If baptism and confirmation are “the gate by which [we] enter” the strait and narrow path (2 Nephi 31:17), what do we do once we’re on the path? Among Nephi’s last recorded words, we find this declaration: “The Lord commanded me, and I must obey” (2 Nephi 33:15). For a quick and convenient summary of “the way” as applied to Christianity, see Joseph Pathrapankal, “The Way,” in The Oxford Companion to the Bible, ed. Suggested song: “When I Am Baptized,” Children’s Songbook, 103. After almost two millennia of New Testament study and interpretation, the Christian world could not yet agree on what the gospel or central teaching of Jesus Christ was concerning the things men must do to be saved. [2] See Mario S. De Pillis, “The Quest for Religious Authority and the Rise of Mormonism,” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 1 (Spring 1966): 66–88. January 6, 2019 The temple is seen as the holiest place on earth, the sacred house of the Lord. There is no other passage of scripture in which the Father is directly engaged in teaching the gospel. For all who do this sincerely, the Father will send a remission of sins and many spiritual gifts by the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost, which will provide them with the guidance and strength necessary to endure to the end and receive eternal life. While the New ​Testament uses all three terms—gospel, doctrine, and way—it never links them together as clearly or deliberately as does the Book of Mormon. Because Latter-day Saints sometimes equate the gospel of Jesus Christ with the plan of salvation, it may be helpful to clarify the distinction between these two concepts. The contemporary Essenes also referred to their way of life as “the Way.” See Community Rule, 1QS 8.13–16; 9.16–21. I had created this text for a larger project to more closely analyze the way that the Bible is used in the Book of Mormon and understand what makes its appearance in the book unique. Nephi’s original account of the gospel or the doctrine of Christ deserves special attention because it provided the basic pattern followed by all the Nephite prophets in their teaching and writing down to the time of Mormon and Moroni. But the most important things you’ll learn in your study will come from the whisperings of the Spirit. [1] The significance of this announcement would be hard to overestimate. It … In a supernatural account, the correct rendering of each character is divinely communicated to Joseph Smith by way of the interpreters; the theory of language sketched out by the GAEL can be seen as an attempt to record or systematize the initial revelatory experience of translating the ancient writings of the Book of Mormon by the gift and power of God. And just as Nephi closes his exposition of the doctrine of Christ in 2 Nephi 31:21 by labeling it “the way,” Jesus similarly concludes his presentation of my gospel in 3 Nephi 27 by referring to it as “the way” (3 Nephi 27:33). They use these interchangeable gospel terms to indicate that one part of the plan of salvation that is preached to God’s children so that they can know what they must do to qualify for this salvation. Try to only use the Book of Mormon as your source. It is probably inevitable that Latter-day Saint scholars will bring assumptions from their academic studies of the Bible and Christian theology to their study of the Book of Mormon. Some people loved it…and some people hated it…but at the end of the day, the experiences I shared are so tangible to me that I’ll never be able to forget or deny their reality. Lehi reports in 1 Nephi 10:11 after his vision, telling his sons about “the gospel” that would be preached among the Jews. Clearly, different forms of the phrase “the wo​rd(s) (of Christ or God)” are frequently used to signify the doctrine or the gospel of Christ. Get the latest updates on Book of Mormon topics and research for free. The Book of Mormon, the Bible, and the temple have taught me time and time again that God loves all his children, and his Plan of Salvation is for everyone. “March 2–8. How have the stories and teachings accomplished Nephi’s purposes for you? The Book of Mormon is a sacred text of the Latter Day Saint movement, which, according to Latter Day Saint theology, contains writings of ancient prophets who lived on the American continent from approximately 2200 BC to AD 421. . Further, see Royal Skousen’s more detailed exposition of this question in his Analysis of Textual Variants of the Book of Mormon: Part One (1 Nephi 1–2 Nephi 10) (Provo, UT: FARMS, 2004), 174–81, which articulates what I find to be a convincing argument for “straight” in 1 Nephi 8:20. In the past, I’ve never been able to stick to reading. Even more numerous are the other references that seem to refer to specific prophecies or divine actions that evidence God’s power in this world—without suggesting a focus on this central gospel message. For the purposes of this paper, I have not seen a need to make the distinction between “everlasting gospel” and “everlasting covenant” that is frequently made by Latter-day Saint writers. In the article…I gave my personal experience with the Book of Mormon in my college years and also laid out some of the logical reasons why I believe the book to be true. . [15]. . [2]. Think about your baptism as you read about the Savior’s baptism in 2 Nephi 31:4–13. And now, behold, this is the doctrine of Christ, and the only and true doctrine of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (2 Nephi 31:21; emphasis added). Abstract: Robert Smith makes the case that “poetic art in the Book of Mormon is highly developed” — you just need to have the eye to recognize it. 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." Rather, Christians were increasingly divided into a multiplying array of sects, each featuring its own answers to that question. See also David A. Bednar, “Receive the Holy Ghost,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2010, 94–97; “Holy Ghost,” Gospel Topics, topics.ChurchofJesusChrist.org. And now I say, is there not a type in this thing? All rights reserved. The New Testament is mostly complete, especially the Acts and Revelation. [7] The basic rationale for this count was presented in my first paper on this topic. Baptism of water                                       22, 4. Nephi taught that following the Savior’s example and teachings is the only way to “be saved in the kingdom of God” (2 Nephi 31:21). Copyright 2021 Book of Mormon Central: A Non-Profit Organization. The Book of Mormon is part-way done in draft form, and once I figure out how to upload such a ginormous file, I’ll post the link. Nephi, with his characteristic plainness and simplicity, did it this way: faith in Christ, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. These passages and others  [21] clearly indicate the covenantal focus of the gospel message, the way back to our Father in Heaven, was promised to all men “before the world began” (Titus 1:2). See especially verses 7, 9, 12–13, 16–17. Nephi could speak persuasively of the need to “press forward with a steadfastness in Christ,” of following the “strait and narrow path which leads to eternal life” (2 Nephi 31:20, 18), because that is the path he followed. [3] As I have demonstrated in previous publications, these three Book of Mormon passages are set off from the surrounding text in this way by such phrases as “the doctrine of Christ,” or “my gospel.” The first of these is 2 Nephi 31:2–21, written by Nephi at the end of his career as prophet to his people. [10] Some of the best New Testament examples (Matthew 3:3, 7:13–14, John 14:6, Acts 24:14, 22) are discussed near the end of this article. . The only hint of different meanings occurs in 3 Nephi 27:13–21, which begins its account of the gospel by referring to the ministry and atonement of Christ. [19]  Matthew 3:3; Mark 1:2–3; Luke 3:4–6; John 1:23. A comprehensive and focused study of baptism of water was published in Reynolds, “Understanding Christian Baptism.”. . My insights and notes are so much better and it has made studying the Book of Mormon much more fun and applicable! How are the reasons He was baptized similar to the reasons you were baptized? What answers do you find for yourself? It is a history of hope—that doing what is good matters simply because it is right. . and there is none other way save it be by the gate” (2 Nephi 9:41; emphasis added). . You might consider Nephi’s teachings in 2 Nephi 31:18–20 and evaluate your own efforts to “press forward” along the gospel path. The enormous literature that responded to C. H. Dodd’s The Apostolic Teaching and Its Developments (1936) demonstrated that about all that the Christian world could agree on was the divine nature of Christ and the transforming nature of his ministry. The way is a translation for hodos, and a variety of other terms referring to roads, paths, courses of travel, or manners of thinking or acting. Here are some ideas. John W. (Jack) Welch is the Chairman of this new venture. The Book of Mormon is the earliest of the unique writings of the Latter Day Saint movement, the denominations While the Book of Mormon obviously has a great deal in common with the Bible, I am increasingly convinced that Book of Mormon writers had a much richer and more detailed grasp of the basic teachings of Christ’s gospel than has been noticed in studies of the New Testament. 2 (2012): 4–37, especially 17–26. [16] Reynolds, “Gospel of Jesus Christ,” 33. Robert Alter and Frank Kermode (Boston: Harvard University, 1987), 255 ff. The next time you partake of the sacrament, consider reading 2 Nephi 31:13 and pondering your determination to “follow the Son, with full purpose of heart” and your willingness “to take upon you the name of Christ.”. For example, how have they persuaded you to “believe in [Christ], and to endure to the end”? [17] Compare Psalm 16:11; Proverbs 3:17; 6:23; 8:32; 10:17, 29; 11:5; 12:28; 13:6; 15:24; 16:7, 17; Jeremiah 21:8; Acts 2:28; Romans 3:17; with Proverbs 7:27; 13:15; 14:12; 16:25; 21:16; 22:5, 25; Isaiah 59:7. [1] See D&C 20:9; 27:5​; 42:12; compare D&C 135:3. Brilliant! In this passage Nephi quotes the Son to explain that after receiving the Holy Ghost, men “can speak with . His father had done the same thing earlier when he reported a rod of iron along a straight and narrow path that led to the tree laden with the fruit which “was desirable above all other fruit” (1 Nephi 8:12, 19–20). It teaches the Atonement in more clarity than any other book … [5] Nephi reports that after receiving that vision, Lehi taught his family “concerning the gospel which should be preached among the Jews” (1 Nephi 10:11). According to Nephi’s teachings, what are some reasons we should be baptized? . How can we make sure the Holy Ghost has “place in [us]”? When uniting the people of Mosiah and the people of Zarahemla, King Benjamin found need to introduce a new name and covenant. While the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ are taught throughout the Book of Mormon, three specific passages offer authoritative, complete, and precise definitions of that gospel. One way is by picking any topic and write a talk, like you are going to speak on it. To Fulfill All Righteousness, by Liz Lemon Swindle, March 2–8. It was first published in March 1830 by Joseph Smith as The Book of Mormon: An Account Written by the Hand of Mormon upon Plates Taken from the Plates of Nephi. 2 Nephi 31–33: “This Is the Way”. See also 3 Nephi 11:32–39; 27:13–22; D. Todd Christofferson, “The Doctrine of Christ,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2012, 86–90; Brian K. Ashton, “The Doctrine of Christ,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2016, 106–9. [11] See Noel B. Reynolds and Royal Skousen, “Was the Path Nephi Saw ‘Strait and Narrow’ or ‘Straight and Narrow’?” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 10, no. should be preached among the Jews,” after seeing the baptism of Christ in his version of the same vision (1 Nephi 10:11). However, rather than giving a straightforward statement of the principal meaning such as a modern dictionary might offer, each passage outlines the gospel or doctrine of Christ several times in different ways: each statement including two or more of the basic elements of the gospel message is related in a variety of ways. And while Latter-day Saints ate up the reference to the book of scripture, fans completely disagreed with Michaels’s calling for the extra point that cut the game to a 12-point deficit rather than 11 if the Steelers had completed a 2-point conversion in the third quarter. We build enduring faith in Jesus Christ by making the Book of Mormon accessible, comprehensible, and defensible to the entire world. The Book Of Mormon has calmed my worries and given me strength to face challenges .It has grown to be mature spiritually ,opened my spiritual eyes and ears .It has become my backbone of my being .I have read the Book Of Mormon countless times and each time it has uplifted me into the next level spiritually , my problems are dissolved and have learnt to endure even during trying times. The article is also available online: https://byustudies.byu.edu/showTitle.aspx?title=6054. Are any family members preparing for baptism, or have any been recently baptized? He sought the will of the Lord and courageously strived to obey it—whether that meant risking his life to get the brass plates from Laban, building a boat and crossing the sea, or faithfully teaching the doctrine of Christ with plainness and power. How does the Savior help us progress along the path? . Although much remains to be done in the further examination of these passages and their relationship to the rest of the text of the Book of Mormon, this short paper is dedicated to the limited objective of clarifying some of the key terminology used by Book of Mormon writers. Secondly, Nephi also uses the image of a “straight  [11] and narrow path” as the way to visualize how the doctrine of Christ functions in our lives. It does not stand independently from it, but the plan of salvation features all those things that God has done for his children. If you want to help your family better understand how we endure to the end, page 6 of Preach My Gospel has a helpful definition; so does Elder Dale G. Renlund’s message “Latter-day Saints Keep on Trying” (Ensign or Liahona, May 2015, 56–58). Repentance                                              18, 3. Then your family could sing a song that teaches about prayer, such as “Did You Think to Pray?” (Hymns, no. 140), replacing some of the words in the song with the words from their lists. This common confusion arises because the preaching of the gospel is one part of the plan of salvation and because the gospel message is only possible because of the plan of salvation. One of the Book of Mormon’s greatest contributions is in teaching us what walking that path looks like. The connection was articulated in a slightly ​different way two years later: “When men are called unto mine everlasting gospel, and covenant with an everlasting covenant, they are accounted as the salt of the earth and the savor of men” (D&C 101:39; emphasis added). The Book of Mormon states, Mormon missionaries regularly quote this verse and accompany it with heartfelt person… In particular, I will show that they used such terms as gospel, doctrine, way, and word interchangeably, but that the plan of salvation should be distinguished from these. By accumulating the repeated elements, the reader could ascertain that they were six in number and could grasp the rich fabric of meanings embedded in these definitional passages. [14] While worded quite differently, this seems to fit perfectly with the Restoration instruction to priesthood holders that they were ordained “to preach my gospel by the Spirit, even the Comforter.” D&C 50:14–20. While we are more likely to recognize the way as a New Testament term, it is also frequently used for the gospel in the Book of Mormon. 1 (Spring 1991): 123. In 2 Nephi 33, as Nephi concluded his writings, he explained reasons why he was writing in the first place. Jacob offered a somewhat rearranged version of Nephi’s image with the gate being placed at the end of the straight path: “Remember that his pathsare righteous. [4] This discussion will focus on the first of these three texts. Eternal life                                                18, What is clear is that the gospel or doctrine of Christ is a complex message—the “good news” that fallen men and women can in fact be raised again to be with their Father in Heaven eternally if they will trust in Christ (faith) and follow in sequence the four steps (repentance, baptism of water, baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end) [8] that he has outlined for them and exemplified in his own life. The prospect that a newly revealed scripture could authoritatively describe the road to salvation for all humankind was enticing indeed for many “seekers” who resonated to the claims of early Mormonism. They ignore, of course, the context itself in which God actually gives the interpretation (v. 21), which has nothing at all to do with the Book of Mormon. . He predicts a collection of writings that would be the most treasured book to … They view it as an adequate means of gaining and grounding knowledge. Two months later, James Covill was told in another revelation that he should “preach the fulness of my gospel, which I have sent forth in these last days, the covenant which I have sent forth” (D&C 39:11; emphasis added). Inclusion within the BMC Archive does not imply endorsement. Furthermore, each of these is marked off from surrounding text as aninclusio, the technique used frequently in the Bible before modern methods of punctuation were available. This book is a great idea! They sometimes refer to it as the doctrine of Christ or the gospel of Jesus Christ, but even more often as “the way” or as “the word.” While Latter-day Saint writers sometimes equate the gospel with the plan of salvation, Book of Mormon writers reserve this latter term to invoke the full list of things God has done to make salvation possible. the tongue of angels” and to urge his readers to “press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ” that they might “have eternal life” (2 Nephi 31:14, 20). What are you doing today to continue following the Savior’s example of obedience? For a different opinion on this issue, see Paul Y. Hoskisson, “Straightening Things Out: The Use of Strait and Straight in the Book of Mormon,” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 12, no. [12] By my count, the Doctrine and Covenants uses variations of “preach my gospel” 41 times and of “preach my word” 15 times. O my son, do not let us be slothful because of the easiness of the way; for so was it with our fathers; for so was it prepared for them, that if they would look they might live; even so it is with us. "This Is the Way," Book of Mormon Journaling 2 Nephi 31-33 (March 2-9, 2020) In these final chapters, Nephi completes his record. This chapter can also be overlooked when we fail to note the authorities that Nephi offers for his presentation of the gospel. While the English terms gospel and doctrine have somewhat different ranges of meaning, they are used interchangeably by Book of Mormon writers. [13] See 3 Nephi 21:22–26; 28:23; 27:13–18. [18] Proverbs invokes this image relentlessly as in this example from Proverbs 4:18–19: “But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. She then takes stories and principles from the Book of Mormon and lets kids use their imagination by drawing images from the prompts given. The Book of Mormon contains the fulness of the gospel, which is understood as the good news or teaching that through faith in Jesus Christ, men and women can come unto Christ by repenting of their sins and being baptized in water. Though sinless, it was necessary for him to humble himself before the Father and witness “unto the Father that he would be obedient unto him in keeping his commandments” (2 Nephi 31:7). . [8] As Nephi makes clear, faith in Jesus Christ is not one of the steps, but is the foundation that underlies each of these four steps (2 Nephi 31:19–20). Two young Latter-day Saints are sent on a mission to convince the people of a small village in Uganda to become part of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He had therefore instructed us to “feast upon the words of Christ” because they “will tell you all things what ye should do” (2 Nephi 32:3). (Alma 37:44–46; emphasis added), Another even more frequently used surrogate term for “gospel” or “doctrine” is “the [his] word.” While the revelations of the Doctrine and Covenants follow the New Testament pattern in using variations of the phrase “preach my/the gospel” more than twice as frequently as “preach my/the word,” the Book of Mormon exhibits a dramatically reversed preference, using “word” almost ten times as frequently as “gospel in these constructions. But Jesus’s power to teach and lift others ultimately came from who He was and how He lived. I get distracted. It's a fun way to get children engaged with the Book of Mormon. This allows the reader to better see where the text of the Book of Mormon varies from its biblical source. 2 (1996): 26–56. It is helpful to study how the Savior taught—the methods He used and the things He said. 2 (2001): 30–33, for an explanation of why we believe the original 1830 spelling “straight” should have been retained in later editions. The much less conspicuous term, the way, which is also used as a synonym for these, occurs 82 times when referring to this same teaching. [6] The Father is quoted in verses 11, 15, and 20. By my count, this more restricted meaning is indicated explicitly in 79 different passages. [21] See also D&C 22:1–2; 45:8–9; 49:8–14; 66:2; 76:101. The Book of Mormon is a musical comedy with music, lyrics, and book by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone.. First staged in 2011, the play is a satirical examination of the beliefs and practices of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.The musical ultimately endorses the positive power of love and service. 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