120 Days Closer to Jesus Christ – Day Two
Study Assignment: 1 Nephi 5 — 7
Daily Scripture: “And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, has not forsaken them that seek thee.” – Psalm 9:10
“As a mother, my job is to take care of what is possibly and trust God with the impossible.”
– Ruth Bell Graham
I am glad to be caught up by posting this second post today. It is evident to me that this 120 days is going to be tougher than I thought. Too late to quit now though.
1 Nephi 5
I mentioned in the last post how hard it must have been for Lehi to be called a “visionary man”. And this chapter starts off with the phrase front and center. Now don’t get me wrong, I am sure Sariah was a great woman. In fact, she had to have been a rather stellar woman to have raised the mighty men of God that she did. And I don’t mean here any disrespect by the picture I’ve posted at the beginning of this post. I confess that I’ve always wondered why Sariah is one of the few women in The Book of Mormon whose name we get to know though? Well, I don’t have the answer really. But I like to think it is because she is such a fine example for us. Did she have a hard time with her boys being away serving the Lord? Was she upset with her husband, her Priesthood Leader, and the Lord? Well, perhaps a little bit. But who isn’t at some point? What mother who sends her sons away on missions doesn’t have her heart yearn for them, miss them, and want them back?
Yes, Sariah complains for a few verses here in Chapter 5. But then she’s done. She repents so to speak. She shares her testimony (which is beautiful by the way) in verse 8 and then she joins in with the family in sacrifices and praise in verse 9.
Sariah is an example for every Latter-day Saint woman out there in my opinion. She had lived her life consecrated to the Lord, gave up everything, and continued on in the faith.
I hope to have a Sariah by my side some day, even if she does occasionally call me an old visionary man, it’ll be worth it.
V. 17 This is the second time now that Lehi has read from God’s records and been filled with the Spirit. Do we feel likewise after scripture study?
1 Nephi 6
I have lots of notes in both sets of my scriptures on these few short verses.
V. 4 Shouldn’t this be our intent also, to lead our families, those we Home and Visiting Teach, and all of those under our stewardship to the ordinances of the Gospel and the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob?
V. 5 There’s those prophetic priorities again.
1 Nephi 7
V. 8 There’s that example thing again. It’s kind of a recurring theme here. How many of us speak up though when we’re in similar positions?
Vs. 16-21 Very few of us will ever have a siblings tie us up and try to kill us. And fewer of us will ever have our siblings beg for forgiveness after doing so. But how did Nephi forgive them? He did so “frankly”, which according to my good friend Merriam-Webster means “in an open, honest, and direct manner”. Sure does make me think about the little grievances I’ve carried around before. Life Goal: Forgive all offenses frankly.
V. 22 There they go with this whole giving thanks and sacrifice thing again.
I remember last year during one of my readings of The Book of Mormon I noticed this trend, and I made a goal to be more thankful. Shortly afterwards a friend of mine shared this thought with me and it changed the entire way I thought of giving thanks to God. She said,
“What if you woke up tomorrow with only the things you thanked God for today?”
That night I studied gratitude to God in a whole new way and was deeply touched by some words President Monson had given during the previous General Conference at the time. He said in part,
“Do material possessions make us happy and grateful? Perhaps momentarily. However, those things which provide deep and lasting happiness and gratitude are the things which money cannot buy: our families, the gospel, good friends, our health, our abilities, the love we receive from those around us. Unfortunately, these are some of the things we allow ourselves to take for granted.” – From The Divine Gift of Gratitude
Reading this tonight has reminded me of how ungrateful I am at times. Life Goal: Express greater appreciation to Heavenly Father for His abundant kindness to me.
And that’s it. Today’s assignment seemed kind of short and sweet after doing doubletime yesterday.
It’s only the second day of this 120 days, and I confess that I’m already liking the change I feel.
Blogging about it like this is a unique and different experience. Please let me know what you think though. Because I am sure at some point I will hit a brick wall.
If I had to guess, I’m thinking it’ll happen in 2 Nephi…
But as for tonight, I’ve got some thanks to give and sleep to get.
Take care y’all.
– Stan Way
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