Am I my brothers keeper?…


“One of the oldest and more profound questions uttered in the history of this earth was, most interestingly, asked by Cain in response to God’s inquiry soon after Cain slew his brother Abel: ‘Am I my brother’s keeper?’ (Genesis 4:9; Moses 5:34). This question deserves serious contemplation by those seeking to do the will of the Lord. . . .”As disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, we have a responsibility to care for and serve our brothers and sisters. In relating the parable of the good Samaritan, Jesus Christ not only confounded His enemies but also taught a great lesson to all who sought to follow Him. We need to enlarge the circle of our influence. Our service to others should be independent of race, color, standing, or relationships. After all, the commandment to ‘succor the weak, lift up the hands which hang down and strengthen the feeble knees’ (D&C 81:5) did not come with qualifications.”

Michael J. Teh, “Out of Small Things,” Ensign, Nov. 2007, 35

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