When Nephi’s brothers were mocking him for attempting to build a boat, Nephi reminded them of the miracles the Lord worked for their ancestors when they wandered in the wilderness, after having been led out of Egypt. As Nephi told the story of the brazen serpent, he spoke of “flying fiery serpents”.
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What happens after death? People have been asking this question for millennia. It is one of the most enduring questions of the soul. The reason for this is fairly simple: death is a fact of life. All must come to terms with the death of loved ones, along with the real eventuality that they themselves will die.
During his well-known speech, King Benjamin told his people that “there is none other salvation save this which hath been spoken of; neither are there any conditions whereby man can be saved except the conditions which I have told you”.
In 1 Nephi 19, Nephi related a series of prophecies concerning the events that would occur in association with the death of “the God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and the God of Jacob”. Nephi quoted the words of prophets known to him from the plates of brass—Zenock, Neum, and Zenos. Drawing on the words of Zenos.
The Doctrine and Covenants never gives a name to this plan that God put in place for His children. The Book of Mormon, however, refers to it by many names.
King Benjamin organized his famous speech with literary patterns meant to highlight and reinforce important teachings. His teachings about the “natural man” are found literally at the very heart and center of his entire speech, highlighting its central importance.