Importance of Charity

The Importance of Service

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“Charity, in positive terms, is patient, kind, and content. Charity puts others first, is humble, exercises self-control, looks for good in others, and rejoices when someone does well.
 
Jean B. Bingham, First Counselor, Primary General Presidency
I Will Bring the Light of the Gospel into My Home,” October 2016 General Conference

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“Through test and trial, even through fear and in the midst of despair, we have valiant hearts. We are resolved to do our part. We are here to serve a righteous cause. Sisters, in this cause we are valued. We are needed. The righteous cause we serve is the cause of Christ. It is the work of salvation.”

Carol F. McConkie, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Here to Serve a Righteous Cause,” October 2015 General Conference

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“In 1877, President George Q. Cannon said, ‘Every Temple … lessens the power of Satan on the earth.’ I believe that wherever a temple is built on the earth, it pushes back the darkness. The temple’s purpose is to serve mankind and give all of Heavenly Father’s children the ability to return and live with Him. Isn’t our purpose similar to these dedicated buildings, these houses of the Lord? To serve others and help them push back the darkness and return to Heavenly Father’s light?”

Neill F. Marriott, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Sharing Your Light,” October 2014 General Conference

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“Sisters, now more than ever, we need women to step up and be strong….We need women to be ‘anxiously engaged in a good cause.’…We need to rescue ‘all that is finest down deep inside of [us]’ so that as daughters of God we can do our part to build the kingdom of God. We will have help to do this. As Joseph declared, ‘If you live up to your privileges, the angels cannot be restrained from being your associates.’

“Let us bear one another’s burdens, mourn with those who mourn, comfort those who stand in need of comfort, and thus keep the covenants we have made.”

Barbara Thompson, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Now Let Us Rejoice,” October 2008 General Conference

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“The true measure of our life is not how much we get but how much we give.”

Silvia H. Allred, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Feed My Sheep,” October 2007 General Conference

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“It matters not whether we are new converts or lifelong members; single, married, divorced, or widowed; whether we’re rich, poor, educated, or uneducated; living in a modern city or in the most remote jungle village. We, as covenant women, have consecrated ourselves to the cause of Christ through our baptismal and temple covenants.”

Anne C. Pingree, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Charity: One Family, One Home at a Time,” October 2002 General Conference

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“Truly, we may each be an instrument in the hands of God. Happily, we need not all be the same kind of instrument. Just as the instruments in an orchestra differ in size, shape, and sound, we too are different from one another. We have different talents and inclinations, but just as the French horn cannot duplicate the sound of the piccolo, neither is it necessary for us to all serve the Lord in the same way. Sister Eliza R. Snow said that ‘there is no sister so isolated and her sphere so narrow but what she can do a great deal towards establishing the Kingdom of God upon the earth’. Our privilege and our responsibility as daughters of God and as sisters of Relief Society, then, is to become the most effective instruments we can be.”

Mary Ellen Smoot, Relief Society General President
We Are Instruments in the Hands of God,” October 2000 General Conference

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“Virtue and power are found in everyday, ordinary work, in all the daily tasks of caring for our families, and in our regular service to others. Prominence does not equal priority, nor can the world’s paycheck equal that of our Heavenly Father’s, who knows the importance of a woman’s devotion to the salvation of souls.”

Virginia U. Jensen, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Ripples,” October 2000 General Conference

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“The gospel of Jesus Christ is all about people. It’s about leaving the ninety and nine and going into the wilderness after those who are lost. It’s about bearing one another’s burdens, with the ultimate burden anyone can bear being walking through this life without light.”

Sheri L. Dew, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Stand Tall and Stand Together,” October 2000 General Conference

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“As sisters, we have the ability and the responsibility to help each other walk in the light of the Lord. No matter where we live and regardless of our age, nationality, marital status, or Church calling, there are those around us who need our love and service.”

Virginia U. Jensen, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Come to Relief Society,” October 1998 General Conference

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“Service expresses love.”

Sharon G. Larsen, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Young Women—Titles of Liberty,” April 1998 General Conference

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“Whether you belong to a long-established ward or a struggling branch, what you bring to the work as a participating member will greatly affect what happens to you and to others around you. Teaching and saving souls, seeing that ‘none is neglected,’ is a great cause. This work calls on us all and calls for our honest best.”

Aileen H. Clyde, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Relief Society: Charity, the Guiding Principle,” October 1993 General Conference

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“For Relief Society, the charity of our motto is not an abstraction. It is a love beyond the emotion we might feel for or from others. It isn’t a ‘what’s in it for me?’ kind of love. Being friendly, generous, and respectful of others moves us along the way from self-concern, but the selflessness of the kind of love that Christ commanded us to learn is a high step indeed.”

Aileen H. Clyde, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Relief Society: Charity, the Guiding Principle,” October 1993 General Conference

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“Brothers and sisters, we never know how far the effects of our service will reach. We can never afford to be cruel or indifferent or ungenerous, because we are all connected, even if it is in a pattern that only God sees. I am part of this pattern…You are part of this pattern. And the Savior is part of the pattern. In fact, I like to think that the Savior is the spaces in the pattern, for there would be no pattern at all without them.”

Chieko N. Okazaki, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Cat’s Cradle of Kindness,” April 1993 General Conference

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“From its beginning, the Relief Society has led out in charitable work. At the first meeting, President Emma Smith said, ‘Each member should be ambitious to do good.’ The minutes of those initial meetings are filled with accounts of how the sisters obtained work opportunities for the needy, took in the homeless, and made donations to help those in need of food, shelter, and schooling.”
 
Dallin H. Oaks, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
The Relief Society and the Church,” April 1992 General Conference
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“Having compassion on those who are hurting for whatever reason and then translating the response of the heart into the needed act is truly ministering as God would have us do.”

Joy F. Evans, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Lord, When Saw We Thee An Hungred?” April 1989 General Conference

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“We must recognize that life is a precious gift (Florence Nightingale called it a ‘splendid gift’), that trust and tenderness are fragile, that we must love and serve one another, must encourage one another, forgive one another—all this not once, but over and over again.”

Joy F. Evans, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Lord, When Saw We Thee An Hungred?” April 1989 General Conference

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“President Kimball says the Lord sends us on his errands, for it is the best way we learn about charity—that perfect love of Christ—the love which nurtures and renews. Charity is the power which changes human life. It is the power which soothes the aching heart and restores the soul. Charity comes to us from the Lord and from those who see our needs. It comes into our lives when we give loving service to someone else in need.”

Dwan J. Young, Primary General President
Prepare to Teach His Children,” October 1983 General Conference

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“Beyond ourselves, beyond our family circles, we have responsibility. We must reach out to give others that same testimony which we have cultivated in our own souls and extended to our children. Wherever we are called to serve, we must remember the responsibility to feed his lambs and give them an understanding of their real worth and eternal potential.”

Dwan J. Young, Primary General President
Prepare to Teach His Children,” October 1983 General Conference

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