Yesterday at church, I had a couple of thoughts which I neglected to write down. I think I'll write them down now.
Something I might have written down in my previous scripture studies is my question as to why Lehi's family didn't think about getting the plates of brass / Ishmael's family before
they left for the wilderness? I would think that might have been a bit easier, but who knows. Pure speculation. However, with the question comes a few interesting insights:
When Nephi and Sam went back, along with Laman and Lemuel, they had some tough trials. Nephi and Sam got beaten and mocked, and Nephi had to kill someone.
This brings an interesting slew of other scriptures / historical points of interest throughout both ancient and Latter-day history.
I thought of the pioneers who were commanded to come to what would become Utah, travelling over hundreds of miles on foot, some of them in the winter, carrying their belongings in a wagon.
I thought of the personal life of Joseph Smith from the time he told people of his vision until his death.
I thought of Alma in the cities of Antionum (Zoramites) and Ammonihah where he was met with excruciating trials, most of which would certainly have made me weep openly.
I thought of the "Zion's Camp" journey which the saints made.
Of course there are many, many more such as Abinadi, Job, all of the apostles of Christ during his ministry, etc....
These are stories of often horrendous circumstances put upon the prophets of God - and it helps me understand how these true "men of God" are made.
They are made by being put through "the refiners fire
I personally am thankful for the many accounts of all these great men who had to go through trials in order to be made pure. Mostly because it seems as though not much of it happens anymore today, and if it does, it isn't talked about much.
General Conference is fantastically spiritual, but when I think of the trials of today and the topics of discussion of today, I wonder how we
are supposed to gain our testimonies of steel. I wonder how I personally can be "tried even as Abraham
, who was commanded to offer up his only son."
Yet, speaking like that causes me to shrink because I know, by personal testimony, that what is asked of God is given by God, whether it be
unto Eternal Life or unto damnation; and I know it will be hard. If I ask God to give me the opportunity to prove myself to Him, I know He will and quite honestly, it scares me to death.
So, I dare not ask. But, at the same time, I know of the trials and temptations which pester at me like the buck-shot of a shotgun being fired at me from a distance, and I wish I had more strength to withstand them all.
Anyway... I've pontificated long enough upon this subject, but I really love finding new scriptural examples of truth - even in verses I've been reading the better part of my life.
It's good to know that the trials I personally go through, even though they may seem trite, are purposeful.... because certainly....
...what doesn't kill me will inevitably make me stronger.