Laman and Lemuel were hardhearted, rebellious, stiffnecked and wicked. They were intent on following the destroyer.
he followers of their family had been praying and pleading with the Lord that Nephi would be loosed from the bands. The storm came as an answer to accomplish this because the brothers refused to choose to back down on their violent actions and intent. The brothers would only repent of their actions through fear of destruction.
The power of God
President Brigham Young defined the priesthood as “a perfect system of government, of laws and ordinances,” that “can deliver the human family from all the evils which now afflict its members.” Active in both time and eternity, the priesthood is “the law … which brings worlds into existence and peoples them” and “by which we can be prepared to … go into the presence of our Father and God” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Brigham Young , 125–26).
1 Sam. 6:6
Conference 4/16 Kent F. Richards
The Power of Godliness
Our responsibility is to “receive” that which our Father offers.4 “For unto him that receiveth it shall be given more abundantly, even power”:5 power to receive all that He can and will give us—now and eternally;6 power to become sons and daughters of God,7 to know “the powers of heaven,”8 to speak in His name,9 and to receive “the power of [His] Spirit.”10 These powers become available personally to each one of us through the ordinances and the covenants of the temple.
Nephi saw our day in his great vision: “I, Nephi, beheld the power of the Lamb of God, that it descended upon the saints of the church of the Lamb, and upon the covenant people of the Lord, who were scattered upon all the face of the earth; and they were armed with righteousness and with the power of God in great glory.”114/16 Russel M. Nelson
The Price of Priesthood Power
How else can we increase our power in the priesthood? We need to pray from our hearts. Polite recitations of past and upcoming activities, punctuated with some requests for blessings, cannot constitute the kind of communing with God that brings enduring power. Are you willing to pray to know how to pray for more power? The Lord will teach you.
Are you willing to search the scriptures and feast on the words of Christ 13—to study earnestly in order to have more power? If you want to see your wife’s heart melt, let her find you on the Internet studying the doctrine of Christ 14 or reading your scriptures!
Are you willing to worship in the temple regularly? The Lord loves to do His own teaching in His holy house. Imagine how pleased He would be if you asked Him to teach you about priesthood keys, authority, and power as you experience the ordinances of the Melchizedek Priesthood in the holy temple.15 Imagine the increase in priesthood power that could be yours.
Power comes through God. He is always mindful of us and our needs. He loves us and if we pray in faith and worthiness, He will grant our righteous desires.
We can be grateful for the power of God in our lives that rescue us from destruction. He is there, He hears us and will answer our prayers. Many times we have to endure the storms of life but with our faith and trust in Him the storms will end and we will one day be with Him again. Life is full of opposition and though it is hard to understand and be patient we will see the light at the end of the tunnel that will guide us through. The test is how we will act. Will we act or react? We can ask what the Lord would have us do in our particular circumstances. Then follow the promptings, the modern day prophets and the scriptures.
20-God of Power, God of Right
Alma 26: 35 Now have we not reason to rejoice? Yea, I say unto you, there never were men that had so great reason to rejoice as we, since the world began; yea, and my joy is carried away, even unto boasting in my God; for he has all a power, ball wisdom, and all understanding; he comprehendeth all things, and he is a c merciful Being, even unto salvation, to those who will repent and believe on his name.
89-The Priesthood Is Restored