Author Ryan Sharp with forward by Robert L Millet
Mormon, Alma, Nephi, Ether-each one was a mortal man who came unto Christ. Learn to meet Him as they did in this inspiring book by popular CES teacher and speaker Ryan Sharp, with a foreword by Robert Millett. Strengthen your testimony of the Book of Mormon as another witness of Jesus Christ with this encouraging and informative book.
"When individuals have continual firsthand personal experience with the Atonement of Jesus Christ, their lives are forever changed. The music they listen to, the movies they watch, the language they use, the desires of their hearts, the way they treat others-it all changes. "Enter their homes, and the pictures on their walls, the books on their shelves, the music in the air, their words and acts reveal them as Christians. They stand as witnesses of God at all times, and in all things, and in all places. They have Christ on their minds, as they look unto Him in every thought. They have Christ in their hearts as their affections are placed on Him forever."3 In short, they have "no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually" (Mosiah 5:2). The self-stated purpose of the Book of Mormon is to lead to such a divine change!"
-Author Ryan H. Sharp
Let us turn our attention again to Lehi. Having poured out his soul to his rebellious sons and counseled them with tenderness and love, Lehi demonstrated an important principle. The record states that "after he had preached unto them, and also prophesied unto them of many things, he bade them to keep the commandments of the Lord; and he did cease speaking unto them" (1 Nephi 8:38; emphasis added). Note that Lehi continued to preach, prophesy, and invite, but when he had done all in his power to reach out to his eldest sons, he applied the Lord's counsel to "be still and know that I am God" (D&C 101:16).
Sometimes our anxious feelings for a struggling loved one cause us to overcompensate. Such overcompensation often manifests itself in over-lecturization, which almost inevitably closes communication channels, leaving the individual in a more difficult state than when we began. Thus after having taught, warned, and invited, it is often essential to provide these struggling loved ones with some sacred space. I saysacred space because it is often during these times when the Lord "will supply [His] own 'evidence of things not seen' (Hebrews 11:1)."25
Remember, the Lord is "able to do [His] own work" (2 Nephi 27:21). He knew and loved these struggling individuals even before you did; indeed, He knows and loves them even more than you do! The wounds engraved "upon the palms of [His] hands" (1 Nephi 21:16) are everlasting evidence that He will remember you and that He will remember those you care for.26 Surely Lehi's personal experiences with the Savior shaped his understanding and trust in the Lord's power and in His divine love. His grace is sufficient, Hishands are outstretched, and His commitment is unmatched. When it comes to ministering to those loved ones who have wandered, we can, like Lehi, be still and know that He is God!
Ryan Sharp has lived in Idaho, Oregon, and Utah. He is a full-time seminary teacher, a speaker at Especially for Youth, Best of EFY, and at Brigham Young University Education Week. He served in the Auckland New Zealand Mission, and is a counselor in his ward's bishopric. He earned a bachelor's degree in American studies from Brigham Young University and a master's in educational leadership from the University of Utah, where he is a doctoral candidate in health promotion and education. He has 2 talks on tape currently for sale at Deseret Book ("Becoming a Fearless Missionary" & "Engage in the Battle") as well as an e-book.