Friday, April 29, 2016

The Power of God made Manifest, then and now

When Nephi's brothers tried to kill him for trying to build a ship, as he had been commanded by God to do, he said to them "In the name of the Almighty God, I command you that ye touch me not, for I am filled with the power of God, even unto the consuming of my flesh; and whoso shall lay his hands upon me shall wither even as a dried reed; and he shall be as naught before the power of God, for God shall smite him...

And later..."And it came to pass that the Lord said unto me: Stretch forth thine hand again unto thy brethren, and they shall not wither before thee, but I will shock them, saith the Lord, and this will I do, that they may know that I am the Lord their God.

And it came to pass that I stretched forth my hand unto my brethren, and they did not wither before me; but the Lord did shake them, even according to the word which he had spoken.

And now, they said: We know of a surety that the Lord is with thee, for we know that it is the power of the Lord that has shaken us. And they fell down before me, and were about to worship me, but I would not suffer them, saying: I am thy brother, yea, even thy younger brother; wherefore, worship the Lord thy God, and honor thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long in the land which the Lord thy God shall give thee." (1 Nephi 17:48,53-55 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/1-ne/17.48,53-55 )

We may not have to have the Lord "shake" our brothers, but that same power of God is again on the earth, to heal, to comfort, and to bless the lives of others. This is the same power by which the Book of Mormon was translated, another blessing in our lives. May we ever be grateful for it. 

This comes from the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ. Read the Promise of the Book of Mormon online now at http://bit.ly/10t8QYm or request a free copy at http://bit.ly/11WKJ1G

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Picture is by Arnold Friberg, courtesy of https://www.lds.org/

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