“I Took the Compass”

Brant Gardner

In such a short narration is impossible to know if the Liahona appeared to work instantaneously, or whether Nephi's use of it was guided to correct interpretations. Because it also appears that it too time for the exercise of Nephi's faith to accomplish the cessation of the storm, it is likely that both processes were the result of time, and neither occurred immediately.

Multidimensional Commentary on the Book of Mormon