It Mattereth Not

"During a perilous period of war, an exchange of letters occurredbetween Moroni, the captain of the Nephite armies, and Pahoran, the chiefjudge and governor of the land. Moroni, whose army was suffering because ofinadequate support from the government, wrote to Pahoran 'by the way ofcondemnation' (Alma 60:2) and harshly accused him of thoughtlessness,slothfulness, and neglect. Pahoran might easily have resented Moroni andhis message, but he chose not to take offense. Pahoran respondedcompassionately and described a rebellion against the government aboutwhich Moroni was not aware. And then he responded, 'Behold, I say untoyou, Moroni, that I do not joy in your great afflictions, yea, it grievesmy soul. . . . And now, in your epistle you have censured me, but itmattereth not; I am not angry, but do rejoice in the greatness of yourheart' (Alma 61:2, 9). "One of the greatest indicators of ourown spiritual maturity is revealed in how we respond to the weaknesses, theinexperience, and the potentially offensive actions of others. A thing, anevent, or an expression may be offensive, but you and I can choose not tobe offended--and to say with Pahoran, 'it mattereth not.'" (David A. Bednar, "And Nothing Shall Offend Them," Ensign, Nov. 2006, 91)


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