I recently moved to West Virginia. My husband and I put down roots and built a house. For those who know me, I am a born and raised Virginian and proud of it. I could give you a list of reasons why I love Virginia – the beautiful autumns, the rich American history, etc. – but I am sure the reason I love Virginia is because it’s my home. It’s where I learned some of my greatest life lessons thus far.
Now, I have a new home, seven minutes over the Virginia border. When my husband and I first started looking at houses out here in West Virginia, I didn’t “know” if this was the place for us. But throughout the process of building our home, doors opened in ways I couldn’t have anticipated and unexpected peace filled my heart. We truly felt led in ways we didn’t expect to the home we’re in today.
This morning, I was reading in the Book of Mormon about the prophet Lehi and his family who left Jerusalem (approximately 600 B.C.) and relocated to a new home. On this journey, the Lord comes to Lehi’s son Nephi in a vision and tells Nephi the following:
“And I will also be your light in the wilderness; and I will prepare the way before you, if it so be that ye shall keep my commandments; wherefore, inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments ye shall be led towards the promised land; and ye shall know that it is by me that ye are led,” (1 Nephi 17:13).
The phrase that stuck out to me was, “and ye shall know that it is by me that ye are led.” To me, that is a tremendous blessing. For Lehi, Nephi, and their entire family, their journey was hard and full of challenges. Yet, they were able to know they were led by God.
I know that there are challenges that lay ahead for my husband and I. I don’t know what those challenges are, but challenges are a part of life. In fact, just last week brought some challenging moments. But I find peace in knowing that as I keep the commandments, I (and my family) will be led throughout our life and we can know by whom we are led.
For those who are facing challenges and feel lost, my hope is that you’ll feel of the guiding hand of God in your lives. I’ve learned that just because we are on the path God desires us to be on, doesn’t mean that the path will be easy. But there is no greater guide through the dark times of life in the quest for our eternal "home" than our loving Heavenly Father and our Savior Jesus Christ.
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