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The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Reproving


2/9/10
“During my lifetime I have learned much about reproving with sharpness, ‘when moved upon by the Holy Ghost’ (D&C 121:43). And I have learned something else: that the higher the position or duty of the stewardship, there is the greater danger of wounding sensitive souls. We must always reach out for the wounded soul whom we may have offended, and unintentionally in some cases, lest he esteem us to be his enemy. I have learned that sincere appreciation for accomplishment should always precede any supposed criticism.” – “The Teachings of Harold B. Lee,” edited by Clyde J. Williams, p. 199


6/12/14
The writer of Proverbs counsels, “A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger” (Proverbs 15:1). A “soft answer” consists of a reasoned response—disciplined words from a humble heart. It does not mean we never speak directly or that we compromise doctrinal truth. Words that may be firm in information can be soft in spirit. - W. Craig Zwick, “What Are You Thinking?” Ensign (CR) May 2014


 
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