The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Mercy

"We are taught that he that is merciful shall be rewarded in kind. The Lord has said, 'Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.' (Matt. 5:7.) I speak of the kind of charity that not only forgives but also that forgets the acts of those who trespass against us, who offend us, who hurt us. There is need of that brand of charity, if I may call it such, which causes one to refuse to speak of or to repeat unkind remarks which are said about another — even though they may be true! The more perfect one becomes, the less he is inclined to speak of the imperfections of others." — ElRay L. Christiansen, Conference Report, April 1956, p.114 

"The Lord is merciful. He overlooks much. He has to. Think of his life, what he did, what he said. That is your guide." — J. Reuben Clark, Jr., Behold the Lamb of God, p.293 

"The commandment for our lives is this: 'Be ye merciful, even as your Father is merciful.' God's mercy is our standard and our inspiration. As such, our mercy is to overflow in fullness and munificence, and limited only by penitence of the offender. We are not merciful because we want to receive mercy, but because we know God is merciful, and being thankful, we try to emulate His example." — Christ's Ideals for Living, p.319 

"Mercy is a gift of God bestowed bounteously upon the penitent. It is reserved for those who repent. In their case, mercy appeases the demands of justice; it frees men from the penalty of sin. Thus saith the Lord: 'If ye will repent, and harden not your hearts, then will I have mercy upon you, through mine Only Begotten Son; therefore, whosoever repenteth, and hardeneth not his heart, he shall have claim on mercy through mine Only Begotten Son, unto a remission of his sins; and these shall enter into my rest.' (Alma 12:33-34) Thus the great and eternal plan of redemption operates in the lives of men, on conditions of repentance and because of the mercy of God." — Bruce R. McConkie, A New Witness for the Articles of Faith, p.179  

"The Last Supper, just before the death of Christ, was significant in many ways. The Passover meal recalls centuries of God's mercy in what Jesus said held promise of an even greater mercy to come: His atoning sacrifice." — Robert D. Hales, In Remembrance of Jesus, General Conference, October 1997

"We should not underestimate or overlook the power of the Lord's tender mercies. The simpleness, the sweetness, and the constancy of the tender mercies of the Lord will do much to fortify and protect us in the troubled times in which we do now and will yet live. When words cannot provide the solace we need or express the joy we feel, when it is simply futile to attempt to explain that which is unexplainable, when logic and reason cannot yield adequate understanding about the injustices and inequities of life, when mortal experience and evaluation are insufficient to produce a desired outcome, and when it seems that perhaps we are so totally alone, truly we are blessed by the tender mercies of the Lord and made mighty even unto the power of deliverance (see 1 Nephi 1:20)." - David A. Bednar, "The Tender Mercies of the Lord," General Conference, April 2005

"Recall how the Savior instructed His Apostles that He would not leave them comfortless. Not only would He send 'another Comforter' (John 14:16), even the Holy Ghost, but the Savior said that He would come to them (see John 14:18). Let me suggest that one of the ways whereby the Savior comes to each of us is through His abundant and tender mercies. For instance, as you and I face challenges and tests in our lives, the gift of faith and an appropriate sense of personal confidence that reaches beyond our own capacity are two examples of the tender mercies of the Lord. Repentance and forgiveness of sins and peace of conscience are examples of the tender mercies of the Lord. And the persistence and the fortitude that enable us to press forward with cheerfulness through physical limitations and spiritual difficulties are examples of the tender mercies of the Lord." - David A. Bednar, "The Tender Mercies of the Lord," Ensign (CR), May 2005

"How godlike a quality is mercy. It cannot be legislated. It must come from the heart. It must be stirred up from within. It is part of the endowment each of us receives as a son or daughter of God and partaker of a divine birthright. I plead for an effort among all of us to give greater expression and wider latitude to this instinct which lies within us. I am convinced that there comes a time, possibly many times, within our lives when we might cry out for mercy on the part of others. How can we expect it unless we have been merciful ourselves?" - Gordon B. Hinckley, "Blessed Are the Merciful," Ensign (CR), May 1990, p.68

"About the turn of the century one of America's most brilliant, prominent attorneys had an occasion to defend a helpless person, and he used this very beautiful allegory: 'When God decided to make man, he called the three angels who waited on his throne—Justice, Truth, and Mercy—and said: 'Shall we make Man?' Justice replied: 'Make him not, O God, for he will trample on thy laws.' Truth replied, 'Make him not O God, for he will pollute thy sanctuaries.' Mercy, kneeling, looked through her tears and said, 'Make him, O God, and I will watch over him all the days of his life.'" - Thorpe B. Isaacson, "Conference Report," April 1962, Afternoon Meeting, p.70

“When we have done all that we are able, we can rely on God’s promised mercy. We have a Savior, who has taken upon him not just the sins, but also ‘the pains and the sicknesses of his people … that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities’ (Alma 7:11-12). He is our Savior, and when we have done all that we can, he will make up the difference, in his own way and in his own time.” - Dallin H. Oaks, “The Great Plan of Happiness,” Ensign (CR), November 1993, p. 72

There is one who understands, who sympathizes. He was misunderstood, rejected, knew supreme loneliness, was poor and had not a place to lay his head, suffered anguish and conflict of mind.

He understands.

He can give pardon and bring peace.

The specialty of the Savior is mercy.

And he requires that we be specialists in mercy.

"Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful." (Luke 6:36.) - Marion D. Hanks, "My Specialty is Mercy," Ensign (CR) October 1981

One cannot live long with the scriptures without recognizing that God our Father and his holy Son have specialties also.

The specialty of the Father is mercy. - Marion D. Hanks, "My Specialty Is Mercy," Ensign (CR) November 1981

Mercy can purge the soul of sin, making room for a fresh start. Truth is vital in order that we have an unvarying standard by which to determine what we are to be and to do and what we are to rid ourselves of. - Neal A. Maxwell, "Sermons Not Spoken," p.18

Our God will see that we receive justice and fairness, but if not…. He will make sure that we are loved and recognized, but if not…. We will receive a perfect companion and righteous and obedient children, but if not,… we will have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, knowing that if we do all we can do, we will, in His time and in His way, be delivered and receive all that He has. - Dennis E. Simmons, "But If Not…," Ensign (CR), May 2004

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