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"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. 'Bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them who despitefully use you' (3 Ne. 12:44). He promises that as we learn that kind of love, we can become perfect!" - Aileen H. Clyde, "Relief Society: Charity, the Guiding Principle," Ensign (CR), November 1993, p.92
"Now, understanding charity or being charitable is not easy. And our scriptures have not indicated that it would be. Even 'charity suffereth long' requires our thoughtful interpretation. The 'suffering' that may come from loving is the result of our great caring. It comes because another matters to us so much.
"To avoid that kind of suffering, we would have to avoid what gives us life and hope and joy—our capacity to love deeply. As an antidote against the suffering that will surely come as we have loved ones die, or see them struggle or be misled, or have them misunderstand us or even betray us, we can find relief in charity to others. We accepted bearing one another's burdens and mourning with those who mourn, as we accepted Christ in our baptism. (See Mosiah 18:8-9.) His spirit and power will comfort us as we extend ourselves in help and love to those who need us." - Aileen H. Clyde, "Charity Suffereth Long", Ensign (CR), November 1991, p.76
"There is a constant struggle to balance our knowledge of light against the error and fear that are among the hallmarks of our world. Today we see temptations of old in new ways. They can be magnified and multicolored by technology which gives them avenues everywhere. These portrayals are aimed at the young, the naive, and the vulnerable-indeed, they are aimed at each one of us. All manner of violence is depicted in arcade games, and we even see horrifying violent acts in our own neighborhoods. Amidst the danger, our love waxes cold, and we may seek a defense in the very weapons that threaten us. Worse yet, we may be turned by fear to looking for protection from one another rather than keeping our promise to be a light and a protection for one another." - Aileen H. Clyde, "Covenant of Love," Ensign (CR), May 1995, p. 26
Elder Dallin Oaks said: “Personal decision making is one of the sources of the growth we are meant to experience in mortality. Persons who try to shift all decision making to the Lord and plead for revelation in every choice will soon find circumstances where they pray for guidance and don’t receive it. For example, this is likely to occur in those numerous circumstances where choices are trivial or where either choice is acceptable. We should study things out in our minds, using the reasoning powers our Creator has placed within us. Then we should pray for guidance and act upon it if we receive it, and upon our own best judgment if we do not.” (Dallin H. Oaks, “Our Strength Can Become Our Downfall,” Fireside of BYU Stakes, 7 June 1992, pp. 3–4.) - Aileen H. Clyde, “Confidence through Conversion,” Ensign (CR) November 1992
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