Great & Spacious Memes

Isn’t it weird that the activity of choice in the great & spacious building is mocking the people who are partaking of the fruit of the tree of life? The building is great and spacious, right? Surely there’s a cafe in there somewhere, a bookstore, or a bowling alley? A 3D Cineplex showing the latest superhero movie? Miniature golf? An aquarium? Something?

I was thinking about this a few weeks ago when I started my study of the Book of Mormon for this year and I’ve just kept coming back to the thought “Why is mocking the activity of choice? They could be doing literally anything else!”

In the scriptures, Lehi twice uses the word “ashamed” to describe the people who fell away after partaking of the fruit (1 Nephi 8:25 and 1 Nephi 8:27) and words like “mocking,” “scoffing,” and “scorn” to describe the people in the great and spacious building (1 Nephi 8:27-28).

And I got to thinking… what do we do in our day when we disagree with someone or disapprove of what they are doing? We make fun of them. And how do we make fun of people (or ideas or events) in the age of the internet? We make memes.

Memes can be educational, informative, or inspirational, but mostly they’re used as “entertainment” to mock someone or something. As with everything, we need to be selective about the media we consume (including memes we share).

An article in the Church News from November 2015 explores the effect the mocking, scoffing, and scorn has on the people partaking of the fruit of the tree of life–some “heeded them not,” while others “were ashamed.” Elder Neal A. Maxwell is quoted in this article as saying “The ‘finger of scorn’ has its own way of separating the faithful from those who have little or no faith.”

So let us build up our faith and share uplifting memes.