I participate in my Relief Society book club once a month. For the month of August we read two great articles about speech. I wanted to share a few things from book club.
The first article was from Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, called the 'Tongue of Angels.' The second was a speech by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, called 'Words that Hurt, Words that Heal: The Ethics of speech.'
Here are a few quotes from both talks:
" Never tell evil of a man, if you do not know it for certainty, and if you know it for certainty, then ask yourself, 'Why should I tell it?'" Joseph Telushkin
"It is not within everyone's power to be beautiful, but all of us can make sure the words that come out of our mouths are." Joseph Telushkin
"Our words, like our deeds should be filled with faith, hope and charity. Words are sacred and must be spoken with care and by constraint of the Spirit" Elder Holland
"How is it that such a lovely voice which by divine nature is so angelic, so close to the veil, so instinctively gentle and inherently kind could ever turn to be so shrill, so biting, so acrid, so untamed that the people they love retreat beyond a barrier more distant than they could imagine." Elder Holland
"May we work on being a little more perfect in how we speak to each other and how we speak of ourselves." Elder Holland
The reason I loved the articles we read is because I can't think of an area that frugal mom's(and frugal dad's) can work on. I know I can do much better in how I speak about others and myself! I hope we can speak with "a new tonge of faith, hope and charity, which is needed so much in this world." Elder Holland