Friendship

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else.”

Charles Dickens

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“Good books are as good friends, willing to give to us if we are willing to make a little effort.”

Gordon B. Hinckley

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“Your lives, your friendships, your marriages, your families, your neighbors and coworkers currently constitute the sample of humanity which God has given you. We are each other’s clinical material, and we make a mistake when we disregard that sober fact. . . . These special moments – one-on-one, in small groups, in corridors, hallways, or wherever – do something so subtle that we are scarcely aware that it is happening. Yet these help to further define our relationships with the Lord and with each other. It is often the one-liners that come from these special moments which have such a long shelf life and which help us long after the dispersal of those friends has occurred.”

Elder Neal A. Maxwell  |  “Jesus, the Perfect Mentor,” Ensign, February 2001, p. 8

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“Friendship is born at the moment when one person says to another, ‘What? You too? I thought I was the only one.’”

CS Lewis

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“The only way to have a friend is to be one. A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him I may think aloud. Happy is the house that shelters a friend. A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature. Let the soul be assured that somewhere in the universe it should rejoin its friend, and it would be content and cheerful alone for a thousand years.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“Jesus said several times, ‘Come, follow me.’ His was a program of “do what I do,” rather than “do what I say.” His innate brilliance would have permitted him to put on a dazzling display, but that would have left his followers far behind. He walked and worked with those he was to serve. His was not a long-distance leadership. He was not afraid of close friendships; he was not afraid that proximity to him would disappoint his followers. The leaven of true leadership cannot lift others unless we are with and serve those to be led.”

Spencer W. Kimball

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“What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.”

Aristotle

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“Kindness is the essence of greatness and the fundamental characteristic of the noblest men and women I have known. Kindness is a passport that opens doors and fashions friends. It softens hearts and molds relationships that can last lifetimes.”

Joseph B. Wirthlin  |  The Virtue of Kindness, Liahona, May 2005, 26–28

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We sometimes forget the importance of relationships in our ongoing journey to Christ. We are not expected to find or walk the covenant path alone. We need love and support from parents, other family members, friends and leaders who are also walking the path.

Douglas D. Holmes  |  Deep In Our Heart - General Conference 2020

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“Do you know how to recognize a true friend? A real friend loves us and protects us. In recognizing a true friend we must look for two important elements in that friendship: A true friend makes it easier for us to live the gospel by being around him. Similarly, a true friend does not make us choose between his way and the Lord’s way.”

Elder Robert D. Hales  |  Ensign, May 1990, p. 40

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