973 How to Analyze Your Nature
1 Now, in order to know your nature, you must accomplish a few things. First, you must have a clear understanding of what you like. This does not refer to what you like to eat or wear; rather, it means the kinds of things you enjoy, the things you envy, the things you worship, the things you seek, and the things you pay attention to in your heart. These things are all representative of your nature. It is enough to prove that your nature is fond of unrighteousness, and in serious situations, your nature is evil and incurable.
2 To analyze your nature, you should examine what you are fond of and what you forsake in your life. Perhaps you are temporarily good to someone, but this does not prove that you are fond of him or her. What you are truly fond of is precisely what is in your nature; even if your bones were broken, you would still enjoy it and could never forsake it. This is not easy to change. No one can change what people have deep inside of themselves. Even if you pulled their hearts out and they died, their souls would still like the same things. These are the things of human nature, and they represent a person’s substance.
Adapted from “What You Should Know About Transforming Your Disposition”
in Records of Christ’s Talks