Monday, April 4, 2011


to reduce arrogance and self-dependence 

I think that humility is one of the hardest things to master. Every human being has a problem with being humble in some way. Some have pride in their appearance, their athletic abilities, or their money. Some, however, indulge in a different kind of pride. I myself often struggle with this. Focusing on lack of specific talents or possessions is also a form of pride. There are so many ways that we can individually suffer from pride and the only way that we can improve is to move closer to the Savior and follow His example. He is the perfect model of humility and by following Him, we will be more able to be like Him. I believe that humility is recognizing that everything that we have: every experience, every talent, every penny was given to us by God. Without Him, we would be nothing.

"The first test of a truly great man is his humility. I do not mean, by humility, doubt of his own power. ... [But really] great men... have a curious ...feeling that ... greatness is not in them, but through them. ... And they see something Divine... in every other man... , and are endlessly, foolishly, incredibly merciful."
John Ruskin

"The greatest act of courage and love in the history of mankind -- Christ's atoning sacrifice -- was also the greatest act of humility and submissiveness. Some may wonder if those seeking to become humble must forever defer to the strongly held opinions and positions of others. Certainly the Savior's life evidences that true humility is anything but subservience, weakness, or servility"
Marlin K. Jensen, Presidency of the Quorum of the Seventy

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