Missionary Challenge: 1 Nephi 3:7

“And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.” – 1 Nephi 3:7.

Many Mormons are very familiar with this scripture. When the Lehi told his son, Nephi, that he had been commanded of the Lord that his sons should return to Jerusalem to fetch the brass plates, this scripture was Nephi’s courageous response.

And I think it is more courageous than we even give it credit. How did Nephi know the Lord would provide a way for them to keep the commandment to obtain the brass plates? He didn’t know for sure, but he had faith, and that’s what I can learn from this.

The Lord has commanded that we who have the gospel share it. I need to have the faith the He will make the way available for me to do so.

Additionally, even though this information is not included in the scripture, it is important to remember what Nephi and his brothers went through: They failed twice in retrieving the brass plates before they succeeded. Of course, it was Nephi’s diligence and faith that enabled to be successful at all.

I cannot let fear stop me from doing the will of the Lord. He will guide my way, and help me to share the gospel.

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