1 Nephi 3:7 “And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.”
This has always been an important scripture for me. It’s the oft quoted “I will go an do” scripture, but as a I read it again as part of my personal scripture study, it took on new meaning. It says that God gives no commandment unto the children of men save he shall prepare a way to accomplish the task which he gives them to do. But that doesn’t just apply to “go get the plates” or modern day commandments of “don’t smoke” and providing a way to keep that commandment. It also applies when we mess up. We are commanded to repent. So God provided a way to do as he commands, the Atonement. This never occurred to me that the command to do as God says is also instantly applicable when we mess up. I think that we need to keep this in mind as we go through life. It’s really easy to focus on mistakes we have made, but we need to repent and move on.
Recently in my Teachings and Doctrine of The Book of Mormon class we covered the coming forth and translation of The Book of Mormon. While I’ve heard about how the book is for our day many times, it never quite sank in just how much was abridged from the large plates of Nephi. In Words of Mormon, Mormon mentions how he is not giving even a “hundredth part” of what is contained within the plates. This didn’t give me any scale as to how large that really is, it is just words on a page. But, Brother Griffin showed us a 3D model of the cave containing the entirety of the plates. The scale absolutely astounded me. Plates were stacked everywhere and there were racks chock full of knowledge. From all of that, we have about 500 pages of text, specifically chosen for our day. That really helps me to know how much every word matters. It has been chosen for a reason. Remeber that for every page you read The Book of Mormon, there are at least 100 more that were not chosen for us.