THE WISDOM OF TAO


He who knows other men is discerning; he who knows himself is intelligent. He who overcomes others is strong; he who overcomes himself is mighty.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

I'm Lamen?

Voe and I were reading in Nephi, and after Nephi and Sam and Laman and Lemuel had been visited by an angel, in the cave, and after they had witnessed miracles, we read this verse:

(Laman speaking of Nephi)
1 Nephi 16:38 Now, he says that the Lord has talked with him, and
also that angels have ministered unto him. But behold, we know
that he lies unto us; and he tells us these things, and he
worketh many things by his cunning arts, that he may deceive our
eyes, thinking, perhaps, that he may lead us away into some
strange wilderness; and after he has led us away, he has thought
to make himself a king and a ruler over us, that he may do with
us according to his will and pleasure. And after this manner did
my brother Laman stir up their hearts to anger.

Once again we were reminded of how crazy the logic was of Laman and Lemuel.
I looked at my wife and said, "There can't be anyone more stupid then these two guys."

Every time I read 1st Nephi, I am on Nephi's side. "How can those to idiots forget so fast? It was just on the preceding page that the Angel had came while they were beating Nephi with a rod!"
And I don't learn the lesson that is there. I don't learn a lesson when I put myself in Nephi's shoes.

That verse in chapter 16 is just before Nephi shocks them, and persuades them to help build a ship.
This could be as long 7 years after the family left Jerusalem.  7 years of toiling in the wilderness is a long time.  Here is the lesson I have learned. I need to be continually seeking the Spirit in my life, and I need to be continually exercising my testimony by sharing it, strengthening it, or at least telling myself about the things I know to be true.  
Because, even though I had a great experience, and felt the Spirit lift me up, a month ago, I still find myself making selfish decisions, having thoughts that lead me away from what I want to be and what I know to be important, or just neglecting to improve.   I can't stand still in my testimony.

I need to put myself in Lemuel's shoes, and understand that the bad attitudes and reluctance to obey the commandments are because of me,  not my brothers and sisters both in and out of the church.

It is too easy, to develop the attitude of Laman, even though I have been visited by the Lords spirit just a couple of chapters ago - If I am not continually on my guard.
So, again, here is the lesson I got this time through:
I need to be continually seeking the Spirit in my life, and I need to be continually exercising my testimony by sharing it, strengthening it, or at least telling myself about the things I know to be true.  

MWO

1 comment:

Whitney said...

Thanks for your testimony, a good read for me this morning.