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The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Meekness

"As the Lord communicates with the meek and submissive, fewer decibels are required, and more nuances are received. Even the most meek, like Moses (see Num. 12:3), learn overwhelming things they 'never had supposed.' (Moses 1:10.) But it is only the meek mind which can be so shown and so stretched-not those, as Isaiah wrote, who 'are wise in their own eyes.' (Isa. 5:21; see also 2 Ne. 9:29 and 2 Ne. 15:21.)" - Neal A. Maxwell, "Willing to Submit," Ensign, May 1985, p. 71

"The person who obtains meekness and lowliness of heart and who enjoys the company of the Holy Ghost will have no desire to offend or hurt others, nor will he feel affected by any offenses received from others. He will treat his spouse and children with love and respect and will have good relationships with everyone he associates with. In occupying positions of leadership in the Church, he will apply the same principles as he does in the home, showing that there is no difference between the person he is when within the walls of his own home and the person he is in his relationship with the members of the Church." - Francisco J. Viñas, "Applying the Simple and Plain Gospel Principles in the Family," General Conference, April 2004

"Meekness is a virtue that can be exercised toward both God and man. The meek are those who are gentle, kind, patient, tolerant; not proud, mighty, or conceited. In Proverbs we read, 'He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty.' (Prov. 16:32.)

"Meekness must not, however, be confused with self-depreciation. Because it involves self-control, it is not a weak, but a heroic quality. Our Savior at all times was willing to submit to the will of God. Even in his moment of agony, he could say, 'Nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.' (Luke 22:42.)" - O. Leslie Stone, "The Beatitudes," Ensign (CR), November 1974, p.31

"Meekness ranks low on the mortal scale of things, yet high on God's: 'For none is acceptable before God, save the meek and lowly in heart.' (Moroni 7:44.) The rigorous requirements of Christian discipleship are clearly unattainable without meekness. In fact, meekness is needed in order to be spiritually successful, whether in matters of the intellect, in the management of power, in the dissolution of personal pride, or in coping with the challenges of daily life. Jesus, the carpenterwho, with Joseph, 'undoubtedly had experience making yokes'—gave us that marvelous metaphor: 'Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart.' (Matthew 11:29.) The yoke of obedience to Him is far better than servitude to sin, but the demands are real. Serious disciples are urged not only to do good, but also not to grow weary of doing good. (Galatians 6:9; Helaman 10:5.)" - Neal A. Maxwell, "Meek and Lowly," p.ix

“We have to obey the principles of the Gospel and to be humble and meek if we ever expect to attain to the exaltations.  One of my beloved brethren mentioned to me the other day at the funeral of Brother Jesse W. Fox that there was not a man present but would like to speak a word concerning him.  What was the matter with Brother Fox that everybody should love him so?  Why, he was one of the meek of the earth, and every meek man is loved.  Meekness is a natural principle, which we all admire.  It is said that  Moses  was a meek man.  Every servant of God has to be a meek man, or else he will never be able to stand in his lot and calling.  He has to say, as the Savior said, ‘Not my will, but Thine, be done.’  ‘Teach me to see as my brethren see.  Let no false impression be upon my mind; but let me be sanctified by the truth.’  That is the prayer of every man who desires to be established in the everlasting righteousness of God.” – George Teasdale, General Conference, April 6, 1894

Even as we seek to be meek and to avoid contention, we must not compromise or dilute our commitment to the truths we understand. We must not surrender our positions or our values. The gospel of Jesus Christ and the covenants we have made inevitably cast us as combatants in the eternal contest between truth and error. There is no middle ground in that contest. - Dallin H. Oaks, “Loving Others and Living with Differences,” Ensign (CR) November 2014

Today there are some who would have us believe our search for relevance can be satisfied only by obtaining position and power. Yet, thankfully, there are many who are uninfluenced by this perspective. They find relevance in seeking to be truly good and without guile. I have found them in all walks of life and in many faith traditions. And I find them in large numbers among the truly converted followers of Christ. - Michael T. Ringwood, “Truly Good and without Guile,” Ensign (CR) April 2015

Our family motto doesn’t say, “It will all work out now.” It speaks of our hope in the eternal outcome—not necessarily of present results. Scripture says, “Search diligently, pray always, and be believing, and all things shall work together for your good.” This doesn’t mean all things are good, but for the meek and faithful, things—both positive and negative—work together for good, and the timing is the Lord’s. We wait on Him, sometimes like Job in his suffering, knowing that God “maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole.” A meek heart accepts the trial and the waiting for that time of healing and wholeness to come. - Neill F. Marriott, “Yielding Our Hearts to God,” Ensign (CR) November 2015

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