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The Response of Nephi's Brothers, 1 Nephi 16: 1-6

1 Nephi 16: 1-6

This conversation between Nephi and his brothers, Laman, Lemuel, and Sam, is very genuine. It paints a view of Laman and Lemuel that is not typically understood. They tell Nephi that what he had spoken to them was hard to understand. Nephi said that he knew that he had spoken against wickedness but it seems that it was never his intention to elevate himself above his brothers.

In fact, there is such a brotherly bond of love conveyed from these simple verses of communication that I am inclined to be much more sympathetic towards Laman and Lemuel, and even sense something of love that Nephi must have had for his older brothers. Here for one brief moment brothers are talking civilly to each other, and it is beautiful!

Yes, Laman and Lemuel made bad choices throughout the accounts of Nephi. They simply could not understand the will of God in all that was happening to them. Clearly, their cursing was passed on to their children, but beyond that I think this is where their condemnation stops.

Back to the conversation, so hopeful was Nephi after having taken the time to explain to his brothers the significance of the visions that he and his father had had, that when he saw them humble themselves, Nephi rejoiced in the prospects that they might fully embrace righteousness.


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