Sunday, March 8, 2009

Stumbling Blocks

"The great Restoration removes stumbling blocks which prevent our seeing “things as they really are, and … things as they really will be” (Jacob 4:13; see also 1 Ne. 14:1). When stumbling blocks are removed, we see the purposes of life clearly. We see ourselves differently, clearly, and correctly."

From, The Wondrous RestorationBy Elder Neal A. Maxwell Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

Jacob 4:13
  13 Behold, my brethren, he that prophesieth, let him prophesy to the understanding of men; for the aSpirit speaketh the btruth and lieth not. Wherefore, it speaketh of things as they really care, and of things as they really will be; wherefore, these things are manifested unto us dplainly, for the salvation of our souls. But behold, we are not witnesses alone in these things; for God also espake them unto prophets of old.

1 Nephi 14:1
And it shall come to pass, that if the aGentiles shall hearken unto the Lamb of God in that day that he shall manifest himself unto them in word, and also in bpower, in very deed, unto the ctakingaway of their dstumbling blocks—

In a recent blog post My thoughts on Stumbeling Blocks I try to understand what stumbeling blocks are.  My husband just gave me a second preisthood blessing where he told me my stumbeling block had been removed.  Two blessings in a row (almost a year apart) with almost the same wording in it.  What a wonderful blessing I thought at first.  But all the things in my life that were dificult did not get any easier after the first blessing.  After the second blessing I worried that I was doing something persionally wrong, because I still struggle with all the same flaws.  This is a new nugget of truth on what stumbeling blocks might mean.  I think I understand the blessing a bit better now.

The Bible sits on the pulpit of hundreds of different religious sects. The Book of Mormon, the record of Joseph, verifies and clarifies the Bible. It removes stumbling blocks, it restores many plain and precious things. We testify that when used together, the Bible and the Book of Mormon confound false doctrines, lay down contentions, and establish peace. (See 2 Ne. 3:12.)

from, A New Witness for Christ, By President Ezra Taft Benson Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

This is the sacrifice we have to learn to offer. Nobody will ever be able to understand or even to accept principles of truth unless he or she, to some degree, has developed a painful awareness of the dimensions of self-honesty. Without the capability to recognize truth, we will not be really free: we will be slaves to habits or prejudices heavily covered with excuses. But learning to become aware of the depth of the dimensions of truth will make us free. We cannot remove a stumbling block unless we see it first. We cannot grow unless we know what is holding us back.

From, University for Eternal Life, by Elder F. Enzio BuscheOf the First Quorum of the Seventy

As President Benson approached his ninetieth year, a mild heart attack and other health problems were taking a toll on his physical strength. But his energy in his prophetic role seemed to grow even stronger. In one landmark general conference address, he urged members to overcome pride with a broken heart and a contrite spirit. “Pride is the universal sin, the great vice,” he said, “Pride is the great stumbling block to Zion.” (See Ensign, May 1989, pages 4–7.)

from, President Ezra Taft Benson By Jan U. Pinborough


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