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         Who that has tried to follow the divine precept, “All
         things whatsoever ye would that men should do unto
         you, do ye even so to them,” has not suffered from the

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1      situation? — has not found that human passions in their
         reaction have misjudged motives?

         Throughout our experience since undertaking the
         labor of uplifting the race, we have been made the re-
5      pository of little else than the troubles, indiscretions,
         and errors of others; until thought has shrunk from
         contact with family difficulties, and become weary with
         study to counsel wisely whenever giving advice on per-
         sonal topics.

10    To the child complaining of his parents we have said,
         “Love and honor thy parents, and yield obedience to
         them in all that is right; but you have the rights of con-
         science, as we all have, and must follow God in all your

15    When yielding to constant solicitations of husband or
         wife to give, to one or the other, advice concerning diffi-
         culties and the best way to overcome them, we have done
         this to the best of our ability, — and always with the pur-
         pose to restore harmony and prevent dishonor. In such
20    cases we have said, “Take no counsel of a mortal, even
         though it be your best friend; but be guided by God
         alone;” meaning by this, Be not estranged from each
         other by anything that is said to you, but seek in divine
         Love the remedy for all human discord.

25    Yet, notwithstanding one’s good intentions, in some
         way or at some step in one’s efforts to help another, as
         a general rule, one will be blamed for all that is not right:
         but this must not deter us from doing our duty, whatever
         else may appear, and at whatever cost.

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Love is the liberator.