Laman and Lemuel: A Case Study in “Not Becoming”

Title

Laman and Lemuel: A Case Study in “Not Becoming”

Book Title

Living the Book of Mormon: Abiding by Its Precepts

Publication Type

Book

Chapter

7

Year of Publication

2007

Authors

Editors

Strathearn, Gaye (Secondary), and Swift, Charles (Secondary)

Pagination

100-112

Publisher

Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University/Deseret Book

City

Provo, UT/Salt Lake City

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Bibliographic Citation

Goodman, Michael A. "Laman and Lemuel: A Case Study in “Not Becoming”" In Living the Book of Mormon: Abiding by Its Precepts, Edited by Strathearn, Gaye, and Swift, Charles. 100-112. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University/Deseret Book, 2007.

Abstract

We can easily see Laman and Lemuel as being lost from the start. Almost like stock characters in a novel, they may appear to have little depth or complexity. This simplistic view makes it hard to identify the reasons behind, as well as the consequences of, Laman and Lemuel’s behavior. Consequently, if we do not look for deeper meaning in Laman and Lemuel’s story, we may fail to identify the necessary precepts to avoid the pitfalls they fell into and to which we are vulnerable today.
 
Through a more contextual view of Laman and Lemuel’s lives, we are provided with a set of precepts to help us thrive spiritually in our day. As President Spencer W. Kimball taught, to be “forewarned is [to be] forearmed.” Ultimately, Laman and Lemuel’s lack of faith in and incorrect understanding of God led to their failure to become the righteous sons of God they were intended to be.
 
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