Monday, October 4, 2010

Charity...

"I consider charity—or “the pure love of Christ”—to be the opposite of criticism and judging. In speaking of charity, I do not at this moment have in mind the relief of the suffering through the giving of our substance. That, of course, is necessary and proper. Tonight, however, I have in mind the charity that manifests itself when we are tolerant of others and lenient toward their actions, the kind of charity that forgives, the kind of charity that is patient.
I have in mind the charity that impels us to be sympathetic, compassionate, and merciful, not only in times of sickness and affliction and distress but also in times of weakness or error on the part of others.
There is a serious need for the charity that gives attention to those who are unnoticed, hope to those who are discouraged, aid to those who are afflicted. True charity is love in action. The need for charity is everywhere.
Needed is the charity which refuses to find satisfaction in hearing or in repeating the reports of misfortunes that come to others, unless by so doing, the unfortunate one may be benefited. The American educator and politician Horace Mann once said, “To pity distress is but human; to relieve it is godlike.”11
Charity is having patience with someone who has let us down. It is resisting the impulse to become offended easily. It is accepting weaknesses and shortcomings. It is accepting people as they truly are. It is looking beyond physical appearances to attributes that will not dim through time. It is resisting the impulse to categorize others.......In a hundred small ways, all of you wear the mantle of charity. Life is perfect for none of us. Rather than being judgmental and critical of each other, may we have the pure love of Christ for our fellow travelers in this journey through life. May we recognize that each one is doing her best to deal with the challenges which come her way, and may we strive to do our best to help out.
Charity has been defined as “the highest, noblest, strongest kind of love,”the “pure love of Christ . . . ; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with [her]."
“Charity never faileth.” May this long-enduring Relief Society motto, this timeless truth, guide you in everything you do. May it permeate your very souls and find expression in all your thoughts and actions."                 ~President Thomas S. Monson

I loved Pres. Monsons talk to the Relief Society this past General Conference. I loved it so much that for FHE tonight we watched it as a family. You can watch it here. It's the very last one on the page. 
Or you can read it here.

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25 more days till eleven years. 
Today, Trevor came home for lunch (a rarity). We actually sat at the table eating and talking.
It was lovely.
And date-like.
And not nearly long enough. 
I love him.
and now for a picture:
Candice helping Josh down from the rock at the park. I just liked it so I tried to make it better. 
Congrats Candice and Quinn on having another little boy!

3 comments:

Chris and Jenna said...

I thought that was the best talk too! Don't you just love President Monson? He has such an amazing way with words. After hearing that talk, my new goal in life is being more charitable.

candice and Quinn said...

Great talk! Thanks for sharing! And once again,I'm so happy!!

Brent said...

Trevor is a lucky guy; Don't let him forget it.