September 18, 2012 – In 1 Nephi 7, which continues an account of the exodus of Lehi and his family from the old world to a “promised land” (which we call the new world), contains another important detail about what is necessary for everyone’s journey of life.
Prior to this chapter, a return excursion to their home land to obtain a scripture and genealogical record is recorded in 1 Nephi 3-5. “And we had obtained the records which the Lord commanded us, and searched them and found that they were desirable; yea, even of great worth unto us, insomuch that we could preserve the commandments of the Lord unto our children. Wherefore, it was wisdom in the Lord that we should carry them with us, as we journeyed in the wilderness towards the promised land.” (1 Nephi 5:21-22.)
This underscores clearly, in my mind, the importance of keeping both of these items (scripture records and genealogical records) close at hand in our journey of life.
1 Nephi 7 records a second return excursion made for the sole purpose of finding another family to accompany this small group so that Lehi’s “sons [could] take daughters to wife, that they might raise up seed unto the Lord in the land of promise” (v. 1).
Herein lies another great traveling necessity. Facing the journeys of life without the opportunity to have and extend family relationships would be a very great trial indeed (as some in this world can attest). Do you have a family or the opportunity to strengthen family ties and family relationships? Treasure this as one of your greatest gifts from God, and remember that He has been known to send His children on long journeys or give them great tasks for the sole purpose of securing this great gift for themselves or their loved ones. Lehi is an example, but so are Noah, Abraham (and his servant), Jacob, Joseph, and many others, including the Savior’s own mother.
Treasure your family. Strengthen your family. Go back and get them if you must.