Brigham Young University (BYU) 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.
Here, in this column, students enrolled in scripture study classes have shared their thoughts, insights, and reflections on the New Testament and gospel of Jesus Christ in the form of letters to someone they know. In publishing these, we fulfill their desire to witness to all of us of the relevance, power, and beauty of the New Testament, and God’s plan of happiness for each of us. We invite you to take a look at their epiphanies and discoveries as they delve into the scriptures. Let us know how these may help you in your own life. Share them with a friend.
Christ’s Church (“Mormons”): Follow the Prophet
In Acts chapter 27, Paul is being taken to Rome by ship. This voyage was to take place in late October to early November so we can assume the weather was fairly cold. However, it must have been nice enough that the crew of this ship thought they could complete this journey without much trouble because they decided to sail anyway. Paul, who was a prophet, told the crew that “this voyage will be with hurt and much damage, not only of the lading and ship, but also of our lives.” But these crewmen turned to their captain who told them to sail anyway. These men were more apt to listen to someone who they viewed as the smartest or who had the most experience rather than to listen to the prophet. In the end, this voyage was, as Paul had prophesied, very dangerous indeed and it was only when the crew was humbled enough to say that Paul had been right from the beginning that they were able to listen to his council and ultimately escape unharmed.
This is so applicable to our lives. How often do we think that we know better than the prophet? We would never admit that out loud, but we do become prideful or we think we are more learned about a certain subject and that the council of the Lord is contrary to the laws of nature or the laws of science. It is true that there are people in this world who have more earthly knowledge than the prophets due. There are people who study more or discover more things. But these men are called of God. And on top of that, they are all very well educated. But the important part is that they are called of God and they do have a very direct line of communication with Him through the Holy Spirit. What we need to do is humble ourselves and not let our pride get in the way. The prophet will always be right and we need to learn to rely on him rather than relying on ourselves or on people around us.