Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2011, August 26

“Book of Mormon: Lehi’s Faith among Trials” by grego

Book of Mormon: Lehi’s Faith among Trials

grego
(c)2011

I’ve thought this interesting:
1 Nephi 2:1 For behold, it came to pass that the Lord spake unto my father, yea, even in a dream, and said unto him: Blessed art thou Lehi, because of the things which thou hast done; and because thou hast been faithful and declared unto this people the things which I commanded thee, behold, they seek to take away thy life.

Yeah, people are trying to kill you because you do what is right, you are blessed!!
And thus Lehi will leave Jerusalem for the promised land. But it is not an easy, happy trip.

Lehi gave up a lot, and went through a lot.
God could have said, “Stay in Jerusalem, I’ll protect you”.
He could have said, “Here’s a guide to take you through the desert in one year”.
He could have killed Laman and Lemuel, or at least shut them up for a long time or made them sick for a few years.
Nope.

Instead, it was a very hard trip through the desert—for eight years. Yet, during that time Lehi and his family received many blessings.

Lehi entrusts his sons to the Lord for protection on the mission with Laban, and during the trip for Ishmael, too.
Lehi entrusts his, his wife’s, Sam’s, Nephi’s, Jacob’s, and Joseph’s lives to the Lord for protection against Laman and Lemuel and the sons of Ishmael, too.
He could have left Laman and Lemuel in Jerusalem, where they would have been “happy” and out of his life.
Nephi could have let Laman and Lemuel stay in or go back to Jerusalem, especially after the Ishmael episode.

Nope.

Lehi and Nephi would have Laman and Lemuel blaming them for anything other than the perfect lazy happy life, and trying to kill them off and on for the rest of their lives—literally. Which means Lehi will continually be teaching, admonishing, and pleading with Laman and Lemuel—which usually leads to short-term success, but to no seeming avail over the long run.

Lehi and Sariah die in a strange land, saddened by the wickedness of many of their children, in-laws, and grandchildren.

And yet, through all that, Lehi is faithful.
Yes, he murmurs during a hard time of famine. He receives correction, and repents.

Just like Joseph Smith, he was moved upon at the beginning of a time of prophetic raising of the voices. He prayed, and received visions and dreams where God led his life.
Much of Lehi’s drive comes from his testimony, his faith, and his hope in the eternal blessings of the Lord.

The future might be a lot like Lehi’s life for some of us. May we remember his life for greater greatness in ours.

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