Sunday, June 21, 2015

3 Nephi 18:34 -- On Discouraging Disputation

"And I give you these commandments because of the disputations which have been among you. And blessed are ye if ye have no disputations among you."
3 Nephi 18:34

Wow.  I love the idea of a society without disputations.  Or even an individual life, or even a day. :)  It seems like it would be so great if we could resolve our differences in a better way, and come to consensus.  And, really, if we work at it, there are probably a lot of things that we don't really have to argue about.  Some things don't matter that much.  Some things do, but we could reach an agreement if both sides were willing to compromise.  And as we work to grow closer to God, hopefully we become more aligned to his will, and therefore each other as well. :)
I don't think that the whole idea of lessening disputations or even aligning ourselves with God means that we have to become little cookie cutter people, all the same.  I think God values our opinions and individuality, and loves the fact that we have different personalities and preferences.  I think the point is realizing that we are better individuals when we learn to get along with other people and consider their needs along with our own.
Today, let's work at trying to minimize our disputations, and eliminate them when it is possible.  Not saying we should just go along with things that we think are bad ideas, but let's realize that other people have good ideas too, and that compromise isn't a bad word.  It is a way for us to find answers that work for everyone, not just a part.  Let's look to God and consider the needs of the people around us, and hopefully we will find better ways of working together without so much disputation. :)

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