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[1 Ne. 3] Of stoves being left on

Herein is the first traditional nugget from the narrative as focused on in the Doctrine of Correlation. Second only to 1 Nephi 1:1 in repetitive utterances in repetition, 1 Nephi 3:7 rears it’s bane-of-seminarian’s head. The angst commonly associated is a procedural one, from not applying context. That context is found in the astronomically distant 3:1, which read in a particular context changes this all around.

Generally, it’s easy to read a smugness or naivety into Nephi that you want to smack out of him from time to time. This is an unwarranted opinion, and often comes from missing the context. So what precludes us from understanding what’s going on?

  • “And … ih . ta … came … to … pass”. The Book requires a moderate level of literacy on the part of the reader, especially if one’s not excused due to intellectual infirmities. If you’re working on each syllable, you’re not working on each story on your own. People need to stop giving the Bishop grief so he can be able to attend Sunday School so that he can see the full-spectrum needs of the congregation. Also, the auxillaries can pick up and run with the literacy programs instead of #LolWords.
  • Reading as a technical reference – ie “Verse 1 of chapter 1 on page 1 states unequivocal doctrinal position A”- completely misses the narrative and the individuals. Last I checked, we’re going on the belief that these are real people, who had feelings and opinions and other such motivations.
  • The whole causation/correlation bit. We too easily assume that Nephi says “sure I’ll go” because he’s >That guy< who needs to get a life. Except, he already did just a couple verses back.

Thus, to make sense of Chapter 3, you gotta go back to Chapter 2. Nephi’s not sure what’s going on with what his dad’s saying (this comes up again in future chapters btw), and is disinclined to stick around camp. So he goes out and has a little theophany to console his harrumphs. Walking back into camp, he immediately runs into the same squabble as before, now with an extra helping of nonsense. Are we leaving Jerusalem, or going back? MAKE. UP. YOUR. MIND.

So why is Nephi so willing to go along? It’s because A – he’s already come to terms with the adventure, and B – he’s figured out on his own how to get revelation. Thus, 3:7 is not being smug, it’s sincere and confident backed up by experience who now knows for himself what he’s talking about.

Now a quick aside from the peanut gallery.

The Japanese translation of Laban’s epithet would be fiendishly delivered by a crusty old black and white samurai movie lead. It’s very crass and emphatic, unlike the English.