Friday, May 1, 2015

1 Nephi 8:14-15 -- On the Way to Happiness

"And I looked to behold from whence it came; and I saw the head thereof a little way off; and at the head thereof I beheld your mother Sariah, and Sam, and Nephi; and they stood as if they knew not whither they should go.
And it came to pass that I beckoned unto them; and I also did say unto them with a loud voice that they should come unto me, and partake of the fruit, which was desirable above all other fruit."
1 Nephi 8:14-15

This is part of Lehi's dream, which is worth reading if you haven't. :)  Lehi's version is in chapter 8, and then Nephi sees the same vision and interprets it in chapters 11-15.  Good stuff.  This part struck me today I think because "they stood as if they knew not whither they should go."  We all feel lost sometimes in this world, and we can't always see the path ahead.  From where Lehi stood, the destination was clear, but for his family, it wasn't.  And so he called and beckoned to them, trying to help them find happiness and joy, as he had.  And, while we should always respect each other's right to choose, I feel like we need each other a lot in this same way.  We all have times in our lives where it is really hard to find our way, and we look for those examples and guides to help us through the confusion and darkness to the tree of life.  Left to ourselves, we might end up somewhere we don't want to be.  Today, if we feel lost, let's turn to people who are in tune with the Lord to help us find our way.  Let's listen to the prophets, read the scriptures, and put in the time and effort necessary to get our own answers from the Lord.  And if we are headed in the right direction, let's encourage our fellow travelers.  Let's help those that are lost, and show them the way that we have found to happiness, so that they can follow it if they choose to.  

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