Last night, Tiger taught us about Murmuring. It was pretty appropriate for our family considering last week we learned about language.
Tiger decided to frame this lesson in the context of Nephi/Laman and Lemuel. Laman and Lemuel are classic murmurers, so this was a good place to start.
Tiger prepared a piece of paper that had two columns. On the left was Laman and Lemuel on the right was Nephi We began by reading the following scripture:
“And thus Laman and Lemuel, being the eldest, did murmur against their father. And they did murmur because they knew not the dealings of that God who had created them.” – 1 Nephi 2:12
On the paper, we wrote down the reasons why Laman and Lemuel chose to murmur:
- They didn’t know God
We then read about Nephi
” And it came to pass that I, Nephi, being exceedingly young, nevertheless being large in stature, and also having great desires to know of the mysteries of God, wherefore, I did cry unto the Lord; and behold he did visit me, and did soften my heart that I did believe all the words which had been spoken by my father; wherefore, I did not rebel against him like unto my brothers.” – 1 Nephi 2:16
We found the reasons that Nephi chose not to murmur
- Nephi Prayed
- the spirit of the Lord visited and helped Nephi
As we studied the scriptures we added to our chart. It ended up looking like this:
One of the things that we noticed, as a family, was that a big cause of murmuring comes from a lack of understanding our God. However, this doesn’t mean that we are blameless when we murmur. Nephi didn’t have more than a desire to understand when he prayed to God (in 1 Nephi 2:16). If we don’t understand God, but we have the desire to, then God will bless us as He blessed Nephi.
Through these experiences, Nephi began to gain confidence in the Lord. He knew that he could trust God. Because Nephi didn’t murmur, and instead prayed, he was blessed with courage. Often, we think of Nephi’s courage as being something difficult to cultivate in ourselves, but as we read through these scriptures, I realized that Nephi’s courage wasn’t based in his own ability. Nephi’s courage was based in his trust in God.
So…we can refrain from murmuring by trusting God, getting to know Him, and praying. We don’t have to be like Laman and Lemuel. We can be happy and obedient, and through this be strengthened by the Lord.
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