Sunday, November 6, 2016

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf on honest self-examination

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf (1940- ) served as a Seventy from 1994-2004, when he was called as a member of the Quorum of Twelve.  He has served as second counselor in the First Presidency since 2008.
"It was our beloved Savior's final night in mortality, the evening before He would offer Himself a ransom for all mankind. As He broke bread with His disciples, He said something that must have filled their hearts with great alarm and deep sadness. 'One of you shall betray me,' He told them.
"The disciples didn't question the truth of what He said. Nor did they look around, point to someone else, and ask, 'Is it him?'
"Instead, 'they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I?' (Matthew 26:21-22, emphasis added)
"I wonder what each of us would do if we were asked that question by the Savior. Would we look at those around us and say in our hearts, 'He's probably talking about Brother Johnson. I've always wondered about him,' or 'I'm glad Brother Brown is here. He really needs to hear this message'? Or would we, like those disciples of old, look inward and ask that penetrating question: 'Is it I?'
"In these simple words, 'Lord, is it I?' lies the beginning of wisdom and the pathway to personal conversion and lasting change."
- Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "Lord, Is It I?," Ensign, November 2014, pp. 56-59
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This was an amazing message from President Uchtdorf. So often, we are quick to see shortcomings or needs in others around us, but slow to notice similar problems in ourselves. We have what Pres. Uchtdorf called "spiritual blind spots" where we just seem not to notice our own problems and issues.

Truly we need more careful and humble self-examination, aided by the Holy Spirit to shine light where we struggle with those blind spots. Pres. Uchtdorf suggests paying humble attention to the scriptures and the words of Church leaders, always being careful to ask, "Is it I?" In other words, are there areas where I have shortcomings, where I can improve or try harder, or need to repent?

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