22 And he cried again unto the Lord saying: O Lord, behold I have done even as thou hast commanded me; and I have prepared the vessels for my people, and behold there is no light in them. Behold, O Lord, wilt thou suffer that we shall cross this great water in darkness?
23 And the Lord said unto the brother of Jared: What will ye that I should do that ye may have light in your vessels? For behold, ye cannot have windows, for they will be dashed in pieces; neither shall ye take fire with you, for ye shall not go by the light of fire.
The brother of Jared needed to cross the ocean to get to the promised land. Heavenly Father commanded him to build barges, but the brother of Jared didn’t know how they would have light inside them. He asked Heavenly Father for help. Heavenly Father asked him, “What will ye that I should do?” Heavenly Father was willing to help, but he wanted the brother of Jared to make his own decision.
There are many decisions in our lives, like lighting the barges, that we will need to make that are not between good and bad, but rather choosing the best thing to do at the time. These decisions should be made after carefully studying our options and then doing what we feel is best to do at the time. For many of the decisions we have to make, there is not just one right answer.
Heavenly Father gave us our agency to help us learn to make good decisions. We should learn to use our agency to make wise decisions. Heavenly Father will help us when we ask Him.
“In the Book of Mormon, the brother of Jared sets a good example of how the Lord lets us solve our own problems with his guidance. … We are thinking, reasoning human beings. We have the ability to identify our needs, to plan, to set goals, and to solve our problems. … May each of us use our creative reasoning to do all in our power to solve our problems and then look to the Lord for the reassuring, peaceful confirmation that we have made the right decision.” Robert D. Hales
Why didn’t the Lord tell the brother of Jared how to light the barges?
Was the brother of Jared’s solution to lighting the barges the only thing that would have worked?
What are some of the decisions you had to make today?
Pick a few of the decisions your family had to make and discuss:
During this activity your children will not only have fun deciding what these cute paper dolls should wear, but they will find that learning to dress appropriately will help them to learn about using their agency and making good decisions throughout their lives.
Using this easy crepe recipe is a great way to help guide your children while allowing them to use their agency to make the right choices. As long as they “choose the right” stuff, they’ll love these sweet fruit filled and savory chicken stuffed crepes.
These lessons are perfect for Family Home Evening at the beginning of the week, to recap the following Sunday or to enhance your family scripture study.
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