Understanding the Scriptures
|Sufficeth me (v. 2)||Are enough for my purposes|
|Doctrine (vv. 2, 21)||Principles, truths|
|Wherein (v. 6)||In what ways|
|Witnesseth (v. 7)||Establishes the truth, gives evidence|
|Hypocrisy (v. 13)||Pretending to be what one is not|
|Deception (v. 13)||Dishonesty|
|Remission (v. 17)||Forgiveness|
|Merits (v. 19)||Goodness or excellence that entitles one to honor or reward|
|Steadfastness (v. 20)||Firmness of mind or purpose|
2 Nephi 31:13–14—“The Tongue of Angels”
See 2 Nephi 32:2–3 to help you understand what it means to have “the tongue of angels.”
2 Nephi 31:21—The Oneness of the Godhead
Not fully understanding doctrines relating to the nature of God, people have misunderstood statements concerning the members of the Godhead being “one.” The Father and the Son both appeared to the Prophet Joseph Smith (see Joseph Smith—History 1:17), and it was revealed to him that the members of the Godhead are separate, individual beings (see D&C 130:22). They are, however, “one” in the sense that the words and actions of any one of the members of the Godhead would be the words and actions of the other two (see 3 Nephi 11:32–36). They are perfectly united in purpose.
Studying the Scriptures
Do at least two of the following four activities (A–D) as you study 2 Nephi 31.
Summarize Nephi’s Teachings
In one paragraph, summarize “the doctrine of Christ” found in 2 Nephi 31:3–20. Be sure to include every important principle.
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Make a drawing or diagram that represents what Nephi taught in 2 Nephi 31:17–20 about ways that we can obtain eternal life. Include all of the ideas and elements Nephi spoke of. Show it to a friend or family member and ask if its meaning is clear to them.
Give More Explanation
Sometimes a simple word or phrase in the scriptures can represent deep, important, powerful ideas. Consider the following words and phrases from 2 Nephi 31. Explain the significance and the message of each.
“The straitness of the path” (v. 9)
“Full purpose of heart” (v. 13)
“The gate” (v. 17)
“Feasting” (v. 20)