Sunday, January 29, 2012

What will ye...?

I just finished Ether chapter 2! I am getting so close! Only 39 pages left! I figure if I can finish Ether tomorrow and Moroni on Tuesday I will have made my goal of finishing the Book of Mormon by the end of January. I think that is totally doable!

I love this part of the story of the Brother of Jared -

When the Brother of Jared asked the Lord how they would have light in their barges, the Lord responded with His own question, "What will ye that I should do?"

The Lord went on to describe the manner in which the Jareditws would be transported across the water, and He went ahead and listed a few things that would not work. Then he asked again, "Therefore what will ye that I should prepare for you that ye may have light when ye are swallowed up in the depths of the sea?"

This scripture always reminds me of the revelation given to Oliver Cowdery in the Doctrine & Covenants after he tries (and fails) to translate the plates. The Lord tells Oliver, "You took no thought save it was to ask me."

The Lord expects us to study out the answers to our own problems, and then go to Him for confirmation or a stupor of thought, or a new thought.

Have you ever had to study the answer to a question in your mind before going to the Lord in prayer? Do you find that you are more able to receive revelation and inspiration when you try to work your problems out on your own first?

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  1. I love this story! This verse in particular as it is a testament to me that the scriptures were an important part of 'studying it out for ourselves' even then.

    The next line reads "For behold, ye cannot have windows, for they will be dashed into pieces." Look at the footnote for windows and follow that scripture, making sure you read the footnote for it as well. {I'll let you do the work} =)

    You can tell that the brother of Jared studied his scriptures or at least new the story of the building of the ark enough so he was able to find his answer to his question and then go to the Lord with it.

    1. WOW! Thank you for pointing that out! I am usually an avid footnote user, but I was racing through the Book of Mormon trying to finish it, and I knew I would miss a lot. Just, wow. Really.


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