Sunday, November 11, 2012

The Power of Kindness

One of the lessons today in church... was about kindness and the power of it. It was an amazing lesson, taught by one of my dear friends, who is an amazing teacher. I just kept taking more and more notes. I think the story about Kindness and Mothers was encouraging and of course I loved all the quotes!
Hope you had a wonderful Sabbath! Good night dear friends!

“BE KIND, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard BATTLE.” Plato
  “One who focuses on faults, though they be true, tears down a brother or a sister. The virtues of  patience, brotherly kindness, mutual respect, loyalty, and good manners all rest to some degree on the principle that even though something is true, we are not necessarily justified in communicating it to any and all persons at any and all times.” ~ Dallin H. Oaks

                “When we are filled with kindness, we are not judgmental. The Savior taught, “Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven.”  He also taught that “with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what   measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.”  ~ Joseph B. Wirthlin

                “But,” you ask, “what if people are rude?”
                Love them.
                “If they are obnoxious?”
                Love them.
                “But what if they offend? Surely I must do something then?”
                Love them.
                The answer is the same. Be kind. Love them.

                “I am not asking that all criticism be silenced. Growth comes of correction. Strength comes of repentance. Wise is the man who can acknowledge mistakes pointed out by others and change his course.
                “What I am suggesting is that each of us turn from the negativism that so permeates our society and look for the remarkable good among those with whom we associate, that we speak of one another’s virtues more than we speak of one another’s faults.”
   ~ Gordon B. Hinckley 

     “Kindness has the power to lead people from their mistakes" ~ George Albert  Smith               
                "Jesus, our Savior, was the epitome of kindness and compassion. He healed the sick. He spent    much of His time ministering to the one or many. He spoke compassionately to the Samaritan woman who was looked down upon by many. He instructed His disciples to allow the little children to come unto Him. He was kind to all who had sinned, condemning only the sin, not the sinner. He kindly allowed thousands of Nephites to come forward and feel the nail prints in His hands and feet. Yet His greatest act of kindness was found in His atoning sacrifice, thus freeing all from the effects of death, and all from the effects of sin, on conditions of repentance." ~ Joseph B. Wirthlin

              Story told by George Albert Smith:
 "I remember a few years ago I was on a train going north. I saw sitting in the day coach of that train a woman that I had known. … She recognized me as I passed down the aisle of the car. She spoke to me, and I asked: “Where are you going?” She said: “I am going to Portland, [Oregon].” I knew that the family were not well-to-do. I knew that this woman was the mother of a large family of sons, so I said: “What takes you to Portland?” She said: “I have a son there in the   hospital.”
                I was not aware that any of her children had moved away, so I questioned a little further, and   then she opened her heart to me. She said: “My youngest boy, a few weeks ago, left home and did not tell us where he was going. We received no word from him, but he thought he would go  out into the world no doubt and see it for himself, and the first intimation that we had of his whereabouts was when a telegram came from the Mercy hospital in Portland, stating that our boy was there sick in that hospital.” She said: “Of course the message shocked us very much. There was only one thing to do, and that was to raise means and go at once to that boy.”
                … She was prepared to sit up during that long ride, day and night, not resentful of the unkindness and thoughtlessness of her boy, but only thinking that he was hers, that he belonged to her, that God gave him to her, and that our Heavenly Father expected her to use every possible means to    enrich his life and prepare him for the opportunities that awaited him. So through the long hours of the night, as the train rumbled over the rails, this good woman sat there, yearning for her boy,     every mile taking her just a little nearer to that lodestone that was tugging at her heart. Finally when she arrived, quickly as she could, she made her way to the hospital. It so transpired that   the place where I was to remain was not far from the hospital so I went over there to see what had occurred.
                There was that sweet mother sitting by the bedside of her boy who had been seized with a serious attack of pneumonia, and he was lying there in pain. She was not scolding him because he had been unmindful of her; she was not resentful of his thoughtlessness and of his carelessness, she was just thankful to be with her boy that God had given to her. She was now trying to nurse back the child for whom she had entered into partnership with her Heavenly Father, to bring him into this world. He, by the way, was about 16 years of age, but her baby. She was trying to encourage him by telling him the things that would make him happy and contented, holding out to him the opportunities that would be his when he was well. In the place of distress and anguish that filled that room prior to her entrance there, there was a perfect halo of light and of peace and happiness spread over the countenance of that boy as he looked up into the face of her who had offered her life that he might be, and who on this occasion had come that long distance to sit by his side and nurse him back to life."
                "I wonder sometimes if these mothers realize how wonderful they are in the eyes of their children in a case like that. That boy had resolved before his mother had been there many minutes that never again would he be recreant to her, never again would he be unmindful of   what she had given to him, but determined that the name which had been given to him in honor would be kept by him in honor so long as life should last."
When a child goes astray, why is it sometimes difficult to react the way the mother in the story did? 

                “May we be models of kindness. May we ever live up to the words of the Savior: “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” ~ Joseph B. Wirthlin

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