Monday, February 1, 2010

What kind of people should we be?

In General Conference in April of 2001, Pres. Gordon B. Hinckley said, "Let us be good people.  Let us be friendly people.  Let us be neighborly people.  Let us be what members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ought to be." 

As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints we are taught to be faithful, obedient to the teachings of Christ, good examples to those around us and to be full of charity which is the pure love of Christ.  Christ taught through words and example.  He taught us to serve others, to be kind, compassionate, caring, understanding, humble and full of charity.  Christ loved others out of purity not out of what they could offer Him or how they could better His life. He loved them for who they were and who they had the potential to become.  We are all sons and daughters of our Father in Heaven.  We are all created in His image.  We all have the potential to return to Him one day and be like Him.  If we treat each other with the attitude that we are brothers and sisters with divine potential, how much better would this world be? I love this quote from Pres. Hinckley because it is so simple.  He doesn't tell us to go out and do huge things.  We just need to be good and follow the teachings of Jesus.  We are blessed to have those teachings and to have the example of the Savior to guide us in this life.  We are blessed with the knowledge of who we are, where we came from, and what our purpose here is.  How wonderful to have that kind of knowledge in a world with so much uncertainty!  How wonderful to be able to teach my children this so that they have a strong foundation and the ability to turn to their faith to get them through all that life will throw at them!

So what kind of people should we be?  John 13:15 "For I have given unto you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you." And in 3 Nephi 27:21 "...for that which ye have seen me de even that shall ye do"
We should be like the Savior; humble, meek, submissive, full of love.  We should be good people, good friends, good neighbors.

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