We had an excellent Sacrament Meeting this morning, but I especially enjoyed hearing from our Branch President, Pres. Hebert. He talked about need to not gossip and used some quotes that I just want to mention.
"The scriptures warn us against gossiping. The Psalmist said it simply: Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. (Psalms 34:13)"
Elder Spencer W. Kimball wrote: "Lies and gossip which harm reputations are scattered about by the four winds like the seeds of a ripe dandelion help aloft by a child. Neither the seeds nor the gossip can ever be gathered in. The degree and extent of the harm done by the gossip is inestimable. (The Miracle of Forgiveness, 54)"
"President Gordon B. Hinckley has said, the snide remark, the racial slur, hateful epithets, malicious gossip, and mean and vicious rumor-mongering should have no place among us."
By avoiding gossip, stopping it when it starts, and turning the other cheek when someone gossips about us, we set an example for others. These actions also help us as a society to be of "one heart and one mind" (Moses 7:18) and as individuals to be worthy to return to live with our Heavenly Father.
And, of course, who can forget President Uchtdorf's 2 word sermon (which he expounded on)?
These are great words to remember.