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"What Desirest Thou?" 1 Nephi 11:2-5

1 Nephi 11:2-5

The Spirit asks Nephi what his desires are. That is a probing question that reveals Nephi's personal objective. Of course, it does.

After he states that he wants to see the things which his father taught, the Spirit asks him if he believed that his father actually saw what he said he saw. This is akin to a personal testimony interview -- similar to the temple recommend questions. Do I really believe that Joseph Smith saw God the Father and Jesus Christ, as he said he did?

Nephi's response does two things: confirms his belief in his father's words or testimony and acknowledges the omnipotence of the Being with whom his is conversing. "Thou knowest that I believe" (vs. 5)