Inner Light

26 Apr

I wanted to share an insight I had while reading from the Book of Mormon. Most of my posts in the past have mentioned the Book of Mormon in some way, shape, or form. That’s because this book is amazing! I read from it daily and it gives me strength when I need it. There is a special feeling I get every time that I read it and I know that it is the Spirit of God teaching me from it.

So the other day, I was reading from Ether, chapter 6.

Backstory: at the tower of Babel (Genesis, chapter 11) is a man named Jared and his brother. They are righteous, and when the Lord confounds the languages of the people who build the tower, they pray to him and he doesn’t confound them. They travel away from the wicked cities, to a promised land. On their journey, they have to travel by ship. The brother of Jared and his brethren build ships, but have no light within the ships for their voyage. The brother of Jared prays and asks the Lord to touch 16 stones and make them give forth light. The Lord does so, and the brother of Jared actually sees His finger.

In chapter 6, they take the stones within the vessels so that they can give light when the “mountain waves” beat upon the ship. As I was reading, the thought came to me: that’s how the scriptures are. We are on a voyage through life, and sometimes we are buried beneath “mountain waves” of adversity. But the Lord has prepared books of scripture–the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, the Pearl of Great Price–that give us light. All we have to do is take these¬†books¬†into our hearts so that when times are tough, we can feel the inner light of the gospel.

Sometimes the mountain waves are beating upon me and I feel lost in the storm. Reading from the scriptures reminds me that Heavenly Father has not left us alone in this life. He has given us direction, guidance, and comfort, and we can always pray to Him and be answered.


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