“Nourished by the Good Word of God”

Alan C. Miner

In testifying of the central message of the allegory of Zenos, Jacob queries "after ye have been nourished by the good word of God all the day long, will ye bring forth evil fruit, that ye must be hewn down and cast into the fire?" Readers with note a similarity between Jacob's words and the words of Paul to Timothy concerning the ability of every creature of God to be sanctified by the word of God and prayer: "If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained." (1 Timothy 4:6).

McConkie and Millet note that many years later, in writing of the manner in which converts to the Church were made and fortified in his day, Moroni observed: "And none were received unto baptism save they took upon them the name of Christ, having a determination to serve him to the end. And after they had been received unto baptism, and were wrought upon and cleansed by the power of the Holy Ghost, they were numbered among the people of the church of Christ; and their names were taken, that they might be remembered and nourished by the good word of God, to keep them in the right way, to keep them continually watchful unto prayer, relying alone upon the merits of Christ, who was the author and the finisher of their faith." (Moroni 6:3-4; italics added) [Joseph Fielding McConkie and Robert L. Millet, Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. II, pp. 77-78]

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