Nephi had two sets of plates
2-He recorded the wars and destruction on the first set.
3-As he tells in verse 3, the second set was for the commandments and the ministry and prophecies.
4-He would have these records handed down from one prophet to another after he was gone.
A record was to be kept of the people of Lehi and all his descendants to testify of Christ so this record could be preserved to bring forth to us in the latter days so that we could know Christ, learn of Him and His teachings and ministry on this continent.
The pattern of keeping records by prophets to testify of Christ and the plan of Salvation began with Adam.
The first five books of the Old Testament were written by Moses. We must assume that he had records and knowledge of Adam and the creation from existing records he had at the time. Following Moses, Joshua and other prophets wrote.
The New Testament is written by apostles as they record the life and teachings of Jesus and subsequent happenings after His death by apostles.
If I expected a glorious manifestation to come at once as an overpowering experience, it did not happen. Nevertheless, it felt good, and I began to believe.
The next verse has an even greater promise: “By the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things” (Moro. 10:5; emphasis added). I did not know how the Holy Ghost worked, even though the Book of Mormon explains it a number of times in a number of ways.
I studied and learned that “angels speak by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore, they speak the words of Christ.” It said, as well, that one is to “feast upon the words of Christ; [with the promise that] the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do” (2 Ne. 32:3).
And it says plainly that “if ye cannot understand … it will be because ye ask not, neither do ye knock” (2 Ne. 32:4).
I also read, “If ye will enter in by the way, and receive the Holy Ghost, it will show unto you all things what ye should do” (2 Ne. 32:5). I had already done that when I was confirmed a member of the Church by the “laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost” (A of F 1:4).
I found these scriptures to be plain and precious. I wondered how young Joseph Smith could have such insights. The fact is I do not believe he had such penetrating insights. He did not have to have them. He just translated what was written on the
The doctrine of Christ and the Atonement (see 2 Ne. 31:2–21; 2 Ne. 32:1–6; 3 Ne. 11:31–40; 3 Ne. 27:13–21).
Life after death in the spirit world (see Alma 40:11–14).
A sure way to judge between good and evil (see Moro. 7:16).
How to retain a remission of your sins (see Mosiah 4:26).
Clear, prophetic warnings and many, many other things pertaining to the redemption of man and to our lives. All are parts of the fulness of the gospel (see D&C 20:9).
The Book of Mormon confirms the teachings of the Old Testament. It confirms the teachings of the New Testament. It restores “many plain and precious things” (1 Ne. 13:28) lost or taken from them (see also 1 Ne. 13:20–42; 1 Ne. 14:23). It is in truth another testament of Jesus Christ.
One thing is for sure and that is that we will not live on this earth forever. At some time we will all face death. And then what? Where are we going? Who will be there? What is the purpose of this life? Will life go on after this life? Will I see my family again? Do I have a Father and Mother in heaven? Is there a heaven or a hell? If so who goes where and why? Is love eternal?
For these reasons and to answer these questions I want to know all I can. I want to do all the good I can and by reading and studying these precious works I can feel the Savior's love and guidance in my life and find peace and trust in Him.
I am ever grateful for the scriptures and the knowledge and faith that they bring.
65-Come All Ye Saints Who Dwell On Earth
23 ¶And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
5-I Know My Father Lives