My brilliant friend, Jeannie, shared this idea with me a few years ago. We know about the Natural Man. He is an enemy to God:
For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father. –Mosiah 3:19
So, looking at the opposites: The natural man doesn’t listen to the Holy Spirit, thinks himself mature, is proud, unteachable, better than others, impatient, full of hate, and unwilling to submit himself to anything that is not his own idea.
But that is a man. Men and women have different temperaments, generally, and different temptations. In our increasingly androgynous society, women take on the same pride and haughtiness that men usually are drawn to. But women’s caring, nurturing, loving nature is corrupted in a different way than men’s basic nature. Since our very best selves are complementary, so are our very worst versions. Jeannie noticed that there are only a couple of feminine pronouns in the scriptures, and one of them is attached to Charity (the others are mercy and wisdom).
And charity suffereth long, and is kind, and envieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
So, again, looking at the opposites, we get a good picture of the natural woman. She is impatient and mean, envious and puffed up. She wants to make sure she is always first and has a mighty temper. She thinks evil about people and things and loves when others mess up. She loves sin and hates truth. She can’t handle much, doesn’t believe much and has no hope that it will ever get better. She gives up when it gets too hard.When women read the scripture in Mosiah 3:19 and feel pretty good about ourselves because we don’t do those things, it might be good to head over to Moroni 7: 41 and make sure we are not giving in to our personal weaknesses and basest nature. As Elder Uchtdorf so eloquently put it: Stop it!