The Liahona in our “Storms” – 1 Nephi 18:12-13

So…first, here’s the scripture quote:

“12 And it came to pass that after they had bound me insomuch that I could not move, the compass, which had been prepared of the Lord, did cease to work.
13 Wherefore, they knew not whither they should steer the ship, insomuch that there arose a great storm, yea, a great and terrible tempest, and we were driven back upon the waters for the space of three days; and they began to be frightened exceedingly lest they should be drowned in the sea; nevertheless they did not loose me.” – 1 Nephi 18:12-13

To many of us, the story of Nephi being tied up on the boat is pretty familiar. When I’ve read it in the past, I envision Laman and Lemuel getting angry, tying Nephi up, the Liahona stops working. I imagine the family, on their boat, and the sunny skies suddenly become clouded and stormy. I’ve always envisioned it as sudden.

And it may have been. I don’t know.

Sometimes, I’ve thought, “Well, if Laman and Lemuel hadn’t have been so wicked, then they wouldn’t have been in a storm.” This may or may not be true.

I’m sure that on the voyage to the promised land, the family of Lehi encountered storms. It’s just that this time – when Nephi was bound, they didn’t have the assistance of the Liahona. In some instances, perhaps the guidance of the Liahona helped them to avoid a storm altogether. Maybe there were times when, because of the Liahona, they were able to navigate the storm safely.

My points are:

  • Regardless of what we choose, there are “storms” in our lives.
  • If we choose to listen to the counsel of the Lord (through righteous living), then the Lord may help us to avoid some “storms” or trials altogether.
    • For example, If we keep the word of wisdom, then we can completely avoid the “storm” of being addicted to a drug.
  • Other times, if we are righteous, then we will be able to listen to the counsel of the Lord as we may encounter a storm. He will help us to manage the “rough waters” of our lives. Because our hearts are open to His guidance.
  • If we choose to completely ignore the guidance of God, or if we do things that will make it so we cannot qualify for His guidance (by being wicked). Without His guidance, we may find ourselves on a direct path to trials or “storms”.

The key is – don’t do something that will stop the Liahona. We can’t really control the storms we face in life, but we can control the kind of influence and direction we receive from Heavenly Father. If we open ourselves to His guidance, then we will be protected from storms, or taught how to successfully navigate them.


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