- The building of hope and faith and even greater love between receiver and giver are inevitable results of true charity.
Sister Bingham shares with us that developing love for our neighbors and friends is often found in withholding judgements about them.
- One of the most significant ways we can develop and demonstrate love for our neighbor is through being generous in our thoughts and words. Some years ago a cherished friend noted, “The greatest form of charity may be to withhold judgment.” That is still true today.
Withholding judgement gives us an opportunity to see others as the Savior sees them. We don't know the extent of someone's pain, suffering, trials, or successes. God knows of all these things and loves His children with a perfect love. It is our duty to try to see others as He sees them, with a pure love.
- We want to use the light of the gospel to see others as the Savior does—with compassion, hope, and charity. The day will come when we will have a complete understanding of others’ hearts and will be grateful to have mercy extended to us—just as we extend charitable thoughts and words to others during this life.
She shares a great quote from our prophet that talks about having a great attitude.
- Thomas S. Monson put it this way: “We can’t direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails. For maximum happiness, peace, and contentment, may we choose a positive attitude.”
She provides encouragement that we can all do better, despite our age, or circumstances in life.
- Whether we are 8 or 108, we can bring the light of the gospel into our own environment, be it a high-rise apartment in Manhattan, a stilt house in Malaysia, or a yurt in Mongolia. We can determine to look for the good in others and in the circumstances around us. Young and not-so-young women everywhere can demonstrate charity as they choose to use words that build confidence and faith in others.
We should never give us trying to be more like the Savior and treat others with respect and love. God gives us the gift of trying to change throughout our lives and we should give others the same respect. We are all on a journey and we should be helpful to others along the path instead of tearing them down.
- The great beauty of the gospel of Jesus Christ is the reality of eternal progression—we are not only allowed to change for the better but also encouraged, and even commanded, to continue in the pursuit of improvement and, ultimately, perfection.
Sister Bingham closes with these words of encouragement.
- We can bring the light of the gospel into our homes, schools, and workplaces if we look for and share positive things about others and let the less-than-perfect fade away. What gratitude fills my heart when I think of the repentance that our Savior, Jesus Christ, has made possible for all of us who have inevitably sinned in this imperfect and sometimes difficult world!
We are so blessed to believe in the ability to change throughout eternity. We can strive to be better, more forgiving, more patient, and more full of love for others no matter what our circumstances in life are. How grateful I am to have a Savior who is patient with me, that when I screw up, welcomes me with open arms and encourages me to try a little harder, be a little better, and do a little more to be more like Him. Our ultimate goal is to be perfect in Christ. Never giving up and always trying to be more like Him is the key to reaching the perfection we all desire.