Mormon Prophets Gospel Principles
Mormon Gospel Principles Explained by the Prophets
Beware of Pride (by President Ezra Taft Benson, 13th President of the Church )
Prophet and President of the Mormon Church, President Benson warns members and nonmembers alike of the dangers of pride, the universal sin. The Book of Mormon was written for us and for our day. It is the message of a fallen people whose pride proved to be their destruction. The Lord has warned us to beware of pride lest we be as the Nephites of old. Pride is often misunderstood. The central feature of pride is enmity toward God and our fellowmen. This enmity is a competition of our will versus God’s will. The scriptures contain many examples of those beset with pride. The proud love “the praise of men more than the praise of God.” Pride is as common among those on the “bottom” looking up as those on the “top” looking down. Pride is the universal sin, the great vice. Pride is the great stumbling block to Zion. The antidote for pride is humility, meekness, and submissiveness. President Benson urges all to choose to be humble. (Read the Article).
The Tender Mercies of the Lord (by Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles)
In Mormon belief, the Lord’s tender mercies are the very personal and individualized blessings, strength, protection, assurances, guidance, loving-kindnesses, consolation, support, and spiritual gifts which we receive from the Lord Jesus Christ. One of the ways whereby the Savior comes to each of us is through His abundant and tender mercies. Mormonism teaches that through faithfulness, obedience, and humility we invite tender mercies into our lives, and it is often the Lord’s timing that enables us to recognize and treasure these important blessings. By loving one another and choosing God, we become God’s chosen and invite His tender mercies into our lives. Elder Bednar testified that the tender mercies of the Lord are available to all of us and that the Redeemer of Israel is eager to bestow such gifts upon us. (Read the Article)