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"Rely On This Redeemer", 1 Nephi 10:1-15

1 Nephi 10:1-15

This is the first prophecy specifically about the coming of the Savior.

Sequentially speaking, Nephi seems to now be adding additional insights from his father's vision. At the end of chapter 8, he says that his father also prophesied many things unto them and then ceased speaking (see 1 Nephi 8:38). Now having emphasized again the purpose for the record, he notes the details of these prophecies.

This first prophecy of the Savior seems pivotal in establishing the tapestry of prophecies about the Savior that are woven throughout the Book of Mormon. It allows me as a reader to understand the global scope of the gospel of Christ.

"Wherefore, all mankind were in a lost and fallen state, and ever would be save they should rely on this Redeemer." (vs. 6)

As one of the first explanations which specifically outlines these core teachings, it is interesting to note the context in which it is given. The universality of this prophecy and the historical scope of the it--Lehi and Nephi easily found their specific place inside of it. This is the Christian religion that is taught in the Book of Mormon, bookended by covenants- first to the Jews, then to the Gentiles.

Notwithstanding this scope, here is a very specific teaching that resonates with me. Mankind is (I am) fallen and always will be, unless they (I) rely upon this Redeemer. This causes me to think that specifically I must always rely upon my Savior, and that to rely means that I know specifically how he is intervening on my behalf. This is something that I can have a specific knowledge of.