June 2, 2011

Liahona vs Ipod touch

And now, my son, I have somewhat to say concerning the thing which our fathers call a ball, or director—or our fathers called it Liahona, which is, being interpreted, a compass; and the Lord prepared it...to show unto our fathers the course which they should travel in the wilderness.  And it did work for them according to their faith in God; Nevertheless, because those miracles were worked by small means it did show unto them marvelous works. (Alma 37:38-42)
Don't you think it would be neat to have an ipod touch that would tell you everything you needed to do to be happy in this life?  In a sense, this is what the Liahona did.  It guided Lehi and his family through the wilderness and would let them know what the most fertile parts of the wilderness were.  In this next scripture it describes why this idea might not be so great.

"And now, my son, I would that ye should understand that these things are not without a shadow; for as our fathers were slothful to give heed to this compass (now these things were temporal) they did not prosper; even so it is with things which are spiritual. For behold, it is as easy to give heed to the word of Christ, which will point to you a straight course to eternal bliss, as it was for our fathers to give heed to this compass[or ipod], which would point unto them a straight course to the promised land." (Alma 37:43-44)
They took the Liahona for granted and became slothful.  It would be almost too easy to follow a compass if we were given one today.   The scriptures provide us with enough guidance to get us through our hectic lives, if we study and apply what is in them.  Alma finishes his thoughts to Helaman by talking about how the words of Christ direct our lives.

"And now I say, is there not a type in this thing? For just as surely as this director did bring our fathers, by following its course, to the promised land, shall the words of Christ, if we follow their course, carry us beyond this vale of sorrow into a far better land of promise.  O my son, do not let us be slothful because of the easiness of the way; for so was it with our fathers; for so was it prepared for them, that if they would look they might live; even so it is with us. The way is prepared, and if we will look we may live forever." (Alma 37:45-46)

As a last minute thought, maybe we could just have the scriptures on our ipods?

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