What? I didn’t realize I hadn’t even blogged the first few chapters. I’m altogether too scatterbrained anyway, and I’m reading other scriptures too, still working on the NT and OT. Besides, it’s been a nutty little while full of dental drama, not to mention emotional messes. But enough of that. A few verses from chapter 9 struck me this morning, so I’ll comment on those and then hit the others.
5 Wherefore, the Lord hath commanded me to make these plates for a wise purpose in him, which purpose I know not.
6 But the Lord knoweth all things from the beginning; wherefore, he prepareth a way to accomplish all his works among the children of men; for behold, he hath all power unto the fulfilling of all his words. And thus it is. Amen. (1st Nephi 9:5-6)
Again, here he is a prophet, doing what the Lord commands him to do, even though he doesn’t understand the purpose. He just does it, because God commanded him to. So the kids and I mused on this a bit. This wasn’t one of the Ten Commandments. This wasn’t a general rule we’re all given. This was specific instruction the Lord gave Nephi. Do I want those kinds of commandments in my life? I kinda think it takes a solid, consistent effort on the ones I’ve already been given. And should I choose to ignore specific personal instruction, that would be rather bad. So in some ways the idea could be a bit overwhelming. But the kids and I thought about it. And I also thought of a chat I’ve had with a good friend of mine on the commandments being intended as a blessing rather than a guilt trip. I bet we could cheerfully, willingly do what the Lord commands us to do -today-, right? And then do that again tomorrow? It’s also important to listen carefully as to what is important right now. Single motherhood is challenging, and I bet your role is, too. I never feel like I can get it all done, but thankfully, there are days when I feel like I can at least do what matters most.
Anyway. Back to Nephi: as for the wherefores and whys of the stuff he wrote, the kids and I have found his observations in previous chapters to an interesting and amusing commentary on the foibles of humanity, including our own weaknesses, of which I (clearly) have plenty.
Let me go back to Chapter 3. I’m sure everyone notices this one, but it never ceases to amaze me: in verse 29, and ANGEL visits these brothers, but the moment he leaves, they’re doubting and complaining, again. Applying it back to us, there are personal and public commandments we’ve been given that are tied to seemingly impossible blessings. “Do X, and the Lord will do Y.” Laman and Lemuel brazenly wondered how the Lord would do His part. I often wonder how I’m to do MY part. This chapter reminds me that instead of sitting around wondering and worrying, I can Go and Do (verse 3).
And, right now, while I would love to review chapters 4-8, there are other things I feel I should Go and Do now. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to touch on those later.