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This is a review of the slides we used while discussing . . . Pillars of Consecration D&C 38. The Establishment of Zion. We ought to have the building up of Zion as our greatest object ( Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith , Section Four 1839–42, p.161).
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We ought to have the building up of Zion as our greatest object (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, Section Four 1839–42, p.161).
When we awake and are born of God, a new day will break and Zion will be Redeemed (President Ezra Taft Benson, Ensign, Nov. 1985, 5).
These comments are for the essentially ‘honorable’ members who are skimming over the surface instead of deepening their discipleshipand who are casually engaged rather than ‘anxiously engaged’ (D&C 76:75; 58:27). Though nominal in their participation, their reservations and hesitations inevitably show through. They may even pass through our holy temples, but, alas, they do not let the holy temples pass through them (Neal A. Maxwell, Ensign, Nov. 1992, 65).
The longest journey that any of us will ever take’ —the journey from my head to my heart (Marie K. Hafen, Ricks College Devotional, October 3, 2000).
Pride does not look up to God and care about what is right. It looks sideways to man and argues who is right. Pride is manifest in the spirit of contention.
Was it not through pride that the devil became the devil? Christ wanted to serve. The devil wanted to rule. Christ wanted to bring men to where He was. The devil wanted to be above men.
Christ removed self as the force in His perfect life. It was not my will, but thine be done. Pride is characterized by "What do I want out of life?" rather than by "What would God have me do with my life?"It is self-will as opposed to God's will. It is the fear of man over the fear of God (Ezra Taft Benson, Ensign, April, 1989, p. 4).
Pride is the great stumbling blockto Zion. I repeat:Pride is the great stumbling blockto Zion (President Ezra Taft Benson, Saturday Morning Session, CR, 1 April, 1989).
Conceit[Pride] is the strangest disease known to man. It makes every one else sick, but he who has it.
I recently learned an interesting fact: If a man owns a million dollars worth of gold at today’s prices, he possesses approximately one 27-billionth of all the gold that is present in the earth’s thin crust alone (Spencer W. Kimball, The False Gods We Worship, Ensign, June 1976, p. 5).
The first year that I came into this valley I had not flour enough to last my family until harvest . . . and persons were coming to my house every day for bread. I had the blues about one day; I went down to the old fort, and by the time I got back to my house I was completely cured. I said to my wife, ‘Do not let a person come here for food and go away empty handed, for if you do we shall suffer before harvest; but if you give to every individual that comes we shall have enough to last us through.’ I intend to keep doing so, that my bread may hold out, for if I do not I shall come short. Do you believe that principle? I know it is true, because I have proven it so many times (Brigham Young, in Journal of Discourses, 3:332-33).
The Lord has given to me all I possess; I have nothing in reality, not a single dime of it is mine. You may ask, 'Do you feel as you say?' Yes, I actually do. The coat I have on my back is not mine, and never was; the Lord put it in my possession honorably, and I wear it; but if he wishes for it, and all there is under it, he is welcome to the whole. I do not own a house, or a single farm of land, a horse, mule, carriage, or wagon, or wife, nor child but what the Lord gave me, and if he wants them, he can take them at his pleasure, whether he speaks for them, or takes them without speaking (Brigham Young, JD 2:307).
When my Bishop came to value my property, he wanted to know what he should take my tithing in. I told him to take anything I had, for I did not set my heart upon any one thing; my horses, cows, hogs, or any other thing he might take; my heart is set upon the work of my God, upon the public good of his great Kingdom (Brigham Young, JD 1:376).
Neither in public relief nor in private charity is any duty, restraint, or inhibition placed upon the needy recipient of help. He may take and take, and grasp for more. It is quite otherwise in the Church. The Lord has said to the unworthy poor: Wo unto you poor men, whose hearts are not broken, whose spirits are not contrite, and whose bellies are not satisfied, and whose hands are not stayed from laying hold upon other men’s goods, whose eyes are full of greediness, and who will not labor with your own hands! (D&C 56:17.) (Marion G. Romney, Ensign, Nov. 1977, 81).