2 Nephi 2 offers some of the most profound lessons about mortal life. Lehi was teaching his son Jacob, but it’s relevant to the whole human family.
Days were prolonged
Lehi explains that it is through the fall that we even exist, and that without opposition in all things we would lack the ability to really, truly experience joy.
A verse that struck me as interesting—leading up the famous 2 Nephi 2:25—was verse 21:
I think this verse is evidence of a loving God. When Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden, it was explained to them that there would be a Savior that would come and free them from their mistakes. On top of that mercy, Lehi explains that God even provides more time for His children on the earth to repent.
Men are instructed sufficiently
A companion scripture to verse 21, that explains that we aren’t simply victims of circumstance is verse 5:
Knowing that people are “instructed sufficiently” is comforting in a mortal sojourn that is often confusing and foggy. To know good from evil means you aren’t excused from poor choices, and also that you have the resources to make your way through life as is.