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"The Commandments of God Must Be Fulfilled," 1 Nephi 17:1-6, 12-15

1 Nephi 17:1-6, 12-15

The final leg of their land journey is described in the first verses of this chapter (see vs. 1-6). It is in this section of the account that we learn that this is journey from Jerusalem to the land Bountiful by the seashore was in duration eight years long. That is a vast amount of time.

Nephi describes that blessings that accompanied them as they crossed towards the land Bountiful. (The description of their women being able to give birth and nurse their children is a vivid illustration to this young father of how blessed they were during their travels. ) Nephi concludes:

"Thus we see that the commandments of God must be fulfilled. And if it so be that the children of men keep the commandments of God he doth nourish them, and strengthen them, and provide means whereby they can accomplish the thing which he has commanded them", (vs 3)

There is a brief antidote for acquiring a testimony in verses 13-15. The Lord explained to Nephi why it was that the Lord had required this challenging task of them. It was to solidify in their minds that knowledge that they had been led to promised land by the hand of the Lord.


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