Less and Less Astonished – 3 Nephi 2:1-2

1 And it came to pass that thus passed away the ninety and fifth year also, and the people began to forget those signs and wonders which they had heard, and began to be less and less astonished at a sign or a wonder from heaven, insomuch that they began to be hard in their hearts, and blind in their minds, and began to disbelieve all which they had heard and seen–
2 Imagining up some vain thing in their hearts, that it was wrought by men and by the power of the devil, to lead away and deceive the hearts of the people; and thus did Satan get possession of the hearts of the people again, insomuch that he did blind their eyes and lead them away to believe that the doctrine of Christ was a foolish and a vain thing.
This is how we can lose our faith. Gradually, almost imperceptibly, we stop being impressed with the miracles in our lives. We take for granted the amazing things we have experienced, and we no longer consider God’s works with a sense of “awesome wonder” (“How Great Thou Art,” Hymn 86). Soon, we begin to rationalize away the evidence for our testimony, and to concoct alternative explanations for the things we have experienced.
How can we immunize ourselves against this hardening of our hearts? By remembering to be grateful. By regularly taking inventory of the blessings in our lives and acknowledging their source. We can do this through prayer, pondering, studying the scriptures, writing in journals, and in many other ways.
Today, I will remember the blessings I have received and the miracles I have experienced. I will remember them not only with my mind but with my heart. I will deliberately resist becoming jaded, and will seek to maintain a sense of childlike wonder at the majesty of my Heavenly Father’s works in the world and in my life. 

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  1. Found this when googling “astonished” and Book of Mormon. Wondering about Hebrew or other correlate to that word as it is used fairly frequently and conscpicuously compared to what it means today. Still thinking about that word in the BofM and why it was chosen as translation word in some verses. Glad I searched as I very much enjoyed this concise, excellent post. Great thought for members today during this pandemic. Daily gratitude and wonder at God’s signs in our lives is a must. Thanks for sharing. I needed this great thought.

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    1. Thanks for the comment, and I’m glad you found the post useful. I agree that the word “astonished” appears much more frequently in the scriptures than in my common daily usage. In the Book of Mormon (unlike the Bible), it is frequently magnified by an adverb (“greatly,” “exceedingly,” etc.). I think it is important for us to remain impressionable – capable of being astonished at things that are truly astonishing.

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