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Lessons from Losing Lehi: What Nephi’s Soliloquy Teaches Us About Grief

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After many arduous journeys with his family, the great prophet Lehi dies shortly arriving to the promised land. His son, Nephi, grieves his loss and the troubles he faces in a beautiful soliloquy found in 2 Nephi 4.

In times of sorrow and hardship, finding solace and strength can seem like an insurmountable challenge. Yet, Nephi’s experience with grief provides invaluable insights into navigating through our own heartbreaks with faith and resilience.

Acknowledging Grief

The first step in navigating grief is acknowledging its presence. Nephi’s candid admission of his sorrow and inner turmoil serves as a powerful reminder that grief is a natural and valid emotion. With great emotion, Nephi writes: 

“O wretched man that I am! Yea, my heart sorroweth because of my flesh; my soul grieveth because of mine iniquities.”


“Awake, my soul! No longer droop in sin. Rejoice, O my heart, and give place no more for the enemy of my soul.”

We can see Nephi taking on the mantle of prophetic leadership after Lehi’s death and continuing to face judgement and anger from his brothers. It is easy to imagine Nephi missing his father and wondering how he will measure up in the face of such adversity. 

Like Nephi, it’s essential to recognize and accept our feelings of sadness, anger, or despair without judgment. By acknowledging our grief, we open the door to healing and growth.

Turning to Faith

Central to Nephi’s journey is his unwavering faith in God. Despite his grief and struggles, Nephi consistently turns to the Lord in prayer, seeking comfort, guidance, and deliverance.

Nephi says:

“Nevertheless, I know in whom I have trusted. My God hath been my support.”

In times of distress, we can follow Nephi’s example by turning to our faith for strength and solace. Even though we may not always know the way forward, we can look back, as Nephi did, to see how God has supported us and brought us to our own promised lands. Through prayer, scripture study, and nurturing our relationship with God, we can find peace amidst the storms of life.

Trusting in God’s Plan

When we have faced numerous hardships, we may keep a constant eye to the past and become trapped there. Nephi admittedly went through many struggles, but he kept his eye on what God had prepared for him and how we would continue to lead Nephi and his family.

Nephi prays for deliverance from his enemies and asserts that “God will give liberally to him that asketh.” 

Ultimately, he maintains his confidence in the Lord’s righteousness and promises. Similarly, we can find comfort in knowing that God has a plan for each of us, even amidst our grief and suffering. Trusting in God’s plan allows us to surrender our burdens and find hope in His promises of deliverance and redemption.

Nephi’s journey serves as a timeless reminder that faith, resilience, and trust in God are powerful tools for navigating grief and adversity. May his example inspire us to face our trials with courage, hope, and unwavering trust in the Lord.

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Aleah Ingram
Aleah Ingram
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.

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