The Prophet Nephi’s Intent – 1 Nephi 6:1-6

I am doing a careful examination of the Book of Mormon to share some of my insights and revelations for those who are interested. Pray for your own confirmation and revelation as you read these thoughts. 

1 And now I, Nephi, do not give the genealogy of my fathers in this part of my record; neither at any time shall I give it after upon these plates which I am writing; for it is given in the record which has been kept by my father; wherefore, I do not write it in this work. [He received this by commandment not knowing the reason.]

2 For it sufficeth me to say that we are descendants of Joseph. [The record keepers of the House of Israel.]

3 And it mattereth not to me that I am particular to give a full account of all the things of my father, for they cannot be written upon these plates, for I desire the room that I may write of the things of God. [There was a record of the events before and after traveling in the wilderness that detailed their struggles. Nephi was the first to abridge what would be the Book of Mormon, “the first shall be last and the last shall be first.”]

4 For the fulness of mine intent is that I may persuade men to come unto the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, and be saved. [The hallmark of a prophet.]

5 Wherefore, the things which are pleasing unto the world I do not write, but the things which are pleasing unto God and unto those who are not of the world. [Those who are not of this world is a reference to the anointed servants of God. The Book of Mormon is a blueprint to those who will awaken and gather Israel.]

6 Wherefore, I shall give commandment [revelation] unto my seed, that they shall not occupy these plates with things which are not of worth unto the children of men. [Again, Nephi writes by way of commandment to his posterity to not include entertaining and frivolous material in this record. It’s purpose is clear, to bring those who are not of this world, his posterity, and the gentiles to an awakening that they may be perfected in Christ.]

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8 Responses to The Prophet Nephi’s Intent – 1 Nephi 6:1-6

  1. Christin Harper says:

    What does it mean, The first shall be last and the last shall be first?

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  2. “Graft in the branches; begin at the last that they may be first, and that the first may be last, and dig about the trees, both old and young, the first and the last; and the last and the first, that all may be nourished once again for the last time.” Jacob 5:63
    “Wherefore, the remnant of the house of Joseph shall be built upon this land; and it shall be a land of their inheritance; and they shall build up a holy city unto the Lord, like unto the Jerusalem of old; and they shall no more be confounded, until the end come when the earth shall pass away. And there shall be a new heaven and a new earth; and they shall be like unto the old save the old have passed away, and all things have become new. And then cometh the New Jerusalem; and blessed are they who dwell therein, for it is they whose garments are white through the blood of the Lamb; and they are they who are numbered among the remnant of the seed of Joseph, who were of the house of Israel. And then also cometh the Jerusalem of old; and the inhabitants thereof, blessed are they, for they have been washed in the blood of the Lamb; and they are they who were scattered and gathered in from the four quarters of the earth, and from the north countries, and are partakers of the fulfilling of the covenant which God made with their father, Abraham. And when these things come, bringeth to pass the scripture which saith, there are they who were first, who shall be last; and there are they who were last, who shall be first.” Ether 13:8-12

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  3. It may seem that I randomly placed that reference in my thoughts. There is a mystery associated with this phrase. A clue can be found in Matthew 20:16, and relates to the Anointed Servants. I can’t really elaborate more, but for those to whom the Lord teaches this it will begin to unravel a beautiful part of the Everlasting Covenant.

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  4. Anthony says:

    Thank you dear Brother!

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  5. rustyshackleford82 says:

    Can you do a spiritual translation of Alma 31 and 32?


  6. I’m still in 1 Nephi!

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  7. theariesphoenix says:

    Still studying after my last comment, but interestingly for something related to something other than his post. First-last-last-first is also the culmination of Matthew 19. This chapter and 20… oodelolly.


  8. theariesphoenix says:

    I’m glad that I read the comments just now. While I have been listening to third Nephi over and over these past few weeks, my mind several times has been brought to think of the parable in Matthew 20; I didn’t remember this was the chapter until I read that comment below and referenced it. Thank you!


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