We were having a discussion about the following quote in Relief Society today (our women's meeting at church)…...
“I think if all men knew and understood who they are, and were aware of the divine source from whence they came, they would have feelings of kindness and kinship for each other that would change their whole way of living, and bring peace on earth.” JFS
This made one of the sisters recite yet another quote because she loves it so much that she had it memorized! :
“In the kingdom of God we are all each others clinical material. The Lord allows us to practice on each other even in our imperfections.” Neal A Maxwell
She went on to explain that we all have faults and we are surrounded by people who also are flawed….and it is others' faults that give us PRACTICE to learn forgiveness, tolerance, and patience….otherwise how would we ever learn these things?
As simple as that is, I had never thought of it this way before.
Another sister pointed out that the older she gets the more mellow she becomes about letting things upset her. She thinks it may be because she is “running out of time” and "better be good.” I think it's because as we get older we become more aware of what really matters in this life, and what doesn't.
Another one made the comment that in the scriptures we are told we need to pray for charity “with all the energy of heart.” Our Father in heaven knew charity would not always come easy, thus telling us to pray for it with all the energy of heart. It's that important we have it.
Still another sister, said she has no trouble at all loving every one at church and all around her, except….she asked why is it so much harder to be patient and kind to our family and extended family?"Why is it even harder to like them sometimes?" she asked.
The teacher said she thought it's because the love for family runs so deep that it hurts A LOT more when THEY are unkind or uncaring to us. I think it hurts more because we know they love us and if they, who love us, can hurt us like that, then we can begin to doubt our own worth.
The teacher ended the lesson by pointing out to us that we should not pigeon hole people. Sometimes, she said, we make judgements of people who offend us instead of trying to understand them and LOVE THEM ANYWAY.
"Charity is accepting someone who has let us down; or resisting the impulse to become offended when someone doesn't handle something the way we might have hoped...The best and most clear indicator that we are progressing spiritually and coming unto Christ is the way we treat other people..." -Marvin J. Ashton