Recently, as I’ve read the Book of Mormon, I received these insights from the scriptures:
- Remember your purpose. The intent of your actions makes all the difference (1 Nephi 6:4; Words of Mormon 1:7).
- Seek the Spirit’s tutoring in all things. Continuously strive to come unto Christ – deepen your conversion (1 Nephi 10:19)
- Go to the temple – desire, believe, ponder, and talk with God (1 Nephi 11:1).
- The Lord expects our 100%. We serve Him, and He requires our whole heart, might, mind, and strength (D&C 4; 2 Nephi 9:51).
- Bear witness of Christ – you have a great testimony, and with that witness comes the responsibility to share it with others (1 Nephi 11:7).
- Find joy in the work (1 Nephi 15:13-15).
- Keep your covenants – covenants arm us with power (1 Nephi 14: 12, 14).
- Remembering the Lord’s hand in our life sustains and strengthens us through times of trial and affliction (1 Nephi 3:31 – 4:3).
- Nephi wasn’t perfect. He had questions, hesitations, and weaknesses. Even Nephi had to be tutored by the Spirit along the way (1 Nephi 2:16; 4:10-18; 2 Nephi 4: 17-19).
- The Lord expects us to walk by faith, not by sight. We are on earth to become like Him, and walking by faith is one of the first steps to doing so. Life doesn’t always come with an instruction book, but the Holy Ghost can be our constant guide and sustain our efforts through some of the scariest and most trying times of our life (1 Nephi 4:6, 20, 22-23).
- Believe Christ (Enos 1:5-6, 17; Ether 3:11-12).
- Show the Lord through every thought, word, deed, choice, and action that He can trust you. We want to reach the point that the Lord trusts us completely, like President Monson and Helaman’s son, Nephi. This takes time (Helaman 10:4-5).
- Pour out your soul to Heavenly Father – He is listening (Enos 1:4).
As we read the scriptures, the Spirit can whisper to our heart, mind, and soul the things we need to learn, hear, remember, and apply. These insights were exactly what I needed to get through this coming week.