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And except ye have charity ye can in nowise be saved in the kingdom of God; neither can ye be saved in the kingdom of God if ye have not faith; neither can ye if ye have no hope. — Moroni 10:21

Recently I was asked to tell the "Parable of the Unmerciful Servant" in Sunday School, and my first thought was that it would be easy. However, it presented a challenge because of the first verse of the parable: "Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants." I read it over many times pondering the rest of the parable.

In the early morning hours on Sunday, a voice whispered one word, "Charity." A voice I recognized, my heart filled with joy as everything fell into place: The "kingdom of heaven" is where God dwells. The "Lord" is our Savior, and we are His "servants." Surely, one day we will be called upon to give an accounting of our charitable deeds, because Moroni tells us in 10:21, "Except ye have charity ye can in nowise be saved in the kingdom of God."

Surely, I pondered, "We make an accounting with our bishop at tithing settlement. This enables us to receive our saving ordinances in the temple which make it possible for us to return home to our Father. Is this not Jesus' way of letting us know that one day we will stand before Him, our higher Judge, who "Charity the pure love of Christ" is named after, to give an accounting of our charitable deeds? He has forgiven our debts of ten thousand talents; should we not have compassion for others over "a hundred pence?" — Nellie J. Watkins, Mesa, Ariz.

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