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Soberness, Peace, and Strength, 2 Nephi 3:12-16

2 Nephi 3:12-16

In verse 12, the Bible and the Book of Mormon are described as growing together into one unifying voice. Its purposes are to confound false doctrines and stop contentions, establish peace among the descendants of Jospeh, and allow them to know of their ancestry and the Lord's covenants with them.

Not directly related with today's passage of scripture, but it has been weighing on my mind the significance of sobriety. There seems to be a strong connection between soberness and conviction and righteousness.

Twice in this passage of scriptures, Joseph of Egypt is quoted as saying in effect, "I am sure of this thing," (see vs 14, 16). This chapter is replete with prophecy in certain terms of the conditions of salvation that will be extended to the descendants of Joseph in the latter-days. This type of conviction is the result of a sober countenance.

This is a weakness of mine. It is hard not to become overly excited when a blessing is received from God. On the contrary, gratitude is the companion of sobriety, and is a proper expression of blessings received. Sobriety allows perspective and humility to help process blessings received. A sober, moderate approach to the work of the Lord allows for consistency, diligence, and ultimately success.

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