Depart into the wilderness

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And it came to pass that the Lord commanded my father, even in a dream, that he should take his family and depart into the wilderness.

1 Nephi 2:2

Have you heard the Holy Ghost whisper, or the direct call of the prophets to depart from Jerusalem? Maybe it was a friend, or a family member who warned you.

And it came to pass that he was obedient unto the word of the Lord, wherefore he did as the Lord commanded him.

1 Nephi 2:3

Where are you?

In your heart, in your mind, are you still in Jerusalem? Do you hear the prophets warning and yet continue to dwell in that place? Can you see and feel the effects of pride, impatience, anger, or addiction afflicting your life?

And it came to pass that he departed into the wilderness. And he left his house, and the land of his inheritance, and his gold, and his silver, and his precious things, and took nothing with him, save it were his family, and provisions, and tents, and departed into the wilderness.

1 Nephi 2:4

Like Lehi and his family, we too must depart from our personal Jerusalem.

Lehi leaves behind his house, his land of inheritance, his gold, and his silver, and his precious things. We must leave behind our pride, impatience, anger, sadness, and whatever else we might be holding onto.

Lehi takes with him only his family, and provisions, and tents. We too must consider our family. God didn’t tell Lehi exactly what provisions to bring, but left that for him to decide what was most important for their journey. What do you and I really need in this life? Are you taking with you wholesome and uplifting things?

Lehi departs into the wilderness. The wilderness might represent the unknown, the uncomfortable, or the more difficult choice but God sends us into the wilderness so that we might build faith and dependence upon him, to build our obedience, and trust in Him.

Neither did they believe that Jerusalem, that great city, could be destroyed according to the words of the prophets. […]

1 Nephi 2:13

Leaving our Jerusalem may be uncomfortable, different, and likely a scary thought to depart from what we know.

I know that it feels like we’ll be okay. In my affliction, sometimes the thought of being without it made me anxious. I’ve lived my whole life with it. Who would I be without it, what would I do without it? It was a wilderness I rarely wanted to think about. I was comfortable in Jerusalem.

And when my father saw that the waters of the river emptied into the fountain of the Red Sea, he spake unto Laman, saying: O that thou mightest be like unto this river, continually running into the fountain of all righteousness!

10 And he also spake unto Lemuel: O that thou mightest be like unto this valley, firm and steadfast, and immovable in keeping the commandments of the Lord!

1 Nephi 2:9-10

I know that if we trust in God and leave behind our personal Jerusalem, He will make us like a river continually running into the fountain of all righteousness. He will make us like a valley, firm and steadfast, and immovable in keeping the commandments of the Lord. I know that He will make our weak things become strong.

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