“I Will Go and Do,” Friend, Jan. 2004, 26
Nephi, in the Book of Mormon, is well-known for his obedience. “I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded,” he told his father, “for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them” (1 Ne. 3:7).
Many other people in the Book of Mormon were obedient to the Lord’s commandments and the teachings of the prophets. Can you match these individuals with their actions? See answers below.
A The Lord commanded him in a dream to “take his family … into the wilderness. … And he left his house, and the land of his inheritance, and his gold, and his silver, and his precious things, and … departed into the wilderness” (see 1 Ne. 2:2, 4).
2 Alma the Younger
B Despite trials and afflictions, “they were steadfast and immovable in keeping the commandments of God, and they bore with patience the persecution which was heaped upon them” (see Alma 1:23–25).
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C God sent him to tell wicked King Noah and his people to repent, or they would be delivered into the hands of their enemies. He was “put to death because he would not deny the[se] commandments” (see Mosiah 12:1; Mosiah 17:13–20).
D Despite their youth and inexperience, they fought for their country fearlessly and with miraculous strength. They were protected from death because “they had been taught to keep the commandments of God and to walk uprightly before him. … Yea, and they did obey and observe to perform every word of command with exactness” (see Alma 53:16–21; Alma 56:45–48; Alma 57:21).
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E After he was rejected by the wicked people in Ammonihah, an angel commanded him to “return to the city … and preach again unto the people,” and “he returned speedily” (see Alma 8:13–18).