“And I was lead by the Spirit, not knowing beforehand the things which I should do. Nevertheless I went forth..”
Over the past year this has become one of my favorite scriptures. Why? Mostly because of one talk given in the church magazine the Liahona.
It was written by Richard G. Scott(1928–2015) of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles. And he focused it on prayer, explaining that we can receive three types of responses to our prayers.
First is the response of yes. Richard G Scott said "When He answers yes, it is to give us confidence" The second response is no, "When He answers no, it is to prevent error." Then he goes on to explain the third answer that we can receive is actually no answer at all. He goes into greater detail when he explains "When He withholds an answer, it is to have us grow through faith in Him, obedience to His commandments, and a willingness to act on truth... Nephi’s efforts to obtain the plates of brass show how the principles work. After two unsuccessful attempts, Nephi remained confident. He crept into the city toward the house of Laban without all the answers. He observed, “I was led by the Spirit, not knowing beforehand the things which I should do,” significantly adding, “nevertheless I went forth” Nephi was willing to try time and again, using his best efforts. He expressed faith that he would be helped. He refused to be discouraged. But because he acted, had confidence in the Lord, was obedient, and properly used his agency, he received guidance. He was inspired step after step to success.”
When we act we will truly be lead.
I mostly love how Nephi shows his faith, and how it shows to me how the Holy Ghost truly does guide us. Not only in a spiritual way but also can physically guide us when needed.
I love these ideas mostly because I know they are true. There has been times in my life were I had no idea what I was going to do with my life, my day, my next moment. I had to lay my whole life down before God, so that he might be able to hold me up and guide me to do the right thing, so that I may become better.
So that is my challenge to you!
When you dont know, keep going with faith!
If you have an expirience that you would like to share make a comment:)