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Monday, September 27, 2010

My Goal

I don't consider myself one to judge others. It's always "someone else" who judges people. Guess what: I'm wrong. After listening to President Monson at Women's Conference, I have a new goal: love others instead of judging them. "Others" means everyone.

The following is an excerpt from President Monson's address:

"My dear sisters, each of you is unique. You are different from each other in many ways. There are those of you who are married. Some of you stay at home with your children, while others of you work outside your homes. Some of you are empty-nesters. There are those of you who are married but do not have children. There are those who are divorced, those who are widowed. Many of you are single women. Some of you have college degrees; some of you do not. There are those who can afford the latest fashions and those who are lucky to have one appropriate Sunday outfit. Such differences are almost endless. Do these differences tempt us to judge one another?

Mother Teresa, a Catholic nun who worked among the poor in India most of her life, spoke this profound truth: “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” The Savior has admonished, “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.” I ask: Can we love one another, as the Savior has commanded, if we judge each other? And I answer—with Mother Teresa—“No; we cannot.”

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.

—President Thomas S. Monson

2 comments:

Matt, Ginger, Molly, and Jaxon said...

I watched the broadcast at home, and I too loved Pres. Monson's talk as well as Sister Allred's. Both great!

kim said...

Jenny, you already know my new resignations after that quote, as we spoke on the phone together.