Charity describes the heart and qualities of a nourisher:
“[A nourisher] suffereth long, and is kind, and envieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.” Moroni 7:45
Translation: If you want to be a great nourisher, be patient, and kind, not selfish, nor easily provoked..
“Wherefore, my beloved brethren, if ye have not charity, ye are nothing, for charity never faileth. Wherefore, cleave unto charity, which is the greatest of all, for all things must fail—
Translation: All things fail without nourishing – it is the power that enlarges, enlightens, enlivens and fulfills.
“But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him.
Translation: Christ’s true love is manifest to us through His great nourishing power. Its His ability to noruish and strengthen us that make us want to worship Him. Who wouldn’t? Through His nourishing influence, we can develop these qualities too. Developing the Christlike qualities of a nourisher should be the focus of our lives.
The good news is that no one is so bankrupt with respect to these qualities that they can’t nourish something. Today. The better news is this: the more we nourish, the more we develop the nourisher’s traits. These become part of us and define who we are. Through nourishing, we become more and more like Christ until the perfect day, when He appears and we see we are nourishers just like Him. (see Moroni 7:48)
I’m no expert, but I’m trying to be a little more patient and a little more kind everyday. One step forward with an occasional faltering retreat. Every step produces the fruits of the spirit promised by the apostle Paul:
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance…” Galatians 5:22
Over the next few weeks we’ll publish blogs with ideas about the nourisher’s qualities outlined in Moroni 7:45. We hope you’ll follow along!