Build the Change

Posted By Elder Dakota Summers on Jun 8, 2017 | 0 comments


What’s up! Not a whole lot happened this week, we had the typical things going on but on Wednesday we had a super sweet experience! So we were knocking doors in a neighborhood that wasn’t having to much success in the past but the first few house on this particular street people were listening to us. Then we get a few houses further and we meet a lady named Eleanora.


She was telling us she’s never had anyone from our church knock on her door, we chuckled and said really? She said it’s not funny she was serious. She told us she wasn’t necessarily searching for a church but she hasn’t found one yet. We told her our message could bless her family and that it’s very unique so she wanted to hear it. Before we started we told her if she has any questions she could ask them so before could start she had questions so we answered all of them.

Literally we taught tithing, fast offerings, word of wisdom, what the Book of Mormon was, told her about the youth program, non paid ministry, how Sunday services go, and she was baffled. She loved every answer we gave her! It was just what she was looking for! She’s going out of town but we are going back to teach the actual restoration when she gets back in a few weeks. It was sweet! 

I had a really cool insight when I was studying this week on 1 Nephi 17 and this changed my perspective in a lot of things.

I read it with the perspective of the ship Nephi was commanded to build as wanting to change. Lamen and Lemuel didn’t believe Nephi could do it.

There are a few things I wanted to point out and all this will make sense when I finish. So Nephi and everyone is living in the wilderness and it’s hard and they are suffering a lot of afflictions but the lord is taking care of them because they are living the commandments.

In verses 9 and 10 Nephi didn’t know where he needed to go so he asked the Lord and the lord showed him. So if we ask God he will show us what we need to do to change, He will be our light when things become dark ( verse 13).

In verse 15 Nephi said he “strived to keep the commandments” then he “exhorted his brethren to faithfulness and diligence.” In life things get tough, it’s not going to be easy but we need to strive to keep the commandments and be faithful and diligent in the lords work.

When Nephi began to be frustrated with himself or sorrowful because he wasn’t getting the results he wanted his brethren were happy because he was failing. The same thing happens with change, when we get frustrated or upset because we aren’t where we want to be it pleases others to watch us fail because they have the satisfaction of saying “I told you so.”

They said he was led away by “foolish Imaginations of his heart” like their father. There are several times in our life that we have this perfect “imagination” of what we want to become but when you tell it to people they laugh and say it’s not possible or that it’s a “foolish imagination of your heart” and they lack the faith and you get down on yourself.

But as you read it talks about how we are given hard tasks but they are good for us, and it also says the “Lord straitened them because of their iniquity” so all these things we go through are to help us in life to put us in the right path and help us grow to who the lord needs us to become.

At the end Nephi had enough of his brothers and he rebuked them and accomplished what the lord needed him to. To change you need to get to the point where you say enough is enough and you just prove everyone wrong and become who the Lord needs you to become.

Our lives are our personal wildernesses. The Lord is leading us through our faithfulness and diligence, sometimes things get hard, we will suffer trials and afflictions or we will, lose family members or friends along the way but the important thing is that we focus on the Lord and rely on him, he is taking care of us whether we feel it or not, all things are possible through him.

I would encourage each of you to read 1 Nephi 17, it helped me understand life a little better.

I hope everyone has a great and safe week! I love you!

Love,

Elder Summers

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