Category Archives: Pride

What Does It Mean to Be “Puffed Up?”

The Greek word phusioo (φυσιόω) means “to puff or blow up.” It comes from the word phusa which means “bellows.” Some form of the word appears five times in Paul’s First Epistle to the Corinthians and once in his epistle to the … Continue reading

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What Is “Stoutness of Heart?”

After prophesying that the Savior will one day establish peace and justice on the earth, Isaiah contrasts God’s steady leadership with the frantic efforts of people trying to do things on their own: And all the people shall know, even … Continue reading

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What Is Haughtiness?

I wrote yesterday that pride means thinking too highly of yourself, exaggerating your capabilities and minimizing your limitations. When pride leads you to treat other people with contempt, it is called haughtiness. The words “haughty” and “haughtiness” appear six times … Continue reading

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What Is Pride?

Today, I reviewed the 77 appearances of the words “pride” and “proud” in the Book of Mormon. Here is what I learned: Pride means thinking too highly of yourself, failing to acknowledge your limitations. Throughout the Book of Mormon, prophets … Continue reading

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Lessons from Nephi’s Sermon on the Words of Isaiah

During the month of October, I studied 2 Nephi 11-33. This collection of chapters constitutes a sermon to Nephi’s future readers on an extended text from Isaiah: In chapter 11, he explains his purpose: to convince his readers that we … Continue reading

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Puffed Up – 2 Nephi 28:12-13

12 Because of pride, and because of false teachers, and false doctrine, their churches have become corrupted, and their churches are lifted up; because of pride they are puffed up. 13 They rob the poor because of their fine sanctuaries; … Continue reading

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Fallen from Heaven – 2 Nephi 24:12-20

12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! Art thou cut down to the ground, which did weaken the nations! 13 For thou hast said in thy heart: I will ascend into heaven, I will … Continue reading

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