Pride and Prejudice has always been one of my favorite movies! I have to say that the only version we watch is the 6 hour version produced by A&E.
One of my all-time favorite moments is this classic story is when Elizabeth begins to see herself clearly, and as she sees herself clearly she begins to see others more clearly as well. In her moment of self-discovery she says, “How despicably I have acted! I, who have prided myself on my discernment! I, who have valued myself on my abilities! I who have often disdained the generous candour of my sister, and gratified my vanity in useless or blameable mistrust! How humiliating is this discovery! Yet, how just a humiliation! Had I been in love, I could not have been more wretchedly blind! But vanity, not love, has been my folly. Pleased with the preference of one, and offended by the neglect of the other, on the very beginning of our acquaintance, I have courted prepossession and ignorance, and driven reason away, where either were concerned. Till this moment I never knew myself." In this moment, Elizabeth realizes how much her pride and prejudice have affected her judgement, even though she has criticized Darcy for the same narrow-mindedness. She believed Wickham's story despite the obvious signs of his dishonesty - and she also wanted to believe the worst about Darcy. Once Elizabeth recognizes her faults, she does not wallow in them. Instead, she takes the opportunity to improve her attitude and finally admit her feelings for Darcy. This is what each of us can do if we find the same pride and prejudice within ourselves. We to can recognize our faults and change.
In a talk given by Dieter F. Uchtdorf he said, “The words of the Apostle James apply to us today:
“God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. …
“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.”
As you read president Uchtdorf's words you can change the word brethren to your name to help apply his counsel personally. And where it says son you can change it to daughter; doing this really helps me to feel that the Lord is speaking to me through his ordained servant.
“Brethren, we must put aside our pride, see beyond our vanity, and in humility ask, “Lord, is it I?”And if the Lord’s answer happens to be “Yes, my son, there are things you must improve, things I can help you to overcome,” I pray that we will accept this answer, humbly acknowledge our sins and shortcomings, and then change our ways. May we from this time forward seek with all our might to walk steadfastly in the Savior’s blessed way—for seeing ourselves clearly is the beginning of wisdom.” This is a beautiful truth that each soul needs to discover during their mortal test! When Elizabeth saw her own weakness and acknowledged it she was able to change and find greater joy! How grateful I am that we can repent when we have done wrong. What a precious gift the atonement is for each of us; because of our Redeemer we can humble ourselves, repent and begin again. I testify that as we turn away from pride and face our Savior Jesus Christ we will see and love as he would. May each of us begin today to see ourselves and others more clearly I pray; for seeing clearly is the beginning of wisdom!