Book of Mormon
Lesson 11
Press Forward with a Steadfastness in Christ


Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will help us understand the doctrine of Christ and have an increased desire to press forward, feasting on His words.

Scripture references for study:  2 Nephi 31–33
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Lesson 11 Handout (PDF)


The Doctrine of Christ - 2 Nephi 31

A study of the scriptures can be a great challenge. As we read the scriptures we often struggle to understand their meaning. We may even turn to scholarly commentaries, even though the best of scholars differ in their understanding.

The Savior Is Our Example In All Things

"Wherefore, the things which I have written sufficeth me, save it be a few words which I must speak concerning the doctrine of Christ; wherefore, I shall speak unto you plainly, according to the plainness of my prophesying." (2 Nephi 31:2)

READ 2 NEPHI 31:4-5. Jesus baptized to fulfill all righteousness.

VERSE 21 AGAIN MAKES REFERENCE TO THE "DOCTRINE OF CHRIST." WHAT IS THE DOCTRINE OF CHRIST? HOW WOULD YOU SUM IT UP?


2 Nephi 32

Nephi says, "I suppose that ye ponder somewhat in your hearts that which ye should do after ye have entered in the way" (v1).

"And now I, Nephi, cannot say more; the Spirit stoppeth mine utterance, and I am left to mourn because of the unbelief, and the wickedness, and the ignorance, and the stiffneckedness of men; for they will not search knowledge, nor understand great knowledge, when it is given unto them in plainness, even as plain as word can be." (2 Nephi 32:7)

The battle between good and evil.


2 Nephi 33

Nephi makes a passionate conclusion to his writings - a testimony of its source.

Nephi states that he cannot write all the things that were taught among his people (v1).

READ 2 NEPHI 33:3-5. The words of Nephi are of great worth.

READ 2 NEPHI 33:10-11.

Nephi's final witness.


Gospel Doctrine Notebook

Record your thoughts on the teachings of Nephi as discussed in this lesson. In what ways can you follow his counsel to "press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men"?


Resources Used In This Lesson

But for a Small Moment by Neal A. Maxwell.

Encyclopedia of Mormonism.

Men and Women of Christ by Neal A. Maxwell.

Studies In Scripture, vol. 7,  edited by Kent P. Jackson.

Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith (TPJS).

Wherefore Ye Must Press Forward by Neal A. Maxwell.


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