Our humility

Of seeking the virtue of humility, Benjamin Franklin wrote “I cannot boast of much success in acquiring the reality of this virtue, but I had a good deal with regard to the appearance of it.”

That honest statement applies to us in the church a great deal. I think you could search high and low and not find someone what doesn’t know better than to be self effacing about his or her own virtue and goodness. However, I do not think you would have to search far to find someone who doesn’t search diligently in the scriptures. Interestingly, this latter trait was called vanity by the Lord in revelation (D&C 84:55).

So I think we are in the position Benjamin Franklin describes. We have had a good deal more success acquiring the appearance of this virtue than we have in acquiring the reality of it.

 

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John Robertson

I am nothing more than a regular member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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