Don’t Complain, Shine!

What does one do when they are surrounded by those who continually complain about how badly they are treated? In 1 Nephi 2, Nephi’s brothers, Laman and Lemuel, continually complained that they had to leave Jerusalem; and what did their father do? He wished that they had the faith to believe that God was protecting them from harm. Those brothers just could not grasp that possibility. They did not have the faith.

In the New Testament, it says:

“Do all things without murmuring and disputings: that ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; holding forth the word of life” (Phil 2:14-16).

To me, this means that when I am surrounded by those who murmur, I should join in the murmuring, nor murmur against them, nor dispute with them. The only other thing to do is to just shine, be obedient, and of good cheer. I like that.

This is what I wrote the previous time I read 1 Nephi 2: 1 Nephi Chapter 2: The Departure From Jerusalem, Before It Falls.

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