Tuesday, February 3, 2015
President Boyd K. Packer
Ensign , May 1998, p.72-74
" No man achieves the supernal exalting status of worthy fatherhood except as a gift from his wife."
Marion D. Hanks
( In conference report, Oct. 1973, pp. 15-16 : Ensign, Jan. 1974, pp.20-21)
" What is our response when we are offended, misunderstood, unfairly or unkindly treated or sinned against, made an offender for a word, falsely accused, passed over, hurt by those we love, our offerings rejected. Do we resent, become bitter or hold a grudge?Or do we resolve the problem if we can, forgive and rid ourselves of the burden?
The nature of our response to such situations may well determine the nature and quality of our lives, here and eternally....But not only our eternal salvation depends upon our willingness and capacity to forgive wrongs committed against us. Our joy and satisfaction in this life, and our true freedom depend upon our doing so.Even if it appears that another may be deserving of our resentment or hatred, non of us can afford the price of resenting or hating, because of what it does to us. If we have felt the gnawing, mordant inroads of these emotions, we know the harm that we suffer. It is reported that President Brigham Young once said that he who takes offense when no offense was intended is a fool, and he who take an offense when an offense was intended, is usually a fool. It was then explained that there are two courses of action to follow when one is bitten by a rattle snake. One may in anger, fear, or vengefulness, pursue the creature and kill it, or he will make full haste to get the venom out of his system. If we pursue the latter course we will likely survive, but if we attempt to follow the former, we may not be around long enough to finish it.
1 Nephi 7:10-12
Spencer W. Kimball
( Circles of Exhalation p.8 )
( Address to seminary and institute personnel, Brigham Young University, 28 June 1968, p.8)
"When you look in the dictionary for the most important word, do you know what it is? It could be 'remember' because all of you have made covenants- you know what to do- and you know how to do it- our greatest need is to remember. That is why everyone goes to sacrament meeting every Sabbath Day- the take the sacrament and to listen to the Priests....that they may always remember Him and keep His commandments, which He has given them....No one should ever forget to go to a Sacrament Meeting. ' Remember' is the word- ' Remember' is the program."
1 Nephi 7:21
David E. Sorensen, CR , April .'03
" I would like to make it clear that forgiveness of sins should not be confused with tolerating evil. In Fact, in the Joseph Smith Translation, the Lord said, " Judge righteous judgement." The Savior asks us to forsake and combat evil in all of it's forms, and although we must forgive a neighbor who injures us, we should still work constructively to prevent that injury from being repeated. A woman who is abused should not seek revenge, but neither should she feel that she can not take further steps to prevent further abuse. A business person treated unfairly in a transaction should not hate the person who was dishonest but could take appropriate steps to remedy the wrong. Forgiveness does not require us to accept or tolerate evil. It does not require us to see the wrong that we see in the world around us or in our own lives, but as we fight against sin, we must not allow hatred or anger to control our thoughts or actions."