“O Wretched Man”
December 2017

“O Wretched Man,” Ensign, December 2017

“O Wretched Man”

The author lives in Utah, USA

2 Nephi 4:17–35


There are those days

when shadows of

my lesser self

obstruct the light,

and in my groping,

Nephi’s words

reflect my plight:

“O wretched man … I am!”

With him I grieve,

and sorrow

over frailties

that haunt my

conscious mind

and tempt with



I seek to find.

Yet there is One

whose light

will never fail,

whose mercy

makes a way

for my escape.

He opens up the gates.

His love can make me whole!

And with Nephi

I rejoice

and plead,

“O Lord, …

redeem my soul”!