Charity Towards Ourselves

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“We build the kingdom when we nurture others. However, the first child of God we must build up in the restored gospel is ourselves.”

Neill F. Marriott, Second Counselor in the Young Women General Presidency
What Shall We Do?”April 2016 General Conference

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“We sometimes, as women, have a tendency to be very critical of ourselves. During these times we need to seek the Spirit and ask, ‘Is this what the Lord wants me to think about myself, or is Satan trying to beat me down?’ Remember the nature of our Heavenly Father, whose love is perfect and infinite. He wants to build us up, not tear us down.”

Linda S. Reeves, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Claim the Blessings of Your Covenants,” October 2013 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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“If charity is not always quick to our understanding, it may occasionally be quick to our misunderstanding. It is not charity or kindness to endure any type of abuse or unrighteousness that may be inflicted on us by others. God’s commandment that as we love him, we must respect ourselves, suggests we must not accept disrespect from others. It is not charity to let another repeatedly deny our divine nature and agency. It is not charity to bow down in despair and helplessness. That kind of suffering should be ended, and that is very difficult to do alone. There are priesthood leaders and other loving servants who will give aid and strength when they know of the need. We must be willing to let others help us.”

Aileen H. Clyde, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Charity Suffereth Long,” October 1991 General Conference

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“Tonight I have selected eight directives that I believe are crucial if we are to develop the bond of charity.

  1. Our theme for this evening is—’learn, then teach.’
  2. Be active in Relief Society.
  3. Spread the gospel message.
  4. Learn and live the principles of welfare work.
  5. Be sensitive to life’s transition, both for yourself and for others.
  6. Do quality visiting teaching.
  7. Be a connecting link.
  8. Value yourself.”

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

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