Have you ever wished that there was an ultimate GPS that could direct you perfectly in any situation. I can’t even tell you how many time my GPS has led me astray. Of course on the back roads of Montana that is probably to be expected. If only there was a GPS that could help direct us through life and all the major decisions that we are required to make on a daily basis. If only we could just punch in a destination like ‘great paying job’! Or how about ‘Big Family’, ‘The Best Place to Live’, or ‘The Lost Dutchman’s Mine’? Or what about ‘Loving Marriage’, ‘Strong Relationship with Heavenly Father’, or maybe the ultimate destination; ‘Happiness’? Have you ever wanted to travel there?
The other day when visiting a family I had a wonderful epiphany. We first started talking about my GPS (and how sometimes is leads me astray and doesn’t receive signal in buildings) and then we started talking about the Book of Mormon. I remembered this quote I had in my Scriptures by President Ezra Taft Benson, “It is not just that the Book of Mormon teaches us truth, though it indeed does that. It is not just that the Book of Mormon bears testimony of Christ, though it indeed does that, too. But there is something more. There is a power in the book which will begin to flow into your lives the moment you begin a serious study of the book. You will find greater power to resist temptation. You will find the power to avoid deception. You will find the power to stay on the strait and narrow path. The scriptures are called “the words of life” (D&C 84:85), and nowhere is that more true than it is of the Book of Mormon. When you begin to hunger and thirst after those words, you will find life in greater and greater abundance.” In the book of Mormon there is a Prophet named Nephi who absolutely loved the scriptures with his whole soul. Right before he passed away he gave his family (and everyone) this advice; “Angels speak by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore, they speak the words of Christ. Wherefore, I said unto you, feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do.” (2 Nephi 32:3). The ‘Words of Christ’ are the scriptures; Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and modern day prophet’s counsel. All of these our words of Christ words from Christ. All of them help lead us and guide us to different destinations in our lives. The scriptures are the ‘GPS of Life’! Now they may not directly lead you to a great paying job, but maybe they will help you see that a great paying job doesn’t guarantee happiness. They can however, lead us, show us, and direct us in how we can have a loving marriage or a strong relationship with our loving Heavenly Father. The scriptures invite the holy ghost, which is another great way to know what to do or where to go next. The ultimate destination is eternal life with our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ; true happiness. The scriptures show us how to get there. So when life gets you down and you’re not quite sure what to do next, flip open the ‘GPS of Life’. You never know what you might just find…….