2 Wherefore, in my days, I would that ye should know that I fought much with the sword to preserve my people, the Nephites, from falling into the hands of their enemies, the Lamanites. But behold, I of myself am a wicked man, and I have not kept the statutes and the commandments of the Lord as I ought to have done.
In 1952, my Grandma, Mary Winn, met some LDS missionaries and began reading the Book of Mormon for the first time. As she read, this verse in Omni caught her attention. She was impressed with Omni’s willingness to admit that he was a wicked man. She thought, “He didn’t have to put that in there. These were real people.” That experience helped her to open her heart and receive a testimony of the Book of Mormon.
Because Mormon didn’t editorialize the small plates of Nephi, but simply inserted them into his record, we don’t know much about Omni. But, we can surely follow his example of genuineness as we interact with others. We don’t need to constantly confess our sins, but we ought to curb our urge to make ourselves look better than we really are.
As Dieter F. Uchtdorf taught in General Conference last Sunday:
The Church is not an automobile showroom–a place to put ourselves on display so that others can admire our spirituality, capacity, or prosperity. It is more like a service center, where vehicles in need of repair come for maintenance and rehabilitation.
(“On Being Genuine”)
As I interact with others today, I will be genuine. I will let them see that I’m a real person and be willing to acknowledge my faults and weaknesses.