“Wherefore, let us be faithful in keeping the commandment of the Lord; therefore let us go down to the land of our father’s inheritance, for behold he left gold and silver, and all manner of riches. And all this he hath done because of the commandments of the Lord.”As I read that, my mind remembered the story of the rich, young man. You remember the young man. He approached the Savior asking Him what he could do to obtain eternal life. Since the young man already knew the commandments, the Savior invited him to sell everything – give it all up to he had, give it to those less fortunate – and only then could he really, truly follow Him. When the young man heard this, “he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich.” Not only did this young man walk away from the Savior’s commandment, he walked away from eternal life!
Nephi was also a rich, young man. But unlike the young man in the New Testament, Nephi left everything to follow the commands of the Lord. It is no wonder then, why Nephi is capable to teaching us wholly and fully to “go and do,” “that many of us, if not all, may be saved in his kingdom at that great day.”