Losers from the Pre-Existence?
Posted by nhilton on January 24, 2008
During last week’s lesson (GD#3) our Sunday School President told the class that he felt Laman’s & Lemuel’s repeated bad choices can be blamed on their NOT BEING CHOICE SPIRITS, that they were less valiant in the pre-existence and were inherently lower quality than their younger brothers…that the most valiant spirits were saved for these latter days and people who were born back then simply weren’t as choice.
As the teacher, I stood listening to this long comment with a surprise considering the source, mostly wondering how he had conceived it, and how I was going to respond. I said, “That’s an interesting perspective.” I certainly didn’t want to create contention in the classroom, though I was sorely tempted. I reminded the class that Laman & Lemuel actually did do what they were commanded, like leave Jerusalem, return for the brass plates, etc. and that it was their posterity that were ultimately not obliterated. That’s where I left it. I’m sure you have other comments to add!
It is inconceivable to many of us that the oldest brothers repeatedly rejected God, even after seeing angles and witnessing miracles. (See I Ne. 2:12-13; 3:28-31; 7:16; 8:17-18.) How can we deal with this story?
Did Lehi & Sariah go wrong in their parenting?
Why were Laman & Lemuel so hard hearted?
What can be said about Laman & Lemuel that isn’t judgmental or naive?
- What do we learn about repentance, forgiveness, justice and God from Laman & Lemuel?
Are there other lessons to be learned from these two men and their story?