The story of Nephi being commanded to build the ship has always been one of my favorite stories in the Book of Mormon. The Lord had told Lehi and his family to get to the promised land, and he told Nephi how that journey would be possible:
“And it came to pass that the Lord spake unto me, saying: Thou shalt construct a ship, after the manner which I shall show thee, that I may carry thy people across these waters.”
(1 Nephi 17:8)
To build his ship, he knew he would need to right tools, and this is where he went to get them:
“And it came to pass that I did make tools of the ore which I did molten out of the rock.”
(1 Nephi 17:16)
If we liken the ship to the type of life we lead, and the tools to the attributes that we have, the only place to go to make a ship, or a life, which is after the manner God has in mind for us, is to go to the Rock, our Redeemer, this is the only place we can go to find the tools of love, peace, kindness, longsuffering, patience, faith, that will help us to build a life that ensures our journey will be a happy one for us. This we can control.
I am grateful for the Book of Mormon and for the Comforter which enlightens our minds and brings understanding along the way.
With best wishes for a beautiful day.