“February 24–March 1. 2 Nephi 26–30: ‘A Marvelous Work and a Wonder,’” Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families: Book of Mormon 2020 (2020)
“February 24–March 1. 2 Nephi 26–30,” Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families: 2020
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“I prophesy unto you concerning the last days,” Nephi wrote (2 Nephi 26:14). In other words, he was writing about our day. And there’s reason to be concerned about what he saw: people denying the power and miracles of God, rampant envy and strife, the devil binding people with strong cords. But in addition to these latter-day “works of darkness” (2 Nephi 26:10, 22) led by the adversary, Nephi also spoke of “a marvelous work and a wonder” led by the Lord Himself (2 Nephi 27:26). And at the center of that work would be a book—a book that speaks from the dust, that exposes Satan’s lies, and that gathers the righteous like a standard. That book is the Book of Mormon, the marvelous work is the work of the Lord’s Church in the latter days, and the wonder is that He invites all of us, in spite of our weaknesses, to participate.
The Prophet Joseph Smith taught that Heavenly Father is more “boundless in his mercies and blessings, than we are ready to believe or receive” (The Joseph Smith Papers, “History, 1838–1856, volume D-1,” p. 4 [addenda], josephsmithpapers.org). Read what Nephi foresaw in 2 Nephi 26:20–22 and what he taught about the Savior in verses 23–33, and compare this to Joseph Smith’s statement. What do you learn about the Lord’s boundless mercy? What can you do as a member of Jesus Christ’s Church to be more Christlike in the way you treat God’s children?
See also 3 Nephi 18:30–32.
In addition to Isaiah, other biblical prophets allude to the Book of Mormon, although they don’t mention it by name. For example, Ezekiel 37:15–20 speaks of a “stick of Joseph,” which could refer to the record of the Nephites, who were descendants of Joseph. This record would become one with the “stick of Judah,” meaning the Bible.
Other examples can be found in “Book of Mormon” (Guide to the Scriptures, scriptures.ChurchofJesusChrist.org).
Many of Satan’s lies and tactics are exposed in Nephi’s descriptions of the last days in 2 Nephi 28. See if you can find them (for example, see verses 6, 8, 21–23, 29). Why do you need to know about Satan’s lies? What will you do when the adversary tries to deceive you?
As Latter-day Saints we are blessed with an abundance of the word of God, so Nephi’s warnings can apply to us: we must never feel that “we have enough!” As you read the warnings in 2 Nephi 28 and 29, ponder questions like these:
How does the Lord want me to feel about and respond to His word?
Why are people sometimes “angry” about receiving more truth from God? (2 Nephi 28:28). Do I ever feel this way? If so, how can I become more receptive to truth?
What does it mean to receive God’s word? How can I show Him that I want to receive more of His word?
Nephi knew by revelation, even before the Book of Mormon had been completely written, that it would one day “be of great worth unto the children of men” (2 Nephi 28:2). Why is the Book of Mormon of great worth to you? Think about this question as you read 2 Nephi 29–30. What are some of the “marvelous” works that God is accomplishing in the world and in your life through the Book of Mormon?
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.
Nephi taught that Jesus Christ manifests Himself through the Holy Ghost. What experiences could family members share with each other when their testimonies of the Savior were strengthened by the Holy Ghost?
Maybe your family would enjoy an object lesson illustrating what 2 Nephi 26:22 teaches about the devil. As you read about Satan’s tactics in 2 Nephi 28:19–22, you could wrap some thread around someone’s wrists to represent “a flaxen cord.” How is a flaxen cord like Satan’s temptations? How might it become a strong cord? How can we detect Satan’s lies?
What might the Lord mean when He says, “I am able to do mine own work”? How does this truth influence the way we serve in His Church?
Can your family think of something that, like revelation from God, is best received a little at a time? Why does God reveal truth to us “line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little” instead of all at once?
What does the Lord intend to prove or show with the Book of Mormon?
For more ideas for teaching children, see this week’s outline in Come, Follow Me—For Primary.