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"In So Much Mercy," 2 Nephi 4:20-27

2 Nephi 4:20-27

Nephi's optimism is based on one profound argument: "If the Lord in his condescension unto the children of men hath visited men in so much mercy, why should my heart weep and my soul linger in the valley of sorrow...?" (vs. 26) The depth, breadth, and scope of such optimism embraces all.

I was reading in the morning paper about the passing of Elder Worthlin and one particular observation noted that he strove to live his life according to the knowledge that he possessed. This thought seems to be akin to the feelings that Nephi is feeling here. It is motivation to me to live my life more in harmony with the knowledge that the Lord has blessed me with.

With so many evidences of the Lord's influence in one's life -- Nephi has a long personal list (see verses 20-25) -- the compelling argument becomes "why" (vs. 27).

  • Why should I allow myself to commit sin?
  • Why should I give temptations the time of day in place of peace and contentment?
  • Why should I ever let anyone get me angry?