"Do we judge one another?..............Do we criticize each other for individual choices, thinking we know better, when in fact we rarely understand another's unique circumstance or individual inspiration? Have we ever said, 'She works outside the home.' Or, 'Her son didn't serve a mission.' Or, 'She's too old for a calling.' Or, 'She can't--she's single.' Such judgments, and so many others like them, rob us of the good part, that pure love of Christ."  - Bonnie D. Parkin

"Gossip is the worst form of judging. The tongue is the most dangerous, destructive, and deadly weapon available to man. A vicious tongue can ruin the reputation and even the future of the one attacked. Insidious attacks against one's reputation, loathsome innuendoes, half-lies about an individual are as deadly as those insect parasites that kill the heart and life of a mighty oak. They are so stealthy and cowardly that one cannot guard against them. As someone has said, 'It is easier to dodge an elephant than a microbe.'" - President N. Eldon Tanner, "Judge Not That Ye Be Not Judged", General Conference, April 1972.

 "We should refrain from anything that seems to be a final judgment of any person...the Lord alone has the capacity to judge...And, in all of this we must remember the command to forgive."  - Dallin H. Oaks, "Judge Not’ and Judging", Ensign, Aug. 1999, 7.


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