Noah, The Brother of Jared, & Nephi were prophets from different eras. God told them to to build vessels for a perilous journey. The blueprints were of curious workmanship unknown to man. But their boats were not the same. Their journeys & their purposes were not identical.
The Lord knew their respective needs, & he knew that the instructions they needed did not yet exist on earth. They endured doubt & scorn from others, yet they obeyed exactly. They had ears to hear the Lord & arms prepared to do the work.
We too need specific instructions not fully available on earth. We have a prophet who listens, obeys, & instructs. We have ordinances, Priesthood, tools, & a mandate to call upon God for personal revelation. The Church is a ship of curious workmanship. Our personal ships are too.
The Natural Law, eternal doctrine that follows immutable rules as the planets circle the sun or as the delicate balance of earth’s system allows life to exist here—these are doctrines that will not change. Instructions on how to utilize those unchanging tools may vary by need.
A boat must float. This is immutable. How it floats, in what waters & to what end, that is the constructional variance. Christ redeems us. This is immutable. How we endure, thru what troubled waters, & to what end—this is the revelational variance.
We have personal, direct communication w/God. We have covenants, ordinances, Priesthood. We have a living prophet whom the whole world can hear instantly w/ a tap of a device. This ship is made for now. Trust it. Trust God’s plan for you. Have ears to hear. Build the right ship.

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