President Thomas S. Monson, speaking at the Relief Society General Meeting on September 25, addressed a topic of vital concern not just to Mormon women, but to Christian people everywhere.

Titling his remarks with the familiar phrase from scripture, Charity Faileth Not, the 83-year-old leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints used delightful anecdotes to illustrate his message.

At first light-hearted, Monson grew sober as he asked his listeners, “What do we see when we look at others? What judgments do we make about them?”  “There is really no way we can know the heart, the intentions, or the circumstances of someone who might say or do something we find reason to criticize,” he asserted.  “Thus the commandment: ‘Judge not.’”

View highlights from President Monson’s address, along with other highlights of this year’s General Relief Society Meeting, here.

Charity is having patience with someone who has let us down. It is resisting the impulse to become offended easily. It is accepting weaknesses and shortcomings. It is accepting people as they truly are. It is looking beyond physical appearances to attributes that will not dim through time. It is resisting the impulse to categorize others.