Plain. Precious.

(WARNING: here we go again. Another religious rant. Proceed with caution.)


Plain and precious.
Plain and precious.
Plain and precious.
Plain and precious.
Plain and precious.
Plain and precious.
Plain and precious.
Plain and precious.
Plain and precious.
Plain and precious.

For the prophets of old, writing scripture was not an easy task. You’d have papyrus, animal skins, or metal plates to record your life and revelations on. None of these mediums were  found in neat packaging at the local office supply store. They were usually made by the individual writing on therm. And writing instruments were hard to work with as well. Ever try writing a book with a stick or quill dipped in homemade ink? Or pound out letters and symbols with a chisel?

My point is this - writing, condensing, abridging, transcribing, and printing scripture was a labor-intensive process; so when a phrase is repeated many times over, it must mean something. So it is with “plain and precious.”

In the Book of Mormon,  chapter 13  in the book of 1st Nephi, the phrase “plain and precious” is mentioned 10 times. You know me, I have to ask, “Why is that?”

I have thought about this for the last couple days and not really come up with a concrete answer to appease my curiosity. But I have had some ancillary thoughts. 

Plain means clear to the mind, distinct, simple, evident, and free from ambiguity or evasion. Precious is defined as of great value, costly, and highly esteemed  for some spiritual or moral quality. 

How better can you explain the principles of the gospel? They are clear, simple, and of great value. 

You’ll note that one of the definitions is “costly.” No kidding. Scripture and the gospel have cost some individuals greatly, even to the point of their blood. 

As I consider “plain and precious,” I think of the “straight and narrow.” (Don’t ask me how I got there…it just happened.) The world’s way is the polar opposite of plain and precious. It is gaudy and cheap. Fancy on the outside, empty on the inside. Conflicting, confusing, and easily obtained. Like the wide road of the world, there are many different notions traveling side by side. Choose one and link arms with it. It might be fun for awhile, but you will go nowhere. 

The gospel path is narrow. It’s simple and plain. There is one individual leading the way, and that Individual is Jesus Christ. Follow close behind Him and you end up at the feet of your Father in Heaven. Christ is plain and precious. Clear and valuable. Free from ambiguity and of great worth. 


Maybe that is the message for me. Keep it simple, Sue. Remember the value of what you know and believe. Stay behind the Savior. He is plain, clear, honest, trustworthy, of infinite worth, and offers you something of unimaginable value: Life eternal with God the Fatherand it's pretty plain to me that's precious.