Had the Mighty Works Been Shown Unto Them – Helaman 15:15-16

15 For behold, had the mighty works been shown unto them which have been shown unto you, yea, unto them who have dwindled in unbelief because of the traditions of their fathers, ye can see of yourselves that they never would again have dwindled in unbelief.
16 Therefore, saith the Lord: I will not utterly destroy them, but I will cause that in the day of my wisdom they shall return again unto me, saith the Lord.

Alma told the poor Zoramites that he believed many of them would have humbled themselves even under different circumstances (Alma 32:25). In the passage above, Samuel the Lamanite tells the people of Zarahemla that they are not living as they should, given the blessings they have received. He points out that the Lamanites, when they receive the truth, are reliable in keeping it over time, and earn God’s blessings by their steadfastness and firmness.
We know that “of him unto whom much is given much is required” (D&C 82:3), and yet how easy is it to be self-righteous and to compare ourselves favorably with others who appear to be less wise and less honorable than we are. There are at least two reasons why this comparison may be inaccurate:

  1. We may notice the faults of others and ignore their virtues.
  2. We may be underestimating the advantages we have received and overestimating our own contributions.
Today, I will remember how much I have been given and how much is therefore expected of me. I will be humble when I am tempted to judge others, and I will focus instead on living up to the blessings I have been given.
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