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BarbaraLaxtonJanuary 29, 2014

Simply put. Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary?

Jack FoxJanuary 28, 2014

I read with sadness the comments generated by Brother Ogden's last article. I think some people feel a sense of power or freedom perhaps being able to say things anonymously on an internet comment section like this. Even if you are using your actual name, it does nothing to enhance your standing to tear down or belittle someone through written or even spoken word. Better to leave it alone. While reading those comments, I thought of Elder Quentin L. Cook's article in the October 2013 Ensign titled "Act Well Your Part". It would be a much more civil world if we all could "Act well our part".

Shauna BroderickJanuary 28, 2014

Dear Brother Ogden, I appreciate the story you shared. It reminded me of a similar experience I had recently while attending the conference of a well known and widely published gospel scholar on the book of Isaiah. During the presentation, what started as a slight tickle in his throat slowly progressed to fits and starts of coughing. This humble man bravely carried on with his lecture despite his increasing difficulty. After some time had passed I noticed an older gentleman in the audience quietly leave his seat and move to the back of the room. He filled a plastic cup with water and discreetly walked to the front of the room and set it on the lectern. The presenter paused momentarily to take a couple of sips and then resumed his presentation. As this kind and gentle man quietly returned to his seat and took up his notes the following words from scripture were brought to my mind, "For behold a bitter fountain can not bring forth good water, neither can a good fountain bring forth bitter water, wherefor a man being a servant of the devil cannot follow Christ, and if he follow Christ he cannot be a servant of the devil." (Moroni 7:11) "He that is ordained of God and sent forth, the same is appointed to be the greatest notwithstanding he is the least and the servant of all." (D&C 50:26). I am grateful for the example of both of these humble, kindhearted priesthood holders who inspired within me a greater desire to serve God and my fellow men. Thanks for the reminder! :)

Ginny WallaceJanuary 27, 2014

Thank you so much for this article on kindness! I have been preaching this concept to my children and anyone who would listen, as I too, have seen too much hurt in the way of snide remarks, hateful language and thoughtless remarks, in person as well as on the internet and blogs. I cringe when I hear or read those angry, hurtful words and silently say a prayer for civility. This article needed to be put out there for all to take heed. Ginny Wallace

Eunice S HallettJanuary 27, 2014

I do so enjoy your articles. They are always the first ones that I read. I too "love you, brother".

Jolene GilbertJanuary 27, 2014

Thank you for this addition to your previous article on

JonJanuary 27, 2014

People in general are very biting, mostly on line, but also in person. I consider all of the suicides I have seen in Utah over the past several years, and I wonder how many of them could have been avoided by more kindness and civility. These qualities do so much to make this hard world bearable. The home is the most important place to be kind and civil, but outside of the home it is also important. Being tough so one is not taken advantage of and kind is an art, and one the Savior would have us learn.

Lorena HolmsteadJanuary 27, 2014

Agreed! Thank you for this article!

Shauna BroderickJanuary 27, 2014

Dear Brother Ogden, I appreciate the story you shared. It reminded me of a similar experience I had recently while attending the conference of a well known amd widely published gospel scholar on the book of Isaiah. Durimg the presentatiom what started as a slight tickle in his throat slowly progressed to fits and starts of coughing. This humble man bravely carried on with his presentation despite his increasing difficulty. After some time had passed I noticed an older gentleman in the audience quietly leave his seat and move to the back of the room. He filled a plastic cup with water and discreetly walked to the front of the room and set it on the lecturn. The presenter paused momentarily to take a couple of sips and then resumed his lecture. As this gentle giant of a man quietly returned to his seat and took up his notes the following words from scripture were brought to my mind, "For behold a bitter fountain can not brimg forth good water, neither can a good fountain bring forth bitter water, wherefor a man being a servant of the devil cannot follow Christ, and if he follow Christ he cannot be a servant of the devil." (Moroni 7:11) "He that is ordained of God and sent forth, the same is appointed to be the greatest notwithstanding he is the least and the servant of all." (D&C 50:26). I am grateful for the example of both of these humble priesthood holders who inspired within me a greater desire to serve God and my fellow men. Thanks for the reminder!

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