2 Nephi 30: The Power of the Book of Mormon

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 57

Elder Bruce R. McConkie wrote: “Few men on earth, either in or out of the Church, have caught the vision of what the Book of Mormon is all about. Few are they among men who know the part it has played and will yet play in preparing the way for the coming of Him of whom it is a new witness” (The Millennial Messiah, 159).Nephi was one of those “few men” who understood the role of the Book of Mormon in the latter days. He wrote about the scattering of the Jews, the fall of his own people, and the wickedness of the Gentile nations in the latter days when many would reject the Book of Mormon as a second witness of Jesus Christ and His gospel. As you read 2 Nephi 30, look for what Nephi prophesied the Book of Mormon would do to bless all three of those groups of people before the Second Coming of Christ.

Understanding the Scriptures

2 Nephi 30

Suffer (v. 1)Allow, permit
Commence (v. 8)Begin
Kindreds (v. 8)Families
Judge (v. 9)Bring justice to
Equity (v. 9)Justice, fairness
Girdle of his loins, girdle of his reins (v. 11)Both of these phrases refer to a belt or sash wrapped around a person’s waist (used symbolically here)
Sucking child (v. 14)Nursing child
Asp, cockatrice (v. 14)Poisonous serpents

2 Nephi 30:2—Who Are the Lord’s Covenant People?

Notice that 2 Nephi 30:2 states that all who have faith in Jesus Christ and repent are “covenant people of the Lord.” This is why Paul could say that “they are not all Israel, which are of Israel” (Romans 9:6). To be a member of the house of Israel, entitled to all of the blessings of the covenant family, requires more than ancestry. Those not born to the house of Israel become members of the covenant family through their faith in Jesus Christ, repentance, and making covenants at baptism, which the Atonement of Jesus Christ makes possible.

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A as you study 2 Nephi 30.

Activity A iconWhat Do You Learn?

  1. 1.

    Write the following three headings across the top of a page in your notebook: Jews, Descendants of Lehi, and Gentiles. Read 2 Nephi 30:1–7, and under each heading list all that you learn about that group. Put a star next to the statements on your list that have something to do with the Book of Mormon.

  2. 2.

    In 2 Nephi 30:8–18, Nephi described two events, or time periods, for which the Book of Mormon helps us prepare. What are those time periods commonly called?

    lion and lamb
  3. 3.

    For each of the two events identified above, list everything chapter 30 teaches you about it.

  4. 4.

    What do you feel would be most anticipated about being worthy to live during the time period described in verses 12–18?