Wednesday, November 10, 2010

How do we see others?

Once a year, my church has a special, worldwide meeting for all the women in our women's organization, which is called "The Relief Society."  At the most recent session, our church's president gave a wonderful talk on not judging others. He began with this great example:
A young couple, Lisa and John, moved into a new neighborhood.
One morning while they were eating breakfast, Lisa looked out the window and watched her next-door neighbor hanging out her wash.
 “That laundry’s not clean!” Lisa exclaimed. “Our neighbor doesn’t know how to get clothes clean!”
John looked on but remained silent.
Every time her neighbor would hang her wash to dry, Lisa would make the same comments. A few weeks later Lisa was surprised to glance out her window and see a nice, clean wash hanging in her neighbor’s yard.
She said to her husband, “Look, John—she’s finally learned how to wash correctly! I wonder how she did it.”
John replied, “Well, dear, I have the answer for you. You’ll be interested to know that I got up early this morning and washed our windows!”
 I love this story! How many times do we, as women, judge others harshly without fully understanding them? I know I have been guilty of this from time to time. (To read the rest of this great talk, click on this link.)

If we make the effort to see others as the Savior sees them, would we treat them differently? This is something I'm working on today. :-)

Have a great week!


  1. I learned a ton from that broadcast and especially from that story. I am sometimes guilty of judging that way. Shame on me!

  2. Absolutely true. I try my hardest every day not to judge people, but it is not easy...
    Is there any way to contact you? I cannot find any contact information and would like to share some thoughts with you which I think would be too lenghty for a comment...

    Thank you :)

  3. Me, too, Celeste! :-(

    MsThackeray, I have now included my e-mail address in the left column of the blog, but I'll share it with you, as well. :-)

    libermama at gmail dot com

  4. I loved that message. The Prophet gives the message that we all need to hear; I have been looking at myself a little bit more.
    Thanks for sharing it again.
    Blessings to you!
    If you get a moment check out a video story that I have on my site Living Waters:
    It is a story of Jonah and the Whale it will make you smile.
    Thanks for you thoughts and blessings to you!

  5. It was such a great talk. And I love the picture you have with this post!

  6. Wonderful story! What a neat blog. I will be following!


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