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Title: This is a review of the slides we used while discussing ' ' ' Pride Threat


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This is a review of the slides we used while
discussing . . . PrideThreat 3 Helaman
1-3 Nephi 10
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We ought to have the building up of Zion as
our greatest object. (Teachings of the Prophet
Joseph Smith, p.161)
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Pride is the great stumbling block to Zion. I
repeat Pride is the great stumbling block to
Zion. (President Ezra Taft Benson, Saturday
Morning Session, CR, 1 April, 1989.)
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Conceit/pride is the strangest disease known
to man. It makes every one else sick, but he who
has it. -Unknown
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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 (President Ezra Taft Benson,
Ensign, May 1989, p.4).
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The pride of the Nephites
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Signs of this type of pride
  • Hel. 412
  • Hel. 611-13
  • 3 Nephi 610-15

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I am reminded of an article I read some years
ago about a group of men who had gone to the
jungles to capture monkeys. They tried a number
of different things to catch the monkeys,
including nets. But finding that the nets could
injure such small creatures, they finally came
upon an ingenious solution. They built a large
number of small boxes, and in the top of each
they bored a hole just large enough for a monkey
to get his hand into. They then set these boxes
out under the trees and in each one they put a
nut that the monkeys were particularly fond
of. When the men left, the monkeys began to come
down from the trees and examine the boxes.
Finding that there were nuts to be had, they
reached into the boxes to get them. But when a
monkey would try to withdraw his hand with the
nut, he could not get his hand out of the box
because his little fist, with the nut inside, was
now too large.
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At about this time, the men would come out of
the underbrush and converge on the monkeys. And
here is the curious thing When the monkeys saw
the men coming, they would shriek and scramble
about with the thought of escaping but as easy
as it would have been, they would not let go of
the nut so that they could withdraw their hands
from the boxes and thus escape. The men captured
them easily. And so it often seems to be with
people, having such a firm grasp on things of the
worldthat which is telestialthat no amount of
urging and no degree of emergency can persuade
them to let go in favor of that which is
celestial. Satan gets them in his grip easily. If
we insist on spending all our time and resources
building up for ourselves a worldly kingdom, that
is exactly what we will inherit (President
Spencer W. Kimball, Ensign, June 1976, p.3).
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Outcome of this type of pride
  • Hel. 13 31-36
  • Mormon 118 210
  • Ether 141-2

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The End. . .
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