What is the “Great and Abominable” church?
“It is incorrect to think that any particular church or denomination is the “great and abominable” church mentioned by Nephi. Any group of people that follows Satan’s ways are part of the kingdom of the devil and are enemies of Christ and His Church. They are like those who live in the great and spacious building seen in Lehi’s dream.”
Match the Headline with the verse (Look at all the cool things Nephi tells us about the future!)
vs 12 – Columbus sails for New World
vs 13 – Pilgrims Sail the the New World for Religious Freedom
vs 14 – Native Americans driven from their homes
vs 15 – Gentiles Prosper in the Americas
vs 17 – Ships cross 3,000 miles of Atlantic Ocean
vs 19 – Although Outnumber, Revolutionary Armies Victorious
1. What did Nephi see would happen to the Bible, after it was written by the prophets and apostles, that would cause the Gentiles to “stumble”?
Many of the truths of the gospel were omitted from the Bible by the great and abominable church. This caused the Gentiles to stumble.
2. What would the Lord do for Nephi’s seed, or descendants, when the Gentiles came to the Americas?
He would spare any of Nephi’s seed that had been mixed with his brothers’.
3. What would the Lord do to help the Gentiles, the Jews, the descendants of Lehi, and members of His Church today learn the true gospel?
He brought forth the Book of Mormon! He would visit them and bring them the truth of the gospel. He will make known the plain and precious things that were taken from them.
4. How does the message of verse 37 apply to you and your future decisions?
Bringing forth Zion doesn’t necessarily mean being called and set apart as a full-time missionary. As Paul said, we must be “example[s] of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” We need to seek seek opportunities to bring the gospel to those around us. If we do this and endure our trial well, we will be lifted up at the last day and we will live with our Father in Heaven again 🙂