Dinner Talk Topics for Friday
Ye will teach them to love one another, and to serve one another. ~Mosiah 4:15
After the great flood, followers of Nimrod, using expert skills, began to build a city. They liked their location, their occupations, and each other. They liked their way of doing things. For some reason, though, they were afraid of being “scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.” They must have been comfortable in their established routine, and of course the prospect of being scattered was unpleasant. They proceeded to build a type of “ivory tower,” where they could feel the security of being in control, and not have to worry about the inconvenience of accommodating others’ ideas.
These people of Nimrod may have gone on to create a closed society, but as it turned out, their worst fears were realized when their language was confounded. Like it or not, they were forced out of their comfort zone. At first, they were overwhelmed by the challenge and had no idea what to do. All, however, inevitably were compelled by circumstances to make one decision which affected everything else that followed. Each decided what his attitude would be. Some panicked. Some withdrew to concentrate on their problems and to be alone with their fears. Others blamed everyone else for their circumstances and spent the rest of their lives complaining and bitter. This preoccupation with self crowded out all thought of solution. For these, there was no hope.
Yet there were a few descendants of Shem who, despite problems that were equal to or greater than everyone else’s, were able to encourage the gloomy ones. These, amazingly, found it easier to be cheerful. For some, problems seem more manageable, and somehow they seem able to find joy, even at the bleakest points of life’s journey. To them, at times even the impossible seems possible. How do they do it?
These Semites had a faith larger than life, and in all things they came off “conquerors through him that loved” them. They decided to look beyond themselves to meet the needs of others. And that made all the difference.
Dinner Talk Topics:
Faith, love and steadfastness have a role in leadership. *Harmony, Service
- How does service overcome selfishness?
- What types of circumstances require teamwork?
- How can teamwork strengthen the family?
And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God. (Mosiah 2:17)
- How do we serve God by serving others?
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