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Nephi becomes the first pope
A voice speaks to Nephi while he is walking home--The voice gives Nephi the power that Jesus later gives to Peter--It tells him to deliver a
message to the people: repent or be destroyed--Nephi delivers the message while the Spirit transports him from one place to another--There is
contention in the land so people begin to kill each other.
Version - Chapter 38: The Murder of the Chief Judge
Chapter 39: Nephi Receives Great Power
|10:1 And it came to pass that there arose a division among the people, insomuch that
they divided hither and thither and went their ways, leaving Nephi alone, as he was standing in the midst of them.
(10:1-2) They divided hither and thither.|
After Nephi was released, the people divided hither and thither into two groups, leaving Nephi alone in the midst of them. Then Nephi walked home, pondering
the things God had shown him.
|10:2 And it came to pass that Nephi went his way towards his own house, pondering
upon the things which the Lord had shown unto him.
|10:3 And it came to pass as he was thus pondering -- being much cast down because
of the wickedness of the people of the Nephites, their secret works of darkness, and their murderings, and their
plunderings, and all manner of iniquities -- And it came to pass as he was thus pondering in
his heart, behold, a voice came unto him saying: ||
(10:3-11) Behold, thou art Nephi and I am God.
As Nephi walked home, a voice spoke to him saying that he is blessed for doing all the things that he has done and for saying the things that God
told him to say. It praised Nephi for being unafraid, for not seeking his own life, but seeking Gods will and keeping his commandments. Because Nephi
had done these things, God blesses him forever, and will make him mighty in word, deed, faith and works. God knows Nephi will never ask anything
contrary to God's will.
Then to avoid any possible confusion, the voice identified itself as God and told Nephi that he was Nephi. God said, in the presence of his angels,
that Nephi shall have absolute power over the Nephites, and that Nephi will smite the earth with famine, pestilence and destruction because the
people are so damned wicked. God makes Nephi the first pope, telling him that whatever he seals on earth will be sealed in heaven. And that Nephi
has the power to rip apart temples, smooth mountains, and smite people.
The voice ended its monologue by telling Nephi to tell the people that "thus saith the Lord God, who is the Almighty: Except ye repent ye shall be
smitten, even unto destruction.
|10:4 Blessed art thou, Nephi, for those things which thou hast done; for I have beheld how thou hast with
unwearyingness declared the word, which I have given unto thee, unto this people. And thou hast not feared them,
and hast not sought thine own life, but hast sought my will, and to keep my commandments.
|10:5 And now, because thou hast done this with such unwearyingness, behold, I will bless thee forever;
and I will make thee mighty in word and in deed, in faith and in works; yea, even that all things shall be done
unto thee according to thy word, for thou shalt not ask that which is contrary to my will.
|10:6 Behold, thou art Nephi, and I am God. Behold, I declare it unto thee in the presence of mine
angels, that ye shall have power over this people, and shall smite the earth with famine, and with pestilence,
and destruction, according to the wickedness of this people.
|10:7 Behold, I give unto you power, that whatsoever ye shall
seal on earth shall be sealed in heaven; and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven; and
thus shall ye have power among this people.
|10:8 And thus, if ye shall say unto this temple it shall be rent
in twain, it shall be done.
|10:9 And if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou cast down and become
smooth, it shall be done.
|10:10 And behold, if ye shall say that God shall smite this
people, it shall come to pass.
|10:11 And now behold, I command you, that ye shall go and declare unto this people, that thus saith
the Lord God, who is the Almighty: Except ye repent ye shall be smitten, even unto destruction.
|10:12 And behold, now it came to pass that when the Lord had spoken these words
unto Nephi, he did stop and did not go unto his own house, but did return unto the multitudes who were scattered
about upon the face of the land, and began to declare unto them the word of the Lord which had been spoken unto
him, concerning their destruction if they did not repent. ||
He was taken by the Spirit and conveyed away.
After the voice stopped speaking, Nephi decided not to go home, but return to the multitudes that were scattered about upon the face of the land.
He delivered God's message -- that unless they repent they'll be "smitten even unto destruction." By this time, however, the people had forgotten
all about Nephi's "great miracle" from the last chapter, so they hardened their hearts and tried to cast Nephi in prison. But God wouldn't let them do it.
Nephi was teleported away by the Spirit out of the midst of them. The Spirit beamed Nephi from one place to another so that Nephi could deliver the
message to all of the people pretty much at the same time. It was like Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. Or something like that.
|10:13 Now behold, notwithstanding that great miracle which Nephi had done in telling them concerning
the death of the chief judge, they did harden their hearts and did not hearken unto the words of the Lord.
|10:14 Therefore Nephi did declare unto them the word of the Lord, saying: Except ye repent, thus saith
the Lord, ye shall be smitten even unto destruction.
|10:15 And it came to pass that when Nephi had declared unto them the word,
behold, they did still harden their hearts and would not hearken unto his words; therefore they did revile
against him, and did seek to lay their hands upon him that they might cast him into prison.
|10:16 But behold, the power of God was with him, and they could not take him to cast him into prison,
for he was taken by the Spirit and conveyed away out of the midst of them.
|10:17 And it came to pass that thus he did go forth in the Spirit, from multitude
to multitude, declaring the word of God, even until he had declared it unto them all, or sent it forth among all
|10:18 And it came to pass that they would not hearken unto his words; and
there began to be contentions, insomuch that they were divided against themselves and began to slay one another
with the sword. ||
(10:18) There began to be contentions.|
After Nephi delievered God's message, there began to be contentions among the people insomuch that they began to slay one another with the sword.
|10:19 And thus ended the seventy and first year of the reign of the judges over the people of
And it came to pass [10:1, 2, 3(2), 10, 12, 15, 17, 18]
Behold [10:3, 5, 6(2), 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16]
Whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose
on earth shall be loosed in heaven. -- Matthew 16:19, 18:18
(10:8) the veil of the temple was rent in twain -- Matthew 27:51
(10:9) Ye shall say unto this mountain -- Matthew 17:20
- The Annotated Book of Mormon
- Helaman 10