Judging Others

K. Douglas Bassett

Rom. 2:1; John 7:24; D&C 121:16-17; Mosiah 29:12; Morm. 8:19-20; Spiritual Roots of Human Relations, Covey, pp. 134-136: Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, p. 262; Journal of Discourses 5:206-207

“When you do not worry or concern yourself too much with what other people do and believe and say, there will come to you a new freedom.” (Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, p. 236)
“Aren’t we rather prone to see the limitations and the weaknesses of our neighbors? Yet that is contrary to the teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ… . If we have the spirit of fault finding, of pointing out the weaknesses and failings of others in a destructive manner, that never comes as the result of the companionship of the Spirit of our Heavenly Father and is always harmful.” (George Albert Smith, Conference Report, Oct. 1934, p. 50)
“What I am suggesting is that each of us turn from the negativism that so permeates our society and look for the remarkable good among those with whom we associate, that we speak of one another’s virtues more than we speak of one another’s faults.” (Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, Apr. 1986, pp. 3-4)
“Most of us think we see the world as it is, but I believe this is not the case. We each see not with the eye but with the soul. Each person sees the world not as it is but as he or she is. When he opens his mouth to describe what he sees, he in effect describes himself, that is, his perception.” (Stephen R. Covey, The Divine Center, p. 3)
“Don’t have Religious Hobbies… . They are dangerous because they give undue prominence to certain principles or ideas to the detriment and dwarfing of others just as important… . We have noticed this difficulty: that Saints with hobbies are prone to judge and condemn their brethren and sisters who are not so zealous in the one particular direction of their pet theory as they are. The man with the Word of Wisdom only in his brain, is apt to find unmeasured fault with every other member of the Church who entertains liberal ideas as to the importance of other doctrines of the gospel… . The man with a hobby is apt to assume an ‘I am holier than thou’ position, to feel puffed up and conceited, and to look with distrust … on his brethren and sisters who do not so perfectly live that one particular law. This feeling hurts his fellow-servants and offends the Lord.” (Joseph F. Smith, Gospel Doctrine, pp. 116-117)
“The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.” (William James)

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