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"And Thus We See"

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  • "'And Thus We See'," Ensign, Aug 2008, 40-43

    Lessons learned from stories in the Book of Mormon are sometimes clearly stated after the words "and thus we see." For example, speaking of the years of wandering in the wilderness after fleeing from Jerusalem with his family, Nephi wrote:

    "We did travel and wade through much affliction in the wilderness. ...

    "And so great were the blessings of the Lord upon us, that while we did live upon raw meat in the wilderness, our women ... were strong, yea, even like unto the men. ..."

    "And thus we see that the commandments of God must be fulfilled. And if it so be that the children of men keep the commandments of God he doth nourish them, and strengthen them" (1 Nephi 17:1-3).

    Yet other lessons learned from the Book of Mormon may be more subtly taught. Following is artwork painted by Latter-day Saint artist Minerva Teichert, who often depicted stories found in the Book of Mormon. As you turn to the scriptures for the full account of each story, see if you can identify the powerful lesson each story teaches.

    Right: The Law on the Plates of Brass

    Nephi returns with the plates of brass, knowing that the law was engraven upon them and would prevent a nation from perishing in unbelief (see 1 Nephi 4:16, 13).

    All artwork courtesy of Brigham Young University Museum of Art, except as noted

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