In Genesis 17 Abraham is commanded to be perfect. This is one of the many times that the Lord commands even mortals to be perfect. ( always and only through Jesus Christ is this possible)
Deuteronomy 18:13 Thou shalt be perfect with the thy God.
3 Nephi 12:48 Therefore I would that ye should be perfect even as I, or your Father who is in heaven is perfect.
3 Nephi 27: And know ye that ye shall be judges of this people, according to the judgment which I shall give unto you, which shall be just. Therefore, what manner of men ought ye to be? Verily I say unto you, even as I am.
D&C 67:13 Ye are not able to abide the presence of God now, neither the ministering of angels; wherefore, continue in patience until ye are perfected.
This seems very overwhelming and impossible without further study. I am thankful for the talk that I came across while searching LDS.org and my scriptures to find what the Lord would have me know regarding perfection. The interesting thing was that I was actually looking for something in regards to the ways that the atonement perfects us, but I was instead led to this and I know it was not chance. Christ's Atonement does give us grace to overcome weaknesses, but this message is a crucial process of perfection that I am thankful that I was taught.
From the talk " Messages from the Doctrine and Covenants, Seek ye earnestly the best gifts " by Elder Arnold of the Seventy:
Oh how I want to overcome my weaknesses and I am thankful that I was led to read this talk about how to seek for spiritual gifts. Although I have prayed to receive spiritual gifts, I most surely can do better with this along with the study of each gift.
"To receive a gift we must “practice virtue and holiness before” the Lord continually (D&C 38:24), and we “must grow in grace and in the knowledge of the truth” (D&C 50:40). We must “ask of God, who giveth liberally; … in all holiness of heart, walking uprightly … , doing all things with prayer and thanksgiving” (D&C 46:7). When we ask for a gift, our will must be aligned with God’s will (see D&C 46:30)." - Elder Arnold
Elder Marvin J. Ashton of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (1915–94) pointed out some less conspicuous but very important gifts: “the gift of asking; the gift of listening; the gift of hearing and using a still, small voice; the gift of being able to weep; the gift of avoiding contention; the gift of being agreeable; the gift of avoiding vain repetition; the gift of seeking that which is righteous; the gift of not passing judgment; the gift of looking to God for guidance; the gift of being a disciple; the gift of caring for others; the gift of being able to ponder; the gift of offering prayer; the gift of bearing a mighty testimony; and the gift of receiving the Holy Ghost.”
I say these things with a thankful heart, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.