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The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - The Golden Rule

"Jesus taught the doctrine that we should pray for those that despitefully use us; that we should love our enemies; that we should do good to them that do evil to us; that we should not return evil for evil, but good for evil. There is no particular credit due to any person who returns good for good. Even the publicans and sinners did this, but it is somewhat difficult to return good for evil. Nevertheless to do so was enjoined by the commandments of the Lord Jesus. We are to love our enemies; do good to them that hate and persecute us; and when we are persecuted, persecute not again; when we are derided, deride not in return; if we are injured, seek not to injure those who injure us; that which is required at our hands is to establish peace on earth and good will to man. Hence, when we forget the object of our calling and step out of the path of duty to return blow for blow, to inflict evil for evil, to persecute because we may be persecuted, we forget the injunction of the Lord and the covenants we have made with God, to keep His commandments." - Joseph F. Smith, "Journal of Discourses, 26 vols." [London: Latter-day Saints' Book Depot, 1854-1886], 23:285-286

"It may seem natural to react to a situation by giving back what is given to us. But it doesn't have to be that way. Reflecting on his horrendous wartime experiences, Viktor Frankl recalled: 'We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way' (Man's Search for Meaning [1985], 86; emphasis added).

"That is noble behavior and a high expectation, but Jesus expects no less of us. 'Love your enemies,' He said, 'bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you' (Matt. 5:44)." - Wayne S. Peterson, "Our Actions Determine Our Character," Ensign (CR), November 2001, p.83

"In the first section of the Doctrine and Covenants we read 'that the Lord shall come to recompense unto every man according to his work, and measure to every man according to the measure which he has measured to his fellow man.' (D&C 1:10.)

"This teaching deserves the most careful consideration, for on judgment day the Lord will mete out to us precisely as we have dealt with our fellowmen, unless we have fully repented. It is a staggering thought, and yet it is an integral factor in the Lords method of judgment. Do we realize its broad significance? Do we see how we shall reap what we sow?

"This principle, showing the manner by which God will judge us, puts a new light upon the commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves, and should persuade us to take that law seriously.

"It also helps us to understand the deep meaning of the Golden Rule: 'All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.' This is a commandment, and to further emphasize it the Lord said: 'This is the law and the prophets.' (3 Ne. 14:12.)" - Mark E. Petersen, "Do Unto Others...," Ensign (CR), May 1977, p.73

"As siblings, we must see that our Heavenly Father loves His children equally, as any good earthly father would. Courtesy, kindness, generosity, and forgiveness are all elements of proper conduct among family members. Imagine the disappointment of a perfect, loving Father who sees His children treating each other badly." - James M. Dunn, "Words to Live By," Ensign (CR), May 2003, p.35

"'It is a full-time job to be decent'—to be decent to everybody all the time. To be decent is to cease bitterness jealousy, and hate, to refrain from gossip, refrain from backbiting, and from passing on untrue comments and unreliable stories about another, to be considerate, thoughtful, and sympathetic. After all, everyone that I know of already has a very heavy load to carry." - Thorpe B. Isaacson, "Conference Report," April 1959, Second Day—Morning Meeting, p.65

“Brothers and sisters, if we are obedient to the commandment of love, there will be no disputations, contention, nor hatred between nor among us. We will not speak ill of one another but will treat each other with kindness and respect, realizing that each of us is a child of God. There will be no Nephites, Lamanites, nor other ‘ites’ among us, and every man, woman, and child will deal justly one with another.” - Robert F. Orton, "The First and Great Commandment", Ensign (CR), November 2001, p. 81

"The attitude of revenge is completely counterproductive. It creates a vicious cycle: If you break off my tooth, then, so help me, I will break off your tooth! If carried to the extreme, such retribution can escalate and stretch out to infinity and even lead to a spirit of destruction. This is apparently the attitude that the wicked reached in the time of Mormon's last battle. Only when someone is strong enough, through meekness, to break this chain can the spirit of retaliation stop. By refusing to seek revenge, those who are meek stimulate peace within themselves and in society in general, a peace that can lead to the survival of individuals and of nations." - Robert E. Wells, "The Mount and the Master," p. 40

"A man who is too busy to notice a neighbor also has no time to smell the flowers. Smallness of soul keeps us from contemplating both bird and brother, when God would have us exult over all his creations." -
"The Neal A. Maxwell Quote Book," p. 226

Are we our brothers’ keepers? In other words, are we responsible to look after the well-being of our neighbors as we seek to earn our daily bread? The Savior’s Golden Rule says we are. Satan says we are not. - Dallin H. Oaks, "Brother's Keeper," Ensign (CR) October 1986

God desires children who are like him, reflecting all his perfections. What is God like? He is full of mercy, compassion, empathy, and charity. He works for his children’s happiness. He serves and forgives. To become like him, we, too, must acquire these traits. What experiences of life are most conducive in developing these qualities? When others suffer, we feel mercy and compassion. When others sin against us, we learn to forgive. Through others’ needs, we learn service, empathy, and charity. The most trying times of our own lives often are the best producers in us of godlike qualities. - S. Michael Wilcox, "No Other Gods Before Me," Ensign January 1994

Let us be determined to overcome selfishness and personal aggrandizement by sharing with others that which we have, by dedicating ourselves to the work at hand which we have to do, through dedication of our talents, our time, our substance, our tithes, and our offerings, our love, our goodness and kindness one to another, always seeing the good that always may be found in others. - Elray L. Christiansen, Conference Report, October 1955, Afternoon Meeting, p.121

Benevolence in its fullest sense is the sum of moral excellence, and comprehends every other virtue. It is the motive that prompts us to do good to others and leads us to live our life for Christ's sake. All acts of kindness, of self-denial, of self-devotion, of forgiveness, of charity, of love, spring from this divine attribute. So when we say "we believe in being benevolent," we declare a belief in all the virtues that go to make a Christ-like character. A benevolent man is kind and true to his family, is active for good in his city and state, and is a faithful worker in the Church. - David O. McKay, "Conference Report," April 1968, First Day—Morning Meeting, p. 8

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