Thursday, February 14, 2008

President Hinckley

I am listening to a talk by Elder Bruce C. Hafen, and he mentioned something about our prophet that I hadn't really considered before. This is not a direct quote, but he mentioned that Pres. Hinckley had a clear sense of what is right and wrong, but that was accompanied by extreme compassion. The more I thought about that, the more I realized how remarkable that really is. How easy is it--in an attempt to avoid evil and not fall for temptation ourselves--to push away anything ungodly and, in the process, push away those very souls who need help? The clear sense of right and wrong isn't accompanied with the compassion that could help others along their way. Then there is the other extreme (the one of which I am far more guilty than the first) where you feel deep compassion for others and want to help them, but your sense of right and wrong has a slightly large gray area.

What a great quality to have. Thanks for the example, Pres. Hinckley.

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