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"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

It is in the home that our behavior is most significant. It is the place where our actions have the greatest impact, for good or ill. Sometimes we are so much “at home” that we no longer guard our words. We forget simple civility. If we are not on guard, we can fall into the habit of criticizing one another, losing our tempers, or behaving selfishly. Because they love us, our spouses and children may be quick to forgive, but they often carry away in silence unseen injuries and unspoken heartache. - Wayne S. Peterson, “Our Actions Determine Our Character,” Ensign (CR) October 2001

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