Elder Steven E. Snow: Be Thou Humble

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Elder Steven E. Snow
Elder Steven E. Snow (LDS Church)

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were counseled and admonished on the ways to be humble by Elder Steven E. Snow of the Seventy.

Elder Snow spoke of the history of the church’s hymns, and the faith the hymns brought to early Saints. He explained that simple truths can be found in each of the hymns. He focused his remarks on the hymn “Be Thou Humble.”

“Like all of the church’s hymns, ‘Be Thou Humble’ teaches pure and simple truths. It teaches that if we humble ourselves, our prayers are answered; we enjoy peace of mind; we serve more effectively in our callings; and if we continue to be faithful, we will ultimately return to the presence of our Heavenly Father,” Elder Snow said.

He explained that parents need to teach their children to remain humble as they grow into adulthood.

“We do not do this by breaking their spirit through unkindness or by being too harsh in our discipline,” Elder Snow said. “While nurturing their self-confidence and self-esteem we need to teach them the qualities in selflessness, kindness, obedience, lack of pride, civility and unpretentiousness.”

He went on to teach that humility is a principle that needs to be learned by everyone, not just children.

“Humility enables us to have broken hearts when we sin or make mistakes, and it makes it possible for us to repent. Humility enables us to be better parents, sons and daughters, husbands and wives, neighbors and friends,” Elder Snow said.

He explains that life itself can prove to be a humbling experience.

“If we choose to be spiritually attune and remain humble and teachable, our prayers become more earnest and faith and testimony will grow as we overcome the tribulations of mortal existence,” he said.

Elder Snow shared a story of his son, Eric, who suffered a serious head injury. Eric was in a coma for over a week until he finally regained consciousness. He then spent significant time re-learning how to do basic daily functions. Elder Snow explained that his family was humbled by the experience.

“Through the eyes of humility, we gradually began to see the small miracles which our son experienced during this painful time,” Elder Snow said.

Elder Snow touched on the importance of being humble before walking through the “valley of humility.” He taught that Saints should rely on the Lord and be dependent on Him.

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