3You may wonder whether the principle of initiative and diligence can be found in the scriptures.Yes. In fact it appears there so often that it's easy to overlook: like the air we breathe. The Savior taught:For every one that asketh, receiveth; and he that seeketh, findeth; and to him thatknocketh, it shall be opened. (3 Ne. 14:8)I will give you just a few of many instances. The Book of Mormon begins with the initiative of Lehi "as he went forth and prayed unto the Lord, yea, even with all his heart, on behalf of his people." Then there is the mighty vision in which Nephi was given the interpretation of hisfather’s inspired dream of the tree of life, the iron rod, the Savior’s ministry, and so much more.This Nephi received because he desired to see and hear and know for himself what his father hadreceived, and sat pondering these things in his heart. At one point Nephi wrote,And it came to pass that the Lord spake unto me, saying: Blessed art thou, Nephi, because of thy faith, for thou hast sought me diligently, with lowliness of heart. (1 Ne 2:19)You will remember the spiritual initiative of Enos. In the midst of a hunting trip he stopped to ponder the truths his father had taught him, and to pray all day long and into the night. By sodoing he obtained forgiveness of his sins and great promises for his people and for theLamanites. The sons of Mosiah also acted on their own initiative when they renounced any claimthey might have had to succeed their father as king and asked instead to serve a mission in theland of their enemies, the Lamanites. The result of their labors, which lasted 14 years, was thatmany thousands were saved in the kingdom of God. Those four brothers are role models of initiative and diligence."Now these sons of Mosiah . . . had waxed strong in the knowledge of the truth;for they were men of a sound understanding and they had searched the scripturesdiligently, that they might know the word of God.But this is not all; they had given themselves to much prayer, and fasting;therefore they had the spirit of prophecy, and the spirit of revelation, and whenthey taught, they taught with power and authority of God." (Mosiah 17.2-3)The prophet Joseph took the first small step that launched the Restoration of the gospel when hequietly arose from his bed one Spring morning and walked a short way into the woods to ask of God which Church was right and to learn of his standing before God. The great majority of therevelations in the Doctrine and Covenants came as answers to questions and requests from theProphet as he studied the scriptures and administered the affairs of the kingdom. These are just afew examples of many — I haven't mentioned the 2,000 stripling warriors — it was their idea torisk their lives in defense of their people — or Moroni, whose life is one bold move after another,or Teancum, or the brothers Nephi and Lehi, or any of the others.