Week #61- Be Willing to Listen

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Hey mom sounds like there was a great week! So happy for Demi, she has her endowment now! THE church is sooo true! Blake is getting married this week! WOOOOO CHURCH IS SOOO TRUE! so excited for them, that is going to be awesome i wish i could be there! I love Blake and Demi so much, that is fantastic.

Anyways this week was good, my theme for this week is 1 NEPHI 15: 11. I love that scripture so much. Nephi is asking his older brothers whether or not they have inquired of the Lord to now if what Lehi saw in his vision is true! They both said no, and Nephi throws down on them and says that the reason they murmur is because they are swift to do iniquity and slow to remember there God, and if they dont choose to develop a habit of turning to the lord for answers, they will never grow.

Nephi teaches that we have to have a soft heart, and be willing to listen, that we must ask in faith, and be diligent in keeping the commandments of the lord, and if we do that with all the energy of our heart we can know the will of the lord. What a blessing that we can always turn to the lord and be able to find out what his will is. Once we do that then we just need to accept the responsibility to be an agent that acts and not be acted upon. Have the courage to follow the will of the Lord. Nephi through out his ministry was a strong and courageous servant of the Lord. He had so much faith and zeal in keep the commandments. HE knew what it meant when the Lord said, “if ye shall keep my commandments ye shall prosper in the land, and if ye keep not my commandments ye shall not prosper”.

If the lord, commanded you to build a hovercraft, what would you say?

I would probably say one of the following:

What, why would i need to do that?
How, I am not smart enough?
How could we possibly build a hovercraft?

I probably would be skeptical in my answer.

The Lord commanded Nephi with a similar task. Nephi build a ship after the order in which i will show unto you ‘not after the manner of men’. Nephi responds with great faith.

HE asked with Faith, WHERE WILL I GO TO GET TOOLS?!?!?!?! He did not murmur, but put his TRUST in the lord.

“REMEMBER”::::: If there is a will there is way. BUT WITH THE LORD, IF THERE IS A WILL< THERE IS A PREPARED WAY!

What a great example Nephi is to all of us, he demonstrates the will we need to have to follow the Savior Jesus Christ.

Let us put our trust in the lord and be like nephi and take his challenge in 1 NEPHI 15:11. It will bless your life and bring you closer to the lord, it reminds me of a talk in general conference here it is

https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2015/10/be-not-afraid-only-believe?lang=eng

one of the best parts goes like this.

“Recently I was surprised and saddened to hear of an Aaronic Priesthood bearer who seemed to take pride in the fact that he had distanced himself from God. He said, “If God reveals Himself to me, then I will believe. Until then, I will find the truth relying on my own understanding and intellect to light the way before me.”

I don’t know this young man’s heart, but I couldn’t help but feel terribly sorry for him. How easily he rejected the gifts the Lord was offering him. This young man had unplugged the spotlight and then seemed self-satisfied in his clever observation that there was no light.

Unfortunately, this seems to be quite a popular attitude today. If we can put the burden of proof on God, we think we can excuse ourselves from taking God’s commandments seriously and from taking responsibility for our relationship with our Heavenly Father.

Brethren, let me be clear: there is nothing noble or impressive about being cynical. Skepticism is easy—anyone can do it. It is the faithful life that requires moral strength, dedication, and courage. Those who hold fast to faith are far more impressive than those who give in to doubt when mysterious questions or concerns arise.

But it should not surprise us that faith is not valued by society. The world has a long history of rejecting that which it does not understand. And it has particular trouble understanding things it cannot see. But just because we cannot see something with our physical eyes does not mean it doesn’t exist. Indeed, “there are more things in heaven and earth … than are dreamt of” in our textbooks, scientific journals, and worldly philosophies.8 The universe is filled with wonders profound and astonishing—things that can be comprehended only through spiritual eyes.”

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is God’s Church and it is led by a prophet today!! Brethren, there are two churches on the earth, God’s Church and the Evil One’s church. If ye are not with us then you simply scattereth abroad false doctrines, and lies of the adversary, and lead people slowly down the subtle road to hell, no stop signs, no traffic lights, slowly and easily decieved into that awful pit of hell. ARISE, wake up my SOUL and NO LONGER DROOP IN SIN, seek after God and ye shall find him! You can know that priesthood authority is on the earth again, and it is found here. I pray that you will come to know the Book of Mormon is the word of God, and that Joseph Smith is a prophet of the Lord, I know that they are true. Have Faith brothers and sisters and remember the Lord your God, put trust in him, be swift to remember him, and slow to do iniquity and ask,

” Lord, whither shall I go that I may find ore to molten, that I may make tools to construct the ship after the manner which thou hast shown unto me? ”

That is my humble prayer, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Love Elder Brenan Corbin.

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