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Laman and Lemuel's Rebellion, 1 Nephi 7:6-22

1 Nephi 7:6-22

It is amazing to consider the unwaivering faithfulness of Nephi. Herein he is required to reprimand his older brothers--moved upon by the Spirit. He prays to be delivered after being bound with cords. He instructs his brothers to pray to God for forgiveness and is frank to forgive them any offense that they had against him.

How did he manage to maintain such perfect alignment with the Lord? The capacity to reprove "when moved upon by the Holy Ghost" (Doctrine and Covenants 121:43) is a manifestation of an extremely disciplined individual.

Nephi was aware of his position before God. He definitely had a sense of mission that defined what God expected of him. This enabled him to be prepared, perhaps even motivated him to be prepared for the challenges that leadership and fulfillment of a righteous cause demand of the righteous.

This also reminds me that no amount of sinning can render the same preparation that obedience to principle can. Nephi was extremely young, and definitely by all counts younger than his brothers, who had more "life experiences." It is Nephi's faith in Christ that gave him the advantage over his brothers, or that gave him a more adjusted view of the world that they were a part of.