Whether through death or divorce, chronic illness or tragedy, college or the armed services, missions or marriage, families change! And, when we find ourselves amidst such a change or challenge, we ask ourselves, “now what?” You wonder how you will ever sleep at night, look at the empty chair at the dinner table or celebrate the next holiday season.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
I know that this blog is public, but I absolutely love the Book of Mormon and I believe you will too!! There is amazing power in this book. If you have read it, I recommend reading it again. If you have never read it, don't let another day go by until you start!! And, if you don't know where to get a Book of Mormon, comment on this blog, and I will get you one!! The other night, I was reading with the kids. We read in 1 Nephi 16. It talks about Nephi and his brothers who are out hunting for food for their families. Nephi's bow of STEEL breaks. Nephi states, "I did break my bow, which was made of fine steel;" Often times, we believe our families and ourselves are invinsible----immune from challenge and hardship. I testify that families change and as they do, the Book of Mormon is an incredible resource for those tough times. So what do we do when our "bows of fine steel" break? The scripture reads, "And it came to pass, that I Nephi, did make out of wood a bow, and out of a straight stick, an arrow; wherefore, I did arm myself with a bow and an arrow, with a sling and with stones. And, I said unto my father: Whither shall I go obtain food?" Rather than complain, Nephi goes out and makes a bow out of wood, makes some arrows out of sticks. Then he asks his father for divine guidance-- where to go hunt, that he might obtain food and care for his family. In other words, Nephi makes do, he makes it happen, and he believes that after he has done all he can do with a tough situation, Divine guidance with lead him to provide for his family. I too, believe!!!