Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Being Sam?

I used to write the things I'd learned while studying my scriptures in a journal and I ran out of pages. I've used not having anywhere to write thoughts down as an excuse for not being as diligent in my study as I need to be for a few weeks, but then seeing Amberly's post regarding integrity helped give me the boost to recommit to being better at studying the gospel. Since I have no paper, I'll record my thoughts here.
Several years ago I heard a talk in sacrament meeting about asking if I was a Nephi or if I was a Sam. The gist of the talk (I might get it wrong since it was a long time ago, but what I remember it being) was that Sam was the elder brother, but since Nephi was the prophet it appears that Sam was not measuring up to his responsibilities and they therefore fell to his younger sibling. And the question was posed: are we living our lives as Sam, not equal to our potential, or are we striving to be like Nephi.
I have struggled with this concept. Mostly because I feel my own inadequacies cause me to fall in the category of a Sam. And feeling that Nephi-hood is a bit unattainable, and therefore I am falling far from perfection. But I don't want to be a Sam and not live the noteworthy life of a Nephi.
This morning I was reading in 1 Nephi 8:3 and Lehi says:
"And behold, because of the thing which I have seen, I have reason to rejoice in the Lord because of Nephi and also of SAM; for I have reason to suppose that they, and many of their seed, will be saved."
This statement coupled with the fact that God is no respecter of persons suddenly clicked together to liken themselves to my own life. I don't have to be a Nephi; being an Alicia is just fine. And if I find in Sam a kindred spirit, what's the harm in that? Sam partook of the fruit, just like Nephi, and remained faithful, even if he wasn't a leader. He was a disciple, and will be saved. I have partaken of the fruit and am working at remaining faithful. Heavenly Father doesn't expect me to be Nephi, or Sam for that matter.

The other thing that I learned today, might be of particular interest to my friend who told me yesterday that she was asked if Laman and Lemuel ever had a testimony. My gut reaction was yes they had, but they just didn't care enough to do what was right. But read here, friend, and you'll see that they never did.


Ashlee said...

thanks alicia. I loved this post!

The Hale Fam said...

Interesting ideas, Alicia. But don't forget that even though you may feel like a Sam, there will be times when you will have to be Nephi whether you want to or not. But I that's what causes growth, right? (Darn growth!)

P.S. This the wrong place to comment but I loved the tape deck story in your earlier post!!!

dustyperle said...

WOW, so I came to your blog to see how your fam is doing and got a lot more than I bargained for. Thank you for posting your thoughts on the scriptures I have learned a lot from this post. In thinking about what you have said it sounds like Sam was a good first counselor to Nephi and in my mind I guess I don't think less of the first counselor it's just his roll. And I never caught that they didn't have a testimony. It's amazing that they we in a family with two prophets (and a first counselor) and didn't gain a testimony. Makes me really want to help my children gain a testimony even more so they don't slip away from me.
I think I will be thinking about this for the next couple of days, thank you for helping deepen my understanding.