Through out my life, I have seen the destructive power that comes from pride, especially in the family. July of 2010, I was serving in the last area of my mission. There was a family in particular that we absolutely loved. They gave their hearts and souls to the gospel. It seemed like they were a happy family but, the mother and daughter suffered from a very prideful father. The father was a good man, but pride took control of his life. Twenty one years ago this father stopped going to church because he was offended by another church member. Eventually, his pride interfered with his family’s relationship, and he spends as much time as possible away from home. He avoids seeking any feedback or advice from the family. To this day, the father has not changed and it continues to be a trial on the family.
President Ezra Taft Benson in the Ensign 1989 article “Beware of Pride”, explains some of stumbling blocks that are involved with pride. First, “Our enmity toward God takes on many labels, such as, rebellion, hard-heartedness, stiff neckedness, unrepentant, puffed up, easily to offend, and sign seekers.The proud wish God would agree with them. They aren’t interested in changing their opinions to agree with God’s.” Though pride is a serious issue that many deal with, it can be overcome through the gospel of Jesus Christ.
President Benson continues by teaching us the antidote of pride, which is humility. He instructs, “We can choose to humble ourselves by forgiving those who offend us. Render selfless service.” Most of all, we can repent and feel the power of the Atonement. In the book “DRAWING HEAVEN Into Your MARRIAGE”, Goddman teaches If an individual is selfish they are unable to grow. True love is selfless. W are selfless by putting the welfare of others above your own.
May we always be humble and partake of the advice and love of our family members.