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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

1 Nephi 21-22; 2 Nephi 1-2

I wanted to focus on 2 Nephi 2. This chapter is loaded and it's one of my most read and marked chapters in the entire Book of Mormon next to Alma 32, which I will get to much later.

Chaper 2 talks about opposition, agency and the fall of Adam.


vs 11 says this "For it must needs be, that there is an a opposition in all things. If not so . . . righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness, neither holiness nor misery, neither good nor bad. Wherefore, all things must needs be a compound in one; wherefore, if it should be one body it must needs remain as dead, having no life neither death, nor corruption nor incorruption, happiness nor misery, neither sense nor insensibility." - - -I don't think that I could explain it any better than this verse does. We are all faced with opposition every day and we should use it to grow and learn from it to better ourselves.


I have broken down agency into 6 things with correlateing verses, so that I can better understand it. We were given agency so that we can choose right from wrong.
  1. Free to choose (vs 27)
  2. alternatives/opposition (vs 11)
  3. knowledge (vs 24,26)
  4. entice (vs 16)
  5. consequences (vs 27)
  6. repetance/ atonement

Side note ** Each of the verses listed next to the key word explains why. **

The Fall

Most people are taught that Adam sinned when he ate the fruit, but really he trangressed, which is different.

Here are the definitions to what each one means

To transgress is to violate a law

To sin is an offense to religious or moral law

Now with that in mind, Adam had 2 things that he must do. 1) to mulitply and replenish the earth, which was commandment from God and 2) to not partake to of the forbidden fruit which was in a sense a law.

Adam had to trangress the law of eating the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil in order to fulfil God's first commandment which was to mulitply and replenish the earth. Without that none of us would exsist and Adam and Eve would have remained in the Garden of Eden in what would be a state of innocence. For those of you who are reading this I hope this makes sense, b/c to me it does, b/c I've grown up being taught this.

One of my favorites scriptures explains this and it says (vs 25) "Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy."

That's all I'm going to write about today.

disclaimer - -Remember these are my notes and thoughts on what I've read.

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