Were the giant spiders going to eat us before we got there? Would the grizzly bears tear us apart? What about the alien spaceships? Were they really going to take Grace with them? Find out by reading on…..
On Monday Jaime, Ava and I went with Mark, Gayle and their three children in a quest for the hidden treasure letterbox near the top of a hill next to the mighty Susquehanna. Using compasses and a treasure map we followed the clues to the spot where the hidden treasure lay. Then for the lesson, as this was a Family Home Evening activity, Grace, Mark and Gayle’s oldest, chose to read the following scripture from 1 Nephi 16: 10, 26-29:
10 And it came to pass that as my father arose in the morning, and went forth to the tent door, to his great astonishment he beheld upon the ground a round ball of curious workmanship; and it was of fine brass. And within the ball were two spindles; and the one pointed the way whither we should go into the wilderness.
26 And it came to pass that the voice of the Lord said unto him: Look upon the ball, and behold the things which are written.
27 And it came to pass that when my father beheld the things which were written upon the ball, he did fear and tremble exceedingly, and also my brethren and the sons of Ishmael and our wives.
28 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, beheld the pointers which were in the ball, that they did work according to the faith and diligence and heed which we did give unto them.
29 And there was also written upon them a new writing, which was plain to be read, which did give us understanding concerning the ways of the Lord; and it was written and changed from time to time, according to the faith and diligence which we gave unto it. And thus we see that by small means the Lord can bring about great things.
A small compass and a piece of paper brought us to the hidden letterbox that someone left for treasure seekers. And such it is, that by small and simple means does the Lord bring about great things to pass. Joseph Smith was a mere 14 year old boy when he went into the grove to pray. Offering up a simple prayer, God the Father answered by appearing to Joseph and giving him his answers. By unlearned 19 year old boys are men’s and women’s lives changed and blessed for time and all eternity. These small and simple things doth confound the wise who think too much beyond the mark for their answers, looking for new angles, when the answer is as clear as the light of day right in front of their eyes, if they but look. The travesty of the Israelites in the wilderness being bitten by snakes all around them is that their way of salvation was to merely glance at the snake on the stick held up by Moses. Such simplicity when we think there should be more to it then that.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is simple. Follow Him. Keep His commandments. Salvation will come in due time.
Back to the adventure….
After discovering the hidden treasure, and seeing the analogy of small and simple things, we began hearing gunshots in the background. Already on the way to the hilltop we were surrounded by giant spiders (felled trees), big grizzly bears (I love a child’s imagination), and alien spaceships (powerline towers). But the gunshots were real and on the way back, we told the girls to scream and make noise. The one time they get to scream. Heh, they never scream when you want them to do they? But scream to their hearts content when you wish they would be silent. 😛
In any case, we’re alive and well. Here are some pictures!