We wish that men and women everywhere could understand and find the joy and peace that come from the knowledge that all people are children of God and therefore brothers and sisters—literally, actually, and in fact, regardless of race, color, language, or religious belief. We are reminded as we participate in conference of the deep commitment we have to our fellowmen, our brothers and sisters throughout the world.
It is a commitment to share with them a gift that has come to us and the greatest gift we could give to them—an understanding of the fulness of the gospel. We are committed to declare to all the world that Jesus of Nazareth is the Savior of mankind, that he has paid for our sins by his atoning sacrifice, that he has risen from the dead, and that he lives today. Our responsibility is to help the people of the world understand the true nature of our Father in Heaven: that he is a personal God, a loving father, and one to whom each of us may go with our problems and concerns.
As we turn our hearts to the Savior, our hearts turn to our brothers and sisters of other faiths at the same time.
Several years ago, Elder Alexander B. You will come to see yourself as a child of God, of divine parentage, possessed of infinite capacities to grow spiritually and become more like Him.
Bond —the opposite of free—means more than slavery. It means being bound in bondage to anything from which it is difficult to escape. As Church members, we should reach out to all peoples of the world with love and friendship. Some of the ways we can do this are through Church welfare and humanitarian efforts, broadcasting and media outreach, missionary and service work, family history resources, and, most importantly, living personal lives of charity. As members of the Church, such outreach and exemplary living are both an obligation and an opportunity.
How blessed we are. How fortunate we are in our knowledge of these transcendent truths. But may I say, as I have said in the past, our membership in this Church, with eligibility for all of the blessings that flow therefrom, should never be any cause for self-righteousness, for arrogance, for denigration of others, for looking down upon others. All mankind is our neighbor. Regardless of the color of our skin, of the shape of our eyes, of the language we speak, we all are sons and daughters of God and must reach out to one another with love and concern.
Wherever we may live we can be friendly neighbors. Our children can mingle with the children of those not of this Church and remain steadfast if they are properly taught. They can even become missionaries to their associates. But there is no reason these doctrines cannot become a permanent part of our personal character.
As another testament of Jesus Christ, it only makes sense that the Book of Mormon would testify of Christ's most important quality: charity. Learn to develop this Christlike trait in your own life with this in-depth look at how charity is. This is a book that touched my heart as skilled educator and author Marilyn Arnold shares her love for the Book of Mormon. I was delighted to be able to obtain.
As we truly understand the doctrine of equality and charity, we are changed. We draw closer to the Savior and more fully live His gospel, the doctrine taught by Jesus Christ and by His apostles and prophets. President Boyd K. The study of the doctrines of the gospel will improve behavior quicker than a study of behavior will improve behavior. The virtue of the word of God changes lives. Doctrinal verities can open minds to see spiritual things not visible to the natural eye; they can open hearts to feelings of the love of God and to a love for truth.
For example, a teacher who has internalized the vital doctrines of equality and charity will treat class members like herself, not esteeming herself above her brothers and sisters in the congregation see Jacob Truly understanding doctrine—and living it—does not elevate us over others and invite self-righteousness; it invokes true humility and charity that leads us to love and serve others.
Love is the essence of the gospel of Jesus Christ. In the Book of Mormon—and most certainly in our individual lives—pride is an insidious, ever-encroaching, and pervasive plague. We cannot race against each other when it comes to righteousness; competition would only hinder our spiritual development. We are here to more fully come unto Christ and to help others do the same. Janette C.
We then think we hasten our progress by trying to get above or ahead of others. I believe this is pride. Righteousness is reproduced horizontally, not vertically. When we establish a pattern of righteousness in our lives, we commit to our Heavenly Father to do all in our power to help others reproduce this pattern in their lives. President Spencer W. The measure of our love for our fellowman and, in a large sense, the measure of our love for the Lord, is what we do for one another and for the poor and the distressed.
Love is the measure of our faith and the substance of our discipleship. Our love for God is demonstrated in our actions and interactions with others. Those filled with this pure love also enjoy its accompanying virtues: happiness, generosity, kindness, compassion, and thankfulness.
modernpsychtraining.com/cache/whatsapp/lefen-xiaomi-mi-9.php Genuine love and humility creates in us an abundance of heart that will bless all with whom we come in contact. Elder Joseph B.
Wirthlin encouraged us:. Always be willing, even anxious, to help others. Ignoring the needs of others is a serious sin. Think of the words of Alma to the people of the Church in Zarahemla. Yea, will ye persist in supposing that ye are better one than another;. Love and humility, equality and charity, can work mighty miracles. When we are humble, we realize our dependence upon the Lord, and we have more hope. When we have charity, we are more patient, more tolerant, more forgiving, and more loving.
Love is the security for which children weep, the yearning of youth, the adhesive that binds marriage, and the lubricant that prevents devastating friction in the home; it is the peace of old age, the sunlight of hope shining through death. How rich are those who enjoy it in their associations with family, friends, church, and neighbors. I am one who believes that love, like faith, is a gift of God. All love comes from God.
The more we seek Him, the more we will feel His love working a mighty change in our hearts, and the more we will feel love for those around us. Clark, comp. Roberts, 2nd ed. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, , Items in the BMC Archive are made publicly available for non-commercial, private use. Inclusion within the BMC Archive does not imply endorsement. We respect your email privacy. Skip to main content. Newell Lloyd D. President George Albert Smith said: One of the beautiful things to me in the Gospel of Jesus Christ is that it brings us all to a common level.
Oaks gave us a vivid example of what dedicated service in the Church looks like in a gospel teacher: A gospel teacher, like the Master we serve, will concentrate entirely on those being taught. Equality and Charity outside the Church Feelings of equality and charity are not for members of the Church alone. And again, I remember that thou hast said that thou hast loved the world, even unto the laying down of thy life for the world, that thou mightest take it again to prepare a place for the children of men. And now I know that this love which thou hast had for the children of men is charity; wherefore, except men shall have charity they cannot inherit that place which thou hast prepared in the mansions of thy Father.
When Moroni and Mormon are alone, weary and heartbroken, they still write of faith and hope and charity. And now I know that this love which thou has had for the children of men is charity.
This is at the heart of the Atonement of Christ. This is a powerful definition of charity. We are supposed to be Christ-like, we are supposed to be charitable, we are supposed to demonstrate love, but he is saying that were it not for real charity, capital C, the one time in all the world that real charity was demonstrated, i. This is the charity that faileth not.
Ours does not always save and it does sometimes fail. As much as we try, we fall short. But one time, by one Person, the pure love of Christ was demonstrated. Real charity was given to this world. Christ loved us perfectly and it lasts forever. Henever fails us. The message of the Book of Mormon is that Christ does not fail us.
He is the only one who has ever really mastered it while the rest of us are still trying to do so. This is the dispensation of the fullness of times. The restored gospel will never be taken from the face of the earth again. That is the message of the Book of Mormon.
Life has its shares of fears and failures. Sometimes things fall short.
Sometimes people fail us, economics fail us, business or government fail us. But one thing in time and eternity does not fail us, the pure love of the Lord Jesus Christ as manifest in His Atoning sacrifice.
I was reminded of all this as I read through the Book of Mormon, keeping charity uppermost in mind. What a wonderful summary of what the book teaches about this subject, but also of its key message for us. The last thing that I took away from my reading, and which I tried to focus on in my reading, was what our charity should move us to do.