Since deciding to do this Mormon Monday post I have been re-reading the conference edition of the Ensign (read: internet church published in magazine form) and going, “Oooo! I should share that next! No, wait, that! Ooo! Ooo! Ooo-ooo! That’s good! That!” So I’m having a difficult time deciding and have enough quotes highlighted to give me a full year’s worth of Mormon Monday posts, but this one . . . well, this one that I’m about to share? One of my absolute favorites. Sorry it’s not terribly short, but it is terribly good. It is taken from the talk The Great Commandment by Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin.
Brethren and sisters, I would like to ask one very important question. What quality defines us best as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?
Today I would like to speak about the answer to this question.
In the first century a.d., members of the growing Church in Corinth were enthusiastic about the gospel. Almost all were recent converts to the Church. Many were attracted to it through the preaching of the Apostle Paul and others.
But the Saints at Corinth were also contentious. They argued amongst themselves. Some felt superior to others. They took each other to court.
When Paul heard this, feeling a sense of frustration, he wrote them a letter, pleading with them to become more unified. He answered many of the questions they had been arguing about. Then, toward the end, he told them that he wanted to show them “a more excellent way.”1
Do you remember the words he wrote next?
‘Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity,’ he told them, ‘I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.’2
Paul’s message to this new body of Saints was simple and direct: Nothing you do makes much of a difference if you do not have charity. You can speak with tongues, have the gift of prophecy, understand all mysteries, and possess all knowledge; even if you have the faith to move mountains, without charity it won’t profit you at all.3
‘Charity is the pure love of Christ.’4 The Savior exemplified that love and taught it even as He was tormented by those who despised and hated Him . . .
“True love lasts forever. It is eternally patient and forgiving. It believes, hopes, and endures all things. That is the love our Heavenly Father bears for us.
We all yearn to experience love like this. Even when we make mistakes, we hope others will love us in spite of our shortcomings—even if we don’t deserve it.
Oh, it is wonderful to know that our Heavenly Father loves us—even with all our flaws! His love is such that even should we give up on ourselves, He never will.
We see ourselves in terms of yesterday and today. Our Heavenly Father sees us in terms of forever. Although we might settle for less, Heavenly Father won’t, for He sees us as the glorious beings we are capable of becoming.
And George, if you’re out there, Tewt the Newt says hello.