Posted by: grammakelly | October 29, 2007

1Ne 11 What Desirest Thou?

posted by: grammakelly

This chapter begins a long and beautiful vision given to Nephi by a heavenly messenger sent to reveal truths to him because he ”…was desirous also that I might see, and hear, and know of these things, by the power of the Holy Ghost, which is the gift of God unto all those who diligently seek him…” 1Ne 10:17 

The Spirit asks Nephi “…what desirest thou?”  Nephi replies, “…I desire to behold (see and hear) the things which my father saw…”   The Spirit then asks him, “Believest thou that thy father saw the tree of which he hath spoken?” to which Nephi replies, “Yea, thou knowest that I believe all the words of my father.” 1Ne11:2-4.  After seeing the first part of the vision, the Spirit once again asks Nephi, “What desirest thou?” and Nephi answers, “To know the interpretation thereof…” 1Ne11:10-11.

I’ve given a lot of thought to Nephi’s ‘desires’ this past week.  This is such an eternal principal that has application in almost every aspect of the growth and development of our testimonies.  Most of the time, we desire to ‘know’ more about something because it has already been introduced to us by someone else, or perhaps something we’ve read about.  Upon occasion, it is even an original thought that causes us to want to ‘know’.

I hope I’m not reaching too far out there, but here goes.  I’ve had cause lately to thing about Moses 1:39, “For behold, this is my work and my glory–to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.”  I am so grateful that the plan we all chose to follow in the pre-existence was one that allowed us to make our own choices. Heavenly Father wants us all to come home so to speak, but he doesn’t want us to be there because we were forced to be there. ( It’s kind of like have your teen-agers home on Saturday night because they were grounded, or having them choose to spend a Saturday evening at home because they want to spend some time with you.)  How much more we appreciate things when we earn them or work for them.  Getting back to live with Heavenly Father is a choice we have to work hard at to achieve. We have to go thru mists of darkness, and pass the jeering crowds, shun the wiles of the world, ignore the great and spacious buildings, and be proud of holding tight to the iron rod right up thru partaking of the fruit of the Tree of Life. It’s not an easy path we have chosen, but it is a most rewarding one.  The more we desire to ‘know’ the things of God, the closer we get to that eternal reward.  When we goof-there’s a plan in place to help us repent, get back up and grab hold of the iron rod and hold tight. We have many who will help us on the way, wanting nothing more than to see us succeed.

Here, I think, we find all parents ‘work and glory’.  The ultimate goal to be with our families for time and all eternity!  I am only now, just beginning to understand how much Heavenly Father loves me.  He wants me to ‘desire to know’ for myself, all the things he has put in place to help me to be able to return to Him.  By ‘desiring to know’ for myself and sharing the things that I learn with my family and others, I am helping him in his “work and glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.” 



Because of Nephi’s desires, we have a much clearer picture of the vision of Lehi, and what we need to be aware of, look for, and do in order to gain our eternal salvation.  We see the righteousness of both Lehi and Nephi in being given this vision, and the interpretation, because of their ‘desires to know’ more of the ways of the Lord. 

We have the same right, but I find myself falling short of the mark in asking for myself, instead of relying on others to do the work for me.  BoM Groupies, THANKS for helping me to see and feel the efforts of your ‘desires to know’ the mysteries of heaven and encouraging me to have more ‘desire to know’ of the things that will bring us all home again!!!



  1. Ah yes. One thing I love about these chapters is that the Holy Ghost is showing us the best way to teach. Read through the whole vision, especially the first part, and pay attention to how the Holy Ghost reveals the truth to Nephi. He doesn’t just say “here’s the answer.” He asks Nephi question after question that prompt him to figure out what it is he is seeing and find the answer himself. It is a sort of spiritual Socratic method at work, and it demonstrates something important. Really important spiritual learning is never just handed to us. We have to seek it out and come to it as a result of our own study and effort. In my opinion, the best Gospel Doctrine lessons follow this model by asking really good questions that will prompt the class members to seek out and discover spiritual truths.

  2. The theme for our Stake Conf. this past weekend was Helaman 5:30—“And it came to pass when they heard this voice, and beheld that it was not a voice of a great tumultuous noise, but behold, it was a still voice of perfect mildness, as if it had been a whisper, and it did pierce even to the very soul—“ Our stake President had received some guidance for our stake and wanted to share it with us and talked often about the still small voice that guided him to his ultimate decision. On Saturday evening, (the best of course) all the comments were centered on the Temple and Temple attendance. Our Mission Pres. got up to speak and he centered his comments on 1Ne 8. My ears perked right up and I was grateful to hear a different view of interpretation on Lehi’s Dream. Marilyn can correct me if I mess this up.

    He asked, “How do we find the path and the rod of iron through all the mists of darkness and numberless concourses of people?” “Well missionary work of course, but what keeps people on the straight and narrow path?” He said he thought those who are on the path were those who have made baptismal covenants, that by keeping them, remembering and renewing them each week through the partaking of the sacrament, we are able to stay on the path. He likened our ability to keep and renew our covenants often with being able to stay on the path. He then likened making, keeping, and renewing our Temple covenants, with being able to ‘press our way forward, continually holding fast to the rod of iron, until we come forth and fall down and partake of the fruit of the tree.’ vs. 30 (Words changed to present tense) He talked about the strength we receive from keeping our covenants and renewing them often, by both partaking of the sacrament and giving service through temple attendance. Many who have made these sacred covenants, fail to keep them faithfully and thus become distracted by the jeering people, the great and spacious buildings, and the straightness of the way. Some loose their grip and wander off never to make it back to the iron rod. Those who are faithful in constantly renewing and remembering those sacred covenants are they who partake of the fruit and heed not those who would mock them.

    Maybe you have all made this correlation previously, but it was a new perspective for me, and I really enjoyed adding yet another layer to Lehi’s Dream. I’ grateful to those who let the ‘still small voice’ work in them and then share with us the things they have been taught!

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