Lehi’s family had to wade through much affliction, like we do in our lives. Wading suggests work. You can’t skip through a sandy spot of deep water quickly, and we can’t get through trials as quick as we probably would like…but we can be strengthened so we aren’t sucked under the treacherous waves while we wade.
Have you ever wondered “Why me?” when bad things happen? How do you go about receiving strength to help you through the messiness of life? This post studies Chap 15 in depth to find the answer to these questions.
This chapter starts with an If/Then statement. If the Gentiles “hearken unto the Lamb of God in that day that he shall manifest himself unto them in word, and also in power, in very deed, unto the taking away of their stumbling blocks—(1) And harden not their hearts against the Lamb of God, [Then] they…
God will deliver His people who trust Him, but don’t let distractions or the world make you forget who the Giver of all blessings is. Don’t take credit to yourself for something God empowered you to do. I love this chapter because it goes into how merciful God is in bringing forth more of His word to the earth to give blind eyes sight and clear up confusion in the world.
The word that stuck out to me in this chapter is LOOK. It’s used 8 times by the angel in the vision, asking Nephi to look closer, look deeper, keep looking. He’s basically asking Nephi to look for MORE so he can find Christ, His Savior, and truly live. Do we LOOK for more in our lives? Do we look closer at people, deeper into ourselves, so that can ultimate LOOK UP and recognize our Savior when He comes again?
Nephi outlines the plan of salvation in this chapter and desires to know the truth about what his father revealed to them. He wanted a personal witness, and he gets it. Do we desire to know, and then work to seek our own revelation from God in our lives?
Nephi is commanded to make a duplicate record (like his father’s). He doesn’t understand why God wants him to do this, but He trusts that God must have a good reason. Do we have such trust in God, or do we complain, doubt and show a lack of faith when we don’t understand the answers to everything He asks us.