Question Yourself – 1 Nephi 15:3

“Question Yourself” is a series of posts that I hope will help us “search ourselves” as we search the scriptures. My method is simple: I just record one or several questions that popped into my mind when I read a certain scripture. In fact, most of the questions just echo the text directly! (and perhaps they are the most effective ones) I hope you gain more insight about yourself and the gospel as you consider your answers.

~1 Nephi 15:3~

Context: Nephi’s brothers find some of their father’s teachings difficult to grasp.

“For he truly spake many great things unto them, which were hard to be understood, save a man should inquire of the Lord; and they being hard in their hearts, therefore they did not look unto the Lord as they ought.”

Question Yourself: Do I ask the Lord for understanding about things I find hard to understand (not just when it comes to the scriptures/gospel)? Do I look unto the Lord as I ought? (and what does that really mean?)


  1. jonashagman says:

    I guess I should ask the Lord more about the Isaiah chapters!

  2. I think that this scripture describes the states of souls well. If you take this scripture and mix it with the scripture “But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.” (Isaiah 64:8, just for you Jonas!! 😉 )then we have an entirely new picture of it. If we have soft hearts we are moldable and the Lord can do what he as the master potter wants to create. If we keep a hard estate the more force it takes to soften this piece up and every single kneeding motion from the master seems like a punishment. Also when a hard piece of clay falls to the ground it breaks easier, and also when a piece of clay hardens it’s a final state. It’s no more flexible, no more workable. It is lost. So that is why we have to keep kneeding on ourselves. Have the master potter use his mad pottery skills to help us from drying up, that he puts some of that living water on us and work his magic.

    Kisses to my missses,
    your sis.

    • I love this, sis! Thank you for the comment! The Book of Mormon, especially, has lots of references to “heardened hearts.” (If you do a quick online search at with those two words, you find 62 hits in the BofM, 28 in the OT, 6 in the NT, and 11 in the D&C). Clearly, the Lord wants our hearts to be soft so he, the Master Potter, can mold us into something greater than we can ever imagine! Thank you for sharing those oh-so lovely thoughts!

      • My pleasure Angelica! I enjoy reading what you have to say. <3

      • Another thing that dawned on me is that we are kneeded by the Lord to get the air bubbles out of the clay. If it doesn’t it will burst when it is put in the furnace and won’t stand the test. When we are under pressure, will we break? When we are stressed, are at a tight spot, in the heat of the moment will we have been coached, molded…whatever so that we won’t shatter. I remember at Karstorp Norra where we could do ceramic. That’s what happened when you didn’t do your job properly.

        The Book of Mormon also indicates that we truly become purified when we go through trials. For, behold, I have refined thee, I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction(1 Ne 20:10). These trials are, as you just read, depicted with things related to heat, like in this case “furnace”.

        Also, if you throw another classical story from the bible in there where the Lord especially puts us in the hot spot. In Isaiah 1:25 it says “And I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy tin”. Just like in the first story when we were the potter’s clay, He is actively involved in the process when he is the refiner. As you probably know, He has to keep His eyes on the metal all the time cause it is finished when He can see His reflection in it. It gives the scripture in Alma 5:19 a new meaning “I say unto you, can ye look up to God at that day with a pure heart and clean hands? I say unto you, can you look up, having the image of God engraven upon your countenances? ” My question is a “Can He?”


      • Good stuff!

        I remember going to the ceramics class…can’t say I remembered about the air bubbles though! But there’s probably a dense little bowl in mom’s attic that proves I actually did attend that class!

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