Charity and Jesus Christ

Service and Jesus Christ

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“Of course, Jesus Christ is the perfect embodiment of charity. His premortal offering to be our Savior, His interactions throughout His mortal life, His supernal gift of the Atonement, and His continual efforts to bring us back to our Heavenly Father are the ultimate expressions of charity. He operates with a singular focus: love for His Father expressed through His love for each of us.”

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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“True Christlike service is selfless and focuses on others.”

Cheryl A. Esplin, First Counselor in the Primary General Presidency
He Asks Us to Be His Hands,” April 2016 General Conference

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“There is safety in following the word of the Lord through His prophets. God called President Thomas S. Monson, the counselors in the First Presidency, and the members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles as prophets, seers, and revelators. In this world of increasing fear, distraction, adversity, and anger, we can look to them to see how disciples of Jesus Christ—filled with charity—look, sound, and react to issues that could be divisive. They testify of Jesus Christ and respond with charity, the pure love of Jesus Christ, whose witnesses they are.”

Carole M. Stephens, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
If Ye Love Me, Keep My Commandments,” 2015 General Conference

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“Whatever our circumstances, wherever we are along the path toward salvation, we unite as one in our commitment to the Savior. We sustain one another in His service.”

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

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“Our opportunity as covenant-keeping daughters of God is not just to learn from our own challenges; it is to unite in empathy and compassion as we support other members of the family of God in their struggles, as we have covenanted to do. When we do so, we also come to understand and trust that the Savior knows the difficulties of the way and can guide us through whatever sorrows and disappointments may come. He is true charity, and His love ‘endureth forever’—in part through us as we follow Him.”

Carole M. Stephens, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
The Family is of God,” April 2015 General Conference

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“For some, serving or ministering one by one, following the Savior’s example, doesn’t come easily. But with practice, each of us can become more like the Savior as we serve God’s children. To help us better love one another, I would like to suggest four words to remember: ‘First observe, then serve.’ ”

Linda K. Burton, Relief Society General President
First Observe, Then Serve,” October 2012 General Conference

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“We are all invited to follow Jesus’s teachings and to minister to others.”

Linda K. Burton, Relief Society General President
First Observe, Then Serve,” October 2012 General Conference

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“Sometimes we are tempted to serve in a way that we want to serve and not necessarily in the way that is needed at the moment. When Elder Robert D. Hales taught the principle of provident living, he shared the example of buying a gift for his wife. She asked, ‘Are you buying this for me or for you?’ If we adapt that question to ourselves as we serve and ask, ‘Am I doing this for the Savior, or am I doing this for me?’ our service will more likely resemble the ministry of the Savior.”

Linda K. Burton, Relief Society General President
First Observe, Then Serve,” October 2012 General Conference

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“The Savior is the perfect example of how to extend charity. During His mortal ministry He showed compassion for the hungry, for the sinner, for the afflicted, and for the sick. He ministered to the poor and to the rich; to women, children, and men; to family, friends, and strangers. He forgave His accusers, and He suffered and died for all mankind.”

Silvia H. Allred, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Charity Never Faileth,” October 2011 General Conference

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“Expressing charity, or love, purifies and sanctifies our souls, helping us become more like the Savior. Through those small acts of charity, you follow the Savior and you act as instruments in His hands as you help, care, lift, comfort, listen, encourage, nurture, teach, and strengthen the sisters under your care.”

Silvia H. Allred, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Charity Never Faileth,” October 2011 General Conference

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“As we increase our own level of self ­reliance, we increase our ability to help and serve others the way the Savior did. We follow the Savior’s example when we minister to the needy, the sick, and the suffering. When love becomes the guiding principle in our care for others, our service to them becomes the gospel in action. It is the gospel in its finest moment. It is pure religion.”

Silvia H. Allred, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
The Essence of Discipleship,” April 2011 General Conference

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“The pure love of Christ is expressed as we give selfless service. Helping one another is a sanctifying experience which exalts the receiver and humbles the giver. It helps us become true disciples of Christ.”

Silvia H. Allred, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
The Essence of Discipleship,” April 2011 General Conference

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“In the New Testament we read often that Christ was ‘moved with compassion’ upon the people as He responded to their needs. He had compassion when He saw that they were hungry and He fed them, or when they were sick and He healed them, or when they were in need of spiritual enrichment and He taught them.

“Compassion means to feel love and mercy toward another person. It means to have sympathy and desire to relieve the suffering of others. It means to show kindness and tenderness toward another.

“The Savior has asked us to do the things which He has done, to bear one another’s burdens, to comfort those who need comfort, to mourn with those who mourn, to feed the hungry, visit the sick, to succor the weak, lift up the hands which hang down, and to ‘teach one another the doctrine of the kingdom.’ To me these words and actions describe visiting teachers—those who minister to others.”

Barbara Thompson, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
And of Some Have Compassion, Making a Difference,” October 2010 General Conference

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“Throughout His mortal life the Savior taught that we should care for one another and help one another. He healed the sick, caused the lame to walk, restored sight to the blind, and unstopped the ears of the deaf. He taught the people the gospel. He blessed the people and performed many mighty miracles.

“There are opportunities everywhere to help those in need. I submit to you that at some time in our lives, each of us will be poor in some way and will need the help of another person. For ‘are we not all beggars?’ ”

Barbara Thompson, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
His Arm Is Sufficient,” April 2009 General Conference

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“…Every day, when I seek it, I experience the Lord’s love in my life and feel His arms encircle me. I see evidences of the Lord’s love in my morning walks when the air is clear and the first hint of light is in the east. I feel His love when a verse of scripture springs to mind and speaks to me in a new way. I recognize His love when I am taught by good women in Relief Society or by visiting teachers who care for me. I sense His presence when my heart responds to beautiful music or a memorable talk. Sisters, the Lord is everywhere when we open our eyes and hearts to His love.”

Kathleen H. Hughes, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Remembering the Lord’s Love,” October 2006 General Conference

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“In these preparatory years, you young women spend much of your time in schools or jobs where  you receive accolades, honors, awards, ribbons, or trophies. When you move from that stage to young motherhood, there is a dramatic drop-off in outside commendation. Yet in no other capacity is there more opportunity to serve selflessly as Christ would do by taking care of hundreds of daily physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. You will bring the light of the gospel into your homes—not to be seen of others, but to build others—men and women of strength and light.”

Susan W. Tanner, Young Women General President
I Am the Light Which Ye Shall Hold Up,” April 2006 General Conference

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“Charity, or the pure love of Christ, ‘envieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own’ (Moro. 7:45). When we become other-oriented, or selfless, we develop an inner beauty of spirit that glows in our outward appearance. This is how we make ourselves in the Lord’s image rather than the world’s and receive His image in our countenances. President Hinckley spoke of this very kind of beauty that comes as we learn to respect body, mind, and spirit.”

Susan W. Tanner, Young Women General President
The Sanctity of the Body,” October 2005 General Conference

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“All of us long to possess Christ’s pure love, called charity, but our humanness—the ‘natural woman’ in us—gets in our way. We get angry, we become frustrated, we berate ourselves and others—and when we do, we cannot be the conduit of love we need to be if we are to become an instrument in Heavenly Father’s hands. Being willing to forgive ourselves and others becomes an integral part of our ability to have the love of the Lord in our lives and to do His work.”

Kathleen H. Hughes, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
That We May All Sit Down in Heaven Together,” October 2005 General Conference

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“The greatest manifestation of charity is the Atonement of Jesus Christ, granted to us as a gift. Our diligent seeking for this gift requires that we not only are willing to receive it but are willing to share it as well. As we share this love with others, we emerge as ‘instruments in the hands of God to do this great work.’ We will be prepared to sit down with our sisters in heaven—together.”

Kathleen H. Hughes, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
That We May All Sit Down in Heaven Together,” October 2005 General Conference

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“As a Relief Society presidency, we sometimes hear women say that they don’t feel the love of the Lord. But perhaps they would feel more of His love if they looked for His hand in the actions of those who care for them. It may be a member of their branch or ward, a neighbor, or even a stranger who blesses them and manifests Christ’s love…If we can lift others in Christ’s name, surely we can also be lifted.”

Kathleen H. Hughes, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
What Greater Goodness Can We Know: Christlike Friends,” April 2005 General Conference

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“Mormon teaches us that ‘charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever.’ The pure love of Christ. Let’s look at that. What does this phrase mean? We find part of the answer in Joshua: ‘Take diligent heed … to love the Lord your God … and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.’

“Charity is our love for the Lord, shown through our acts of service, patience, compassion, and understanding for one another. Additional insight into the pure love of Christ is found in Ether: ‘[Jesus has] loved the world, even unto the laying down of [His] life for the world, that [He might] take it again to prepare a place for the children of men. And now I know that this love which [He has] for the children of men is charity.’

“Charity is also the Lord’s love for us, shown through His acts of service, patience, compassion, and understanding. The ‘pure love of Christ’ refers not only to our love for the Savior but to His love for each of us.”

Bonnie D. Parkin, Relief Society General President
Choosing Charity: That Good Part,” October 2003 General Conference

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“Surely it pleases the Lord when we, His children, reach out to one another, to give help along the way, and to bring another closer to Christ. He taught, ‘[When] ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me’. He wants us to ‘mourn with those that mourn[,] … comfort those that stand in need of comfort’, and ‘by love serve one another’.”

Margaret D. Nadauld, Young Women General President
Come unto Christ,” April 1998 General Conference

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“Charity is work of the heart. The Savior said that ‘the great commandment in the law’ is ‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind’. When we love the Lord with all our mind, soul, and heart, we love others. And charity abounds.”

Elaine L. Jack, Relief Society General President
Strengthened in Charity,” October 1996 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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“Remember Jesus healing the blind beggar. He spat on the ground, rubbed the mud on the man’s eyes, and said, ‘Go, wash [your face] in the pool of Siloam.’

“My sisters, this story has a lesson about service in it for us. First, remember that Jesus and the man didn’t have an appointment. They encountered each other almost by accident. So look for little opportunities in your daily life.

“Second, Jesus saw the need of an individual. Sometimes I think we see programs instead of individuals.

“Third, Jesus performed the service immediately with just the resources he had—spit and mud and a desire to help. He didn’t transport the man to an exotic medical facility, organize a cornea transplant team, or didn’t make it into a media event. Sometimes we think we can’t serve because we’re not rich enough, not educated enough, not old enough, or not young enough. Remember, if we have the desire to serve, then our bare hands, a little spit, and a little dirt are enough to make a miracle.”

Chieko N. Okazaki, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Spit and Mud and Kigatsuku,” April 1992 General Conference

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“I am reminded of how significant charity is in the teachings of the Lord. He has said, ‘And above all things, clothe yourselves with the bond of charity, as with a mantle, which is the bond of perfectness and peace’ (D&C 88:125; emphasis added).

“I see a mantle as many of you care for each other in acts of tender compassion, ever striving for the highest, noblest, strongest kind of love—the pure love of Christ.

“Charity, or the pure love of Christ, is not synonymous with good deeds or benevolence. But kind, thoughtful, loving acts are the way Jesus has directed us to express our love—both our love for him and our love for others. If we have the sustenance, he says we are to give to those in want. If we are thoughtful, warm, and caring to those who are sick, those who mourn, those who are fatherless, those we love, and those who despitefully use us, then we have charity, for we are moved to act with compassion.”

Barbara B. Smith, Relief Society General President
The Bond of Charity,” October 1980 General Conference

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“Women’s first responsibility for service is to their families, for this is the fundamental priority established by the Lord. It must he their first consideration, and that of all those who call them to positions or seek their assistance in any endeavor; for the building of strong families is fundamental to a strong society.”

Barbara B. Smith, Relief Society General President
She Stretcheth Out Her Hand to the Poor,” October 1977 General Conference

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