We defined friendship is:
- being able to be yourself and talking to another without hesitation
- loving me when I am unlovable
- someone to feel at ease with
- someone who will listen
- love and understanding
- someone who looks out for you, looks for you and loves you
- you can ask a favour of
- accepts you as you are
- enjoy each others company
- have things in common
- willing to be there any time of the day
- someone you trust
Blanche used conference addresses from Kathleen Hughes (First Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency) April 2005 General Conference "What Greater Goodness Can We Know: Christlike Friends" and "Friendship: A Gospel Principle" by Marlin Jensen (of the Presidency of the Seventy) April 1999 General Conference.
Both articles quoted Joseph Smith, he said "Friendship is one of the grand fundamental principles of 'Mormonism'."
Elder Jensen said "Perhaps one reason the scriptures make little specific mention of the principle of friendship is because it should be manifest quite naturally as we live the gospel. In fact, if the consummate Christian attribute of charity has a first cousin, it is friendship. To paraphrase the Apostle Paul slightly, friendship "suffereth long and is kind; envieth not, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, never faileth."
We played another game where we had to find sisters with certain attributes, this was designed to help us learn more about each other and to start conversations. It was very effective. (Are you aware we have someone in our ward who Prince Charles has spoken to!)
Blanche drew a bucket and a dipper on the board and explained how we all carry our bucket of good things and feelings and this may be filled to overflowing and that is good, but that we also carry a dipper which we may use to dip into and detract from other peoples buckets by being critical and pointing out mistakes etc.
Blanche finished the lesson by giving out vitamins (lollies) with the label
"The BEST medicine for gaining friends is Vitamin B-1 ".
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