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Last days to mirror society of Noah

"The last days will be rampant with the cardinal sins, just `as in the days of Noah,' " Elder Neal A. Maxwell of the Quorum of the Twelve said at the October 1990 general conference.

"Society in the days of Noah, scriptures advise, was corrupt before God' andfilled with violence.' (Gen. 6:11; Moses 8:28.) Corruption and violence - sound familiar? Both of these awful conditions crest because of surging individual selfishness."When thus engulfed, no wonder men's hearts in our day will fail them because of fear. (See Luke 21:26; D&C 45:26.) Even the faithful can expect a few fibrillations.

Some selfishness exists even in good people. Jane Austen's character Elizabeth mused, `I have been a selfish being all my life, in practice, though not in principle.' (Pride and Prejudice [New York: Airmont Books, 1962], p. 58.)

"The selfish individual has a passion for the vertical pronoun I. Significantly, the vertical pronoun I has no knees to bend, while the first letter in the pronoun we does."

Elder Maxwell said that selfishness is often expressed in stubbornness of mind. "Having a `mind hardened in pride' (Dan. 5:20) often afflicts the brightest who could also be the best," he said.

"One thing the brightest often lack: meekness! Instead of having a willing mind' which seeks to emulate themind of Christ,' a `mind hardened in pride' is impervious to counsel and often seeks ascendancy. (1 Chron. 28:9; 1 Cor. 2:16; D&C 64:34.)

"Jesus, who was and is `more intelligent than they all,' is also more meek than they all." (See Abr. 3:19.)

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