Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2009, December 8

“Book of Mormon: ‘I Don’t Have Time to Read’ Usually Means ‘I Don’t Have Faith to Read'” by grego

“Book of Mormon: ‘I Don’t Have Time to Read’ Usually Means ‘I Don’t Have Faith to Read'”

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In the Book of Mormon, there is an instrument called the Liahona. Nephi says:
(1 Nephi 16: 10, 16, 28, 29)
1 Nephi 16:9 And it came to pass that the voice of the Lord spake unto my father by night, and commanded him that on the morrow he should take his journey into the wilderness.
1 Nephi 16:10 And it came to pass that as my father arose in the morning, and went forth to the tent door, to his great astonishment he beheld upon the ground a round ball of curious workmanship; and it was of fine brass. And within the ball were two spindles; and the one pointed the way whither we should go into the wilderness.
1 Nephi 16:16 And we did follow the directions of the ball, which led us in the more fertile parts of the wilderness.
1 Nephi 16:28 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, beheld the pointers which were in the ball, that they did work according to the faith and diligence and heed which we did give unto them.
1 Nephi 16:29 And there was also written upon them a new writing, which was plain to be read, which did give us understanding concerning the ways of the Lord; and it was written and changed from time to time, according to the faith and diligence which we gave unto it. And thus we see that by small means the Lord can bring about great things.

What is like the Liahona for us? The Book of Mormon, or even clearer, the word of God! In what ways? Let’s look at Alma 37:38-46 to see:
–Lord prepared it.
–Man does not have the ability to imitate it.
–Shows the way straight to the promised land.
–Works according to user’s faith in God—faith to believe, and it worked.
–Allows miracles.
–Very simple.
–Shows marvelous works.
–When don’t look, marvelous works stop.
–When don’t look, progress ceases–you stop, wander, suffer.

The key point with the Liahona: IF THEY LOOKED, THEY HAD THE LORD’S HELP AND PROSPERED.

Like the Liahona, the Book of Mormon will help us by giving us special instruction for our day, along with the path that the Lord wants us to walk. Simply put, we show our faith in Jesus Christ by reading the Book of Mormon and believing that it will help us, that God will speak to us because we believe and read.

When we read the Book of Mormon, we can find answers to our many questions and problems. We also get the Spirit. When we get the Spirit, we can get revelation–for ourselves, our families, and our callings. The scriptures are ‘like a light unto our feet’ (Psalms). They will show us the path, teach us, and help us along the right way. As it says in Helaman 3:29-30:
Helaman 3:29 Yea, we see that whosoever will may lay hold upon the word of God, which is quick and powerful, which shall divide asunder all the cunning and the snares and the wiles of the devil, and lead the man of Christ in a strait and narrow course across that everlasting gulf of misery which is prepared to engulf the wicked–
Helaman 3:30 And land their souls, yea, their immortal souls, at the right hand of God in the kingdom of heaven, to sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and with Jacob, and with all our holy fathers, to go no more out.

When Moses was in the wilderness, the Lord sent poisonous serpents to bite the Israelites. Then, there was a stick with a serpent on it, that was lifted up. All the bitten people had to do was look at the serpent and believe that they could be healed, and they were. Likewise, the word of God will heal us, if we will look and believe. (See Alma 33:19-20.)

Moses said that the Lord would raise up a prophet, and that those who would hear his voice will be saved, and those who won’t hear his voice will be cut off. Jesus later says that this prophet is Him (3 Nephi 20:23). When we don’t read the Book of Mormon, we choose to not hear His voice, and when we continue to fight against the spirit that says, among other things, to read the Book of Mormon, until this good spirit has no more place in us (see 1 Nephi 7:14, 2 Nephi 26:11, Mormon 5:16, ETHER 2:15, Moroni 8:28), then we will be cut off from His presence, both in this life and in the next (3 Nephi 21:11, Doctrine and Covenants 1:14, 133:63). Until that point, we will feel a continuing dark, murky feeling (see Doctrine and Covenants 84:54-58).

So, we see that the Book of Mormon can: heal us; lead us to eternal life; keep us safe; keep us close to the Lord; help our faith in Jesus Christ to increase; etc.–IF we will look, and believe.

There is a story about a wonderful, special magic ring. It was given to a boy to help him. If he did something wrong, it would make him hurt a little; when he did something really wrong, it would really hurt him. At first, he thought it was a good gift, because it would help him remember to be good; but, as time passed, he felt that the ring was becoming more and more annoying and painful, so he finally took it off. Ah, what relief and comfort! But, through more painful experiences that resulted in humility, he learned the great gift that the ring was, and put it back on again. This ring is like the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon will continually prick our heart and tell us to repent. When we stop reading, we feel such a relief! But what humbling and painful lessons await us if we do…

There are two great principles of the gospel: faith and repentance. This is even in our fourth Article of Faith. Jesus says that we should preach faith and repentance in church. The Book of Mormon is a wonderful tool that teaches and helps us to have faith in Jesus Christ and to repent.

God prepared the Book of Mormon for us for many reasons, such as:
–Testify of Christ
–Confirm other scripture
–Convince all that Jesus is the Christ
–Believe in Christ
–Believe in Christ
–Witness that Lord is God
–Teach all men to do good
–Help us repent
–Eternal life
–Instruction
–Confound false doctrine
–Lay down contention
–Establish peace
–Learn Lord’s covenants

I had a friend who flip-flopped every few months between churches. He said that he hadn’t read the Book of Mormon. When asked why, he said that he didn’t like to read the Book of Mormon because he felt that there was something that was trying to control him. My mother asked him, “Have you ever thought that it might be the Holy Ghost?” What a new thought! He committed to read it, he read it, and while his family left the church, he stopped the flip-flopping because of the testimony.

In Jacob 7, Alma 14:1, Alma 33:2, 3 Nephi 1:24 we read that saints were led astray by false doctrines. When the man who taught them died, the people returned to reading the scriptures, and all was much better.

There is one more very important story about the Liahona in the scriptures. It is when the Lehites are on the ship (see 1 Nephi 18:12, 21, 22). When Laman and Lemuel bind Nephi, the Liahona stops working. Who was Nephi? He was the chosen by the Lord to lead them. Laman and Lemuel obviously objected, having their own reasons. They expected they could bind Nephi and still sail the straight course to the promised land, by the direction of the Liahona. Let me tell you, brothers and sisters, if we also bind the Lord’s servants—especially those who we are called to sustain—the scriptures will stop working as a Liahona for us, and we will be as a ship in a storm, without a course.

Is it important to read daily? If the Lehites said that they had faith, and had a testimony that the Liahona was from God, and that it could help them; but, they never looked at it; would it have been of any use to them? Would all their faith and belief have helped them, if they had never looked? What if they had only looked on Sunday—what would have been their situation? Progress for one day, wander for six days; progress for one day, wander for six days; etc. How long would that journey take?

The Lehites could probably have made the journey in one-two years; but it took them eight years (1 Nephi 17:4). Can we check the math? Let’s assume it would have taken them four years, just to be on the safe side. So, they could have made it in four years, but because they didn’t look and follow, it took eight–double the time. Now, if they had looked at and studied the Liahona for half an hour/ day for those four years, that would have only taken 30 DAYS of their time to read!! Hey, do you want to exchange four years for 30 days??

ARE YOU CHOOSING 30 DAYS WITH READING THE BOOK OF MORMON, OR FOUR YEARS BECAUSE YOU’RE NOT READING IT?

Don’t have time, did you say? Would you like to get to *your* Bountiful in four years or eight years? Or how about like with the people Moses led–got 40 years, anyone?

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