He Did Unite with the Voice of the People – Helaman 1:5-8

5 Nevertheless, it came to pass that Pahoran was appointed by the voice of the people to be chief judge and a governor over the people of Nephi.
6 And it came to pass that Pacumeni, when he saw that he could not obtain the judgment-seat, he did unite with the voice of the people.
7 But behold, Paanchi, and that part of the people that were desirous that he should be their governor, was exceedingly wroth; therefore, he was about to flatter away those people to rise up in rebellion against their brethren.
8 And it came to pass as he was about to do this, behold, he was taken, and was tried according to the voice of the people, and condemned unto death; for he had raised up in rebellion and sought to destroy the liberty of the people.
(Helaman 1:5-8)

When Pahoran, who had been chief judge for fifteen years, died, each of his three sons wanted to succeed him. One son (also named Pahoran) was elected. The second son, Pacumeni, conceded defeat graciously, and agreed to accept the will of the people. But the third son, Paanchi, refused to concede and jeopardized the stability of his country by trying to start a rebellion.

The ability to accept failure and adapt is a critical skill. Without it, we would be unable to collaborate with other people and to participate in organizations, because it is inevitable that our opinions and desires will collide with those of the people around us from time to time.

In the most recent general conference, Elder David A. Bednar taught us about the Christlike attribute of meekness:

Meekness is a defining attribute of the Redeemer and is distinguished by righteous responsiveness, willing submissiveness, and strong self-restraint…. The Christlike quality of meekness often is misunderstood in our contemporary world. Meekness is strong, not weak; active, not passive; courageous, not timid; restrained, not excessive; modest, not self-aggrandizing; and gracious, not brash. A meek person is not easily provoked, pretentious, or overbearing and readily acknowledges the accomplishments of others (“Meek and Lowly of Heart,” General Conference, April 2018).

Today, I will strive to follow Pacumeni’s example of meekness in my interactions with my colleagues at work. When my opinions and ideas don’t prevail, I will adapt quickly so that I can contribute to the success of the group. I will remember that exercising self-restraint and recognizing the contributions of others is a sign of strength and that I can most effectively influence the group from a position of solidarity, not animosity.

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