One thing's for sure:  God is pretty adamant that scripture be recorded.  Scriptures are to be used "unto the convincing of the Gentiles and the remnant of the seed of my brethren, and also the Jews....that the records of the prophets and of the twelve apostles of the Lamb are true." (13:39)  Scriptures testify of Christ.  They outline the Gospel and the commandments of God.  At this point in our lives they are readily available to us and they were put on this earth for us to study and to teach us the ways of salvation.  Heavenly Father was never vague about the path we must follow.  Thankfully He prepared a way by which more could be saved than just those who have access to this knowledge, but for those who do have access, I believe He expects us to utilize the scriptures in every way we can not only so that he can one day save us, but so that he can daily bless us.
    In 12:18 we read "And the large and spacious building, which [Nephi's] father saw, is vain imaginations and the pride of the children of men.  And a great and terrible gulf divideth them; yea, even the word of the justice of the Eternal God , and the Messiah who is the Lamb of God, of whom the Holy Ghost beareth record..."  Here we see that the pride of the world and the tree of life (where Lehi is) are not merely divided by a line in the sand, but a "great and terrible gulf."  I believe this is not just a picturesque scene but an actual illustration of how far apart the worldly aspects of this world are from the godly aspects of it.  It isn't a line to be toyed with.  We don't wake up one morning and decide we're in the great and spacious building that day and we'll go back to the tree of life tomorrow.  Getting to both places is going to take some doing. 

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