A thought from the scriptures

Judge not unrighteously that ye be not judged: but judge righteous judgment.

— Joseph Smith Translation, Matthew 7:1-2.

"At times someone has come to me, their faith shaken by alleged wrongdoing of some leader in the Church," then Elder Boyd K. Packer of the Quorum of the Twelve reflected at April 1979 general conference.

"For instance, one young man was being constantly ridiculed by his co-workers for his activity in the Church. They claimed to know of a bishop who had cheated someone in business, or a stake president who had misrepresented something on a contract, or a mission president who had borrowed some money, giving false information.

"Or they told of a bishop who had discriminated against one member, refusing to give a temple recommend, but had shown favoritism by signing a recommend for another whose unworthiness was widely known. . . .

"When you hear stories, be wise. Unless you are in all the interviews, and hear all the evidence, you are not in a position to really know. Be careful, lest you jump to a conclusion.

"Unless you are a participant and have full knowledge, better:

" 'Judge not, that ye be not judged.

" 'For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged.' " (Matthew 7:1-2.)

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