Sunday, October 10, 2010


In General Priesthood Meeting on Saturday night, President Uchtdorf spoke on the sin of pride. Here are few points:

"I believe there is a difference between being proud of certain things and being prideful," President Uchtdorf said, adding he is proud of many things, including his wife, their children and grandchildren, the youth of the Church and the priesthood bearers to whom he was speaking.

"So what is the difference between this kind of feeling and the pride that President Benson called 'the universal sin'?" he asked. "Pride is sinful … because it breeds hatred or hostility and places us in opposition to God and our fellowmen. At its core, pride is a sin of comparison, for though it usually begins with 'Look how wonderful I am and what great things I have done,' it always seems to end with 'Therefore, I am better than you.'"

A heart filled with pride violates two great commandments he said, explaining that instead of worshiping God and loving one's neighbor, a prideful person loves and worships the image he sees in the mirror.

"Pride is the great sin of self-elevation," President Uchtdorf said. "It is, for so many, a personal Rameumptom, a holy stand that justifies envy, greed and vanity."

Pride has many faces, he said, leading some to revel in their own perceived self-worth. "At its core is the desire to be admired or envied. It is the sin of self-glorification.

"For others, pride turns to envy: They look bitterly at those who have better positions, more talents or greater possessions than they do. They seek to hurt, diminish and tear down others in a misguided and unworthy attempt at self-elevation. When those they envy stumble or suffer, they secretly cheer."
This is certainly a common problem and one we must constantly fight against as it is one of Satan's favorite tools.

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