Opposition, Joseph the Seer, and the marred servant are just some of the topics covered this week.
Alma 12:6, 11
1 Nephi 22:10-12
1 Nephi 14:1-2
3 Nephi 20:46
2 Nephi 22:29
2 Nephi 28:30-31
Here is another word link from 2 Ne. 1:21 — “be determined in one mind and in one heart, united in all things” (Lehi speaking to Laman and Lemuel).
Moses 7:18 — “And the Lord called his people ZION, because they were of one heart and one mind, and dwelt in righteousness; and there was no poor among them.”
This might also help to explain why the Lamanites were preserved while the Nephites were eventually cut off. America is the promised land, the place of the promised Zion. There is a covenant associated with it, that those who worship Jesus Christ shall prosper here, but if they reject the fullness of the covenant they will eventually be cut off. The Book of Mormon is a testimony and warning of this. Laman and Lemuel did not seek the promised Zion and were kind of dragged here unwillingly. Thus, in God’s mercy, and according to the prayers of Lehi, Nephi, Jacob, Enos, etc. they were spared to be brought into the covenant through the fullness of the Gentiles in the last days. (D&C 10:48)
The other part of the prayers of these prophets which I haven’t caught before was that “whosoever should believe in this gospel in this land might have eternal life”. (D&C 10:50) I am not sure exactly what that means in contrast to people who believe in this gospel in other lands…maybe the contrast we see between the persecution of Christians in other lands compared to here in America, or maybe a matter of timing?