Blessings of Charity for the Giver

See also: Joy from Charity

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“The building of hope and faith and even greater love between receiver and giver are inevitable results of true charity.”

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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“Sisters in the kingdom are great pillars of spiritual strength, compassionate service, and devotion. All women in Relief Society can be filled with love, knowing that their small acts of charity have a healing power for others and for themselves. They come to know with certainty that charity is the pure love of Christ and never faileth.”

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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“I would like to invite each of you to do at least one Samaritan-like act this coming week…I promise that if you will extend yourself beyond what is easy to do, you will feel so good inside that kindness will start to become a part of your everyday life. You’ll see that benevolence can bring joy and unity to your home, your class, your ward, and your school.”

Mary N. Cook, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Remember This: Kindness Begins with Me,” 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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“I have experienced some of the most humbling, joyful, and spiritual experiences of my life as I have sat in the homes of women in my own ward and around the world. We have taught one another the gospel. We have cried together, laughed together, solved problems together, and I have been lifted and blessed.”

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

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“Personal service builds each individual sister, and the united service of millions of faithful women creates a formidable force of faith in the Lord’s work.”

Julie B. Beck, Relief Society General President
Daughters in My Kingdom: the History and Work of Relief Society,” October 2010 General Conference

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“Many years ago I learned from Sister Camilla Kimball, wife of President Spencer W. Kimball, to ‘never suppress a generous thought.’ By following her counsel, we can know with certainty that our Father in Heaven knows us personally because He sends us to be His hands and heart to those in need.”
 
Julie B. Beck, Relief Society General President
Relief Society: A Sacred Work,” October 2009 General Conference
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“…Those who strive to be truly Christlike—with steadfast determination to serve others and a willingness to press forward in faith—can come to echo this grand spiritual truth shared by Nephi as he continued his shipbuilding: ‘And I … did … pray oft unto the Lord; wherefore the Lord showed unto me great things.’ To be shown ‘great things’—what a gift, what a blessing to those who have chosen ‘to grow up unto the Lord.’ ”

Anne C. Pingree, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
To Grow Up unto the Lord,” April 2006 General Conference

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“To become consistently charitable is a lifelong quest, but each act of love changes us and those who offer it.”

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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“When we are truly converted, our focus shifts from self to others. We can find inner strength through service. Nothing would please the adversary more than for us to be distracted by selfish concerns and appetites. But we know better. Service will help us to stay on course.”

Mary Ellen Smoot, Relief Society General President
Developing Inner Strength,” October 2001 General Conference

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“Are we encouraging our children to sacrifice by giving their time and resources, such as helping a lonely neighbor or befriending someone who needs it? As they concentrate on the needs of others, their own needs become less important. True joy comes from sacrificing for others.”

Carol B. Thomas, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Sacrifice: An Eternal Investment,” April 2001 General Conference

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“Service is the gospel of Jesus Christ in action, for service blesses both the giver and the receiver.”

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

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“Service is a key to being an effective instrument…Service softens and opens hearts, for it is truly the gospel in action.”

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

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“I fully believe that our talents are developed as we are called upon to serve. If we will faithfully accept the call, hidden talents will be discovered, such as love; compassion; discernment; being a good friend, peacemaker, teacher, leader, homemaker, writer, researcher—these are all talents.”

Mary Ellen Smoot, Relief Society General President
Come, Let Us Walk in the Light of the Lord,” October 1998 General Conference

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“Today, as at Relief Society’s founding, women of the Church see charity as the salient way of developing our capacities to know God, not merely to know about God.”

Aileen H. Clyde, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Charity and Learning,” October 1994 General Conference

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“Relief Society women do seek to learn wisdom, but we place learning charity first. Charity develops in us as we see ourselves moving in our lives from a ‘what’s in it for me’ kind of love to the love of family and friends and, blessedly, beyond that to an awareness of our Lord’s unconditional love for us that tells us of our divine kinship with one another and with him. Such love, or charity, does not spring whole and steady in most lives, but it can come as we learn and grow and reach for ways to know God’s love.”

Aileen H. Clyde, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Charity and Learning,” October 1994 General Conference

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“…progressing along the straight and narrow is characterized by making the Lord’s work our work, serving as He would. Such work is grounded in charity, a principle Relief Society sisters have embraced for many years, for ‘charity never faileth.’ Charity helps us maintain our footing when all around us are skidding about.”

Elaine L. Jack, Relief Society General President
Walk with Me,” April 1994 General Conference

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“No act of kindness is ever wasted. You cannot do a kindness too soon. Acting kindly can change the giver and the receiver for good.”

Betty Jo N. Jepsen, First Counselor, Primary General Presidency
Kindness—A Part of God’s Plan,” October 1990 General Conference

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“Our preparation does not always proceed just as we had planned it. My own mother has shared with me some of her goals and aspirations. Often as she began a project, something would happen to change her course of action: a mother-in-law in her waning years needed a home and special care, a younger sister needed help to complete her schooling. There were those with whom she worked who also desperately needed help. She was always there to serve. She gave this service graciously, and though not all her own personal plans were accomplished, she looks back on her life and says that if she had it to do all over again, she wouldn’t change anything. Service to others brings that kind of satisfaction.”

Barbara W. Winder, Relief Society General President
Becoming a Prepared People”, October 1987 General Conference

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“…We could truly answer our children’s questions. ‘Is it hard to give?’ Yes. It’s a sacrifice on someone’s part. ‘Is it difficult to receive?’ Yes. But we love those who serve us and those we may serve…promptings will come, encouraging us to do something good for someone.”
 
JoAnn Randall, Relief Society sister
Finding Joy by Serving Others,” October 1981 General Conference
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“In Spanish the word charity means ‘the love that never ceases to be.’ In Micronesia the word love translates into ‘the power to change lives.’ These tender nuances give us a better understanding of the pure love of Christ. As we serve with the single desire to nurture all life, we come to know what charity means.”

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

 

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“Caring for others, like the ‘quality of mercy,’ is ‘twice blest: Bless[ing] him that gives and him that [receives]’. In giving we grow in patience, humility, faith—all the elements of that pure love called charity. Every sister, whether she is single or married, living alone or in a family, needs the opportunity to develop these Christlike attributes.”

Shirley W. Thomas, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Welfare Principles in Relief Society,” April 1980 General Conference

 

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