Friday, May 14, 2010

Charity Never Faileth

In our church, there is a familiar saying that is the motto for the Relief Society (women's group) which is, "Charity never faileth".

I have been thinking about this simple phrase quite a bit lately and asked myself, what does it really mean? Is it really a true saying and does charity ever fail?

I have observed a lot of ugliness lately in the world in which we all live and I have been very disturbed by what I have seen. I have seen families turn on each other over silly misunderstandings. I have seen long-time friends expel unkind words that cut deep and bruise the soul. I have seen simple strangers exchange glaring glances over minor traffic infractions. I have watched as kind gestures have been mocked or ignored. I could go on, but you get the point

So what is charity? We are taught that Charity is the Pure Love of Christ... If that's really true, as I believe it is, then it can NEVER's simply impossible!

I don't want to see the ugliness in the world. I want to see the beauty and the love that I KNOW is out how do I do that? It has to start with me...bottom line. So I have been really working on how I can become a more gentle, kind, loving and unconditional person...I'm a work in progress.

My dear friend, Connie, recently sent me a beautiful email filled with beautiful sayings by Marjorie Pay Hinckley. This was perhaps the most timely email I have ever received that touched my heart deeper than even I could have imagined. The pictures in the email were beautiful so I have included some of them as well.
"Be a Mother who is committed to loving her children into standing on higher ground than the enviroment surrounding them. Mother's are endowed with a love that is unlike any other love on the face of the earth."

— Marjorie Pay Hinckley

"The family is eternal. Love must be nurtured. It must be spoken. We must put away our pride, our haughtiness, our shyness, our misunderstandings, and with humility say, "I love you. Is there something I can do to help you?" You can never be completely happy under any other circumstances."

-Marjorie Pay Hinckley

"We women have a lot to learn about simplifying our lives. We have to decide what is important and then move along at a pace that is comfortable for us. We have to develop the maturity to stop trying to prove something. We have to learn to be content with what we are."

— Marjorie Pay Hinckley

"Be kind. Everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."

— Marjorie Pay Hinckley

Charity Never Faileth

"Think about your particular assignment at this time in your life. It may be to get an education, it may be to rear children, it may be to be a grandparent, it may be to care for an relieve the suffering of someone you love, it may be to do a job in the most excellent way possible, it may be to support someone who has a difficult assignment of their own. Our assignments are varied and they change from time to time. Don't take them lightly. Give them your full heart and energy. Do them with enthusiasm. Do whatever you have to do this week with your whole heart and soul. To do less than this will leave you with an empty feeling."

— Marjorie Pay Hinckley

"The trick is to enjoy life. Don't wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead"

— Marjorie Pay Hinckley
"I know it is hard for you young mothers to believe that almost before you can turn around the children will be gone and you will be alone with your husband. You had better be sure you are developing the kind of love and friendship that will be delightful and enduring. Let the children learn from your attitude that he is important. Encourage him. Be kind. It is a rough world, and he, like everyone else, is fighting to survive. Be cheerful. Don't be a whiner."

— Marjorie Pay Hinckley

There are some years in our lives that we would not want to live again. But even these years will pass away, and the lessons learned will be a future blessing."

— Marjorie Pay Hinckley

"Elder Neal A. Maxwell once said, "We are here in mortality, and the only way to go is through; there isn't any around!" I would add, the only way to get through life is to laugh your way through it. You either have to laugh or cry. I prefer to laugh. Crying gives me a headache."

— Marjorie Pay Hinckley

It's true...Charity Never Faileth!


Lynn said...

Oh yes! I got a similar e-mail for mother's day. I just LOVE sister Hinckley. I believe some of these quotes and photos are from her little "coffee table " book that my daughter gave me for my birthday about 6 years ago. It's the sweetest book ever. The are all beautiful photos and quotes from sister Hinckley.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on Charity. So true. Something I should constantly be thinking about.

Have a wonderful weekend Mary!

Love Being a Nonny said...

I love these. I especially love the one about young mothers not knowing how fast time goes and to foster their relationship with their husband! Thanks for sharing.

Love comma Ashlee said...

I found your blog through Friday Follow and I am now following your with Google Friend Connect!

I hope to see you over at my blog soon!


Blackberry Jam Cafe said...

Love the sentiment - and the photos! Stopping by from Friday Follow - and so glad I found you! Now following, and looking forward to getting to know you better.

Lisa said...

When she said, "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle," she was quoting Plato :)

Lillian Juda Leonard-Beach said...

Stopping by from FF! I invite you to visit my blog, only 25 more follows till I reach 100! If I get to 100 this weekend I'll hold my first giveaway!

Joaness said...

Beautiful Blog and lovely photos. There is too much beauty in this world to let the ugliness of others ruin a day!
I have a new blog so please stop by and say hello and have a blessed weekend!
Happy FF.

I am Harriet said...

Hi there.
I'm stopping by via Friday Follow to say hello.
Have a great day!

Connie said...

Hi Mary...thanks for stopping by my blog and it's nice to meet you. You are beautiful on the inside and the outside. At this time in my life I relate to the simplifying of life and deciding what is most important and that we really don't have to prove anything content where you are at and enjoy your life!" It is so freeing. Love your post and the beautiful photos. The hubby and I are getting ready to take his mom to see the Iris Festival in her town. This too reminds me of the simple joys we can all take in.

Happy Sunday! Connie

Computer Savvy Seniors said...

Love this post! You never stop learning these lessons!