THE SECOND BOOK OF NEPHI
Angels speak by the power of the Holy Ghost—Men must pray and gain knowledge for themselves from the Holy Ghost. Between 559 and 545 B.C.
And now, behold, my beloved brethren, I suppose that ye ponder somewhat in your hearts concerning that which ye should do after ye have entered in by the way. But, behold, why do ye ponder these things in your hearts?
Do ye not remember that I said unto you that after ye had areceived
the Holy Ghost ye could speak with the btongue
of angels? And now, how could ye speak with the tongue of angels save it were by the Holy Ghost?
speak by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore, they speak the words of Christ. Wherefore, I said unto you, bfeast
upon the cwords
of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will dtell
you all things what ye should do.
Wherefore, now after I have spoken these words, if ye cannot understand them it will be because ye aask
not, neither do ye knock; wherefore, ye are not brought into the light, but must perish in the dark.
For behold, again I say unto you that if ye will enter in by the way, and receive the Holy Ghost, it will ashow
unto you all things what ye should do.
Behold, this is the doctrine of Christ, and there will be no more doctrine given until after he shall amanifest
himself unto you in the flesh. And when he shall manifest himself unto you in the flesh, the things which he shall say unto you shall ye observe to do.
And now I, Nephi, cannot say more; the Spirit stoppeth mine utterance, and I am left to mourn because of the aunbelief
, and the wickedness, and the ignorance, and the bstiffneckedness
of men; for they will cnot
, nor understand great knowledge, when it is given unto them in eplainness
, even as plain as word can be.
And now, my beloved brethren, I perceive that ye ponder still in your hearts; and it grieveth me that I must speak concerning this thing. For if ye would hearken unto the aSpirit
which teacheth a man to bpray
ye would know that ye must cpray
; for the devil
spirit teacheth not a man to pray, but teacheth him that he must not pray.
But behold, I say unto you that ye must apray
always, and not faint; that ye must not perform any thing unto the Lord save in the first place ye shall bpray
unto the Father in the cname
of Christ, that he will dconsecrate
thy performance unto thee, that thy performance may be for the ewelfare
of thy soul.