Sunday, January 15, 2012

Love Thy Neighbor As Thyself

Love Thy Neighbor As Thyself by George Albert Smith

"Brethren and sisters, if the gospel of Jesus Christ, as delivered to you, has not planted that feeling of love in your hearts for your fellow men, then I want to say that you have not enjoyed the full fruition of that wonderful gift that came to earth when this Church was organized.

"If we find a man or woman who has not succeeded in life, one who is weakening in his faith, let us not turn our backs upon him; let us make it a point to visit him, and go to him in kindness and love, and encourage him to turn from the error of his way. The opportunity to do individual work among us as a people is present everywhere; and there are few men and few women in this Church who could not, if they would, reach out a little farther from the circle  with which they are identified, and say a kind word, or teach the truth to some of our Father's children.

"You cannot drive people to do things which are right, but you can love them into doing them, if your example is of such a character that they can see you mean what you say."

— George Albert Smith, President of the 
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Teachings of the Presidents of the Church — George Albert Smith, p 14, 16-17

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