Understanding the Scriptures
|Them (v. 1)||The Gentiles|
|Standard (v. 2)||Something set up by authority as a rule by which others are judged (the gospel)|
|Hiss (vv. 2–3)||A sound made to get attention; speak, call|
|Travails (v. 4)||Painful labors, hard work, adversities|
|Diligence (v. 4)||Steady effort, dedication|
2 Nephi 29:12–14—“The Words of the Lost Tribes of Israel”
Elder Bruce R. McConkie suggested that the records spoken of in 2 Nephi 29:12–14 would “come forth in a marvelous manner, at the direction of the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who is a revelator and a translator and who holds the keys of the kingdom of God on earth as pertaining to all men, the Ten Tribes included” (The Millennial Messiah, 217). We know that the Savior visited some of the lost tribes of Israel after His Resurrection and after He visited the Nephites (see 3 Nephi 16:1–3; 17:4).
Studying the Scriptures
Do activity A as you study 2 Nephi 29.
Answering Critics of the Book of Mormon
Anticipating the arguments of people in our day who say they already have a Bible and do not need any more scripture, Nephi gave seven principles those people should think about before dismissing the Book of Mormon as scripture. The following statements and questions refer to what Nephi wrote. Write them in your notebook, and then write what Nephi wrote in 2 Nephi 29:7–11 concerning each of them, along with the verse where the quotation is found. (The list is not in the order they are found in the chapter.)
Why do you complain about having more scripture to help guide you?
Do you think the Bible contains everything God has said or ever will say?
Because God has spoken in the Bible, does that mean He cannot speak at any other time or place?
The Bible is the record of God’s dealings with the Israelites in the Middle Eastern countries. He is, however, the God of the Israelites everywhere, and of all nations. He also gives His word to them.
All nations to whom God speaks are commanded to write His words. We will be judged out of those things that are written (see Revelation 20:12–13).
Another book of scripture containing additional testimonies of the gospel testifies that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
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