1 Nephi 2:16, 19

Nephi believes all the words spoken by his father Lehi.

16 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, being exceedingly young, nevertheless being large in stature, and also having great desires to know of the mysteries of God, wherefore, I did cry unto the Lord; and behold he did visit me, and did soften my heart that I did believe all the words which had been spoken by my father; wherefore, I did not rebel against him like unto my brothers. . . .
19 And it came to pass that the Lord spake unto me, saying: Blessed art thou, Nephi, because of thy faith, for thou hast sought me diligently, with lowliness of heart.

Elder M. Russell Ballard said:

“Vision makes all the difference in the world. Why was Nephi’s reaction to his father’s willingness to follow the Lord’s direction and lead his family into the wilderness so different from that of his elder brothers Laman and Lemuel? Could it be because Nephi went to the Lord privately and asked for his own witness or vision of the Lord’s directive to his father? ‘And it came to pass that I, Nephi, being exceedingly young, nevertheless being large in stature, and also having great desires to know of the mysteries of God, wherefore, I did cry unto the Lord; and behold he did visit me, and did soften my heart that I did believe all the words which had been spoken by my father; wherefore, I did not rebel against him like unto my brothers’ (1 Nephi 2:16). Nephi sought his own vision, and the result was that his heart was softened. He had a clearer view of where his family was headed, and he was able to commit to follow the Lord. As Solomon explained, ‘Where there is no vision, the people perish’ (Proverbs 29:18).”

(Counseling with Our Councils: Learning to Minister Together in the Church and in the Family, rev. ed. [2012], 26.)

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