From Gerald N. Lund:

The condition of humility and meekness is closely connected to our ability to receive and recognize revelation. It is, of course, the opposite of pride. Often, when scriptures talk about “softening” of the heart, they refer to a pushing aside of pride, a willingness to submit our will to the Lord’s.

The ultimate expression of humility is to acknowledge God’s divine perfections as being so infinitely superior to our own attributes that we, of our own free will, surrender our hearts to Him. As Abinadi noted, in the Savior we have the perfect model for humility, for the “will of the Son was swallowed up in the will of the Father” (Mosiah 15:7).

Note how the Lord values this attribute and especially how often He links it directly to an increase of revelation:

  • “Be thou humble and the Lord thy God shall lead thee by the hand, and give thee answer to thy prayers” (Doctrine and Covenants 112:10).
  • “They did fast and pray oft, and did wax stronger and stronger in their humility, . . . yielding their hearts to God” (Helaman 3:35).
  • “Because of meekness and lowliness of heart cometh the visitation of the Holy Ghost” (Moroni 8:26).
  • “Walk in the meekness of my Spirit, and you shall have peace in me” (Doctrine and Covenants 19:23)

—–Gerald N. Lund ~A Year of Powerful Prayer (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2013), 113-14

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