Happy Independence Day!!!
On day four, the following phrase from 1 Nephi 4:2 caught my attention: "Let us be strong like unto Moses." I have read right past this line many times. This time, though, I just happened to be imagining myself in Nephi's place, when I came to this phrase and it occurred to me that I would never think/say that. When in my life have I thought, 'I need to be strong like [insert any prophet's name here]'? Never. I have admired certain prophets and people from the scriptures at different times in my life, but I haven't really used them as role models.
To be fair, I'm not generally the type to idolize anyone. Even in my adorable tweens I never had a celebrity crush and I seriously struggle with the question, "If you could meet any famous person who would it be?" Basically no one, thank you. I even had a dream once where I was entertaining a bunch of famous people for my birthday and it was torture. (Britney Spears ruined my mom's table).
So why does Nephi think to "be strong like unto Moses?" I suppose it's because he truly admired and loved him. I think the closest I've come to relating to this phrase is when I think of my deceased grandmother. I very much hope to become like her.
Moroni (not Captain Moroni, but the one at the end of the Book of Mormon) is probably the closest I have to a scripture hero. I know my dad has a church history hero, though I can't remember who it is. It's kind of a strange ambition, I guess, but I've decided I want to feel strongly enough about a gospel hero to someday say to myself, "Let me be strong, like ---."
Who are your heroes?