Understanding the Scriptures
|Esteem them as things of naught (v. 2)||Consider them worthless|
|Harshly (v. 5)||Roughly, with strong language and feeling|
|Charity (vv. 7–9)||The pure love of Christ (see Moroni 7:47)|
|Reconciled (v. 9)||To be brought back again into unity after being in disagreement|
|Day of probation (v. 9)||Time of testing and proving (meaning this earth life, mortality)|
Studying the Scriptures
Do activity A or B as you study 2 Nephi 33.
Nephi wrote that the teachings in the Book of Mormon are of “great worth” (2 Nephi 33:3). Read verses 4–5 and list four ways that the Book of Mormon can be a blessing to us.
Write about how the Book of Mormon has affected you in one of those ways, or explain which of those four ways has been the most important to you in your study of the Book of Mormon so far.
Speaking in a priesthood meeting of general conference, President Ezra Taft Benson said that the Book of Mormon “will be the most important book you will read in preparation for a mission and for life. A young man who knows and loves the Book of Mormon, who has read it several times, who has an abiding testimony of its truthfulness, and who applies its teachings will be able to stand against the wiles of the devil and will be a mighty tool in the hands of the Lord” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1986, 56; or Ensign, May 1986, 43). Choose two things that missionaries should know, do, or use from 2 Nephi 33 to help them be more effective missionaries. Explain each as if you were talking to a missionary on his or her way to the mission field.
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