A very brief post to comment on what I was thinking about while reading Ether 12 just now. The Lord Jesus Christ tells Moroni:
27 And if men come unto me I will show unto them their aweakness. I bgive unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my cgrace is sufficient for all men that dhumble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make eweak things become strong unto them.
What struck me was “I will show unto them their weakness.” I thought, “Why does the Lord need to show me my weakness? I already know my weakness: A strong, persistent feeling of gender disorientation.”
But that’s not my weakness. That’s one of my weaknesses. My weakness is the core weakness of mortality. It is my inability to overcome this particular weakness, or any other, without the help of the Lord Jesus Christ. When the Lord shows me my weakness, it is in humbling me to realize that I am wholly dependent upon His Grace for my salvation. That turns my heart to Him, so that I am willing to do whatever He asks of me. That is how He makes weak things become strong unto us. Our weaknesses remind us of our dependence on God—our Weakness—so that we turn to Him. I think that I could not be saved without this particular challenge. I would have been too proud and trusted too much in my own strength. GID has brought me into abject depths of dependence on the Lord, so that I have realized that I am but a man.