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Nephi said that an account of the events that would take place among his people would “be written and sealed up in a book” (2 Nephi 26:17). He then prophesied of how the Gentiles in the latter days would stumble “because of the greatness of their stumbling block” (v. 20). He said they would build up false churches and “put down the power and miracles of God” (v. 20). Strife, malice, and secret combinations would increase as a result.

Has Nephi adequately described the Christian world of today? According to Nephi, what is the real source of apostasy, stumbling, and darkness? (see v. 22). How did the Lord propose to remove that stumbling in the latter days?

In verse 12 Nephi promised that both the Jews and the Gentiles would be convinced that Jesus is the Christ (see also the title page of the Book of Mormon). An important factor in bringing about that great conversion is the Book of Mormon.

Book of Mormon Student Manual (1996 Edition)