Tháng Một 26, 2021

Becoming More Teachable | Melissa Heath

>>WHAT A THRILLINGLIFE AWAITS YOU.

>>THE ACQUISITION OF KNOWLEDGEIS A SACRED ACTIVITY.

>>A TRULY EDUCATED MAN, NEVER CEASES TO LEARN.

>>THE FUTURE IS IN YOUR HANDS.

THE OUTCOME IS UP TO YOU.

>>THIS BYU DEVOTIONAL ADDRESSWITH MELISSA HEATH WAS GIVEN ON MAY 29, 2012.

♪♪>>TODAY WE WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITYOF HEARING FROM MELISSA ALLEN HEATH, A PROFESSOR IN THE SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAM.

WE EXCUSE HER HUSBAND, CHESTER, WHO IS ILL TODAY.

WE ALSO WELCOME OTHER FAMILYMEMBERS AND FRIENDS WHO HAVE JOINED WITH US.

MELISSA HEATH GREW UP ON AFARM OUTSIDE OF PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA, ONE OF THIRTEEN CHILDREN.

SHE ATTENDED BYU AS ANUNDERGRADUATE AND COMPLETED HER DOCTORAL DEGREE AT TEXASA&M UNIVERSITY.

PRIOR TO COMING TO BYU IN 1999, SHE WORKED AS A SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST IN TEXAS.

PROFESSOR HEATH WORKSPRIMARILY WITH THE SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAM.

SHE RESEARCHES A VARIETY OFTOPICS RELATED TO SCHOOL-BASED CRISISINTERVENTION, PARTICULARLY CHILDREN'S GRIEF, YOUTH SUICIDE PREVENTION, AND BULLYING.

HER EMPHASIS IS ON MAKINGINFORMATION FIT THE NEEDS OF THOSE WHO WORK CLOSELY WITHCHILDREN AND YOUTH AND MAKING THAT INFORMATION PRACTICALAND EASY TO IMPLEMENT ACROSS SETTINGS BY TEACHERS, STAFF, AND PARENTS.

PROFESSOR HEATH IS A LICENSEDPSYCHOLOGIST AND A NATIONALLY CERTIFIED SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST.

SISTER HEATH IS MARRIEDTO CHESTER HEATH, A RETIRED UVU PROFESSOR.

HER TWO CHILDREN AND FOURGRANDCHILDREN LIVE IN TEXAS.

AND NOW WE'LL HAVE THEOPPORTUNITY OF HEARING FROM PROFESSOR MELISSA HEATH.

>> OVER THE PAST MONTH, OUR WARD HAS WELCOMED SEVERAL NEWBORN BABIES.

EACH BABY COMES TO THIS EARTHCURIOUS AND EAGER TO LEARN.

THEY WANT TO TASTE EVERYTHING, CHEW EVERYTHING, AND PULL ON EVERYTHING.

I IMAGINE THAT FROM A BABY'SPOINT OF VIEW, EVERYTHING IN THIS WORLD ISNEW AND AMAZING.

AS WE ANTICIPATED OUR EXODUSFROM THE SPIRIT WORLD, WE PLACED GREAT TRUST IN THEPLAN OF SALVATION.

WE TRUSTED HEAVENLY FATHERAND OUR SAVIOR.

IN THEIR WISDOM, THEY KNEW THAT OUR SPIRITS WOULD INITIALLY FLOURISH BESTIN THE PHYSICAL FORM OF A BABY.

WHEN OUR SPIRITS WERE UNITEDWITH OUR PHYSICAL BODIES, WE BECAME HELPLESS ANDTOTALLY DEPENDENT ON OUR CAREGIVERS.

WE FORGOT OUR PREVIOUSKNOWLEDGE AND RELATIONSHIPS.

IT MUST HAVE BEEN A HUGESHOCK TO HAVE OUR SPIRIT AND PHYSICAL BODY UNITE.

BUT WE WERE CONFIDENT IN THEPLAN OF SALVATION.

WE WERE CONFIDENT THATTHIS EARTHLY LIFE, INCLUDING THE MERGING OF OURSPIRIT AND PHYSICAL BODY, WAS A NECESSARY STEP IN OURETERNAL PROGRESSION.

CONFIDENT IN OURSAVIOR'S ATONEMENT, WE CAME TO EARTH KNOWINGTHAT WE COULD RETURN TO OUR HEAVENLY HOME.

EACH OF US STARTED FRESH ANDINNOCENT AND BEGAN LEARNING THE MANY THINGS WE NEEDED TOKNOW IN ORDER TO FUNCTION ON THIS EARTH AND CONTINUE OURETERNAL PROGRESSION.

WE ARE CHILDREN OF OURHEAVENLY FATHER; EACH INDIVIDUAL WHO COMES TOTHIS EARTH IS GIVEN AN EXTRAORDINARY CAPACITY FORLEARNING AND GROWTH.

WE HAVE OPPORTUNITIES IN THISLIFE TO LEARN INFORMATION THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN DIFFICULT- IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE – TO LEARN IN THE SPIRIT WORLD.

FOR INSTANCE, LEARNING TO RIDE A BICYCLE WOULD BE DIFFICULT TOACCOMPLISH IF WE ONLY OBSERVED OTHERS RIDINGTHEIR BICYCLES.

EVEN MORE DIFFICULT WOULD BELEARNING TO RIDE A BICYCLE IF OUR SOLE PREPARATION WASMERELY READING BOOKS ABOUT BICYCLE RIDING.

LEARNING BY DOING IS ANAMAZING PROCESS.

MOST OF US SCRAPED OUR KNEESAND ELBOWS AS WE REPEATEDLY TRIED TO MASTER CYCLING, WITHOUT THE TRAINING WHEELS.

MOST OF US WERE SUCCESSFUL.

WE NOW RIDE A BICYCLE WITHOUTMUCH THOUGHT REGARDING OUR INITIAL DIFFICULTIES, FEARS, AND INJURIES.

FORTUNATELY, AS YOUNG CHILDREN WE WERE NOT FACED WITH SIMULTANEOUSCHALLENGES THAT OVERWHELMED OUR CAPACITY TO LEARNAND PROGRESS.

FOR EXAMPLE, ON THE SAME DAY – OR WEEK – WE LEARNED TO RIDE A BICYCLE, WE WERE NOT FACED WITH LEARNING TO DRIVE A CAR, PILOT AN AIRPLANE, AND FLY A ROCKET TO THE MOON.

TYPICALLY, AS NEPHI DESCRIBEDIN 2 NEPHI 28:30, OUR LEARNING PROGRESSES”LINE UPON LINE, PRECEPT UPON PRECEPT.

” AT BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, BEFORE WE “GO FORTH TO SERVE, ” WE “ENTER TO LEARN.

” WE READ BOOKS, LISTEN TO LECTURES, DISCUSS TOPICS, WRITE PAPERS, AND TAKE TESTS.

MANY OF YOU WILL COMPLETE APRACTICUM OR INTERNSHIP IN WHICH YOU WILL APPLY YOURACADEMIC LEARNING TO REAL-LIFE SITUATIONS.

“THE GLORY OF GOD”IS INTELLIGENCE, “OR, IN OTHER WORDS, “LIGHT AND TRUTH.

“WHATEVER PRINCIPLE OF”INTELLIGENCE WE ATTAIN “UNTO IN THIS LIFE, “IT WILL RISE WITH US IN THE “RESURRECTION.

“AND IF A PERSON GAINS MORE”KNOWLEDGE AND INTELLIGENCE IN “THIS LIFE THROUGH HIS”DILIGENCE AND OBEDIENCE “THAN ANOTHER, “HE WILL HAVE SO MUCH THE “ADVANTAGE IN THEWORLD TO COME.

” BECAUSE ATTAININGKNOWLEDGE IS SUCH AN IMPORTANT TASK- AND ALIFELONG ENDEAVOR- IT IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THEMEANING AND IMPLICATIONS OF BEING TEACHABLE.

WHEN WE ARE TEACHABLE, THE HOLY GHOST BEARS WITNESS OF TRUTH AND WE INCREASE INKNOWLEDGE AND WISDOM.

IN 2 NEPHI 28, THE PROPHET NEPHI SAW OUR DAY AND WARNED US ABOUT THECHALLENGES OF LIVING AND LEARNING IN THESE LATTER DAYS.

EVEN THOUGH NEPHI OFFEREDTHESE WORDS APPROXIMATELY 2, 572 YEARS AGO, HIS VISION WAS INSPIRED AND CRYSTAL CLEAR REGARDING THESEPERILOUS TIMES.

THIS BOOK OF MORMON CHAPTER'SSYNOPSIS READS, LIKENING THE SCRIPTURESTO MY PERSONAL LIFE, I TOOK THIS SYNOPSIS AND PLACEDRESPONSIBILITY ON MYSELF, THE LEARNER: IN 2012, MEN AND WOMEN SHALL JOIN MANY FALSE ORGANIZATIONS- THEYSHALL LEARN FALSE AND FOOLISH DOCTRINES- APOSTASYSHALL ABOUND, AND I WILL BE PULLED INTOPERSONAL APOSTASY IF I LISTEN TO AND LEARN FROM FALSETEACHERS- MANY WILL ALLOW THE DEVIL TO RAGE IN THEIRHEARTS- I WILL NOT ALLOW THE DEVIL TO RAGE IN MY HEART.

I WILL AVOID LEARNING ALLMANNER OF FALSE DOCTRINES FROM THE DEVIL'S TEACHINGS.

ALTHOUGH THE VERY EXISTENCEOF FALSE TEACHINGS IS TROUBLESOME, OUR ETERNAL PROGRESSION IS BLOCKED WHEN WE ACCOMMODATEAND ASSIMILATE THESE FALSE TEACHINGS INTO OUR BELIEFSAND WAY OF LIFE.

THE END PRODUCT IS MISERY.

AS ALMA WARNEDHIS SON CORIANTON, “WICKEDNESS NEVERWAS HAPPINESS.

” IN DIRECT OPPOSITION TO SATAN'SFALSE TEACHINGS, THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRISTAND OUR OBEDIENCE TO GOD'S COMMANDMENTS HELP USMOVE FORWARD IN OUR ETERNAL PROGRESSION.

IN REGARD TO MOVING FORWARD, 2 NEPHI 28:30 EMPHASIZES THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING TEACHABLE:”FOR BEHOLD, “THUS SAITH THE LORD GOD:”I WILL GIVE UNTO THE CHILDREN “OF MEN LINE UPON LINE, “PRECEPT UPON PRECEPT, “HERE A LITTLE AND”THERE A LITTLE; “AND BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO”HEARKEN UNTO MY PRECEPTS, “AND LEND AN EAR”UNTO MY COUNSEL, “FOR THEY SHALL LEARN WISDOM;”FOR UNTO HIM THAT RECEIVETH I WILL GIVE MORE.

” TODAY I AM RECOMMENDINGFOUR STRATEGIES TO HELP US BECOME MORETEACHABLE AND TO HELP FACILITATE OUR ETERNALPROGRESSION: STICK TO THE GOSPEL'SFUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES; HAVE A GRATEFUL HEART;CONQUER PRIDE BY CHOOSING TO BE HUMBLE;AND RECALIBRATE AND GET BACK ON TRACK.

STICK TO THE GOSPEL'SFUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES.

HAVE YOU EVER STUDIED FOR ANEXAM WITHOUT KNOWING THE EXACT INFORMATION THAT YOUWOULD BE REQUIRED TO KNOW? THE EXAM MAY COVERSEVERAL TEXTBOOKS, AND THE EXAM'S GRADE MAYFACTOR HEAVILY INTO YOUR COURSE GRADE.

THIS UNCERTAINTY OF NOTKNOWING WHAT TO MEMORIZE OR NOT KNOWING WHAT TO STUDY CANCAUSE GREAT ANXIETY.

YOU DO NOT KNOW WHICH PIECESOF INFORMATION ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT- OR WHICH PIECES OFINFORMATION THE PROFESSOR THINKS ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT.

SOMETIMES WE ARE OVERWHELMEDBY THE SHEER AMOUNT OF INFORMATION AVAILABLE THROUGHTHE INTERNET AND LIBRARY RESOURCES.

THERE ARE LITERALLY THOUSANDSOF BOOKS AVAILABLE ON EVERY IMAGINABLE TOPIC.

ONE IMPORTANT LIFELONGSKILL IS BEING ABLE TO PRIORITIZE INFORMATION, BEING ABLE TO FOCUS ON THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECES, AND KNOWING HOW THESE PIECES FIT INTO THE BIGGER PICTURE.

DURING HIS MINISTRY, THE SAVIOR BOILED DOWN CRITICAL INFORMATION ANDSUMMARIZED KEY POINTS TO HELP US FOCUS ONFUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES.

HIS WORDS AND ACTIONS PROVIDEA PERFECT MODEL FOR US TO FOLLOW.

HE EMPHASIZED THEIMPORTANCE OF OBEDIENCE, AND HE IDENTIFIED THE FIRSTAND GREATEST COMMANDMENT.

IN MATTHEW 22: 36-40, THE SAVIOR RESPONDED TO A LAWYER'S QUESTION REGARDINGWHICH WAS THE GREATEST COMMANDMENT:”THOU SHALT LOVE THE LORD “THEY GOD WITH ALL THY HEART, “AND WITH ALL THY SOUL, “AND WITH ALL THY MIND.

“THIS IS THE FIRST AND GREAT”COMMANDMENT.

“AND THE SECOND IS”LIKE UNTO IT, “THOU SHALT LOVE THY NEIGHBOR”AS THYSELF.

“ON THESE TWO COMMANDMENTS”HANG ALL THE LAW AND THE PROPHETS.

” HIS TEACHINGS IDENTIFIEDTHE GOSPEL'S FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES;THE VERY MOST IMPORTANT THINGS WE NEED TO KNOW AND DO.

IN A REVELATION GIVEN TO THEPROPHET JOSEPH SMITH AND RECORDED IN SECTION 42 OF THEDOCTRINE AND COVENANTS, THE LORD SAID, “IF THOU LOVEST ME THOU SHALT “SERVE ME AND KEEP ALLMY COMMANDMENTS.

” OBEDIENCE IS IMPORTANT AND, INTERESTINGLY, LOVE AND OBEDIENCE AREPAIRED TOGETHER.

THIS WILL NOT CHANGE;WE ARE EXPECTED TO KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS- TO SHOW OURLOVE FOR GOD WE MUST KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS.

THIS PRINCIPLE IS IMPORTANTAND IS REITERATED BY EVERY PROPHET.

CONTRARY TO SATAN'S TEACHINGS, BEING OBEDIENT IS NOT RESTRICTIVE;IN FACT, OBEDIENCE KEEPS US FREEOF SPIRITUAL BONDAGE.

OBEDIENCE ALLOWS US TO HAVETHE CONSTANT COMPANIONSHIP OF THE HOLY GHOST AND KEEPS OURMINDS OPEN TO LEARNING AND FEELING THE LOVE OF OURSAVIOR AND OUR HEAVENLY FATHER.

WE MUST STICK TO THEFUNDAMENTAL OF BEING OBEDIENT, BECAUSE OBEDIENCE HELPS USBECOME MORE TEACHABLE AND FACILITATES OUR ETERNALPROGRESSION.

THE GOSPEL'SFUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES, SUCH AS THE IMPORTANCE OFFAITH IN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, THE NECESSITY OF REPENTANCEAND TURNING FROM SIN; OBEDIENCE TO THETEN COMMANDMENTS; AND THE AVOIDANCE OF PRIDEARE REPEATED IN THE BOOK OF MORMON BY THE PROPHET ABINIDI, KING BENJAMIN, ALMA, AND MORONI.

IN THE SCRIPTURES, SEVERAL PROPHETS AND RIGHTEOUS MEN CLOSED THEIREARTHLY LIVES WITH THEIR FINAL WORDS OF WISDOM THATCLARIFY THE FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES OF THE GOSPEL -THEIR “PARTING MESSAGE.

” IN THE MOVIES, DYING INDIVIDUALS ALSO GIVE THEIR PARTING MESSAGES, SORT OF A NICE WAY TO EMOTIONALLY EMPHASIZECRITICAL INFORMATION AND MANIPULATE THEAUDIENCE'S EMOTIONS, OFTEN WITH DRAMATIC MUSICTO DRAW SOME TEARS.

HOWEVER, THE SCRIPTURALACCOUNTS OF PARTING MESSAGES ARE ACCOMPANIED BY THEWITNESS OF THE HOLY GHOST.

THESE MESSAGES CONTAIN THEGOSPEL'S FUNDAMENTAL TEACHINGS.

THESE TEACHINGS ARE REAL, NOT IMAGINARY.

AND IN NO WAY ARE THESEMESSAGES INTENDED TO MANIPULATE OR CONTROLTHE LISTENER.

UNFORTUNATELY, THOSE WHO WERE THERE TO HEAR FIRSTHAND THE PASSIONATEMESSAGE OF A DYING PROPHET MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE BENEFITED- EVERYTHING DEPENDING ON IF THE INDIVIDUAL WAS TEACHABLE.

THOSE LEAVING THEIR FINALPARTING MESSAGES MOST OFTEN DESIRED THAT THE YOUNGERGENERATION AND FUTURE GENERATIONS MIGHT AVOIDCOMMON PITFALLS AND CARNAL BEHAVIOR THAT STUNT THEABILITY TO LEARN AND HALT ETERNAL PROGRESSION.

THESE RIGHTEOUS MEN PASSEDTHE SPIRITUAL BATON ON TO THE NEXT GENERATION.

IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THESEREPEATED MESSAGES – THE FUNDAMENTALS -ALL OF WHICH ARE INTENDED TO HELP US PREPARE FOROUR ETERNAL EXAM – OFTEN REFERRED TO IN THESCRIPTURES AS THE FINAL JUDGMENT.

WHEN READING THE SCRIPTURES, WE MUST LISTEN CAREFULLY AND LEARN FUNDAMENTAL LESSONS ASIF WE WERE SITTING AT THE PROPHET'S KNEE, WITNESSING HIS FINAL URGENT MESSAGE.

THESE PARTING MESSAGES PLACEAN EMPHASIS ON FUNDAMENTALS THAT ARE REPEATED BY OURMODERN PROPHETS.

LISTEN, LEARN, AND STICK TOTHE GOSPEL'S FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES.

HAVE A GRATEFUL HEART.

THE LORD LOVES AGRATEFUL HEART.

IN NOVEMBER 2000, PRESIDENT GORDON B.

HINCKLEY URGED THE YOUTH TO”BE GRATEFUL” – THE FIRST OF SIX B'S HECOUNSELED THE YOUTH TO FOLLOW.

HE URGED THEM TO WALK WITHGRATITUDE IN THEIR HEARTS AND TO EXPRESS GRATITUDE TO THEIRPARENTS, FRIENDS, AND TEACHERS.

HE ALSO COUNSELED THE YOUTH TO”THANK THE LORD FOR HIS GOODNESS TO YOU”.

THIS INSPIRED ADVICE APPLIESTO INDIVIDUALS OF ALL AGES, INCLUDING UNIVERSITY STUDENTS, STAFF, AND FACULTY.

A GRATEFUL HEART IS ANIMPORTANT INGREDIENT IN BECOMING MORE TEACHABLE.

WHEN I CAME TO BYU IN 1999, I WAS AWESTRUCK BY THE INCREDIBLE BEAUTY OFTHE MOUNTAINS, PARTICULARLY MOUNT TIMPANOGOSAND THE WAY MORNING'S LIGHT STRUCK THE EDGES AND ANGLESOF THE ROCKY CLIFFS.

EACH DAY AS I DROVE TO CAMPUS, I BREATHED IN A DEEP SATISFIED BREATH AND SAID APRAYER OF GRATITUDE FOR THE BEAUTY OF THESE MOUNTAINS.

ONE DAY I SAID TO MYSELF, “I WILL SAY A PRAYER OF “GRATITUDE EACH DAY AS I SOAKIN THE EARTH'S BEAUTY.

” SEVERAL MONTHS LATER I BECAMEPREOCCUPIED WITH MY TO-DO LIST AND MY RESPONSIBILITIES.

AS I HURRIEDLY PULLED INTOBYU'S PARKING LOT AND GATHERED MY THINGS, I HAD A MOMENT OF CLARITY: IT HAD BEEN SEVERAL DAYS SINCE IHAD EVEN NOTICED THE MOUNTAINS, LET ALONE SAID MY PRAYER OFGRATITUDE FOR THE BEAUTY OF THOSE MOUNTAINS.

I HAD DEVELOPED ASPIRITUAL CALLOUS.

THE MOUNTAINS WERE STILL THERE, BUT SADLY AND TO MY DETRIMENT, OTHER THINGS CLOUDEDMY ATTENTION.

I RESOLVED TO DAILY TAKE TIMETO ENJOY THE BEAUTY AROUND ME AND TO EXPRESS MY GRATITUDETO HEAVENLY FATHER.

FEELINGS OF GRATITUDE SOFTENOUR HEARTS AND OPEN OUR MINDS TO LEARNING.

THE PROPHET JOSEPH SMITHSPOKE FREQUENTLY OF THE IMPORTANCE OF EXPRESSINGGRATITUDE TO THE LORD.

THOUGH FACINGCHALLENGING SITUATIONS, PERSECUTION, AND CARRYING THE RESPONSIBILITY OF OPENINGTHIS DISPENSATION, JOSEPH SMITH WAS INSPIRED TOSHARE THESE WORDS: D&C 46:32:”AND YE MUST GIVE THANKS “UNTO GOD IN THE SPIRIT”FOR WHATSOEVER BLESSING YE ARE BLESSED WITH.

” D&C 78:19:”AND HE WHO RECEIVETH ALL “THINGS WITH THANKFULNESS”SHALL BE MADE GLORIOUS; “AND THE THINGS OF THIS EARTH”SHALL BE ADDED UNTO HIM, “EVEN AN HUNDRED FOLD, YEA, MORE.

” D&C 98:1:”VERILY I SAY UNTO “YOU MY FRIENDS, “FEAR NOT, “LET YOUR HEARTS BE COMFORTED;”YEA, REJOICE EVERMORE, AND IN EVERYTHING GIVE THANKS.

” IN THIS RECENTAPRIL CONFERENCE, ELDER RUSSELL M.

NELSONGAVE A TALK TITLED THANKS BE TO GOD.

HE COMMENTED, “HOW MUCH BETTER IT WOULD BE “IF ALL COULD BE MORE AWARE OF”GOD'S PROVIDENCE AND LOVE “AND EXPRESS THAT”GRATITUDE TO HIM.

“OUR DEGREE OF GRATITUDE IS AMEASURE OF OUR LOVE FOR HIM.

” HE ALSO QUOTED AMMON'STEACHING FROM ALMA 26:8: “LET US GIVE THANKS TO GOD, “FOR HE DOTH WORK RIGHTEOUSNESS FOREVER.

” CHOOSING TO HAVE A GRATEFULHEART IS AN IMPORTANT STRATEGY IN BECOMING MORETEACHABLE BECAUSE IT PREPARES OUR HEARTS TO BE HUMBLE ANDOPEN TO THE PROMPTINGS OF THE SPIRIT.

CONQUER PRIDE BY CHOOSINGTO BE HUMBLE.

ALSO IN HISNOVEMBER 2000 ADDRESS, PRESIDENT HINCKLEY URGED THEYOUTH TO “BE HUMBLE” – THE FIFTH OF THE SIX B'S.

HE IDENTIFIED THE MEEKAND THE HUMBLE AS “THOSE WHO ARE TEACHABLE.

” IN DOCTRINE ANDCOVENANTS 112:10, THE LORD COUNSELEDTHOMAS B.

MARSH TO “BE THOU HUMBLE;”AND THE LORD THY GOD SHALL “LEAD THEE BY THE HAND, “AND GIVE THEE ANSWER TO THY PRAYERS.

” WHEN WE ARE HUMBLEWE ARE READY TO LISTEN AND FOLLOW THE LORD'S DIRECTION.

IN THE APRIL 1989GENERAL CONFERENCE, PRESIDENT EZRA TAFT BENSONSPOKE ON A TOPIC THAT REMAINS ESPECIALLY RELEVANT TO ME.

HE DESCRIBED PRIDE AS”THE GREAT STUMBLING BLOCK TO ZION.

” PRIDE MAKES US DEAF TOTHE PROMPTINGS OF THE HOLY GHOST.

PRIDE TAKES A HEAVY TOLL ONOUR EARTHLY LIFE AND ON OUR ETERNAL LIFE.

WHEN WE ALLOW PRIDE TOENTER INTO OUR LIVES, WE WILL NOT AND CANNOT LEARNTHE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS IN THIS LIFE NORIN THE ETERNITIES.

WE BECOME HARD-HEARTED, STIFFNECKED, AND SPIRITUALLY BLINDED.

PRESIDENT BENSON OBSERVEDTHAT FOR THOSE WHO ARE INFECTED WITH PRIDE, “THE WORLD SHOUTS LOUDER “THAN THE WHISPERINGSOF THE HOLY GHOST.

” PRESIDENT BENSONIDENTIFIED THE CORE INGREDIENT OF PRIDE AS ENMITY, WHICH STARTS WITH COMPETITIVE FEELINGS AND A DESIRE TO BEBETTER THAN OTHERS.

THEN COME FEELINGSOF BEING OFFENDED, THEN CONTENTIOUSNESS, AND ULTIMATELY AN INTENSE HATRED TOWARD GOD AND MANKIND.

THE OPPOSITE OF HUMILITY, ENMITY IS THE ALLURING AND CONTROLLING POWER SATAN USES.

RATHER THAN THE SAVIOR'S”THY WILL BE DONE, AND THE GLORY BE THINE, “SATAN'S STATEMENT IS “MY WILL BE DONEAND THE GLORY BE MINE.

” IT IS A BATTLE OF THE WILLS.

WHAT CHARACTERISTICS OF PRIDEIMPEDE LEARNING? FOR THE PRIDEFUL, THE PURPOSE OF LIFE NARROWS DOWN TO AN OBSESSION WITHBEING BETTER THAN OTHERS.

ONE'S FOCUS BECOMESWARPED, DARK, AND EVIL.

PRIDE DESTROYS UNITYAND ONENESS.

IT DESTROYS US ANDTHOSE AROUND US.

PRIDE KEEPS US FROMCONFESSING OUR SINS.

IT KEEPS US FROMFORSAKING OUR SINS.

PRIDE LITERALLY DIVERTS ANDSQUELCHES THE PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL ABILITY TO LEARN.

PRIDE LEADS TO REBELLION, HATE, CONTENTIOUSNESS, UNRIGHTEOUS DOMINION, AND ABUSIVE CONTROL OF OTHERS.

SADLY, THE PRIDEFUL AREEASILY OFFENDED, THEY ARE UNFORGIVING, AND THEY WILL NOT TAKE CORRECTION AND FEEDBACK.

IN OTHER WORDS, THEIR LEARNING AND ALL INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPSIN THIS LIFE ARE STUNTED.

EVEN MORE TRAGIC IS THE POORETERNAL PROGNOSIS FOR THOSE WHO SUCCUMB TO PRIDE.

ALTHOUGH PRIDE IS POTENTIALLYA TERMINAL CONDITION, THERE IS AN ANTIDOTE:HUMILITY.

CHOOSE TO BE HUMBLE.

WHEN WE ARE HUMBLEWE ARE TEACHABLE, OPENING OUR MINDS AND HEARTSTO SPIRITUAL LEARNING.

IN MOSIAH 3:19 KINGBENJAMIN STATES: “FOR THE NATURAL MAN”IS AN ENEMY TO GOD, “AND HAS BEEN FROM THE”FALL OF ADAM, “AND WILL BE, FOREVER AND EVER, “UNLESS HE YIELDS TO THE “ENTICINGS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, “AND PUTTETH OFF THE NATURAL “MAN AND BECOMETH A SAINT”THROUGH THE ATONEMENT OF “CHRIST THE LORD, “AND BECOMETH AS A CHILD, “SUBMISSIVE, MEEK, “HUMBLE, PATIENT, “FULL OF LOVE, “WILLING TO SUBMIT TO ALL “THINGS WHICH THE LORD SEETH”FIT TO INFLICT UPON HIM, “EVEN AS A CHILD DOTH SUBMITTO HIS FATHER.

” ON A PERSONAL NOTE, TO HELP ME AVOID FLATTERY AND DECEPTION AND THE END RESULTOF SLIDING DOWN THE SLIPPERY SLOPE OF PRIDE, I HAVE CREATED A REALISTIC AND DISTURBING IMAGE.

ALTHOUGH FLATTERYFEEDS OUR EGO, IT IS NOTHING MORE THAN ALURE SNATCHED BY A STARVING RAT, NOW WRITHING ON A CHEESELESS TRAP.

SO AVOID THE CHEESE! ONCE THE TRAP SNAPS SHUT, IT IS VERY HARD TO ESCAPE.

IN BECOMING TEACHABLE WEMUST CONQUER PRIDE BY CHOOSING TO BE HUMBLE.

RECALIBRATE AND GETBACK ON TRACK.

AS WE RECOGNIZE WE ARE OFFTHE PATH AND ARE HEADED IN THE WRONG DIRECTION, WE MUST RECALIBRATE AND HEAD BACK IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.

ON A RECENT TRIP TODALLAS-FORT WORTH, BEFORE I LEFT THE AIRPORT INA RENTAL CAR, I PLUGGED IN MY GPS ANDPROCEEDED TO TYPE IN MY DESTINATION.

I LEFT THE RENTAL-CAR LOTAND LISTENED CAREFULLY FOR DIRECTIONS.

“TURN LEFT ANDPROCEED 500 FEET.

” I CAREFULLY FOLLOWEDTHOSE DIRECTIONS.

ABOUT FOUR TURNS INTO THE TRIP, THE GPS TOLD ME TO TURN LEFT.

BUT ON MY LEFT WAS A BARRIERBLOCKADING A CLOSED ROAD.

LUCKILY IT WASAROUND 11:00 P.

M.

AND NO OTHER TRAFFICWAS ON THE ROAD.

AS I STARTED TO PANIC, THE GPS CLEARLY STATED, “MERGE ONTO I-15″AND HEAD NORTH, “TRAVELING TOWARDSALT LAKE CITY.

” NOW I WAS TOTALLY FLUSTERED.

FOR SOME REASON MY GPSTHOUGHT I WAS IN UTAH! I PULLED OFF THE ROAD, TURNED OFF THE GPS, WAITED A FEW SECONDS, RESTARTED THE GPS, AND RETYPED THE TEXAS ADDRESS.

WITHIN A FEW SECONDS THECORRECT SET OF DIRECTIONS WERE DISPLAYED, AND I WAS GUIDED TO THE INTENDED DESTINATION, MY TARGETED GOAL.

FROM A SPIRITUAL SENSE, WHEN WE REALIZE WE ARE GOING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION, WE MUST STOP AND GET BACK ON THE RIGHT TRACK- AND THESOONER THE BETTER.

FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE, I KNOW THAT THE BEST WAY TO GET BACK ON TRACK AND KEEP ONTRACK IS TO STICK TO THOSE THINGS THAT I KNOWARE RIGHT AND TRUE.

FOR ME, THIS INCLUDES DAILY SCRIPTURE READING, PERSONAL PRAYER, AND ATTENDINGSACRAMENT MEETING.

IS THIS BASIC AND SIMPLE? YES, IT IS.

HOWEVER, WHEN I FALL SHORTIN DOING THOSE THREE THINGS, MY LEARNING IS STUNTED, BECAUSE I LOSE CALIBRATION AND START TO HEAD OFF IN THEWRONG DIRECTION.

A FEW YEARS AGO I ATTENDEDGROUPS SPONSORED BY THE LDS TWELVE-STEP ADDICTIONRECOVERY PROGRAM.

I ATTENDED WITH A DEAR FRIEND, AND TOGETHER WE SUPPORTED EACH OTHER.

THESE GROUPS ARE HELD EVERYDAY OF THE WEEK AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS THROUGHOUTTHE WASATCH FRONT.

RECOVERING FROM ADDICTIONIS A LIFELONG CHALLENGE.

MY FRIEND AND I LEARNEDPRACTICAL LESSONS FROM GROUP MEMBERS.

I LEARNED THAT SUCCESSFULDAYS OF SOBRIETY ARE NEVER LOST.

WHEN YOU SLIP AND FALL BACKINTO OLD PATTERNS OF ADDICTION, IT IS CRITICAL THAT YOUIMMEDIATELY GET BACK ON TRACK, REPENT BY FOLLOWING THENECESSARY STEPS TO GET BACK ON TRACK, AND MOVE FORWARD TO ADD ANOTHER DAY OF SOBRIETYTO YOUR “NEW HISTORY.

” YOU DO NOT LOSE YOURDAYS OF SOBRIETY.

INSTEAD, YOU KEEP THOSEPREVIOUS DAYS OF SOBRIETY AND SIMPLY ADD YOUR NEWDAYS TO THE TALLY.

I APPRECIATED THE FACT THATYOU KEEP MAKING “NEW HISTORY”- WHAT A POSITIVE WAYTO THINK ABOUT GETTING BACK ON TRACK AND STAYING ON TRACK.

CONTRARY TO SATAN'S VOICETHAT TELLS US THINGS ARE HOPELESS, THAT WE ARE WORTHLESS, AND THAT WE ARE FOREVER LOST-OUR SAVIOR WANTS ALL OF US TO REPENT AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE, GET BACK ON TRACK, AND COME UNTO HIM.

IT IS MY PRAYER THAT WESTRIVE TO BECOME MORE TEACHABLE BY KNOWING ANDLIVING THE GOSPEL'S FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES, HAVING A GRATEFUL HEART, CONQUERING PRIDE ANDCHOOSING TO BE HUMBLE, AND RECALIBRATING ANDGETTING BACK ON TRACK.

LIVING THESE STRATEGIES TAKESCOURAGE AND HONESTY, A WILLINGNESS TO SUBMIT TOTHE LORD'S ETERNAL TRUTHS, AND A TRUST IN GOD THAT HEKNOWS EACH OF US PERSONALLY AND WANTS US TO BECOMEMORE TEACHABLE.

HE WANTS US TO BE TEACHABLESO THAT WE CAN LEARN OF HIM, MAKE CHANGES TO BE LIKE HIM, AND RETURN TO HIM.

THE HOLY GHOST BEARSWITNESS OF TRUTH.

LISTEN FOR THAT WITNESS.

IF WE ARE TEACHABLE WE WILLFEEL AND HEAR THAT SPIRITUAL WITNESS.

I BEAR TESTIMONY THAT GODLIVES AND THAT JESUS IS THE CHRIST, OUR PERFECT EXAMPLE, IN THE NAME OF OUR SAVIORJESUS CHRIST, AMEN.

>>THIS BYU DEVOTIONALADDRESS WITH MELISSA HEATH.

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