1 Ne 12:1-12
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The relationship of Verses 1-12 to the rest of Chapter 12 is discussed at First Nephi 12.
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- Was Nephi prevented from seeing these people up close and determining their exact identities?
- Why will there be so much destruction in the last days?
- Why doesn't Nephi say "because of wars and contentions"?
- Why doesn't Nephi pair valleys with mountains, like Ezekiel and Isaiah do?
- Why did the mist turn into a vapor?
- What does it mean to see "the heavens open"?
- How does the LORD descend from heaven? Who else has ever descended from heaven?
- Were they chosen after they were ordained?
- Why is this the only place in the scriptures where "Twelve Disciples" is capitalized?
- An angel tells Nephi that the Twelve Apostles will judge the twelve tribes of Israel. Is this a reference to what will happen at the judgement day or does this judgement happen at some other time?
- What does it mean to say that these individuals are righteous forever?
- We know that wickedness returned to Nephite society between 194 and 245 AD (see 4 Ne 1:20 and 4 Ne 1:40). The same chapter tells us that the first generation passed away between 71 and 110 AD (see 4 Ne 1:14 and 4 Ne 1:18) and that the second generation was almost gone by 200 AD (see 4 Ne 1:22). Thus it seems that in 4 Nephi each generation lasted about 100 years. So why is Nephi saying that Nephite society did not become wicked until the third generation had passed and the fourth or fifth had started?
- Why did Nephi see his people's faith dwindle in later generations?
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