Murmuring – Not for the Joyful (1 Nephi 2:12)

“And thus Laman and Lemuel, being the eldest, did murmur against their father. And they did murmur because they knew not the dealings of that God who had created them.” – 1 Nephi 2:12

I like thinking about happiness and joy a lot. In fact, as I read the Book of Mormon this time through, I’m focusing on happiness and joy.

This verse is not directly about happiness nor is it about joy. But it can give you an insight on both.

Personally, when I think of “murmuring,” it doesn’t seem like a particularly joyful attribute. Think about the truly happy and joyful people you know. And then think of how often they complain.

If you’re like me, then you’re coming up short.

Following this logic then, we can deduce that Laman and Lemuel probably weren’t very happy people. They show this lack of joy through their murmuring attitude.

And why did they murmur?

Because they knew not the dealings of that God who had created them.

Every once in a while a single verse packs a big punch. This verse is one of them. We learn a secret to life in this verse: if we want to murmur and complain less, then get to know God.

I know that this principle is true. Murmuring and the lack of joy that it indicates is really a signal of a much bigger problem: not knowing our Father in Heaven. Conversely, when we know God, we can go through temptations and trials without murmuring. This is because we know God, we trust Him, and we trust that in whatever we are experiencing, we will be blessed. We trust in the power of the Atonement – and that through the power of the Atonement all that is unjust in this world will be made right.