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Marian Stoddard, Column: Things Lovely, and of Good Report

May 4, 2014

What was Paul’s admonition? It’s found here, in I Corinthians 13, regarding charity, that charity “rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.” Charity endures forever and never fails.

Joseph Smith’s article of faith takes that admonition and adds a declaration that we seek after all things that are virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy because those are the things that will draw us nearer to God, who leads us to charity, or perfect love.

Those are the things that open our hearts and carry us through our trials. Both cleaving to truth and hope and filling our experience with what uplifts or reminds us are part of the spiritual equation of pressing forward with steadfast faith in Christ.

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From → Beauty, Charity, Trials, Truth

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