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Humble manager mark of true steward

"It may be confusing to some who have idolized our pioneer forbears to realize they struggled mightily with the `Nephite disease' of pride. We wonder how people who seem so obviously committed to God can be worthy of the kind of rebuke found [so often] in the Doctrine and Covenants.

"I have concluded that religious people are particularly susceptible to pride. Sometimes our very goodness, or our feeling that we have the truth, sets us up for a bad case of pride. One of the problems with pride is that the more we are infected with it, the least likely we are to be aware of it. President [Ezra Taft] Benson said, `Pride is a very misunderstood sin, and many are sinning in ignorance.'"Obviously, then, we must assume we all have a problem with it. We simply cannot fully love the Lord as long as there is any competing pride. As we humbly seek the Lord, He will show us our weakness. . . .

"The Lord wants us to prosper, but prosperity almost always leads to pride. You would think that the Lord would simply keep His people from riches in order to keep them humble. Somehow we must be able to manage the wealth of this earth without letting it turn our hearts from the true God. For only then will we become true stewards - managing the Lord's beautiful world in a manner that will build the kingdom and alleviate suffering, while at the same time providing sufficiently for our own needs." - Larry W. Tippetts, associate institute director at the Salt Lake Institute of Religion at the University of Utah, speaking at the CES symposium at BYU Aug. 16-18.

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