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Chapter 39: Nephi Receives Great Power
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“Chapter 39: Nephi Receives Great Power,” Book of Mormon Stories (1997), 108–10

“Chapter 39,” Book of Mormon Stories, 108–10

Chapter 39

Nephi Receives Great Power

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Nephi walked toward his home, thinking about what the Lord had shown him and about the wickedness of the Nephites. He was sad because of their wickedness.

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The Lord spoke to Nephi and praised him for being obedient and working so hard to teach the gospel.

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Nephi was given the power to do anything. The Lord knew he would use this power righteously.

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The Lord told Nephi to warn the Nephites that if they did not repent, they would be destroyed. Nephi went immediately to warn the people.

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The Nephites did not believe Nephi. They tried to throw him into prison, but the power of God protected him.

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Nephi declared the word of God to all the Nephites.

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But the people became even more wicked and began fighting each other.

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Nephi prayed for a famine, hoping that a lack of food would humble the Nephites and help them repent.

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The famine came. There was no rain, so the ground dried up and crops could not grow. The people stopped fighting.

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The Nephites were hungry, and many of them died. Those who lived began to remember the Lord and what Nephi had taught them.

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The people repented of their sins and then begged their judges to ask Nephi to end the famine. The judges went to Nephi.

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When Nephi saw that the people had become humble and had repented, he asked the Lord to end the famine.

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The Lord answered Nephi’s prayer, and it began to rain. Soon the crops were growing again. The people glorified God and knew that Nephi was a great prophet.

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Most of the Nephites joined the Church. They became rich, and their cities grew. There was peace in the land.

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Then some Nephites who had earlier joined the Lamanites attacked the Nephites.

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The Nephites tried to defeat their enemies, who had become Gadianton robbers, but could not because they themselves had become wicked again.

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When the Nephites were righteous, the Lord blessed them. When they were proud and forgot the Lord, he gave them problems to help them remember him.