The theme of Nephi’s life seemed to be building things. He first built a bow as a young man, then a boat, then he taught others to build buildings, and ultimately, he built a temple to God. God asks that we be builders as well–of faith, character, testimony, love, trust in Him. Are we building with the finest materials we have to give, or are we cutting corners and taking shortcuts. That never works out well in a construction project. How can you use your best workmanship to constantly build your life into something God will want to accept?
Nephi and his brothers build a ship, and the Lord shows them from time to time how to work the timbers. We can have the Lord’s help in building our lives too, if we seek His help and wait for those times when He reveals to us specific instructions for us. The greatest thing though, is the Great Calm God can bring into our lives, so we aren’t stressed out builders.