A Noteworthy Teaching of Joseph Smith

This afternoon I read the following:

At a meeting of Relief Society sisters, Joseph Smith said: “You need not be teasing your husbands because of their deeds, but let the weight of your innocence, kindness and affection be felt, which is more mighty than a millstone hung about the neck; not war, not jangle [quarreling], not contradiction, or dispute, but meekness, love, purity—these are the things that should magnify you in the eyes of all good men. …

“… When a man is borne down with trouble, when he is perplexed with care and difficulty, if he can meet a smile instead of an argument or a murmur—if he can meet with mildness, it will calm down his soul and soothe his feelings; when the mind is going to despair, it needs a solace of affection and kindness. … When you go home, never give a cross or unkind word to your husbands, but let kindness, charity and love crown your works henceforward.”5

(Teachings of the Presidents of the Church:  Joseph Smith; 482)

I would imagine the principles inherent in this counsel can to some extent be applied in a variety of circumstances and would be applicable to both men and women.  He also has counsel for how husbands are to treat their wives, which can be found at the same reference.  Here is the above quote in Spanish (which is the language in which I first read the quote today):

En una reunión de las hermanas de la Sociedad de Socorro,
José Smith dijo: “No tienen por qué reprender a su marido por sus
hechos, más bien, háganle sentir el peso de su inocencia, bondad
y afecto, que tiene más fuerza que una piedra de molino colgada
alrededor del cuello; lo que las magnificará a la vista de todos los
hombres buenos no son la guerra, las contiendas, las contradicciones
ni la disputa, sino la mansedumbre, el amor y la pureza…

“…Cuando un hombre se siente agobiado por los problemas,
cuando lo tienen perplejo la preocupación y las dificultades, si
en lugar de una discusión o queja encuentra afabilidad, se tranquilizará
su alma y se calmarán sus sentimientos. Cuando la
mente va camino a la desesperanza, se necesita el solaz del
cariño y la bondad… Al llegar a casa, no hablen una palabra
áspera ni de enojo a su marido, sino dejen que la bondad, la caridad
y el amor coronen sus obras de hoy en adelante”5.

(Ensenanzas de los Presidentes de la Iglesia:  Jose Smith; 514, 515)

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