17 March 2010

Personal Touch

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Our theme for today is Kindness. In Doctrine and Covenants 4:6 we read: "Remember faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, brotherly kindness, godliness, charity, humility, diligence." I think we can be kind enough to ourselves to work on one attribute at a time.

We begin with Rebecca Cressman's Personal Touch interview. Rebecca was so fortunate to get Annette Lyon, who's lending a hand to military moms, to talk to her about Annette's newest release, Band of Sisters. The book is about five women who come together during their husbands' deployment to Afghanistan. Listen to this conversation, and learn about the struggles that military families go through, and about the kindnesses they receive from others.

Our dear friend and contributor Marie Ricks from HouseofOrder.com muses about criticism and its opposite: Kindness, in her article "Criticism Kills...Kindness Heals". We can all agree that this would be a better world if we were all a bit more positive, and less critical of others.

We also have a very uplifting point of view about kindness in this talk from Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, 'The Virtue of Kindness'. He recounts his time as a bishop, and the consequences that could come -from an unkind word or comment- to a whole generation. We do need to be careful about what we say or do; we can't really know how we might influence others. We can't say that what we do has no consequences, or that we're not important enough to make a mark. All that we do matters.

I liked this account from Matt, at Metal Band Promised Land. It comes from a daddy about his daughter, and their learning experience. I just thought it was so cute, especially the kindness that he showed her, in the end. The thought that came to my mind was 'he's learning, and she's teaching him'.  It was all done with kindness and love. That's how it should be.

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