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  1. This is the first time I've posted on this forum so I do need to include a small introduction. I am LDS and currently attend the Pathway program in my area. We are studying the second half of the Book of Mormon this semester. One of the assignments that we are given every other week gives us the option of posting insights of our weekly scripture reading on some sort of blog or forum, but I have never done it. I decided to break out of my comfort zone and try this, so please have patience with me. Yesterday I was reading in Ether chapter six. When I got to verse four, a word jumped out at me. "...and it came to pass that when they had done all these things they got aboard of their vessels or barges, and set forth into the sea, commending themselves unto the Lord their God." (Italics added) I looked up the word commending in the Webster 1828 dictionary, which is what was recommended to us by the instructor when trying to find definitions to words found in the scriptures. The definition was "committing, delivering in charge". I reflected on what I knew about the Jaredite journey from the previous chapters and what we knew about their vessels. We knew they were tight like a dish, with no windows and only a small hole for air when needed. We know that the only light was provided by the stones the brother of Jared took to the Lord and had been touched by the Lord's finger. In order to be "tight like a dish" we know there were no oars for self-propulsion or any kind of steering mechanism on these vessels. As the Jaredites pushed off into the sea, they were committing everything to this cause. They had complete trust in the Lord. For someone like me, a little bit of a control-freak, this is a terrifying thought. Last night we attended our class and in our group work, we were asked about this same verse of scripture. What does it mean to commend your life to the Lord as the Jaredites did on their journey to the promised land? We talked as a group and came up with some answers, but I knew I needed to continue to reflect on this and find parallels in my life. This morning as I turned back to this verse, I started to gain some insight as to how I have already started my own Jaredite journey, but that I needed to continue in faith. When I left my premortal life, I was much like the Jaredites. I had been taught and prepared there for my life here. I was born with the Light of Christ to help me start my journey much like the stones were the Light of Christ in those vessels. I did not know anything about my destination -- only that this step into mortality was necessary for my progression. I could not "see" what was ahead nor comprehend the experiences I would have. I was (am) NOT in control I didn't know how long my journey would be here on this earth when I started My trust was in my Father in Heaven, His plan for me and that He would guide me much like the wind and waves guided the Jaredites I have added to the Light of Christ I was born with when I received the gift of the Holy Ghost. I continue to learn and prepare as much as I can spiritually by attending church, reading my scriptures, praying and attending the temple. I still cannot see around the corners in my life and I do not know how many days, months, years I have on this earth. One thing I have definitely learned, this week especially, is that I am NOT in control. Any control I thought I may have had was an illusion. I have committed myself to God my whole life, but I realized, after this heartbreaking week, that the only hope I have for peace and joy is through delivering myself and my life to the charge of the Lord. I must have full trust in His love for me and His plan for me. I need to remind myself that 'the winds have gone forth out of [His] mouth. The rains and floods [He] has sent forth.' (Ether 2:24). I need to remember to be like the Jaredites on their journey -- sing praises, thank and praise the Lord all the day long, never ceasing. And...when I make it to the promised land, I will bow myself down and humble myself before my Lord and shed tears of joy before Him because of the multitude of tender mercies He performed on my behalf. (Ether 6:9,12)