In Ether 12, Moroni tells about the fulfilling of the promises which God made to his righteous children to preserve their records for the benefit of future generations. Understanding that he plays quite a large role in making this a reality, and having read through thousands of years of other prophets’ writings before him, Moroni writes…
23 And I said unto him: Lord, the Gentiles will mock at these things, because of our weakness in writing; for Lord thou hast made us mighty in word by faith, but thou hast not made us mighty in writing; for thou hast made all this people that they could speak much, because of the Holy Ghost which thou hast given them;
24 And thou hast made us that we could write but little, because of the awkwardness of our hands. Behold, thou hast not made us mighty in writing like unto the brother of Jared, for thou madest him that the things which he wrote were mighty even as thou art, unto the overpowering of man to read them.
When we studied this in my class a few days ago, the question was posed: what is Moroni’s weakness?
At the very moment the question hit the air I knew that I have long been missing out on the life-changing doctrine hidden beneath the plethora of more obvious ones contained in these very same passages of scripture.
Moroni’s true weakness is not writing. And I am confident that millions of saints throughout the world would jump to defend Moroni’s words as words that are powerful and beautifully crafted.
Instead, Moroni’s true weakness is much more human. Much more identifiable and much like a serious weakness I myself fight on the daily. His weakness is his tendency to compare himself to others, basing his success and worth on those comparisons.
This is never a fair thing to do to ourselves, others, and/or God. He wants to help us to make something better out of ourselves, but cannot if we are insistent on resisting accepting that we will ever be an accomplished person. I know that no matter how we feel about ourselves, no matter how down in the pits we feel, even in those moments we can feel and know that God believes in us and sees the best in us. And I know that the decision to climb out of these self-deprecating pits is our own to make. I am grateful for a God who waits patiently for us to do so and who mercifully forgives and gets to work on us as soon as we will allow him the chance.