120 Days Closer to Jesus Christ – Day Four
Study Assignment: 1 Nephi 11 — 12
Daily Scripture: “And now, verily, verily, I say unto thee, put your trust in that Spirit which leadeth to do good — yea, to do justly, to walk humbly, to judge righteously; and this is my Spirit. Verily, verily, I say unto you, I will impart unto you of my Spirit, which shall enlighten your mind, which will fill your sould with joy. And then shall ye know, or by this shall ye know, all things whatsoever you desire of me, which are pertaining unto things of righteousness, in faith believing in me that you shall receive.” – Doctrine and Covenants 11:12-14
“Character is the ability to carry out a worthy decision after the emotion of making that decision has past.”
– Hyrum W. Smith
Chapter eleven of 1 Nephi is pivotal, for it is upon this one chapter that the entirety of the rest of The Book of Mormon rests. It teaches of Christ, His birth, His ministry, His death, and resurrection. As it shifts seamlessly into the twelfth chapter we read what could be called a synopsis of the rest of the story of the book. There will be wars, a literally stellar appearance of the Lord, a season of true righteousness and consecration, and eventually more wars, pride, temptations of the devil, and an entire people left in unbelief.
When Mosiah, King Benjamin, Alma the Elder, Alma the Younger, and Helaman teach of a Lord that will appear to their people, they know of this Lord because of what happens in 1 Nephi 11 & 12. And so these are not just any simple chapters in The Book of Mormon, they are The chapters in The Book of Mormon because of the way in which they direct us to our Savior.
I needed these chapters today. In fact, I first read them today on my smartphone earlier this afternoon. Then again earlier this evening. And then a final time as I sat down at my desk here in preparation to write this post.
Why did I need these chapters today?
Because, in truth, I needed to feel the love of my Savior. I needed to know He was there. And I needed to know that His promises are true…
This 120 Days Closer to Jesus Christ came at the perfect moment in my life. As odd as it might seem for someone who shares so much online via a blog, I am a deeply private person. I don’t share my personal matters with many people, nor do I participate in the daily dramas of life like much of society does. If I could add one bit of commentary on the verses from today’s reading, it would simply be to pay great attention to the meanings of the mists and of the building. Pride is a tricky little devil in and of itself, and for the past few days I’ve been dealing with it personally. God has said one thing to me, and I have countered His knowledge with some reasonings of my own. The dialogue has continued in this manner since Sunday. Then today He decided to stop speaking, and there has been a great void. My own pride, my own reasonings, and my own “vain imaginations” almost led me down a path which obviously wasn’t meant to be.
Thankfully for The Book of Mormon I was blessed with a tender mercy today and able to see that His ways truly are not my ways.
I hope that you’re following along and reading with me. I now know of three people online who are following along, and I am thankful for the international participation. It is that very participation and your expectations of these daily posts that is ensuring my obedience to this task. So I sincerely thank you.
From Hyrum W. Smith’s words in my little booklet of reading assignments, to the words of the Spirit to Nephi, today I have been blessed to hear God’s voice, and what a loving and awesome voice it is.
– Stan Way
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If you’re not a Mormon and you’ve stumbled upon this blog post somehow, thank you for reading. Now go ahead and click here and take a few moments to learn more. I personally witness to you that The Book of Mormon testifies of Jesus Christ, teaches that He is our Savior, and shows how we can return to live with him some day. I know it is the Word of God to be used alongside with the Holy Bible. It is true scripture, and I invite you to find out for yourself whether or not it came from God. So go ahead and click on the link above. I promise that you’ll be glad you did.