My LDS friend, Walter Reade, made an interesting observation regarding my prior post on the topic of praise. He noted that the negative uses of the term “flattery” in the scriptures, especially in the Book of Mormon, can refer to praise used to manipulate others (see Jacob 7:4, Alma 46:5, Alma 61:4, 3 Nephi 7:12). Modern prophets have also warned us against the flattery of the world. Praising others seems like such an inherently positive thing, but there are many negative uses, and I think it is worthwhile to carefully consider what we are doing and especially why we are doing it when we feel an urge to praise.
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