In October 2015, President Thomas S. Monson said:
“God’s commandments are not given to frustrate us or to become obstacles to our happiness. Just the opposite is true. He who created us and who loves us perfectly knows just how we need to live our lives in order to obtain the greatest happiness possible. He has provided us with guidelines which, if we follow them, will see us safely through this often treacherous mortal journey.”
Sometimes when we find ourselves frustrated by a problem in our lives, the answer might be remembering and retrying a commandment we have forgotten. Here are a few such inspiring commandments—ones that may slip our memory or get pushed under the rug in the living of life. As you read, just remember the wise counsel of Elder Quentin L. Cook from his October 2016 general conference talk:
“When we elevate any principle in a way that lessens our commitment to other equally important principles or take a position contrary to or which exceeds teachings of Church leaders, we are looking beyond the mark.”
We should always remember that the greatest commandments will always be to “love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” and to “love thy neighbor as thyself.”
1. Cease to Find Fault
Tucked within the second great commandment of "love thy neighbor as thyself" is an aspect of charity we may forget while living in a critical world. D&C 88:124 says it plainly: "Cease to find fault one with another."
It's easy to find fault. The world is full of terrible events and misguided and mistake-prone people. We're already aware of these negative aspects of life, so let's stop pointing them out. Instead of finding fault, pointing fingers, and "speak[ing] evil" of one another (D&C 136:23), let's focus on the good.
We all know that when someone praises us for our efforts or good qualities, it inspires us to continue and to do even better. When someone criticizes us, however, we often become defensive, bitter, and rebellious.
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Can you imagine what the social media atmosphere would be like if everyone were trying to point out the good things that others are doing to solve social issues instead of hammering over and over what is not being done or what is being done poorly?
"We as members of the Church need to be reminded that the words 'Nay, speak no ill' are more than a phrase in a musical context but a recommended way of life (see Hymns, no. 233). We need to be reminded more than ever before that "'if there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things' (A of F 1:13). If we follow that admonition, there is no time for the dastardly hobby of bashing instead of building."