Enos 1:11

And after I, Enos, had heard these words, my faith began to be unshaken in the Lord; and I prayed unto him with many long strugglings for my brethren, the Lamanites

Reference:

Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families: Book of Mormon 2020: March 23-29

What is the scriptural or historical context of this scripture:

Enos was the son of the great teacher Jacob and the nephew of Nephi. He went hunting and began to pray. He says that he prayed all day long and into the night. The Lord heard and answered his prayer. But it wasn't a burning bush or a vision or visits by angels, Enos heard the voice of the Lord whispered to him in his heart.

When Enos received this answer he accepted it as his answer and prayed on with more confidence. First, he prayed for forgiveness of his own sins. Then he prayed for the Lord's mercy on his people.

After receiving forgiveness and feeling the sweetness of the Lord's mercy for those he loved, he desired that even his enemies could receive it. So he continued to pray and ask for mercy for those that hated him and his people. After a long time, he received the Lord's promise that he would have mercy on Enos' enemies.

Thoughts about this scripture:

As part of a gospel lesson, I took my children to our back yard where a young tree had been planted. Its trunk was only as thick as my thumb. I invited each of them to shake the tree. It shook easily even for the youngest of my children.

We then went to the front yard where there was a larger tree. It wasn't enormous, but the trunk was 5 or 6 inches across. I invited each of my children to shake this tree. Then I invited them to all work together to shake the tree. Each attempt was unsuccessful.

I taught them that when we nourish our faith in Jesus Christ it becomes like the bigger tree. We can become unshakable. So that when storms come and the winds blow in our life that we stay firm. Even with a group of children come and try and shove and bend you out of the way, you will remain unshakable.

How does this strengthen my testimony

When I read this scripture I am reminded of times in my life when I have prayed for forgiveness and felt the spirit of the Lord speak peace to my heart. I know that God lives and that Jesus is my savior.

Because I have received this simple answer whispered to my heart, I can also stand firm and unshakable as Enos did. I don't need a great manifestation of the spirit, a pillar of fire, or visits by angels to know that God is real.

And I do know. And God is real. And Jesus is my savior.