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KnoWhy #287 - Why Did Lehi Teach About the “Two Ways”? (2 Nephi 2:27)

TitleKnoWhy #287 - Why Did Lehi Teach About the “Two Ways”? (2 Nephi 2:27)
Publication TypeKnoWhy
Year of Publication2017
Corporate AuthorsBook of Mormon Central Staff
PublisherBook of Mormon Central
Place PublishedSpringville, UT
KeywordsAgency; Atonement; Captivity; Death; Devil; Doctrine; Eternal Life; Fall of Adam; Lehi (Prophet); Liberty; Mortality; Opposition; Prophet; Two Ways; Wisdom Literature

In 2 Nephi 2:27, Lehi used an ancient Israelite concept known as the doctrine of the “two ways” to explain the principle of agency to his sons. This doctrine states that there are only two ways to live: the way of life, and the way of death. Lehi’s teachings on agency demonstrate that moral agency—the ability all people have to choose between these two ways and act for themselves—is essential to Heavenly Father’s plan. Humanity’s eternal progression depends on which of the two ways people choose.

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Scripture Reference

2 Nephi 2:27