Nephi {What it means to be a real hero}

Posted on Aug 4 2013 - 7:00am by Traci

My son just turned three, and is WAY into superheroes. It’s a lot of fun, and I love zooming around the room with him saving the world. But at the same time, I really want him to have real heroes to look up to in his life, you know what I mean? I am so lucky to have married a wonderful man who I know is my Son’s ultimate hero and man he looks up to and strives to be. I am so grateful to have the Bible and Book of Mormon, to teach my son about heroes that lived long ago, and have their life stories to share with us. They don’t have super powers as far as super heroes go, but their power is something even better, I think.

My son’s favorite from the scriptures is a man named Nephi. He lived around 600 B.C. and is one of my absolute favorite people from the scriptures. If you don’t know what I am talking about, Markell and I are memeber’s of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. You can learn more about us here… Markell has also gotten with a bunch of other members {and bloggers!} of our church {mormons!} Who would LOVE to send you a Book of Mormon if you are interested. You can check out that here! We believe in the Bible, and we also believe in a book also written to supplement and go along with the bible, an extra and wonderful book called The Book of Mormon. We learn about Nephi a lot in the Book or Mormon and the type of person he is.

My little boy LOVES Nephi. I am so grateful for his example, and would like to share a few reasons why I hope that my little boy grows up to be just like Nephi {or develop similar traits}. I love that he loves superheroes, but really hope he has real life people with real life problems to be able to look to as an example as he is growing up and facing real problems.

1. Nephi is Humble.  Several times he is harassed by his older brothers. Never once does he yell at them or try to fight back, even when they are trying to kill him. He takes it humbly, and always forgives them when they ask for forgiveness.  I don’t know many people that could do that, including myself. Humility is a trait I feel that in our society we misunderstand as weakness. I feel that as a whole as a society we think if you are humble, that means you just don’t have the guts to fight back,  or that we should hold grudges and get our revenge {watched any movies lately? This is the plot, revenge} I want my son to grow up understanding and learning from a humble example like Nephi, who never let pride enter his heart, but tried his best to be humble in ever circumstance.

My son is only three, and has already been bullied {I know, really?} As a mother this was really hard to watch and handle. I just wanted to go punch the other kid in the face {Yes, I admit it}. It was really helpful to realize that Nephi had also been bullied multiple times, and to be able to teach my son how to handle the situation as Nephi did, and to help my son be able to relate and learn from a real hero that lived long ago and handled bullying better than anyone I know.

2. Nephi was Faithful. He had faith in his Heavenly Father, and Savior Jesus Christ. He was asked by his Heavenly Father to go and get the scriptures from an evil king, and he says “I was led by the Spirit, not knowing beforehand the things which I should do”. He was asked by his Heavenly Father to do something, and he just went to do it, knowing that God would let him know what he should do the entire time. I am so grateful for such an example of unwavering faith. I hope that my son can also have this trait as he grows older. That he trusts in his Heavenly Father and Christ, with all of his heart, even with others including me, his mother, may not handle things always as I should. Or if something should happen to me, or my husband. I want him to learn that he always can follow and lean on his Heavenly Father and Savior, no.matter.what. I also appreciate the trait of being faithful for all relationships in life.

I hope that he learns to be faithful to his wife, his children, all of his family, to his work, and most importantly to his Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ.

3. Nephi was Patient. Nephi travels with his family in the wilderness and their mains source of obtaining food, a bow, breaks. The family is devastated. They all complain and get angry {I would too, I don’t like missing a meal!} But Nephi doesn’t ever complain, he just keeps on praying and asking for help to get food. He has faith in every circumstance, and is patient even when he is hungry 🙂 Patience is a very hard thing for a three year old, but something I hope I can learn right along with him. {Even when I am hungry 🙂

4. Nephi is a Go-Getter. He doesn’t just sit on his bum playing video games all day {no offense to anyone who loves video games}. But he goes- and he does. Heavenly Father asks him to build a boat, and instead of procrastinating, complaining or just wasting time, he gets right on it and works hard to build the ship. Even when his brothers make fun of him, and are being lazy themselves. He is also willing to work when he is experiencing a hard time in his life, or a trial. He is bound and tied to the ship {he built} by these same older brothers, and he prays to Heavenly Father to “give me the strength to burst my bands”. Woah! He not only prays for help, he prays for strength to do be able to have help to get out of this bad situation. He doesn’t pray that Heavenly Father will fix everything, he asks for help to be freed. He isn’t a bum. He gets things done. I hope that my son does the same. That he serves his Heavenly Father and Savior with all his might, and that he works hard for his someday family and his current family with his Mom, Dad and little sister. That he serves others willingly and is always spending his time doing something good.

5. Nephi is Smart, he is educated. He was constantly learning, and praying for help to understand the scriptures, and to understand different skills he was learning. I hope that my son as he learns and grows learning from the scriptures and learning in school. That he prays for understanding, and help to retain and learn and understand all the principles he is being taught. That he can glean and take the good and remember, and be able to get a good education, and become the best version of himself.

I love that my son is into superheroes, but I am most grateful for Real Heroes in the scriptures, like Nephi, who teach my son real life solutions for real life problems, and teach him to follow his Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ. I know that he will face similar challenges, and already has. And I hope that he can always look to the heroes from the scriptures. I know that the Book of Mormon is a  true book, and teaches us to follow Christ. And if you want to learn more about Nephi, and some other amazing men, we can look to as our heroes, we would love to send you a copy, no charge. Check it out the info here.

Traci 🙂

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