Sunday, August 21, 2011

The Liahona

1 Nephi 16 continued

16:1 Thou hast declared unto us hard things, more than we are able to bear.
16:2 the guilty taketh the truth to be hard, for it cutteth them to the very center.
 Notes
o Wicked people do not want to know about truth
o Good people know both good and evil
o Evil people don’t know about either
o CS Lewis “When a man is getting better he realizes how bad he is.

16:10 “Lehi beheld upon the ground a round ball of curious workmanship”, the spindles would point the way they should travel.

Lehi found a Liahona outside his tent one-day
Left there by a loving father to lead and guide their way
I to have Liahonas and by my side they stay
If I listen and am faithful and willing to obey.

My Liahonas come from God, their light burst forth with flames
To warm the inter most part of my heart, to awaken my eternal soul.
They open my eyes to knowledge, words of prophets within my reach
As I read, study, ponder and pray the sacred message that they teach.

Loving parents were the first ones to take me by the hand
To lift and love and teach me of God’s eternal plan.
Latter-day prophets, leaders, and teachers lead by the Holy Ghost
Are always there to guide me when I need them the very most.

I am grateful for my Liahonas they surround me every day
Weaving in and out of my life in a most unexpected way
God places them where needed to guide me at each bend
So I will find my Savior, my Redeemer, my friend.
Dixie Sly

We all face trials probably everyday of our life. Some are small and some are so large we can’t handle them alone. What we do and how we react plays a big part in what we have to go through to gain or regain help from the Lord.
It was no different for Lehi and his family.

Have ye inquired of The Lord?

Day 7 / 1 Nephi 15-16

“If there is any one thing most needed in this time of tumult and frustration, when men and women and youth and young adults are desperately seeking for answers to the problems which afflict mankind, it is an ‘iron rod’ as a safe guide along the straight path on the way to eternal life.” (President Harold B. Lee)
? How can you ‘hold fast’ to the iron rod?

15:3 Father Lehi spoke many great things
 Hard to understand
 Must inquire of the Lord (if you don’t understand)
 Hardened hearts

15:8 Have ye inquired of the Lord?
15:11 If ye will not harden hearts and ask me in faith, believing that ye shall receive, with diligence in keeping my commandments, surely these things shall be made know unto you.
15:14 …they shall come to the knowledge of their Redeemer and the very points of his doctrine, that they may know how to come unto him and be saved.
 Rejoice and give praise unto their everlasting God
 Receive strength and nourishment from God
 Accept and come to the true fold of God
15:24 ‘Rod of Iron’ is the word of God
 Hearken unto the word of God
 Hold fast unto the word of God
o Never perish
o Temptations and fiery darts of the adversary will never overpower them unto blindness
o Never lead them to destruction

Go and Do

Day 3 /1 Nephi 3-5
“I have learned not to put question marks but to use exclamation points when calls are issued through inspired channels of priesthood government.” Elder Russell M. Nelson

1 Nephi 3:7
“….I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men save He shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.”

This is one scripture I memorized a long time ago, I don’t know why I was able to memorize this one and not all of the scripture mastery scriptures. The Lord must have known that I needed to remember and believe this scripture. I wouldn’t have moved to the mid west if I hadn’t listened to the Spirit and done what we were told. I would not have had the remarkable experience given to me if I had not listened and obeyed. I would not be who I am today without these experiences. My life has truly been blessed over and over again. I am not saying it has been easy! I had to leave my children and their families behind. I have not been able to be part of all the blessings, baptisms, scout advancements, birthdays, holidays, plays, and sport events. Let alone just not being able to watch them grow up and see the different stages of life. I have missed out on a lot! But, I have been blessed abundantly for my willingness to follow the Spirit. This life is such a short time of our existence and my hope is to be with my family throughout all eternity.