The following article was written by Ethan G., a student at Brigham Young University
BYU (Brigham Young University) is operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, often mistakenly called the “Mormon Church.” As part of their undergraduate coursework, BYU students take multiple semesters of spiritually uplifting, stimulating religion classes.
In this series (see below), students enrolled in scripture study classes have shared their thoughts, insights, and reflections on the Book of Mormon in the form of letters to someone they know. We invite you to take a look at their epiphanies and discoveries as they delve into the scriptures.
In publishing these, we fulfill their desire to speak to all of us of the relevance, power and beauty of the Book of Mormon, a second witness of Jesus Christ and complement to the Bible. The Book of Mormon includes the religious history of a group of Israelites who settled in ancient America. (The names they use are those of prophets who taught the Book of Mormon peoples to look forward to the coming of Christ—Nephi, Lehi, Alma, Helaman, and other unfamiliar names. We hope those names will become more familiar to you as you read their inspiring words and feel the relevance and divinity of their messages through these letters.)
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One of my best friends was struggling a while ago with an addiction. He came to me in confidence mostly because I felt like something was wrong with him and I invited him over to find out. He then explained to me everything he was dealing with and and I was able to share with him a lot of my past experiences that related to his struggles and helped him to have the courage to talk to his Bishop, a local Church leader, and get his life sorted out.
Now he is free from the addiction and his life is going amazing right now. This past week I got a call from this friend, and he shared with me an experience he had just had. He reminded me of all that I had helped him with and how my experience really helped him with all that he was struggling with. He then told me how one of his good friends was having a hard time with the same addiction. He felt like something was wrong and asked his friend to meet up with him. He then questioned him as I did to find out what was wrong and his friend explained everything. He then told me how amazing it was to be able to share of his own experience and his hardships to help out a good friend.
“Blessed art thou, Nephi, for those things which thou hast done; for I have beheld how thou hast with unwearyingness declared the word, which I have given unto thee, unto this people. And thou hast not feared them, and hast not sought thine own life, but hast sought my will, and to keep my commandments. And now, because thou hast done this with such unwearyingness, behold, I will bless thee forever; and I will make thee mighty in word and in deed, in faith and in works; yea, even that all things shall be done unto thee according to thy word, for thou shalt not ask that which is contrary to my will.”
I shared with my friend these verses and how he and I were blessed to be instruments in God’s hands. I was so happy that he was able to feel the joy of being on the other side of the coin. We then talked about how we need to seek to do Heavenly Father’s will because when we both prayed for guidance to help our friends we have been blessed with opportunities to do so.
So this lesson was for both him and me, that as we seek the will of Heavenly Father we can learn how to ask according to his will and be instruments in his hands as was Nephi. So we both set goals together and doing all we can to be worthy for the Spirit and clean as Nephi was clean. We both felt strongly that we would be able to be great influences in the lives of those who are in need. We felt that this would be a great challenge but a great blessing for those around us as we seek the will of the Father.
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