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There were accusations against Joseph Smith that he was attempting to defraud themembers of the Church in Kirtland by taking their lands.
In response, the Lordrevealed through Joseph two important principles:d)
I, the Lord, will forgive whom I will forgive, but of you it is requiredto forgive all men.
In this revelation, the Lord declared at least four principles related to forgiveness:(1)
The Lord is merciful and forgives freely ―those who confess theirs before me andask forgiveness‖ (64:3–
He will afflict and chasten us if we look for opportunities to accuse or antagonizeone another or if we do not forgive others (64:8).
We are required to forgive ―all men,‖ and, if we don‘t, we are guilty of a sin
greater than the one committed against us (64:9
We should not judge (condemn) others, but leave all reward or condemnation toGod (64:11).ii)
Are we required to forgive even those who have not asked for forgiveness?(1)
Ever keep in exercise the principle of mercy, and be ready to forgive ourbrother on the first intimations of repentance, and asking forgiveness; andshould we even forgive our brother, or even our enemy, before he repent orask forgiveness, our heavenly Father would be equally as merciful unto us.
Speaking specifically to victims of mental, physical, or sexual abuse, ElderRichard G. Scott said:
You cannot erase what has been done, but you can forgive. Forgiveness healsterrible, tragic wounds, for it allows the love of God to purge your heart and mindof the poison of hate. It cleanses your consciousness of the desire for revenge. Itmakes place for the purifying, healing, restoring love of the Lord.
The Master counseled, “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to
them that hate you, and pray for them who despitefully use you and persecute
Bitterness and hatred are harmful. They produce much that is destructive. They
postpone the relief and healing you yearn for…. Let God be the judge—
you cannotdo it as well as he can.
Another apostate was Symonds Ryder. Ryder‘s apostasy is often m
isattributed to Joseph Smith purportedly misspellinghis name in a revelation (D&C 52:37), but the truth is more complex: It appears that Ryder viewed the commandment to sell
properties in Kirtland to buy lands in Missouri as ―a plot…laid to take [the Saints‘] property from them and place it under thecontrol of Joseph Smith.‖ Symonds Ryder, 1 February 1868, letter to A.S. Hayden; published in Hayden,
Early History of The Disciples in the Western Reserve, Ohio
(Cincinnati, Ohio: Chase & Hall, 1875), 220
). While Ryder‘s concerns were not a light or casual thing, asmany believe, they still speak to his lack of faith in Joseph Smith‘s revelations.
―My disciples, in days of old, sought occasion against one another‖ (64:8). Three times, and maybe more, the New
Testament apostles argued about which of them would be the greatest: Luke 9:46
48; Matthew 20:20
28; Luke 22:24. (Thelast reference is to an argument they had at the Last Supper!)
Joseph Smith, address to the Twelve Apostles, 2 July 1839.
History of the Church
Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith
Words of Joseph Smith
Richard G. Scott, ―Healing the Tragic Scars of Abuse,‖
General Conference, April 1992(