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A Good Nephi Movie?

I admit, I have never seen a good Nephi movie done. The closest is the Book of Mormon cartoons I used to watch as a kid. The episode of Nephi and his brothers going to Jerusalem to get the plates was the best one. There was a clear plot- to get the plates and a clear antagonist. Outside of that a great Nephi movie hasn't been done.

I thought about that and I think the problem is that the Book of Nephi is told from Nephi's point of view. As soon as he prays in the wilderness to know if God spoke to his father and then received his own testimony, Nephi pretty much stayed the same. He stayed firm and obey the Lord. The only time Nephi questioned the Lord was when he was told to kill Laban. Other than that, Nephi is static. Any questions he had, and 1 Nephi 2 mentions that he did have some doubt, were resolved at the beginning of the book. After all, 1 Nephi wasn't written for our entertainment, but rather for our instruction. Nephi wants to teach us how the Lord guides us and…

Who Was Nephi's Audience?

Who wrote? Nephi wrote 1 and 2 Nephi as an older adult after already reaching the Promised Land.

Why? He was writing his testimony and how the Lord has blessed him in his life. His story was not about Lehi, Jerusalem history, or even his brothers. It was his life and what he had been inspired to teach. He was instructing his audience using examples from his own life to teach the gospel and the "tender mercies of the Lord". At least that is in 1 Nephi. It is the Book of Mormon's exodus story. In fact, writers from BYU have compared Lehi to Moses (and Jacob) Nephi even uses Moses as an example. 1 Nephi is the Exodus of the Book of Mormon.

What happened? Lehi was called to preach repentence to the Jews. He did so. Why did Nephi include this? This was the beginning. This is when things changed. Lehi's life and possibly his family was threatened. We know Jeremiah was thrown in prison and tortured at this time. Lehi kept preaching.

Lehi was called to leave Jerusalem. That …

Young Nephi

Nephi begins his story with the call of his father, Lehi. That is when things changed for his family.

A friend on Facebook asked the question, "How old was Nephi when the Book of Nephi begins?" I am very glad she asked that because it made me think. Of course, there is no exact answer. We just know Nephi was young and large for his age. Someone later posted comparisons to Joseph Smith and hypothesized that Nephi was around 14-15 years old. The mid-teen years are the years that many heroes in the scriptures are called. In studying other great Biblical leaders, the mid-teen range makes the most sense.

What happened at the beginning of The Book of Nephi?  Nephi witnessed his father coming home exhausted after his father saw God. His father began to preach repentance to the people of Jerusalem, warning them of the upcoming destruction. His father was receiving death threats and was rejected by the people. Nephi also witnessed his older brothers reject their father. Nephi said hi…

False Prophets

Lehi prophesied at the same time as Jeremiah. We don't know if they knew each other or who eaxctly Lehi preached to and in what area. Jeremiah was a Levite from Anathoth and preached to Kings. Lehi was of Ephraim, a wealthy man from Jerusalem.  The lands of Ephraim were very close to Jerusalem so at one time Lehi's family settled in that city. It was forgotten because Lehi didn't know until his family was in the wilderness that he was a descendant of Ephraim. Because he belonged to the Kingdom of Judah, he considered himself a Jew. Lehi was wealthy and well educated knowing reformed Egyptian.

Jeremiah was the most famous prophet at the time but there were others, some real some false. Judah was filled with so called prophets who preached that all was well in Judah. They were nationalistic and led people astray. They tolerated idolatry and "secret places" in Judah. They preached about Baal and told the people they had dreams about Baal. Sure they were priests of …

Lehi the Prophet

Nephi had just a regular life in Jerusalem, 600 BC. He was a young man who was still learning and was taught Egyptian and Hebrew. Egypt was a major power at the time and Nephi needed to learn the knowledge he needed to be successful. The Jews hoped the Egyptians would support them against the growing power of Babylon. It is similar to how many Americans want their children to learn Chinese for they feel like China is the future for America's success. Just like the Jews of old, Americans are probably wrong in that assessment. Anyways, Nephi learning Egyptian ended up being useful for he was able to write more on the plates in a smaller amount of space. Now, that Nephi was older, it was all about Babylon! Jerusalem was under their thumb but believed that by paying tribute they would be saved. They now had a new young king, Zedekiah, a puppet of the Babylonian king.

Nephi, had a normal life in Jerusalem, perhaps his family was mocked for being what they would call "fundies"…

Born of Goodly Parents

Lesson 1- 1 Nephi 1 " I, Nephi, having been born of goodly parents, therefore I was taught somewhat in all the learning of my father; and having seen many afflictions in the course of my days, nevertheless, having been highly favored of the Lord in all my days; yea, having had a great knowledge of the goodness and the mysteries of God, therefore I make a record of my proceedings in my days."
      This first verse perfectly sums up Nephi's life and introduces the main idea of the record that he is about to write. Nephi lived in Jerusalem around the time of King Zedekiah, the last King of Judah, right around 600 B.C. It was a time of chaos and a time when Judah was weak and stumbling along due to the lack of faith of its people. Jeremiah was a major prophet at the time preaching to the stubborn young King. The Jewish leadership were looking to other kings rather than to God for help. The people of Judah were getting warned by the prophets to repent or else they would los…

Book of Mormon Study Guide

I am working on the Book of Mormon Study Guide for Home-Study Seminary Students.  The book is an easy way to keep up with your study and makes you really think about what you are reading. Today I finished reading the Book of Mormon and will start it back over. I will blog about what I have studied. You are welcome to comment. I will also apply what I have studied to today.

Earliest Memories

I am currently reading Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson. One page has the main character thinking about his earliest memories. His are of course more interesting than mine. I didn't witness a king being beheaded and a few days later watch my father and his friends destroy cathedrals during the English Civil War. Perhaps one of my ancestors did. 
I was born in a time of peace in the most powerful nation in the world. I never knew how lucky I was until I was much older. I didn't grow up in the wealthiest of homes or the poorest. My parents were young and worked hard. They were also LDS in the Bible Belt of the United States. 
We lived in my grandparent's home. I don't remember living anywhere else before that. My parents rented the house from my grandparents who moved to Florida. That was a time before cable TV, internet, VCR's, and even before we had a microwave. My mom had to boil hot dogs. I still prefer the taste of boiled hot dogs over microwaved. 
My earliest mem…

10 Facts About My "Mormon" Experience

1. I have never lived in Utah. My parents never lived there either. I used to see Utah Mormons as outsiders and had sort of an us vs. them attitude. I no longer care anymore and wished I never judged people that way. I still do get upset when a Utah Mormon visits our Southern branches and talk to us like we can't read or write. They usually get humbled quickly and later make wonderful lasting friendships. I have no "pioneer" blood but I am grateful for the sacrifices the early LDS pioneers made.

2. I am a third generation Mormon. My mother's father joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the late 1950's in West Tennessee. He worked hard in the church all of his life. He is a great inspiration to me and I love to hear his stories. I wish he would write them down! Being a Branch President in rural West Tennessee was very interesting. He later became 1st president in the Memphis, TN temple presidency. I can't imagine seeing the church grow from…

Were the Grammys Satanic? One LDS Opinion

Breitbart.com came out with an article quoting a tweet by Alabama football player AJ McCarron stating

"Is it just me or are some of the Grammy performances so far seem to be really demonic?? Looks like there is a lot of evil in the world.." Tweet from @10AJMcCarron, January 26, 2014
The Grammy's, which came on television Sunday, inspired tweeters and bloggers everywhere to write about the demonic and evil in the performances. A few mention the mass gay wedding put on, but Katy Perry burning herself as a witch on a pole, Madonna looking like a witch (though I don't think she can help it), and Beyonce showing her crotch in an outfit that would have been shocking just 20 years ago, (remember Cher in the video "If I Could Turn Back Time") humping her husband who thinks it is cool to wear symbols of the sex cult leader Aleister Crowley won most of the shock. I haven't watched the Grammy's since Jethro Tull beat Metallica in 1989 but I did see the picture…

Roe vs. Wade 41 Years Later: The Truth about Abortion Rights

55 million babies have been terminated since the Supreme Court decision of Roe vs. Wade that happened on January 22, 1973. Forty-one years later it remains a controversial topic between groups who fight for a women's right to choose and those who fight for a baby's right to life. In the past, both groups acknowledged that abortion was a horrible thing and should only be used in extreme circumstances ignoring the reality that most abortions were done in not so extreme circumstances. Now the debate has changed into something ugly. It has become to be about reproductive rights and a battle in the war against women! The health of the woman and the fact that she belongs to a family is ignored.

I don't know who is behind that change in words in the abortion debate but it is very deceptive and smart to be honest. Before there seemed to still be respect for women, now activists dress as vaginas. They scream "Hail Satan!" and accuse people who are against abortion as bei…