9 And I, Nephi, and my brethren took our journey in the wilderness, with our tents, to go up to the land of Jerusalem.
10 And it came to pass that when we had gone up to the land of Jerusalem, I and my brethren did consult one with another.
11 And we cast lots—who of us should go in unto the house of Laban. And it came to pass that the lot fell upon Laman; and Laman went in unto the house of Laban, and he talked with him as he sat in his house.
12 And he desired of Laban the records which were engraven upon the plates of brass, which contained the genealogy of my father.
13 And behold, it came to pass that Laban was angry, and thrust him out from his presence; and he would not that he should have the records. Wherefore, he said unto him: Behold thou art a robber, and I will slay thee.
14 But Laman fled out of his presence, and told the things which Laban had done, unto us. And we began to be exceedingly sorrowful, and my brethren were about to return unto my father in the wilderness.
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So the guys took their super long journey back to Jerusalem. I learned yesterday in Sacrament Meeting that the path God has for us in by no means straight. Here it looks like the path to the promised land is back tracking, it might even feel like the path is dead ending as they struggle to get what they came for. Sometimes we might think that since we're doing the Lord's work and its good and true that it will be easy. But no scripture has ever said that, there are no examples of faithful men following God and having it easy. Joseph Smith was a faithful man of God and he was consistently taunted and threatened and treated with cruelty. But there is a difference from those people who just have hard lives because they choose dark paths of drug abuse and unrighteousness. Trials and hard lives come to all people but its those people who follow the Lord that receive the strength to overcome their trials.
Laman goes and asks for the plates and Laban says no and chases him out of his house. Then Laman perhaps feeling embarrassed gets angry and wants to go home. For me reading this hundreds of years removed from the story it seems rather babyish to throw a tantrum and want to give up. Throwing a trantrum is certainly not just for 2 year olds. We all throw tantrums, the scriptures might feel so removed from our high tech world but deep down, people are people. How often do we feel guided by the Spirit to do something and then throw a fit and/or give up when times get tough? Being a faithful following of God and Christ isn't easy it requires work. But work helps us grow into the people God needs us to be and that growth brings happiness. Like a parent trying to teach their children how to cook an clean so that they might be more capable. God is trying to teach us things we may not always be super excited to learn. But with faith and humility we can do hard things.