FORGIVENESS (Teachings of Joseph Smith)

If We Forgive Others, Even before They Repent, God Will Likewise Forgive Us – Wilford Woodruff (July 2, 1839)

Ever keep in exercise the principles of mercy & be ready to forgive our brother on the first intimations of repentance & asking forgiveness & should we even forgive our brother or our enemy before they ask it our heavenly father would be equally as merciful unto us

Discourse, 2 July 1839, as Reported by Wilford Woodruff–B, p. 86, The Joseph Smith Papers.

We Must Love & Forgive Both Enemies & Friends – Willard Richards (July 9, 1843)

Joseph remarced that all was well between him and the heavens that he had no emnity against any one. and as the prayer of Jesus. or his pattern so prayed Joseph. Father forgive me my trespasses. as I forgive those who trespass. against me. for I freely forgive all men.—— if we would secure & cultivate the love of others we must love others. even our enemies— as well as friends

Discourse, 9 July 1843, as Reported by Willard Richards, p. 300, The Joseph Smith Papers.

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