Four times in this chapter, Mormon warns us not to spurn the things of God. Notice the contrast between us (hissing, spurning, making game of the Jews) and the Lord (remembering and fulfilling His covenant, doing what He has sworn to do, not reacting when He is rejected). I want to be like the Lord: steady, dependable, unshakeable.
As Dieter F. Uchtdorf recently taught:
There is nothing noble or impressive about being cynical. Skepticism is easy—anyone can do it. It is the faithful life that requires moral strength, dedication, and courage. (“Be Not Afraid, Only Believe,” General Conference, October 2015).
Today, I will avoid spending time and energy on criticism and complaining. I will follow the example of the Lord, and focus on steady, positive action and on keeping the covenants I have made.