This weekly reflection focuses on Ether 1:33-2:25; This section of scriptures covers The Jaredites’ journey to America from the view of the Brother of Jared.
This week in my Book of Mormon class we talked about the Brother of Jared and his people’s journey to America. I can’t put my finger on what exactly touched me in that lesson but I felt the spirit strongly throughout the entire class period. God answers prayers, every single one of them! His answers may not come immediately or in a way that we would hope, but He does answer them. The important thing to remember is to be ready and willing to receive the answers He has for us.
The Brother of Jared is an excellent example of how one should act in order to hear the answers to our prayers. He was meek and humble, willing to accept whatever answer the Lord would give him. Because of his childlike faith, he was able to receive the answers he needed to eventually lead his people all the way to the Americas.
Something interesting that Brother Griffin pointed out in class is that God tends to answer prayers in three ways:
1 – He “speaks peace to your mind” – He tells you not to worry, He will take care of it all
2 – He gives you step-by-step instructions on what to do
3 – He allows you to use your agency. With these answers you use what you know and find your own way.
The Brother of Jared received each of these types of answers in Ether 2:18-25 and 3:1-6. Throughout our lives we will all receive answers like these, and with each answer given we will have to learn to accept them in faith (easier said than done!). Most of us probably won’t see the hand of Jesus in this lifetime, but as we learn to move forward in faith we can certainly all feel His hand in ours lives.
I have a strong testimony that Heavenly Father hears and answers all prayers. All we need to do is be willing and ready to listen for when those answers come. For this week and the next as finals drawer ever closer, I’m going to try my hardest to keep this in mind. I promise to try to keep my mind and heart open so I can be ready to receive the answers Heavenly Father may have for me.
Until next time,