“Love One Another” and Charity

“Love One Another” and Service


“One of the most significant ways we can develop and demonstrate love for our neighbor is through being generous in our thoughts and words. Some years ago a cherished friend noted, ‘The greatest form of charity may be to withhold judgment.’ That is still true today.”

Jean B. Bingham, First Counselor, Primary General Presidency
I Will Bring the Light of the Gospel into My Home,” October 2016 General Conference


“In addition to enjoying all of these magnificent blessings, we have each other—sisters in the gospel of Jesus Christ. We have been blessed with tender and charitable natures which enable us to render Christlike love and service to those around us. As we look beyond our differences in age, culture, and circumstance to nurture and serve one another, we will be filled with the pure love of Christ and the inspiration which leads us to know when and whom to serve.”

Bonnie L. Oscarson, Relief Society General President
Sisterhood: Oh, How We Need Each Other,” April 2014 General Conference


“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


“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


“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


“Service expresses love.”

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


“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


“In the scriptures, we find many examples of women whose daily efforts reflected charity. With their hearts filled with the pure love of Christ, they responded to needs quickly and effectively.
“Rebekah, who eventually became the wife of Isaac and the mother of Jacob and Esau, was just such a woman. In the normal pattern of her daily tasks, she was kind to Abraham’s servant who was visiting her village on the dramatic mission to secure a wife for Isaac.
“The Lord knew Rebekah’s heart; he knew how she would respond when she observed a need. He answered the servant’s prayer that the young woman who was to become Isaac’s wife would offer him water.
“In Genesis we read, ‘Behold, Rebekah came out … with her pitcher upon her shoulder’ and went down to the well. You know that story. The servant asked for a drink. Whole family trees hung in the balance of her answer.
“She said, ‘Drink, my lord,’ and then added, ‘I will draw water for thy camels also, until they have done drinking.’
“ ‘And she hasted, and emptied her pitcher into the trough, and ran again unto the well to draw water, and drew for all his camels’.
“Her brother Laban invited him to lodge, and not until the servant was introduced did she discover he was the servant of her uncle. Her charitable response to this stranger was automatic. She did not stop to think, I am giving service, nor did she consider the station of the one in need. She hastened to serve water—to camels.
“Respectfully, she offered an act of service, a simple one, and from that act was born a family of great influence for whole dispensations. Rebekah loved with worthiness and willingness as a daughter of God. Remember the question, Who can gauge the reach of our goodness?
“From her we learn that charity, though often quantified as the action, is actually the state of the heart that prompts us to love one another. She offered water. It was in the offering that charity was manifest.”
Elaine L. Jack, Relief Society General President
Strengthened in Charity,” October 1996 General Conference


“Remember, my sisters: ‘Charity never faileth.’ This is more than our motto. It is our divine commission. As sisters, let us love one another and love our brethren in this great work. Let us show in our charity our faith.”

Aileen H. Clyde, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
What Is Relief Society For?” October 1995 General Conference


“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


“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


“From the beginning—150 years ago—Relief Society has offered women ways to strengthen their own lives and ways to help them strengthen the lives of others. The others might be our own family, our neighbor, or the stranger who has come to our awareness. The ways sometimes come by assignment and often come from personal initiative. The needs are everywhere, and the key to our ability to meet them is Christ’s admonition that we love one another as he has loved us.”

Aileen H. Clyde, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
The Mission of Relief Society,” April 1992 General Conference


“At a recent university ceremony honoring Mother Teresa—who has spent her life working for the poor, the lepers, and abandoned children around the world—she said, ‘Love each other with a clean heart. … [The poor] are not hungry for bread; they are hungry for love.’ ”
David B. Haight, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Love All,” October 1982 General Conference

“Today’s problems of families reflect the increasing complexity of our time. The welfare services of the Church include multiple systems and long-range plans, but the constant through all its development is the application of gospel principles in loving concern for another’s need.”

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



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