God gave us weaknesses, but why?

God gave us weaknesses, but why?
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There are many days I ask, and I’m sure you ask yourselves the same thing, ”Why this weakness? Why couldn’t it be something else?.”
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I know I’ve asked myself this over and over as I sat through school and struggled with mathematics, reading comprehension, science, and test-taking.
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I have a lot of weaknesses, and I know everyone else does, too. The verse that led to my question is: “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.”
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Who has had this happen—weaknesses becoming strengths? I sure have.
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Read Ether 12:24. It talks about Moroni and how difficult it was and how much anxiety writing gave him. He knew very well that the brother of Jared was given a gift to write.
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He was afraid he would be mocked for how he wrote by the Gentiles. However, he was promised his writings would become strong. Moroni and Joseph Smith were not educated, writers. If you’ve read the Joseph Smith Papers, you’ll understand what I’m talking about.
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D&C 46:11, ”For all have not every ​​​gift​ given unto them; for there are many gifts, and to every man is given a gift by the Spirit of God.”
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We learn that we don’t have every gift but every man does receive a gift.
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Joseph Smith said, “in weakness have I blessed him” (D&C 35:17), and “out of weakness he shall be made strong” (2 Ne. 3:13).
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When Joseph and his brother Hyrum began the journey which would lead to their deaths, Hyrum turned the page down on the same promise of the Lord to Moroni: “Because thou hast seen thy weakness thou shalt be made strong, even unto the sitting down in the place which I have prepared in the mansions of my Father.” (Ether 12:37.)
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We all have weaknesses. In these weaknesses, we find the Lord and what He has in store for us.
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PC: Susan Edwards @altusfineart

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