05 September 2011

Humbling Experiences

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The tumult and the shouting dies;
The captains and the kings depart.
Still stands thine ancient sacrifice,
An humble and a contrite heart.
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget, lest we forget.
Rudyard Kipling
It is a great learning moment when we have humbling experiences that help us understand more fully different aspects of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
We can learn to humble ourselves and receive instruction from God, or we can choose to bring it upon our heads. Alma, in the Book of Mormon, said:
“Blessed are they who humble themselves without being compelled to be humble” (Alma 32:16).
There are many things that will push us in the other direction (pride), so we need to stand strong and choose what's right for us and our families.
Contention, dissolution of marriage, jealousy, impatience, aspiring for riches, and many other fallacies will keep us from having that peace that passes all understanding. That peace will help us conquer our imperfections and humble ourselves before God.
President Ezra Taft Benson said the following in his talk Beware of Pride, April 1989:
"Let us choose to be humble. We can do it. I know we can."
To bring Zion here now, we need to humble ourselves. We need to reach out to others, bring each other up and help everyone.

Is there anything else that our hearts can desire?

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