Pride of self-satisfaction prevents one from repentance, being helped

Regarding different kinds of pride, Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve wrote in Pure in Heart that the pride of self-satisfaction is self-righteousness.

"Self-satisfaction is the opposite of humility," Elder Oaks noted. "A person who has the pride of self-satisfaction cannot repent, because he recognizes no shortcomings. He cannot be taught, because he recognizes no master. He cannot be helped, because he recognizes no resource greater than his own. This kind of pride has a self-image that has inflated from wholesome positive to excessive preoccupied. In contrast to the spiritual wholeness of the self-forgetful, this kind of pride bespeaks the spiritual extremity of the self-centered."Preoccupied with self, the pride of self-satisfaction is always accompanied by an aloofness and a withdrawal from concern for others."

Elder Oaks pointed out that the pride of self-satisfaction is the pride Alma meant when he told his son Shiblon: "See that ye are not lifted up unto pride; yea, see that ye do not boast in your own wisdom, nor of your much strength." (Alma 38:11 ).

"The consequences of the pride of self-satisfaction in Helaman's time are described in these words:

" `And because of this their great wickedness, and their boastings in their own strength, they were left in their own strength; therefore they did not prosper, but were afflicted and smitten, and driven before the Lamanites, until they had lost possession of almost all their lands.' " (Helaman 4:13).

Elder Oaks wrote further: "The pride of self-satisfaction is probably the kind of pride that prominent members were warned against in the early revelations of this dispensation. (See D&C 23:1 [Oliver Cowdery]; 25:14 [Emma Smith]; 56:8 [Ezra Thayre].) In a sermon delivered in Nauvoo, Ill., the Prophet Joseph Smith said: `There are a great many wise men and women too in our midst who are too wise to be taught; therefore they must die in their ignorance, and in the resurrection they will find their mistake.' (History of the Church 5:424).

"We still have a great many `wise men and women too in our midst who are too wise to be taught.' And no one suffers more from their condition than they themselves.

"Elder B. H. Roberts called this kind of pride `intellectual pride; the pride of knowledge, . . . which so often attends upon the worldly learned men.' (Liahona, The Elders Journal, Feb. 28, 1911, p. 580.)

Elder Oaks cited a comment by President Spencer W. Kimball, who wrote: " `When one becomes conscious of his great humility, he has already lost it. When one begins boasting of his humility, it has already become pride - the antithesis of humility.' " (The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1982], p. 233.)

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