Understanding the Scriptures
|Contentions (v. 2)||Arguments, disagreements|
|Stubble (vv. 4, 6)||Short dry stalks that remain after the grain is harvested|
|Well nigh consumeth me (v. 7)||Nearly takes away all of my strength|
|Naught (v. 10)||Nothing|
|Yield (v. 10)||To give way, surrender|
|Strive (v. 11)||Work hard|
|Dwindled (vv. 15, 17, 19)||Fallen gradually away|
|Laid siege (v. 15)||Attacked|
|Envyings (v. 21)||Jealousy|
|Strifes (v. 21)||Arguments|
|Malice (vv. 21, 32)||Desire to harm another|
|Flaxen cord (v. 22)||A rope made of linen|
|Welfare (v. 29)||Happiness and well-being|
|Zion (vv. 29–31)||The Lord’s kingdom on earth|
|Whoredoms (v. 32)||Sexual sins|
|Heathen (v. 33)||Nonbelievers|
Studying the Scriptures
Do two of the following three activities (A–C) as you study 2 Nephi 26.
Design a Picture
Draw a full-page picture in your notebook that represents the ideas in 2 Nephi 26:3, 8, 10 about why the Nephites were destroyed.
Important Gospel Topics for Our Day
President Ezra Taft Benson said, “The record of the Nephite history just prior to the Savior’s visit reveals many parallels to our own day as we anticipate the Savior’s second coming” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1987, 3; or Ensign, May 1987, 4). Based on what Nephi taught about that time period in 2 Nephi 26:1–11, list three gospel topics you would include if you were assigned to give a talk on preparing to be with the Savior at His Second Coming. Next to each topic, list the verse in 2 Nephi 26 where it is found.
Add four more topics to your list, based on what Nephi taught in 2 Nephi 26:20–22, 29–32 about the Gentiles in the last days.
Learn Important Truths about God
Based on what you read in 2 Nephi 26:23–28, 33, list three statements about what the Lord is like.
For each statement, explain what difference you think it makes to know that particular truth about the Lord.