Thursday, June 6, 2019

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf on the joy of forgiveness

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf (born November 6, 1940) served as a Seventy from 1994-2004, when he was called as a member of the Quorum of Twelve.  He served as second counselor in the First Presidency from 2008 to 2018.
"Each of us is under a divinely spoken obligation to reach out with pardon and mercy and to forgive one another. There is a great need for this Christlike attribute in our families, in our marriages, in our wards and stakes, in our communities, and in our nations.
"We will receive the joy of forgiveness in our own lives when we are willing to extend that joy freely to others. Lip service is not enough. We need to purge our hearts and minds of feelings and thoughts of bitterness and let the light and the love of Christ enter in. As a result, the Spirit of the Lord will fill our souls with the joy accompanying divine peace of conscience (see Mosiah 4:2–3)."
- Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "Point of Safe Return," General Conference April 2007
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Willingness to forgive others is crucial to our own spiritual progress. Elder Uchtdorf observes that we have much need for "this Christlike attribute" in all our personal and public interactions:

It is only as we truly, honestly, and completely forgive others, overcoming all "thoughts of bitterness," that we will fully feel "the light and the love of Christ" in our lives.

(Compilation and commentary by David Kenison, Orem, Utah, 2019)

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