If you were in Lehi’s dream, would you be guided by the iron rod or wander in the darkness? One way to answer is based on your scripture study.
Elder Daniel L. Johnson identifies four groups in Lehi’s dream. Each group is associated with their habits of scripture study. See which one you identify with in the list below.
Group 1: Those headed toward the great and spacious building; no interest in the word of God.
Group 2: Those that were lost in the mist of darkness (see 1 Nephi 8:21–23). These people did not read or hear the word of God.
Group 3: Those that hung onto the rod of iron, got to the tree, and ate the fruit, but were ashamed. They “fell away to forbidden paths and were lost” (1 Nephi 8:24, 28). This group read their scriptures; they may have been baptized, ordained, served a mission, or were sealed. But they lost their focus on the Savior and they let go of the iron rod.
Group 4: Those who held tight to the iron rod, followed it to the tree, and ate the fruit (see 1 Nephi 8:30). These are the people who read their scriptures and focused on the Savior continually.
How can we be part of the fourth group? Elder Johnson gives us 3 tips:
- Start every day with the scriptures.
- Study and pray.
- Ask yourself these questions:
- How can I continually hold to the rod?
- What can I do to stay focused on the Savior?
- What can I do to become more like the Savior?
For more on the importance of scripture study, see Elder Johnson’s article in the February Ensign.