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"There are many of God's children who are wounded or sick in spirit. Many once enjoyed fellowship with the body of the Saints, but for one reason or another are now on the roadside. They are the less active among us. Generally, we know who they are and have association with them in various settings, but because they are not physically sick or injured, we too often play the part of the priest or the Levite and walk by on the other side.

"In this dramatic parable, Jesus contrasted the response of the two respected religionists with that of a despised citizen of Samaria. There is at least a scintilla of similarity here to an elders president, a high priests group leader, a member of the bishopric, or a home teacher, and to the less-active brother or sister who has fallen inactive by the wayside. Perhaps we do not despise them, but we sometimes ignore them or otherwise disregard them. Each of us can be a good Samaritan by dealing compassionately with these neglected brothers and sisters." - Merlin R. Lybbert, "A Latter-day Samaritan," Ensign (CR), May 1990, p.81

"Because all children who die before the age of accountability are pure, innocent, and wholly sin-free, they are saved in the celestial kingdom of heaven (see D&C 137:10; Mosiah 3:18). Understanding the special status of little children before God, because of their pure and innocent nature, brings understanding of the Lord's commandment to repent, and become as a little child, and be baptized in [His] name (3 Ne. 11:37). The childlike qualities the Lord had reference to are developed by yielding to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, so as to become submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father. Truly, such a person becometh a saint as spoken by Mosiah (Mosiah 3:19)." - Merlin R. Lybbert, "The Special Status of Children," Ensign (CR), May 1994, p.31

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