After more studying, I think “weakness” as described in Ether 12:27 falls into three categories:
- Mankind’s dependence on God – Jacob 4:7 – “Nevertheless, the Lord God showeth us our weakness that we may know that it is by his grace, and his great condescensions unto the children of men, that we have power to do these things.”
- Lack of knowledge/acceptance by the world – D&C 35:13 – “Wherefore, I call upon the weak things of the world, those who are unlearned and despised, to thrash the nations by the power of my Spirit;”
- General sin – D&C 66:3 – “Verily I say unto you, my servant William, that you are clean, but not all; repent, therefore, of those things which are not pleasing in my sight, saith the Lord, for the Lord will show them unto you.”
There are probably other definitions of weakness, so if you can think of any, please post them.
My next question is, how does He show them to us?