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The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - 1 Nephi 19:23

"Great reservoirs of spiritual water, called scriptures, have been provided in this day and have been safeguarded that all might partake and be spiritually fed, and that they thirst not. That these scriptures have been considered of great importance, is indicated by the words of the Savior, 'Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me' (John 5:39); and the experience of the Nephites being sent back to procure the brass plates which contained the scriptures so vital to the welfare of the people. The use of those scriptures was suggested in the statement of Nephi when he said, '...for I did liken all scriptures unto us, that it might be for our profit and learning.' (1 Nephi 19:23)" — Harold B. Lee, "Conference Report," October 1943, p. 101

"The scriptures become personal messages to us when we liken them unto ourselves. (1 Nephi 19:23.)" — Ardeth Greene Kapp, "The Joy of the Journey," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1992], p. 127

"Nephi said, 'I did liken all scriptures unto us, that it might be for our profit and learning.' (1 Nephi 19:23.) He was advising us to weave the fiber of scriptural wisdom into the fabric of our own being." — Russell M. Nelson, "The Power within Us," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1988], p. 29

"So important in the Father's plan of salvation are the scriptures that incidents are recorded wherein God commanded the taking of life to obtain possession of precious writings without which His children would stumble and be blinded by the darkness of the world, but with which they could be likened to the people of the scriptures for their profit and learning." — Harold B. Lee, "The Teachings of Harold B. Lee," edited by Clyde J. Williams [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1996], p. 152

"In conclusion, Nephi, Benjamin's great predecessor, would surely want us to 'liken' Benjamin's words unto ourselves (see 1 Ne. 19:23). Such likening would include focusing on quality parenting, which prepares children to overcome the world; making extra efforts to communicate with others, including verifying that they have understood us and we them; valuing the scriptures by searching them; striving for meekness and modesty in our personal lives; putting off the natural man and woman; applying Jesus' great atonement to our own lives; and living so as to merit the regular guidance of the Holy Ghost to keep us in 'wisdom's path.'" — Neal A. Maxwell, "Heroes from the Book of Mormon," [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1995], p. 67

Brothers and sisters, on very thin pages, thick with meaning, are some almost hidden scriptures. Hence we are urged to search, feast, and ponder (see John 5:39; Alma 14:1; Alma 33:2; Moro. 10:3; 2 Ne. 9:51). Especially, however, we should also do more of what Nephi did, namely “liken all scriptures unto [ourselves]” (1 Ne. 19:23). –
Neal A. Maxwell, “Lessons from Laman and Lemuel,” Ensign (CR) November 1999

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