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Compass of Faith

By Pat Graham

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    Let us be faithful [to the Lord] (1 Ne. 7:12).

    Suppose that one day your father told you and your family that you were going on a journey. However, he did not know how long you would be gone or where you would be going. You would take only food and tents, and you would have no map to guide you. Would you be willing to follow your father? It would take great faith for you to agree to do what your father asked. Faith is one of the first principles of the gospel.

    Read about Lehi’s journey to the promised land in 1 Nephi in the Book of Mormon. Heavenly Father guided Lehi’s family with a strange ball called the Liahona (lee-a-HO-nah). This ball was a kind of a compass that worked according to the faith and obedience of Lehi and his family. When they were obedient, the spindles pointed in the direction that they were to travel, and to places where they could find food. Writing would also appear on the Liahona to give them additional help. But when they were not faithful, or when they complained and quarreled, the Liahona would not work.

    Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a Liahona to tell us the things that we should do every day? We are told that our conscience can be compared to the Liahona and that our conscience can help us find the right way to live, according to our faith and our obedience to Heavenly Father’s commandments.


    1. Connect dots to make picture of what Liahona may have looked like.

    Dot to dot

    2. Cut out figures of Lehi’s family. Mount figures on heavy paper, cut out; fold tabs along dotted lines.


    3. In family home evening, stand up figures as you tell story of journey to the promised land. Tell ways that each member of family did, or did not, show faith through their obedience.

    Illustrated by Shauna Mooney and Elhamy Naguib