Sunday, January 20, 2013

Live By Every Word (part four)

I want to write some about the Liahona as a type of the Light of Christ.
The qualities of the Liahona are given as such:
1 Ne  16:10
 10 And it came to pass that as my father arose in the morning, and went forth to the tent door, to his great astonishment he beheld upon the ground a round ball of curious workmanship; and it was of fine brass. And within the ball were two spindles; and the one pointed the way whither we should go into the wilderness.
1 Ne  16:26-29
 26 And it came to pass that the voice of the Lord said unto him: Look upon the ball, and behold the things which are written.
 27 And it came to pass that when my father beheld the things which were written upon the ball, he did fear and tremble exceedingly, and also my brethren and the sons of Ishmael and our wives.
 28 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, beheld the pointers which were in the ball, that they did work according to the faith and diligence and heed which we did give unto them.
 29 And there was also written upon them a new writing, which was plain to be read, which did give us understanding concerning the ways of the Lord; and it was written and changed from time to time, according to the faith and diligence which we gave unto it. And thus we see that by small means the Lord can bring about great things.
  1. It was a round ball
  2. It was made of brass
  3. Inside the ball was two spindles
  4. one spindle pointed the way to go into the wilderness
  5. There was writing on the ball
  6. The pointers worked according to faith and the diligence they gave in following its direction
  7. The pointers also had writing on them which changed from time to time
  8. The writing changed also according to the faith and diligence given to their instructions
  9. The whole process was considered "small means"
  10. Great things can come from following the information that came from the ball
Latter in the Book of Mormon Alma gives us the name of this ball and gives further information about it:
Alma  37:38-47
 38 And now, my son, I have somewhat to say concerning the thing which our fathers call a ball, or director--or our fathers called it Liahona, which is, being interpreted, a compass; and the Lord prepared it.
 39 And behold, there cannot any man work after the manner of so curious a workmanship. And behold, it was prepared to show unto our fathers the course which they should travel in the wilderness.
 40 And it did work for them according to their faith in God; therefore, if they had faith to believe that God could cause that those spindles should point the way they should go, behold, it was done; therefore they had this miracle, and also many other miracles wrought by the power of God, day by day.
 41 Nevertheless, because those miracles were worked by small means it did show unto them marvelous works. They were slothful, and forgot to exercise their faith and diligence and then those marvelous works ceased, and they did not progress in their journey;
 42 Therefore, they tarried in the wilderness, or did not travel a direct course, and were afflicted with hunger and thirst, because of their transgressions.
 43 And now, my son, I would that ye should understand that these things are not without a shadow; for as our fathers were slothful to give heed to this compass (now these things were temporal) they did not prosper; even so it is with things which are spiritual.
 44 For behold, it is as easy to give heed to the word of Christ, which will point to you a straight course to eternal bliss, as it was for our fathers to give heed to this compass, which would point unto them a straight course to the promised land.
 45 And now I say, is there not a type in this thing? For just as surely as this director did bring our fathers, by following its course, to the promised land, shall the words of Christ, if we follow their course, carry us beyond this vale of sorrow into a far better land of promise.
 46 O my son, do not let us be slothful because of the easiness of the way; for so was it with our fathers; for so was it prepared for them, that if they would look they might live; even so it is with us. The way is prepared, and if we will look we may live forever.
 47 And now, my son, see that ye take care of these sacred things, yea, see that ye look to God and live. Go unto this people and declare the word, and be sober. My son, farewell.
Just as the Liahona was designed to aid Lehi and his followers to the land of promise, which was a type of entering into the Celestial Kingdom, the light of Christ/words of Christ are designed to lead us into the real Celestial Kingdom.  The only thing it took to get the Liahona to work was to believe that it would point the way and it was done.  All we have to do is believe that the light of Christ will direct us and it will be done.  The problem with this process is that it is deceptively simple and easy.  Therefore, Lehi/Nephi treated it lightly and forgot to use it, therefore they did not progress as they should and wandered longer than they should have and went through more afflictions than they needed to.  Also, notice that when they were paying attention to the Liahona they had miracles daily.  So also, when we follow the light of Christ that is in us, we were meant to have miracles daily.  When they forgot to pay attention to the Liahona the miracles stopped.  The same thing will happen in our own lives when we take the light of Christ for granted and get sloppy in following it's directions. 
Alma point out that it was easy to work just as is the words of Christ/light of Christ.  Great things will come out of following the light of Christ.  The pattern of the Lord is that our of small things will proceed that which is great.  (D&C 64:33)
In creating the Liahona the Lord, in a sense, was reaching inside of each one of us and made a visual model of the Light of Christ so that we could see and know how it works.  Then He allows us to watch Lehi and his followers and their successes and failures with the Liahona so that we will learn from them. 
Remember what Nephi told us about his journey:
1 Ne  1:20
 20 And when the Jews heard these things they were angry with him; yea, even as with the prophets of old, whom they had cast out, and stoned, and slain; and they also sought his life, that they might take it away. But behold, I, Nephi, will show unto you that the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance.
These stories are designed to be an example for us as to how the Lord will make us mighty unto the power of deliverance if we use them correctly and derive the correct lessons from them.

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