Chapter 6 Verses 3 to 5:
Verse 3: And it mattereth not to me that I am particular to give a full account of all the things of my father, for they cannot be written upon these plates, for I desire the room that I may write of the things of God.
Verse 4: For the fulness of mine intent is that I may persuade men to come unto the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, and be saved.
Verse 5: Wherefore, the things which are pleasing unto the world I do not write, but the things which are pleasing unto God and unto those who are not of the world.
Nephi is writing these plates to tell about God. He expresses his intent – his priority – is to persuade us to come unto God and be saved. He identifies God as the God of the Old Testament – of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob – Jehovah, who is Jesus Christ.
Nephi states plainly that he is not writing to please the world but to please God and those whose priorities are to please God and not the world.
The things of God are of worth to man because they are the eternal things or the things that will aid us in life after this earth life is gone. The things of the world have only to do with this earth and then they are gone; their importance is not great for man whereas the things of God are.
What are the things of God? The commandments. The scriptures. Our relationships, with our families and others. Who we are and who we are choosing to become. Covenants, which we make with God that define our choices in this life and prepare us for the next life by helping put us in “condition” to live with God.
The scriptures teach us that no unclean thing can live with God. So this makes our lives on earth so vital because we need to learn to live clean and repent and change so that we become clean in mind, body, and heart. Our desires, purposes, and motivations need to align with God’s while we are on the earth.
Earth life is the time to prepare to meet God. This preparation is the goal which is of most worth unto the children of men. Becoming “heaven ready” is not easy to do but when we are striving toward it, we change and the doing becomes easier. The Savior is always ready to help us.
I marvel at how my priorities have changed over the years of my adulthood as I’ve sought to please God, not myself and not the world. I have become a different person not in who I am but in what I am. I’m a better person in that I’m kinder, more unselfish, more thoughtful of others, more giving, more patient, less critical, more obedient. I’m not perfect (complete) and I still have weaknesses but I’m stronger in righteousness than I was thirty years ago.
I’m not motivated nor influenced greatly by what is important to the world. I’ve sought to keep my focus on what is important to God; which is of most worth to me for eternity. It’s not been easy because I’ve had to change, but it has happened and is happening.
For example, serving others is much more important to me than the clothes I wear or the money I have. Clothes and money are necessary instruments but not a priority focus; while people are precious children of God and my relationships with them have eternal impact for them and for me.
Where I spend my time and attention shows what I value. I have desired and made effort to seek that which is pleasing to God and that has made all the difference in my life as to where and what I am now. I’m not yet where I want to be but I’m heading in that direction and it feels good. When my life is over, I want to be ready to live with God. I want to be comfortable in His presence. These are my goals and is what I’ll keep striving to do and to be.
Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ want our success. They want our happiness. They want us to come Home to Them. If we want that enough too, then our choices and values will show it in our lives. The road we each travel is individual and God has given principles and truths to follow along the way that are universal which will bring us back to Him.
May we help each other along the way Home.