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The unfortunate tale of Laman & Lemuel

Did you ever watch the old Living Scriptures videos when you were younger? The animated ones with a tall, skinny Laman and a short pudgy Lemuel that resembled the Wet Bandits from Home Alone??

I’ve always wondered why the church didn’t just buy those videos and add them to their supplemental materials library 🤷🏼‍♀️ and I’m sure there’s a plethora of reasons, but personally I’m blaming it on the videos’ tragically one-dimensional view of Laman and Lemuel.

I’ve really grown to appreciate these two over the last month, especially after seeing them in the new church videos. The thing that’s hit me the most is the fact that they WENT. Did they grumble and murmur the entire way? Yeah. Did they tease and torment at every opportunity? For sure. Did they drag the group down? Quite possibly. But they still went. They easily could have stayed in their luxe little Jerusalem lives, and had many opportunities to change their minds and do so. But they left their treasures, ate the raw meat, and got on the boat. It’s just a reminder to me that we’re all doing our best, though it might look very different from the outside.

I think L&L deserve a little more credit than the Living Scriptures vids gave them, don’t you??


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