Being mortal and imperfect we are all subject to many weaknesses. In Ether 12:27 it states,”If men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.” This verse tells us why we must have weaknesses–to help us be humble. One key element here is that we humble ourselves. One way of doing this is to make a list of our weaknesses and then a list of what they may become as we come unto Christ. For Example:
Weakness: Impatient with Spouse/Child.
Strength: Patient/Prayerful & Guided By Spirit
Weakness: Don’t want to attend Church
Strength: Happy to attend and growing
Weakness: Not excited to do genealogy
Strength: Love doing Genealogy/Bless lives
Weakness: Judge others/Fault finding
Strength: Have the gift of Charity/Loving
Many become Saints in name only at baptism and spend the rest of their lives struggling to “put off the natural man” and develop the characteristics needed as suggested above. It’s only through the atonement of Jesus Christ, by becoming one with your Savior and the Father, that we can receive redemption and make the changes necessary. No one can do it for us. We can go to counseling, talk to a Bishop, doctor, friend, family member, but until we humble ourselves before the Lord with a broken heart, contrite spirit and are obedient to His commandments, we will never find solutions that provide a complete answer. We must come to Christ himself to overcome our weaknesses.
In 2 Nephi 31:19-20 it reads:
“My beloved brethren, after ye have gotten unto this strait and narrow path, I would ask if all is done? Behold, I say unto you, Nay; for ye have not come thus far save it were by the word of Christ with unshaken faith in him, relying wholly upon the merits of him who is mighty to save it were by the word of Christ with unshaken faith in him who is mighty to save.
Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting on the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.”
What must we do to stay on the strait and narrow path? I would begin with the list above. Make a personal list of your weaknesses and strengths as shown. Kneel in prayer and ask Heavenly Father what you must start, stop and continue working on to experience a mighty change of heart. Take time to be search the scriptures, words of prophets and apostles, pray and ponder. Write down any personal thoughts or inspiration that comes. The more we act on the promptings, the more instruction will be given. If you find you don’t even have the desire to change, then start by praying for the desire. During the process, we must make sure we are patient with ourselves.
I have a personal testimony that it is through the Savior Jesus Christ that our weaknesses can be made strong. I have seen this in my own life and the lives of many. I know He will continue to help me with the many areas in my life that need strengthened and changed. He is the healer and understands all that we go through. He truly loves us and gives us the power to change. We are not beyond His power to Heal.