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We all know the Primary song. What’s your view on Nephi?
Nephi was . . . (choose all that apply)
Tags: Book of Mormon, Nephi, prophet
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Nephi was a righteous man like Moroni who refused to do evil and served Christ all the days of his life.
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I would have checked “tolerant” since Nephi took a lot of abuse from his brothers and many of us today sorely need that trait.
Also adult converts may not be familiar with primary songs.
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Suddenly I envy all the adult converts out there. This is one of my least favorite primary songs, which is saying a lot!
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I’m an adult convert who endured it with his kids (the first time it was cute, then it just got to be annoying…). The tune doesn’t do justice to dear brother Nephi. Nephi had a lot in common with Joseph, son of Jacob…both were clearly favored by their respective fathers, but were born down the food chain in a culture that is tribal and repsects primogeniture. In both cases, history got shaped by sibling rivalry.
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One you forgot, and perhaps it is embodied in the calling of a Prophet is that he was in tune with the spirit. I have often contemplated what it would take to cut off another man’s head. Given our understanding of the consequences of wrongfully taking the life if another person, you would have to be really in tune with the spirit to know it was a command of God. It is not courageous to kill a drunken and compromised man, it takes assurance that it is of God.
How do I feel about Nephi?
I feel the same way I did in primary, like there are OTHER prophets in Book of Mormon that we could learn/sing about.
I just always felt like Nephi was great, but that he was crammed down our throats and we missed out on a bunch of other things we could be learning about.
The bloggernacle Mormon’s version…
Nephi thought he was better than his older brother’s. Because he believed his visionary father, instead of his rational peers at Jerusalem. Crazy and irrational, he damned them all to hell, And foolishly insisted to do the Lord’s commands.
He’s a fool, he’s a fool, to do the Lord’s commands. We know that God’s a delusion, so why should you obey. He’s a fool, he’s a fool, there is no God so don’t listen to anyone who ever tells you to obey…
I think reading about Nephi is inspiring. Their whole story of leaving their belongings, traveling in wilderness, facing the ocean and founding a new society shows faith, courage, and trust in God.
He was not a fool to listen to God as an earlier person commented. From personal experience, I know that when I trust in God and try and follow and be obedient as Nephi portrays, I feel closer to God and more confident.
All that being said, I can understand where people have their reservations on Nephi. The book was authored by himself and it never shows him in a bad light (except when he’s lamenting for being a “wretched man”). Perhaps if we had a version of the book from Laman, Lemuel, or even Lehi there would be a better way to judge Nephi completely with his blemishes as well as his strengths.
The 2 books of Nephi are pretty good religious text for being written in his second language. After many years of study, these books are still illuminating and even their structure is instructive. Although it is short, the small plates are a great work.
Bill Russell said Nephi is Dangerous.