Mercy

“Be merciful and you shall find mercy. Seek to help save souls, not to destroy them: for verily you know, that ‘there is more joy in heaven, over one sinner that repents, than there is over ninety and nine just persons [who] need no repentance.’”

Joseph Smith  |  Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 77.

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Elder Jeffery R. Holland of the LDS church

“. . . there surely must be someone who yet needs your forgiveness. And please don’t ask if that’s fair – that the injured should have to bear the burden of forgiveness for the offender. Don’t ask if “justice” doesn’t demand that it be the other way around. No, whatever you do, don’t ask for justice. You and I know that what we plead for is mercy – and that is what we must be willing to give.”

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland  |  “I Stand All Amazed,” Ensign, August 1986, p. 72

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“There should be no license for sin, but mercy should go hand in hand with reproof.”

Joseph Smith  |  Documentary History of the Church, vol. 5, p. 24.

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Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“Each of us is under a divinely spoken obligation to reach out with pardon and mercy and to forgive one another. There is a great need for this Christlike attribute in our families, in our marriages, in our wards and stakes, in our communities, and in our nations. We will receive the joy of forgiveness in our own lives when we are willing to extend that joy freely to others. Lip service is not enough. We need to purge our hearts and minds of feelings and thoughts of bitterness and let the light and the love of Christ enter in. As a result, the Spirit of the Lord will fill our souls with the joy accompanying divine peace of conscience.”

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf

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“There are many people who seem to rely solely on the Lord’s mercy rather than on accomplishing their own repentance. … The Lord may temper justice with mercy, but he will never supplant it. Mercy can never replace justice. God is merciful, but he is also just.”

Spencer W. Kimball  |  The Miracle of Forgiveness, Bookcraft, 1969, p. 358.

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“Never must we allow supposed mercy to the unrepentant sinner to rob the justice by which the true repentance from sinful practices is predicated.”

Harold B. Lee  |  Strengthening the Home, 1973, p. 5.

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“[While discussing the debate between faith and works] “It does seem to me like asking which blade in a pair of scissors is most necessary.”

CS Lewis  |  Mere Christianity

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Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“There is enough heartache and sorrow in this life without our adding to it through our own stubbornness, bitterness, and resentment. … We must let go of our grievances. … That is the Lord’s way.”

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf  |  “The Merciful Obtain Mercy,” 76–77

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Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“I, the Lord, will forgive whom I will forgive,” but then He said, “… of you it is required to forgive all men… May I add a footnote here? When the Lord requires that we forgive all men, that includes forgiving ourselves. Sometimes, of all the people in the world, the one who is the hardest to forgive—as well as perhaps the one who is most in need of our forgiveness—is the person looking back at us in the mirror.”

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf  |  The Merciful Obtain Mercy

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“The extension of mercy will not be automatic. It will be through covenant with Him. It will be on His terms, His generous terms.”

Boyd K. Packer  |  “The Mediator,” Ensign, May 1977, 56.

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