Commandments, Not Suggestions


Another religious leader said that the stern command “Thou shalt not” was much too harsh for our present-day sensitivity, and he suggested that the form of the commandments should be modified and some softer word such as “advise” or “suggest” or “recommend” be used. We make one of our most serious mistakes when we become too soft to accept truth unless it is highly sugar coated. We settle too many of our problems by compromise or how we feel, rather than by what is right. Frequently we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism. It is pretty serious business when we turn our backs on good merely because we don’t like someone’s tone of voice or because what is said doesn’t quite suit our fancy. – Sterling W. Sill, “Conference Report,” October 1963, General Priesthood Meeting, p.81

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