“February 10–16. 2 Nephi 6–10: ‘O How Great the Plan of Our God!’” Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families: Book of Mormon 2020 (2020)
“February 10–16. 2 Nephi 6–10,” Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families: 2020
Record Your Impressions
It had been at least 40 years since Lehi’s family left Jerusalem. They were in a strange new land, half a world away from Jerusalem and the rest of God’s covenant people. Lehi had died, and his posterity had already started what would become a centuries-long contention between the Nephites—“who believed in the warnings and the revelations of God”—and the Lamanites, who did not (2 Nephi 5:6). In these circumstances, Jacob, who was Nephi’s younger brother and now ordained as a teacher for the Nephites, wanted the covenant people to know that God would never forget them, so they must never forget Him. This is a message we surely need in our own world, where covenants are belittled and revelation rejected. “Let us remember him, … for we are not cast off. … Great are the promises of the Lord,” he declared (2 Nephi 10:20–21). Among those promises, none is greater than the promise of an “infinite atonement” to overcome death and hell (2 Nephi 9:7). “Therefore,” Jacob concluded, “cheer up your hearts”! (2 Nephi 10:23).
To help his people understand that they were part of the house of Israel and could trust God and His promises, Jacob quoted prophecies of Isaiah, recorded in 2 Nephi 6–8. Isaiah described the scattering of Israel and the Savior’s promised gathering and redemption of His people. As you read, ponder questions like the following:
What do I learn about the Savior’s redeeming love for me?
What comfort does the Savior offer to those who seek Him?
What can I do to more faithfully “wait” for the Savior and His promised blessings?
What words or images would you use to communicate to someone our desperate need for a Redeemer to rescue us from death and sin? Jacob used the words “awful” and “monster.” What did Jacob teach about “that monster, death and hell” and the “escape” that God has prepared for us? (2 Nephi 9:10). As you read 2 Nephi 9:1–26, consider marking in one color what would happen to us without the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Then, in another color, you could mark what we can receive through the Savior’s Atonement. What truths do you find about the Atonement of Jesus Christ that cause you to praise the “wisdom of God, his mercy and grace”? (2 Nephi 9:8).
See also “Atonement of Jesus Christ,” Gospel Topics, topics.ChurchofJesusChrist.org.
Jesus Christ came “into the world that he may save all men if they will hearken unto his voice” (2 Nephi 9:21; italics added). In other words, we must be willing to accept the saving blessings He offers. After describing the great plan of redemption, Jacob gave important warnings and invitations, found in 2 Nephi 9:27–54, to help us receive the blessings of the Atonement. Consider recording them on a chart like this one:
What do you feel prompted by the Spirit to do in response to these warnings and invitations?
Jacob’s message was a joyful one. “I speak unto you these things,” he said, “that ye may rejoice, and lift up your heads forever” (2 Nephi 9:3). As you read 2 Nephi 10:20, 23–25, what do you find that gives you hope? What else have you found in 2 Nephi 9–10 that has given you hope? What will you do to remember these things when you feel discouraged?
See also John 16:33.
As you read the scriptures with your family, the Spirit can help you know what principles to emphasize and discuss in order to meet the needs of your family. Here are some ideas.
When you read 2 Nephi 8:3, you could show pictures of a desert and a garden. How does the Lord turn the deserts of our lives into gardens? In verses 4–7, what does the Lord counsel us to do in order to receive the joy described in verse 3?
How can Isaiah’s encouraging words to the people of Zion strengthen us in our efforts to become more faithful disciples of Jesus Christ? How is waking up and getting dressed similar to what God wants us to do spiritually?
What could your family do to better understand the magnitude of Jesus Christ’s “infinite atonement”? (verse 7). Perhaps they could look at or think about things that seem infinite in number—blades of grass in a field, grains of sand on a beach, or stars in the sky. How is the Savior’s Atonement infinite? What phrases in 2 Nephi 9 deepen our gratitude for what the Savior did for us?
Perhaps one day this week your family could search 2 Nephi 9:27–38, looking for the warnings (preceded by “wo”). Which of these seem especially important for your family to discuss? On another day, you could search 2 Nephi 9:39–44, looking for what Jacob invited his people to remember.
What are some examples of “the vainness, and the frailties, and the foolishness of men”? (verse 28). What can we do to place more value on the things of God and less on the things of the world?
Your family might enjoy making a paper chain and then taking turns putting it on and shaking it off. How are sins like chains? How does the Savior help us shake them off?
For more ideas for teaching children, see this week’s outline in Come, Follow Me—For Primary.