Study question: What do you do to get yourself out of a rut, when nothing seems to be going your way?
Summary: The wicked take the truth to be hard. Lehi’s sons marry the daughters of Ishmael. The Liahona guides them in the wilderness. Messages from the Lord are written on the Liahona. Ishmael dies, and his family murmurs because of afflictions.
Scripture: 1 Nephi 16:5 And it came to pass that they did humble themselves before the Lord; insomuch that I had joy and great hopes of them, that they would walk in the paths of righteousness.
Yiksee L: I love how Nephi doesn’t go “for goodness sake stop complaining and do something!” like how i might.. But just humbly asks his dad where he should go, and it’s Lehi’s conscience and the Lord that chastises him. I need to be more of that example to my kids at school – need to stop telling them to stop doing things but ask questions to help them reflect and change themselves.
Torsten K: I think this chapter describes perfectly the way to solve problems.
First seek for a solution, try to realize the solution and ask the lord for guidance. Thats what Nephi did with his bow.
He didn’t join the choir of murmurs against the situation and the lord. He acted and searched for guidance.
Nowadays, there are even more possibilities to find guidance. lds.org is full of them, including the scriptures.
In addition, I also like to speak about those things to receive ideas from friends.
Rachael D: I like verse 29 where Nephi explains that great things are brought to pass by small means for example the Liahona works by faith and diligence. When we are stuck in a rut, we can look at ourselves to see how diligent we are at following direction. To move forward we need faith and diligence or else we wonder in circles.