Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Trust (1 Nephi 18:8)

1 Nephi 18:8

8 And it came to pass after we had all gone down into the ship, and had taken with us our provisions and things which had been commanded us, we did put forth into the sea and were driven forth before the wind towards the promised land.

The Lord took them in the sea to a better land, a land of promise.

2 Ne. 10:29
20  And now, my beloved brethren, seeing that our merciful God has given us so great knowledge concerning these things, let us remember him, and lay aside our sins, and not hang down our heads, for we are not cast off; nevertheless, we have been driven out of the land of our inheritance; but we have been led to a better land, for the Lord has made the sea our path, and we are upon an isle of the sea.

the Lord took them to a land where they could have freedom from persecution and the freedom to worship as they pleased.

1 Ne. 2:20
20  And inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments, ye shall prosper, and shall be led to a land of promise; yea, even a land which I have prepared for you; yea, a land which is choice above all other lands.
Promised Lands

Gen. 12:1
unto a land that I will shew thee.

Gen. 12:7;Gen.13:14–17;Gen. 15:7, 18Gen.17:8Gen.24:7Abr. 2:19

Lord … said, Unto thy seed will I give this land.

Gen. 26:3

unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries.

Gen.28:13;Gen.35:12;Gen. 48:4

land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it.

Gen.48:21;Gen. 50:24

God shall … bring you again unto the land of your fathers.

Ex. 20:12

upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

Ex. 32:13

all this land … will I give unto your seed.

Num. 27:12;Num.34:1–12

see the land … given unto the children of Israel.

Deut. 1:8;Deut.34:1–4

possess the land which the Lord sware unto your fathers.

Josh. 21:43

Lord gave unto Israel all the land which he sware.

1 Chr. 16:18Ps. 105:11

Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan.

Acts 7:5

yet he promised that he would give it to him.

Heb. 11:9

By faith he sojourned in the land of promise.

1 Ne. 2:20;1 Ne. 5:5;1 Ne. 7:13;1 Ne.10:13;1 Ne. 12:1

ye … shall be led to a land of promise.

1 Ne. 5:5;2 Ne. 1:5

I have obtained a land of promise.

1 Ne. 7:13

we shall obtain the land of promise.

1 Ne. 10:13

should be led … into the land of promise.

1 Ne. 12:1

I looked and beheld the land of promise.

1 Ne. 13:14

multitudes of the Gentiles upon the land of promise.

1 Ne.13:30;2 Ne. 1:5–7Ether 1:42Ether10:28;Ether 13:2;D&C 38:20

land which is choice above all other.

2 NEp2 Ne. 10:11
11  And this land shall be a land ofliberty unto the Gentiles, and there shall be no kings upon the land, who shall raise up unto the Gentiles.
2 Ne. 10:11

Josh. 21:43
43  ¶And the Lord gave unto Israel all the land which he sware to give unto their fathers; and they possessed it, and dwelt therein.

D&C 109
64  And the children of Judah may begin to return to the lands which thou didst give to Abraham, their father.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all thy heart and lean not to thine own understanding.

Jesus trusted the Father completely. He faithfully fulfilled His mission and did all that was asked to the best that he could. Which was perfect.

2 Corinthians 1:9

    9 But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:
    10 Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;

Matthew 6:10

10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Talk- Gary L. Stevenson Presiding. Bishopric Jan 14 2014 BYU
Shortly after the Church was organized in Palmyra, New York, Lucy Mack Smith remained in Waterloo, New York, with a large group of Saints while her husband, Joseph Sr., and sons, including Joseph Jr., departed before her to Kirtland, Ohio. Her responsibility was to bring this group to Ohio when she received word from Joseph.
Well, word came in early spring 1831. Lucy, with the help of some of the brethren, began to move the group to Buffalo, New York, with the intention of making passage to Ohio by ship on Lake Erie. In her words:
When the brethren considered the spring sufficiently open for traveling on the water, we all began to prepare for our removal to Kirtland. We hired a boat . . . ; and . . . we numbered eighty souls.
And then, as they pushed off into the Erie Canal, headed to Buffalo:
I then called the brethren and sisters together, and reminded them that we were traveling by the commandment of the Lord, as much as Father Lehi was, when he left Jerusalem; and, if faithful, we had the same reasons to expect the blessings of God. I then desired them to be solemn, and to lift their hearts to God continually in prayer, that we might be prospered.
About halfway to Buffalo from Waterloo, passage along the canal became impossible. Conditions for the eighty Saints were uncomfortable, and murmuring began almost immediately. Lucy, relying on the Lord, had to unite their faith:
No, no, . . . you will not starve, brethren, nor anything of that sort; only do be patient and stop your murmuring. I have no doubt but the hand of the Lord is over us.When they arrived in Buffalo on the fifth day after leaving Waterloo, the harbor leading to Lake Erie was apparently frozen solid. They took passage on a ship with Captain Blake, a man acquainted with Lucy Smith and her family. After a couple of days, although conditions on the ship were not conducive for all of them to stay while awaiting notice of departure, Lucy reported:
Captain Blake requested the passengers to remain on board, as he wished, from that time, to be ready to start at a moment’s warning; at the same time he sent out a man to measure the depth of the ice, who, when he returned, reported that it was piled up to the height of twenty feet, and that it was his opinion that we would remain in the harbor at least two weeks longer.
This was devastating news to the group, as supplies were low and conditions were difficult. Lucy Mack Smith further recorded her admonition to the Saints:
You profess to put your trust in God, then how can you feel to murmur and complain as you do! You are even more unreasonable than the children of Israel were; for here are my sisters pining for their rocking chairs, and brethren from whom I expected firmness and energy, declare that they positively believe they shall starve to death before they get to the end of their journey. And why is it so? Have any of you lacked? . . . Where is your faith? Where is your confidence in God? Can you not realize that all things were made by him, and that he rules over the works of his own hands? And suppose that all the Saints here should lift their hearts in prayer to God, that the way might be opened before us, how easy it would be for him to cause the ice to break away, so that in a moment we could be on our journey!
Now, please observe here the great faith of Mother Smith—how she chose to trust in the Lord and how she asked that the Saints with her not lean unto their own understanding:
Now, brethren and sisters, if you will all of you raise your desires to heaven, that the ice may be broken up, and we be set at liberty, as sure as the Lord lives, it will be done.” At that instant a noise was heard, like bursting thunder. The captain cried, “Every man to his post.” The ice parted, leaving barely a passage for the boat, and so narrow that as the boat passed through, the buckets of the waterwheel were torn off with a crash, which, joined to the word of command from the captain, the hoarse answering of the sailors, the noise of the ice, and the cries and confusion of the spectators, presented a scene truly terrible. We had barely passed through the avenue when the ice closed together again, and the Colesville brethren were left in Buffalo, unable to follow us.
As we were leaving the harbor, one of the bystanders exclaimed, “There goes the ‘Mormon’ company! That boat is sunk in the water nine inches deeper than ever it was before, and, mark it, she will sink—there is nothing surer.” In fact, they were so sure of it that they went straight to the [news] office and had it published that we were sunk, so that when we arrived at Fairport we read in the papers the news of our own death.6
And with all thy getting get understanding,” or, said another way, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”7

Conference April 2016- Eyring
Trust in that Spirit Which Leadeth To Do Good
My prayer for the sisters in the kingdom, wherever they may be or in whatever circumstances, is that their faith in the Savior and gratitude for His Atonement will lead them to do all they can for those God asks them to serve. As they do, I promise that they will move up the path to become holy women whom the Savior and our Heavenly Father will welcome warmly and reward openly.

April 75- Marion D. Hanks
Trust In The Lord

The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet … to walk upon mine high places.” (Hab. 3:17–19.)
Our religion is “not weight, it is wings.” It can carry us through the dark times, the bitter cup. It will be with us in the fiery furnace and the deep pit. It will accompany us to the hospital room and to the place of bereavement. It can guarantee us the presence of a Captain on the rough voyage. It is, in short, not the path to easy disposition of problems, but the comforting assurance of the eternal light, by which we may see, and the eternal warmth, which we may feel. “The Lord is good: Blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” (Ps. 34:8.) In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Conference Oct.2014-Ballard
Stay In The Boat and Hold On!
And finally, President Young reminded the Saints: “We are on the old ship Zion. … [God] is at the helm and will stay there. … All is right, sing Hallelujah, for the Lord is here. He dictates, guides and directs. If the people will have implicit confidence in their God, never forsake their covenants nor their God, He will guide us right.”3
Given the challenges we all face today, how do we stay on the Old Ship Zion?
Here is how. We need to experience a continuing conversion by increasing our faith in Jesus Christ and our faithfulness to His gospel throughout our lives—not just once but regularly. Alma asked, “And now behold, I say unto you, my brethren [and sisters], if ye have experienced a change of heart, and if ye have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, I would ask, can ye feel so now?”4
Along with rule number one as I’ve applied it, remember rules two and three: always wear a life jacket, and hold on with both hands. The words of the Lord are found in the scriptures and the teachings of the apostles and prophets. They provide us counsel and direction that, when followed, will act like a spiritual life jacket and will help us know how to hold on with both hands.
We need to become like the sons of Mosiah, who “waxed strong in the knowledge of the truth.” We can become men and women “of a sound understanding.” This can be accomplished only by our “search[ing] the scriptures diligently, that [we] might know the word of God.”7
In searching the scriptures and the words of past and current apostles and prophets, we should focus on studying, living, and loving the doctrine of Christ.
In addition to developing the habit of personal scripture reading, we need to be like the sons of Mosiah and give ourselves “to much prayer, and fasting.”8

We can trust in the Lord. Get on the ship and stay there doing our best. In trusting in Him we can give up our worries and know that he answers our prayers and then give our troubles too Him. Stay in the ship as Nephi did and he will move us on the the promised land which is life eternal in the Celestial Kingdom with Him. If we will look at life in the way Heavely Father looks at it, we will see that it is a journey and that we can have patience and trust in Him.
As Lehi's family, we can put all our trust in him. As they put everything in the ship and closed it up and went out to sea they exhibited complete trust that He would take them to the Promised Land. Give ourselves to much prayer and fasting while all the time fully trusting and believing in Him.

If we truly trust in Him, then we can have peace of mind and true happiness. We know that He will bless us and our loved ones. He has not forgotten us. “Stay in the boat and hold on! “

Hymn 237
Do What is Right
Helaman 10:4-5 4  Blessed art thou, Nephi, for those things which thou hast done; for I have beheld how thou hast with  unwearyingness declared the word, which I have given unto thee, unto this people. And thou hast not feared them, and hast not sought thine  own life, but hast sought my will, and to keep my commandments.
 5 And now, because thou hast done this with such unwearyingness, behold, I will bless thee forever; and I will make thee mighty in word and in deed, in faith and in works; yea, even that all things shall be done unto thee according to thy word, for thou shalt dnot ask that which is contrary to my will.

158-Dare To Do Right


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