In our family scripture study we just stated re-reading the Book of Mormon again. A few days ago we read the story of when Lehi commands his son's to go back to Jerusalem and get the brass plates (1 Nephi 3). Laman and Lemuel, the older brothers, murmur about going and the whole trip wanted to turn back at the first sign of hardship. When things didn't go as planned and they loose all their wealth they beat their younger brothers with rods until an angel has to come and intervene. Even after the angel tells them they will succeed in their mission they still murmur and refuse to accomplish what their father had sent them to do. In the end Nephi is courageous enough to follow the spirit and single handily retrieves the plates (1 Nephi 4).
Lets contrast this experience with the next time that Lehi tells his sons to go back to Jerusalem. This time Lehi asks them not to go back for plates but for... girls. In 1 Nephi 7 The Lord tells Lehi that he shouldn't take his family out into the wilderness alone but that he should send his sons back to Jerusalem and bring the family of Ishmael, who happens to have five daughters, to journey in the wilderness with their family. This time, when their mission is to bring back wives and not just stack of rusty old plates, Laman and Lemuel didn't murmur at all.
It just sort of makes me laugh that these two brothers didn't murmured or hesitated at all to do the Lord's bidding when it was something they wanted... wives. I can't help but see myself in them. I know that when the Lord tells me to do something that I want to do, and that I understand, I am willing to do whatever he asks no matter how hard it is. Yet when he tells me to do something I don't want to do, or that I don't understand, I often murmur at Him and am angry.
It also makes me laugh to see that even back in the Book of Mormon days young men were still motivated by pretty faces.