1 Nephi 2: 1, 3, 7, 9-10

Chapter 2, verses 1 and 3:  For behold, it came to pass that the Lord spake unto my father, yea, even in a dream, and said unto him: Blessed art thou Lehi, because of the things which thou hast done; and because thou hast been faithful and declared unto this people the things which I commanded thee, behold, they seek to take away thy life.

Verse 3:  And it came to pass that he was obedient unto the word of the Lord, wherefore he did as the Lord commanded him.

            Nephi states the Lord’s speaking to Lehi as a normal thing not as a miracle or uncommon.   The Lord talked to my father and told him what to do. This implies to me that Lehi’s family were faithful people who loved the Lord and involved Him in their lives through prayer, faith, and obedience to His commandments.

            I like the statement that the Lord makes to Lehi that the people sought to take his life because Lehi has been faithful to what the Lord commanded him. There is not fear but just statement of fact. The Lord gives Lehi a solution to separate himself and his family from the people who seek his life.

            Lehi continued obeying the Lord, a practice that was familiar to him. Making the Lord a part of our lives and following His commandments shows that we are faithful to Him. If this pattern is the habit of our lives, it enables the Lord to bless us and even speak to us when necessary.

            I’ve found that when I involve the Lord in my life through my obedience, reading the scriptures, praying, and serving others, that I’m more able to hear His still, small voice when He speaks to me. I’ve learned over the years to recognize that voice more often and not to argue with it. When I’ve argued and not done what the Lord commanded me, I’ve regretted it because mistakes have been made and consequences of negative type have followed.

            Including the Lord in my daily life has brought me peace and helped me get through my trials learning lessons of eternity that help me in my life on earth. I like Lehi desire to be obedient unto the word of the Lord and to do as He commands me whether it be through His Spirit or scriptures or words of His living prophet. 

Verse 7: And it came to pass that he built an altar of stones, and made an offering unto the Lord, and gave thanks unto the Lord our God.

            After Lehi obeyed the Lord, he worshipped him and expressed His gratitude. I’ve found that when I’m obedient, that the Lord blesses me. Even when asked to do things outside my comfort zone, or maybe especially then, the blessings are greater than if I was not obedient to God’s word. Choosing an attitude of gratitude and acknowledging the Lord’s blessings in my life has made life sweeter for me. The faith it takes to obey, especially when it is hard, grows deeper faith within me which brings more peace to my heart.

            Sometimes the immediate results of obedience to the Lord’s commandments brings harder circumstances, but my continued effort and commitment to Him results in better conditions than I had anticipated. He knows my heart and desires and when I obey Him, He grants my desires even though it may take much longer to receive them than I had anticipated. There is a sweetness I’ve noticed in recognizing that the Lord has given me what I wanted especially after time and struggle to do right.

            Lehi’s desires and efforts to do the Lord’s did not have immediate results in receiving the Lord’s blessings. Some of those blessings are just being fulfilled now thousands of years after Lehi was obedient to the Lord’s commandments. This gives me hope that my obedience to the Lord’s commandments will also yield results a long time into the future.

 

 Verses 9,10:  And when my father saw that the waters of the river emptied into the fountain of the Red Sea, he spake unto Laman, saying: O that thou mightest be like unto this river, continually running into the fountain of all righteousness!

 10:  And he also spake unto Lemuel: O that thou mightest be like unto this valley, firm and steadfast, and immovable in keeping the commandments of the Lord!

Lehi loved his children; he wanted what was best for them. He expressed to them his hope and faith that they would choose the right and be strong in following the Lord. His eldest two children did not have long term commitment to the Lord and one of the major themes in the Book of Mormon is the faith and obedience and then the turning from the Lord that occurs in Lehi’s descendants.

            I also desire my children to be committed to the Lord’s commandments and to love Him. I’ve made many choices which were sacrifices in my life to help my children to see and feel the effects of obedience. I have faith and hope that in the course of their lives, that they will choose to obey God’s commandments so that they may receive His blessings. My daily prayers include this because I know that it will help them be happy as well as bless their posterity.

1 Nephi 2 to be continued

1 Nephi 1: 14, 15, 16-17, 19

 14 And it came to pass that when my father had read and seen many great and marvelous things, he did exclaim many things unto the Lord; such as: Great and marvelous are thy works, O Lord God Almighty! Thy throne is high in the heavens, and thy power, and goodness, and mercy are over all the inhabitants of the earth; and, because thou art merciful, thou wilt not suffer those who come unto thee that they shall perish!

15 And after this manner was the language of my father in the praising of his God; for his soul did rejoice, and his whole heart was filled, because of the things which he had seen, yea, which the Lord had shown unto him.

Lehi’s conversation with the Lord shows that he is beginning to comprehend who God is, what His mission is, what He wants for people. How we can be saved. Come unto Jesus. Hundreds of years before He was born, Jesus was still our Savior. Our Savior because of His willingness and commitment to put Heavenly Father’s Plan of Happiness into operation. Willingness to give Himself and His life so that we could have mercy and not perish from the effects of our sin and pride by coming unto Him, following Him.

Lehi’s acknowledging God’s plan, power, goodness, and mercy were praise to God. Lehi rejoiced and was grateful and happy from understanding God’s purpose.

I’ve also felt great joy in learning Heavenly Father’s plan; in realizing that my life has purpose and there are things Heavenly Father wants me to accomplish while I live on earth. This understanding helps me and motivates me to keep trying to improve myself.

It is Jesus’ example of how to live obedient to God which helps me know what effort to make in my life. His love, His service, His teachings give me the direction as well as the strength to live my life with goodness. I make plenty of mistakes but through Coming Unto Jesus, I learn to correct them, to change my heart and actions, to be healed. I am learning how to love others more than myself by Coming Unto my Savior. I am learning to love God with my heart, might, mind, and strength.

 16 And now I, Nephi, do not make a full account of the things which my father hath written, for he hath written many things which he saw in visions and in dreams; and he also hath written many things which he prophesied and spake unto his children, of which I shall not make a full account.

 17 But I shall make an account of my proceedings in my days. Behold, I make an abridgment of the record of my father, upon plates which I have made with mine own hands; wherefore, after I have abridged the record of my father then will I make an account of mine own life.

How does one write all that happens in one’s life? Words are not sufficient to describe all our experiences. When I write in my journal, I’ve learned I must choose what to write not only because some things are more important than others but because there isn’t enough time nor do I have the capability of writing everything I experience and understand. I’m grateful that Nephi was careful about what he wrote. I also look forward to the day when I can read what Lehi wrote – his prophecies and words to his children.

As I do family history and look at my ancestor’s life, trying to learn about them and understand their lives, I’m very grateful for their words which I have. I’m grateful that they took time to write and to tell about their lives and thought thoughts and feelings. It’s easier to understand someone when I read their words.

 19 And it came to pass that the Jews did mock him because of the things which he testified of them; for he truly testified of their wickedness and their abominations; and he testified that the things which he saw and heard, and also the things which he read in the book, manifested plainly of the coming of a Messiah, and also the redemption of the world.

Lehi’s people didn’t accept what he said to them; what he told them about his experiences and God’s Plan of Happiness and of our Savior, their Messiah who was theirs and our only hope for salvation. I’m grateful that Nephi wrote these things so that I learn, ponder, and pray about them. That I can know his words and motivation and experiences with God. His words have become a great light for me and a source of strength. They weren’t the first time I read them but over the course of my life, they have become stronger and I’ve understood them better. I’ve let them become a part of who I am and they help me Come unto Christ.

I invite you to read these words and seek to understand them. Let God’s purposes be in your mind and heart; ponder upon them and pray about them. Talk to God as Lehi did and begin to feel His love and power in your life.

They have blessed mine.

Dani

1 Nephi 1:1, 3, 5, 9-10

 

 1 I, Nephi, having been born of goodly parents, therefore I was taught somewhat in all the learning of my father; and having seen many afflictions in the course of my days, nevertheless, having been highly favored of the Lord in all my days; yea, having had a great knowledge of the goodness and the mysteries of God, therefore I make a record of my proceedings in my days.

While there were many ways in which Nephi might have introduced himself, I like that he identified his parents’ efforts to teach him, the Lord’s blessings upon him, and his experience with God as the reasons that he is making this record of his life. He’s sharing his experience. Our experiences and what we do with them is what we know and what we are.

Nephi’s parents weren’t “perfect” but they were goodly – striving to do what is right, repenting or changing after making mistakes.

Nephi’s life had afflictions – he dealt with trials as we all do; he’s sharing with us what he learned as he turned to God for help. I’ve found that turning to God during my trials is what gives peace and help through them.

Trials change but they always exist. How we deal with them is what determines what we learn from them. Like Nephi, through my trials, I’ve learned that God is good, that He loves me, and He blesses me when I seek His help and His ways in dealing with my challenges.

 3 And I know that the record which I make is true; and I make it with mine own hand; and I make it according to my knowledge.

Nephi’s testimony that this is his record and it is truth.

 

 5 Wherefore it came to pass that my father, Lehi, as he went forth prayed unto the Lord, yea, even with all his heart, in behalf of his people.

Lehi, Nephi’s father, prayed to God for the people he lived among. With all his heart shows his sincerity – he sought God’s help and blessings upon the people he lived among. Lehi’s thoughts were for others. Life is busy and it is sometimes difficult to remember that other people around us need help. Lehi’s example to Nephi shows me the importance of concern for others.

9 And it came to pass that he saw One descending out of the midst of heaven, and he beheld that his luster was above that of the sun at noon-day.

 10 And he also saw twelve others following him, and their brightness did exceed that of the stars in the firmament.

Lehi saw the One and His twelve followers who were His Apostles. I like his description of light and brightness. Jesus Christ is light. His followers reflect that light in their lives. I also like the comparison to the sun and stars which shine light over all the earth when it is dark. Good examples do bless others; they bless me – they are a light to me in my life; a help and positive influence for me.

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Here is where I share my testimony of the Book of Mormon and how reading and studying it in the course of my life, I have been blessed.  I first tried to read the Book of Mormon all the way through when I was eight years old.  I read first and second Nephi and gave up.  I did that again at age 10 or 12.  I finally read the Book of Mormon all the way through as a junior in high school.  I prayed while I was reading for a witness to know that it was true.  Before I finished reading, I realized that what I was reading was truth; it was the words of God.  This truth has increased over the decades I have continued to study the Book of Mormon.

In 2006, I read the Book of Mormon six times; it took me two and one-half months as I began in January.  As I completed reading it in four days in December 2006, I realized that my testimony of Jesus Christ and His Gospel had changed.  It was broader and deeper than it had been.  I knew, nothing doubting, that Heavenly Father lives and loves me.  I knew that Jesus Christ was Redeemer and Savior of the world and that He loves everyone so much that He gave His life for each one of us.

As I read the Book of Mormon in 2006, I marked with a red pencil the places that testified of Jesus Christ and that taught how to serve and honor Him.  I underlined those words that showed my responsibility to live His teachings and to share them.  I have marked many Book of Mormons since then and given them away to others with the testimony of how my life was blessed through those words.

I love my Savior and I know Him better because of His teachings given in the Book of Mormon and my efforts to follow Him as a disciple.  I’m not perfect.  I make many mistakes, but I know that Jesus Christ was perfect.  I know that His love for each of us in unconditional.  I know that He invites all to come unto Him and follow Him Home to Heavenly Father.  He is the Way,  the Truth, and the Light.  We can only come unto the Father by Him.

I invite you to share my journey of testimony of Jesus Christ through the Book of Mormon.  It will change your life as it has changed mine.  Your sincere desire and effort to find the truth will be answered by God.  You will know from Him that Jesus Christ is our Savior and our way Home to our Eternal Home with God.

May your journey be filled with tender mercies to your life.

Dani

 

PS  This is my fourth attempt over several years to put these truths in blog form.  I hope this time my first efforts to share how the Book of Mormon blesses my life will be completed and this blog will bring happiness to your heart and smiles to your face as you feel the truth of the Book of Mormon, Another Witness of Jesus Christ.

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