THE SECOND BOOK OF NEPHI
Nephi’s words are true—They testify of Christ—Those who believe in Christ will believe Nephi’s words—They shall stand as a witness before the judgment bar. Between 559 and 545 B.C.
now I, Nephi, cannot write all the things which were taught among my people; neither am I amighty
in writing, like unto speaking; for when a man bspeaketh
by the power of the Holy Ghost the power of the Holy Ghost carrieth it unto the hearts of the children of men.
But behold, there are many that aharden
against the Holy cSpirit
, that it hath no place in them; wherefore, they cast many things away which are written and esteem them as things of naught.
But I, Nephi, have written what I have written, and I esteem it as of great aworth
, and especially unto my people. For I bpray
continually for them by day, and mine ceyes
water my pillow by night, because of them; and I cry unto my God in faith, and I know that he will hear my cry.
And I know that the Lord God will consecrate my prayers for the gain of my people. And the words which I have written in weakness will be made strong unto them; for it apersuadeth
them to do good; it maketh known unto them of their fathers; and it speaketh of Jesus, and persuadeth them to believe in him, and to endure to the end, which is life beternal
And it speaketh aharshly
against sin, according to the bplainness
of the truth; wherefore, no man will be angry at the words which I have written save he shall be of the spirit of the devil.
I have acharity
for my people, and great faith in Christ that I shall meet many souls spotless at his judgment-seat.
I have charity for the aJew
—I say Jew, because I mean them from whence I came.
I also have charity for the Gentiles. But behold, for none of athese
can I hope except they shall be breconciled
unto Christ, and enter into the cnarrow dgate
, and ewalk
in the fstrait
path which leads to life, and continue in the path until the end of the day of gprobation
And now, my beloved brethren, and also aJew
, and all ye ends of the earth, hearken unto these words and bbelieve
in Christ; and if ye believe not in these words believe in Christ. And if ye shall cbelieve
in Christ ye will believe in these dwords
, for they are the ewords
of Christ, and he hath given them unto me; and they fteach
all men that they should do good.
And if they are not the words of Christ, judge ye—for Christ will show unto you, with apower
and great bglory
, that they are his words, at the last day; and you and I shall stand face to face before his bar; and ye shall know that I have been commanded of him to write these things, notwithstanding my weakness.
And I pray the Father in the name of Christ that many of us, if not all, may be saved in his akingdom
at that great and last day.
And now, my beloved brethren, all those who are of the house of Israel, and all ye ends of the earth, I speak unto you as the voice of one acrying
from the dust: Farewell until that great day shall come.
And you that will not partake of the goodness of God, and respect the words of the aJews
, and also my bwords
, and the words which shall proceed forth out of the mouth of the Lamb of God, behold, I bid you an everlasting farewell, for these words shall ccondemn
you at the last day.
For what I seal on earth, shall be brought against you at the ajudgment
bar; for thus hath the Lord commanded me, and I must bobey