The First Book of Nephi: Chapter 5

1 Nephi 5

Now I know of a surety that they Lord hath commanded my husband to flee into the wilderness; yea, and I also know of a surety that the Lord hath protected my sons, and delivered them out of the hand of Laben, and given them power whereby they could accomplish the thing which the Lord hath commanded them. (1 Nephi 5:8

Africa-missionaries
Are missionaries asked to do unreasonable things?

The Lord sometimes asks us to do things that seem unreasonable, odd, or downright crazy in order to fulfill His will. Fetching the plates of brass probably seemed pretty unreasonable to Lehi and his family. Sariah felt the burden lifted off of her shoulders when Nephi, Lamen, and Lamuel came back from their journey.

But she put her trust in the prophetic calling of her husband, Lehi, and, after her trial of faith, the Lord kept His promise.

Do things we do seem, at times, unreasonable? God calls us to serve in His church in various callings. Teachers, Priests, Primary instructors, and even Bishops. Bishops sometimes but in around 20 hours of work a week into the Lords Kingdom. Missionaries put in 18 to 14 months of full time proselytizing.

To some people, these might seem pretty extreme. But when we put our faith in the Lords plan and do His will, we will know after with a surety that this is His work and His will.

I challenge everyone reading this to take on the Book of Mormon challenge and read it before the end of 2016. If you do this, you will have many truths revealed to you by the Power of the Holy Spirit. I say these things in Christ’s name. Amen.

Edit: I also wanted to include a link to Peterson’s blog for this chapter. He has some interesting insights on the geography.

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