The Book of Jared

What did they give up?

In the Book of Mormon, at the very beginning, the Lord commands his servant, Lehi, to leave his home and take his family into the wilderness. They (his family) leave and travel into the desert, and Nephi, Lehi's son, mentions:

4 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 adeparted into the wilderness.

Right now, I feel a lot like Lehi. Recently I lost (read: was raped by the bank) my home and had to leave Utah and move to Las Vegas for a job opportunity. I lost everything I had been working so hard to build with my family. I lost the land of our inheritance, Eagle Mountain. I lost our house, our gold, and our silver. I even lost my oldest son in the move when he decided to stay in Utah with his grandmother instead of coming with us. My daughters are not liking the schools here in Las Vegas, but in their defense, no one likes the schools in Las Vegas. My oldest daughter has been accepted into an online school that should help her social anxiety, and we are investigating a charter school for the youngest. I guess things could be worse, I haven't had to return to Utah and kill someone for not giving me the scriptures. The worst part of this story is that no one is happy except for me. I am taking this as a chance to start over, a chance for something better. Like Lehi, "... behold, I have aobtained a bland of promise, in the which things I do rejoice;"  

Written by Jared on Friday December 16, 2022.

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