Ezra Taft Benson prefaced his 1989 April Conference address saying, "This message has been weighing heavily on my soul for some time. I know the Lord wants this message delivered now." What followed was President Benson's classic and enlightening exposition on pride.
Pride is a very misunderstood sin, and many are sinning in ignorance... Most of us think of pride as self-centeredness, conceit, boastfulness, arrogance, or haughtiness. All of these are elements of the sin, but the heart, or core, is still missing. The central feature of pride is enmity—enmity toward God and enmity toward our fellowmen.Though condemning, President Benson's insightful description of pride is also empowering. By understanding the subtle and creeping influence of pride in our thoughts and actions, we can fortify ourselves against this great and common sin.