Melanie Stroud

Season 2 Episode 8 Second Nephi 6–10 “O How Great the Plan of Our God!”

2 Nephi 6–10

“O How Great the Plan of Our God!”

It had been at least 40 years since Lehi’s family left Jerusalem. They were in a strange new land, half a world away from Jerusalem and the rest of God’s covenant people. Lehi had died, and his posterity had already started what would become a centuries-long contention between the Nephites—“who believed in the warnings and the revelations of God”—and the Lamanites, who did not (2 Nephi 5:6). In these circumstances, Jacob, who was Nephi’s younger brother and now ordained as a teacher for the Nephites, wanted the covenant people to know that God would never forget them, so they must never forget Him. This is a message we surely need in our own world, where covenants are belittled and revelation rejected. “Let us remember him, … for we are not cast off. … Great are the promises of the Lord,” he declared (2 Nephi 10:20–21). Among those promises, none is greater than the promise of an “infinite atonement” to overcome death and hell (2 Nephi 9:7). “Therefore,” Jacob concluded, “cheer up your hearts”! (2 Nephi 10:23).

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“It may soon come to pass that you sir, and all our friends may perceive that you are walking in the light of a fire and sparks that you yourselves have kindled, and that you may turn around and fear the lord, obey the voice of his servant and thereby escape the sentence, “ye shall lie down in sorrow.”  History of the church volume IV page 6 

President Spencer W. Kimball said:

“When you look in the dictionary for the most important word, do you know what it is? It could be ‘remember.’ Because all of [us] have made covenants…our greatest need is to remember. That is why everyone goes to sacrament meeting every Sabbath day—to take the sacrament and listen to the priests pray that [we] ‘may always remember him and keep his commandments which he has given [us].’ … ‘Remember’ is the word

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10 thoughts on “Season 2 Episode 8 Second Nephi 6–10 “O How Great the Plan of Our God!””

  1. Greetings, In podcast 8 this week you mentioned you were sort of writing a book. I can help give you an incentive. When the text is completed I can help you put it all together and prepare it for publishing. This includes coming up with a style guide, folios, ISPN# (which you would buy) cover design, text pagination, cystom typography etc. It will be designed and laid out for free, done in my down time. I don’t expect anything in return. I just would love to help the Lord can and clone you. 🙂


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  2. Melanie, your messages have blessed me many times and many times I have wanted to comment. First of all. I was divorced 20 years ago. It was the hardest thing I ever experienced and the fighting went on for 5 years- my former husband was a lawyer. I felt so broken and I felt like I had failed my family and the Lord. After all no other success can compensate for failure in the home! Right!? I cried everyday for about 2 1/2 years. Then one day when I was in the temple I felt joy again and realized I was healing. It was beautiful. I remarried in 2008 and my life has been a dream ever since. I can now look back and see the hand of the Lord in everything. I was never so close to him as when I was single because I felt like I had nowhere else to turn. He directed my path every step of the way as I tried to serve him and keep his commandments. There are so many stories I could tell you. But I will leave it to just 2 as they are most relevant. The first is a scripture that jumped out at me when I was really suffering. It is in Jacob 3:1-2 and gave me such strength as I went through the daily battles and that really describes what I endured for so many years.
    The next story was after my divorce was final. My dad passed away from cancer. He had been such a happy place in my life. I was blessed with a great Dad who listened and taught with love. When he died I asked my mom if I could have his scriptures and she gave them to me. The next day I sat down on my couch and said ok Daddy teach me and I randomly opened his scriptures to Alma 37 beginning with what he had underlined at verse 33. But the best part was that at the top of the page Daddy had written “a Father’s counsel to his children”. The scriptures are timeless and it is such a blessing to be taught by God everyday. Thank you for the good you are doing in sharing your testimony. I know you are and will be blessed!

  3. Melanie I want to have you look at Emily Belle Freeman’s IG her Inklings program is going over all the Prophet’s women conference studying. I loved you got your answers you were looking for in D&C 25. You are simply amazing thank you for all you are doing!!!!
    Congratulations!!!!! Shine on🌞

  4. Hello Melanie,

    Thank you for your podcasts, my kids enjoy listening to them with me. Our 13-year-old son, learned in school from the 1828 Websters Dictionary that fatness is abounding in spiritual wealth and comfort.

    This was the dictionary available in the early days of the church, so it’s been useful for us to look there first for the meaning of words.

    FAT’NESS, noun [from fat.]

    5. The privileges and pleasures of religion; abundant blessings.
    Let your soul delight itself in fatness Isaiah 55:2.

  5. I recently came across your podcast and you have made such beautiful connections for me. I can hear in your voice the love you have for the Book of Mormon and our Savior. I’ve been a member all my life and recently I’ve been facing some of the worse challenges in my life. All I knew to do in order to get through each day was to recommit myself to my Heavenly Father. I’ve been praying, not just reading my scriptures but really pondering them, I was able to renew my temple recommend and attend a session last month, I’ve thrown myself into studying the gospel and listening to podcast and conference talks. I have felt many tender mercies along the way. I feel as though I’m only now appreciating and understanding the First Vision. I truly believe that these challenges are testing my faith and commitment. I loved what you said about Satan wanting to take me away from my Protector, that is SO true! I speak daily to Satan telling him that he’s not welcomed and to stay away from me as well as my family. You are a beautiful soul. Thank you, thank you!

  6. I love your podcast. I don’t always remember everything you say and read…… but that is just me with everything I read….. but you bring the spirit into my everyday that some times it’s so overwhelming it brings me to my knees in tears and such a great love for my life and the love of God and my brother a Jesus Christ. Thank you so much for helping me feel the spirit. Xoxo 😘

  7. monica rasmussen

    I listened to your podcast today and I felt impressed to read D&C 25 again! I am glad I did. I felt a sense of understanding from our Father in Heaven that I haven’t felt for awhile. I also wanted to read the other sections you commented but can’t remember? Could you help me? One was in the 80’s something and the other 100 and something? You truly are an inspiration. Thank you for your time and energy.

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