Thoughts on Gospel Doctrine Lesson 11

2 NEPHI 31

2 NEPHI 31:1- 21
Where can we read about "baptism by water, and . . . by the Holy Ghost"?
"The greatest sermon we have on baptism and the receipt of the Holy Ghost is 2 Nephi 31" (Bruce R. McConkie, Promised Messiah, 421).

2 NEPHI 31:2- 21
What is "the doctrine of Christ"?
"The 'doctrine of Christ' as taught by Nephi . . . focuses on faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, repentance, baptism by immersion, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. . . . 'The doctrine of Christ' is simple and direct. It focuses on the first principles of the gospel exclusively. . . . It is in the clarity and simplicity of 'the doctrine of Christ' that its impact is found" (Jeffrey R. Holland, Christ and the New Covenant, 49-50). See also 3 Nephi 11:32-35; 27:13-21.

2 NEPHI 31:3
How does the Lord speak to men?
"When conversing with men, God and his angels speak according to the language and understanding of those they have chosen to address" (Joseph Fielding McConkie and Robert L. Millet, Doctrinal Commentary, 1:359).

2 NEPHI 31:5- 9
Why would Jesus need to be baptized?
"Christ did fulfill all righteousness in being baptized in that: 1. He humbled himself before the Father; 2. He covenanted to be obedient and keep the Father's commandments; 3. He had to be baptized to gain admission to the celestial kingdom; and 4. He set an example for all men to follow. (2 Ne. 31:4- 11)" (Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, 71).

2 NEPHI 31:7-10, 12-13, 16
How should we follow the example of Jesus Christ?
"Perfect worship is emulation. We honor those whom we imitate. The most perfect way of worship is to be holy as Jehovah is holy" (Bruce R. McConkie, Promised Messiah, 568). See also insights for Alma 39:2, 11; 3 Nephi 18:16, 24; 27:27.

2 NEPHI 31:11, 15
"I heard a voice from the Father."
"This doctrine of repentance [and baptism] is so crucial that the Father himself made a declaration on this point. . . .

". . . For the most part, the voice of the Father has usually been limited in scripture to introducing his Beloved Son" (Jeffrey R. Holland, Christ and the New Covenant, 51). See also insights for 3 Nephi 11:7.

2 NEPHI 31:12-14, 17-18
How important is it to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost?
"You might as well baptize a bag of sand as a man, if not done in view of the remission of sins and getting of the Holy Ghost. Baptism by water is but half a baptism, and is good for nothing without the other half—that is, the baptism of the Holy Ghost" (Joseph Smith, Teachings, 314).

2 NEPHI 31:13
How serious is the sin of hypocrisy?
"The one sin that the Savior condemned as much as any other was the sin of hypocrisy—the living of the double life, the life we let our friends . . . believe, and the life we actually live" (J. Reuben Clark Jr., Behold the Lamb of God, 294).

2 NEPHI 31:17
Was the ordinance of baptism commonly practiced before the days of Christ?
"This scripture indicates clearly that baptism was practiced, at least among the Nephites, hundreds of years before the Savior was born.

". . . The Jewish Encyclopedia indicates that baptism was a common practice in ancient Israel . . . (Vol. 2, p. 499)" (Daniel H. Ludlow, Companion, 154).

Where does remission of sins come from?
"This baptism of fire and of the Holy Ghost here spoken of by Nephi . . . cleanses, heals, and purifies the soul. It is the sealing and sign of forgiveness" (Marion G. Romney, Learning for the Eternities, 133).

2 NEPHI 31:17-21
What must we do after faith, repentance, baptism, and the gift of the Holy Ghost?
"Keeping God's commandments is a challenge to the faith and willpower of the most resolute soul.

"Doing the Lord's commandments . . . is an effort extending through the balance of life" (Spencer W. Kimball, Miracle of Forgiveness, 202).

2 NEPHI 31:18
What is one important role of the Holy Ghost?
"No man can know that Jesus is the Christ, but by the Holy Ghost" (Joseph Smith, Teachings, 243).

2 NEPHI 31:20
When can we have the promise of eternal life?
"After a person has faith in Christ, repents of his sins, and is baptized for the remission of his sins and receives the Holy Ghost, (by the laying on of hands), which is the first Comforter, then let him continue . . . living by every word of God, and the Lord will soon say unto him, Son, thou shalt be exalted. When the Lord has thoroughly proved him, and finds that the man is determined to serve Him at all hazards, then the man will find his calling and his election made sure" (Joseph Smith, Teachings, 150).

2 NEPHI 32

2 NEPHI 32:2
What does it mean to "speak with the tongue of angels"?
"Of all the best gifts, perhaps none is to be sought more earnestly than the ability to speak with the tongue of angels. Success in many callings depends in large measure upon the convincing power of voice and word. Without the tongue of angels, the servants of God are just ordinary men and women; but, armed with the Spirit and the words of Christ, they become "like unto angels" and teach persuasively and powerfully" (Carlos E. Asay, In the Lord's Service, 172).

2 NEPHI 32:3
What blessings come from "feast[ing] upon the words of Christ"?
"If [you] are acquainted with the revelations, there is no question—personal or social or political or occupational—that need go unanswered. Therein is contained the fulness of the everlasting gospel. Therein we find principles of truth that will resolve every confusion and every problem and every dilemma that will face the human family or any individual in it" (Boyd K. Packer, "Teach the Scriptures," 5).

2 NEPHI 32:5
What can the Holy Ghost teach us?
"[Joseph said,] Tell the brethren to be humble and faithful and be sure to keep the Spirit of the Lord, that it will lead them aright. Be careful and not turn away the still, small voice; it will teach them what to do and where to go" (Marion G. Romney, in Conference Report, April 1944, 141).

2 NEPHI 32:6
What changed when Jesus came to visit the Book of Mormon people?
"They did not walk any more after the performances and ordinances of the law of Moses; but they did walk after the commandments which they had received from their Lord and their God" (4 Nephi 1:12).

2 NEPHI 32:8-9
"The Spirit teacheth a man to pray."
"Pray over, and for your families, your cattle, your flocks, your herds, your corn, and all things that you possess; ask the blessing of God upon all your labors, and everything that you engage in" (Joseph Smith, Teachings, 247).

2 NEPHI 33

2 NEPHI 33:1
How can a message be delivered to the hearts of men?
"The Twelve have the right . . . to teach the people by the spirit of revelation, by the spirit of prophecy and the power of God. . . .

"God has made that promise . . . unto those who go out to preach the Gospel . . . by the spirit of revelation. It is then carried to the hearts of the people" (George Q. Cannon, Journal of Discourses, 23:365-66).

2 NEPHI 33:4
How has the Lord made the words of the Book of Mormon "strong"?
"[The Book of Mormon] is the book that will save the world and prepare the sons of men for joy and peace here and now and everlasting life in eternity" (Bruce R. McConkie, Ensign, November 1983, 74).

2 NEPHI 33:5
Who is it that becomes angry with scripture?
"Many are angry with the Book of Mormon. . . . The book marks the path by which we return to God, and there is but one spirit that opposes such a journey" (Joseph Fielding McConkie and Robert L. Millet, Doctrinal Commentary, 1:373).

2 NEPHI 33:7-9
What importance does the Book of Mormon give to the characteristic of charity?
Both the first and the last writers of the Book of Mormon, Nephi and Moroni, conclude their writings with discussions of charity, the most important Christlike attribute to emulate. See also Moroni 7:46.

2 NEPHI 33:10
What is the relationship between doctrines taught in the Bible and in the Book of Mormon?
"All scripture comes from God; all scripture is true; and every divine word accords with every other word from the same heavenly source. The Bible bears witness of the Book of Mormon, and the Book of Mormon testifies of the Bible. . . . Those who believe one believe the other" (Bruce R. McConkie, New Witness for the Articles of Faith, 394).

2 NEPHI 33:11, 15
What role will the scriptures have in our judgment?
"Though men may reject the teachings of the apostles and prophets concerning Jesus Christ and his gospel, yet those very teachings shall rise to condemn the unbelievers in the day of judgment" (Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 1:330).

2 NEPHI 33:15
"Amen" is another title of Jesus Christ.
"Christ is called 'the Amen, the faithful and true witness'" (LDS Bible Dictionary, s.v. "Amen"). See also 2 Corinthians 1:20; Revelation 3:14.

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