Today I read 1 Nephi 6 where Nephi states that he does not write the things that would be pleasing unto the world but rather the things that are pleasing unto God. Ever since I was little, I have loved Joseph Smith and been fascinated by his life. I have also tried very hard to learn the lessons his life can teach us. One of the most profound lessons his life teaches us is to fear God more than man, as he learned the hard way with the lost 116 pages he loaned to Martin Harris against the wishes of Heavenly Father.
Heavenly Father has told us many times that His ways are not our ways. He understands that the world is very different from the way He lives His life and has tried to tell us that. In this chapter, Nephi is displaying his understanding of that principle. He knows that what the world wants and what God wants are different. He knows that the things that are important to God are not the same things that will be important to mankind. I am very grateful that God has provided us the scriptures and that we have them to understand His will concerning us. Without them, we would be a very lost society. I am also grateful that Nephi feared God and obeyed Him. Without Nephi's diligence in keeping the commandments of God, we would not have the scriptures we do today. Thank goodness for prophets that obey the word of God and help keep us on the strait and narrow path to righteousness. Until tomorrow.