One of things the Children of Israel needed to learn was trust in the Lord. In Proverbs we read, "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths" (Prov. 3:5,6).
Over and over again as Israel traveled from Egypt to Sinai, the Lord seemed to be saying, "Trust me." Actual trust is a precious commodity, one not to be given lightly. The older Alma taught, "And also trust no one to be your teacher nor your minister, except he be a man of God, walking in his ways and keeping his commandments" (Mosiah 23:14).
The story that follows, given by Elder McKay in 1944, illustrates how important it is to find those you know you know you can trust.
There is a story told that a company of botanists seeking some special flowers up in the Canadian Rockies, came one day to a very rare flower down on the side of a cliff. To reach it they would have to retrace their steps and go back ten miles to come up from the valley below. Someone suggested that if they had a rope they could let a boy down to pick the specimens. That suggestion was prompted by the fact that a little boy had been following them for about an hour, watching them silently.
They got the rope and said:
"Here, lad, we'll give you $5 if you will put this rope around you and permit us to let you down to get those flowers."
Without saying a word the lad scampered off. They thought they had frightened him. He went to a house nearby and soon came back with a man by his side. Then the little fellow answered:
"You may put that rope around me, and I'll get the flower, if you'll let my dad hold the rope." (Pres. David O. McKay, CR, Apr. 1944)