Sunday, January 8, 2012
Wonky's Book Worms
Keeping the commandments of the Lord are so important. I must keep the commandments of the Lord if I am to understand the things of God and be blessed. Lehi was commanded by the Lord to take his family and leave Jerusalem. Lehi's sons, Laman and Lemuel were lacking in faith, had no desire to know of the mysteries of God, didn't know of the dealings of God, complained and didn't believe their father, Lehi.
Nephi had a great desire to know the mysteries of God and prayed to the Lord to know that what his father, Lehi, said was true and the Lord visited him and softened his heart that he did believe his father's words. Nephi also told his brother, Sam, what the Lord had manifested unto him and Sam believed Nephi. Laman and Lemuel wouldn't believe their father, Lehi, or their brother, Nephi.
How can these brothers be so different when they are all children of the same parents and in the same family?
One of the main differences was that Nephi always kept the Lord's commandments and Laman and Lemuel were like those wicked people that were left in Jerusalem.
"And thus Laman and Lemuel being the eldest, did murmur against their father. And they did murmur because they knew not the dealings of that God who had created them.
Neither did they believe that Jerusalem, that great city, could be destroyed according to the words of the prophets. And THEY WERE LIKE UNTO THE JEWS WHO WERE AT JERUSALEM, who sought to take away the life of my father."
Nephi prayed to the Lord in behalf of Laman and Lemuel because they didn't believe their father, Lehi or him. The Lord answered Nephi's prayer.
"And it came to pass that the Lord spake unto me saying: Blessed art thou, Nephi, because of thy faith, for thou hast sought me diligently, with lowliness of heart.
And inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments, ye shall prosper, and shall be led to a land of promise; yea, even a land which I have prepared for you; yea, a land which is choice above all other lands."
And inasmuch as thou shalt keep my commandments, thou shalt be made a ruler and a teacher over thy brethren." (1 Nephi 2:19-20, 22)
Because Nephi kept the commandments of the Lord he knew knew and understood the things of God and was blessed.
Please share a way you can apply what you have read this week to your life. Thank you.
The reading this week is 1 Nephi Chapters 8 thru 15.