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The Noble Soul

From Live in Thanksgiving Daily by Joseph B. Wirthlin:

“Gratitude is a mark of a noble soul and a refined character. We like to be around those who are grateful. They tend to brighten all around them. They make others feel better about themselves. They tend to be more humble, more joyful, more likable.”

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Humility

I have had many conversations with my children about how the popular definition of humility and meekness is wrong.  It’s not about thinking less of yourself,  being weak,  a pushover,  or a martyr. Humility and meekness are great strengths when properly understood and developed. 

I found this wonderful definition of humility in a talk called Pride and the Priesthood by Dieter F. Uchtdorf from the October 2010 LDS General Conference:

” How do we become more humble?

It is almost impossible to be lifted up in pride when our hearts are filled with charity. “No one can assist in this work except he shall be humble and full of love.” When we see the world around us through the lens of the pure love of Christ, we begin to understand humility.

Some suppose that humility is about beating ourselves up. Humility does not mean convincing ourselves that we are worthless, meaningless, or of little value. Nor does it mean denying or withholding the talents God has given us. We don’t discover humility by thinking less of ourselves; we discover humility by thinking less about ourselves. It comes as we go about our work with an attitude of serving God and our fellowman.

Humility directs our attention and love toward others and to Heavenly Father’s purposes. Pride does the opposite. Pride draws its energy and strength from the deep wells of selfishness. The moment we stop obsessing with ourselves and lose ourselves in service, our pride diminishes and begins to die.”

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Meekness

Daily Message – February 24th, 2015

Yesterday I had a conversation with the kids about meekness and what it means. Surely when the Savior said “the meek shall inherit the earth” he wasn’t using the most common modern interpretation of the term:

  • overly submissive or compliant; spiritless; tame. from Dictionary.com

When I looked this up there was one definition that caught my eye – the one marked “obsolete”.

  • gentle; kind.

Kindness, patience, and humility are all synonyms of the meekness used in the bible. Neal A. Maxwell described this well in his talk “Meekness – A Dimension of True Discipleship“. No one would accuse the Savior of being a pushover or passive. He was strong and courageous defending the truth, but He did it in a respectful, loving way – the opposite of the violent nature we often display when we disagree with something. The Savior was submissive to the will of His Father, and His Father’s commandments. He was not submissive or passive towards those who disagreed with Him or fought against Him. Even on the cross His submissiveness was a symbol of His obedience and refusal to conform. He hung on the cross in defiance to the sinful world as an expression of his love and compassion – true meekness!

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the true definition of the term meekness is regarded as “obsolete”. It is incumbent on us to show the world what meekness truly is. To be gentle, kind and loving in nature should be more highly valued than selfish aggression and violence. We must follow the true path and demonstrate our devotion to Christ through our thoughts, words, and deeds because He will keep his promise – the meek will inherit the earth through His gospel.

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