President Thomas S. Monson speaks at BYU devotional

The Savior, Jesus Christ, reminded us that it’s important for us to not judge others. President Thomas S. Monson reminds us of the reality that so often, we don’t really see clearly when making judgments about others. His talk on charity is the foundation for this new Mormon Messages video, “Looking through Windows.”

Are we looking through a window which needs cleaning? Are we making judgments when we don’t have all the facts? What do we see when we look at others? What judgments do we make about them?

Said the Savior, “Judge not.” 1 He continued, “Why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?” 2 Or, to paraphrase, why beholdest thou what you think is dirty laundry at your neighbor’s house but considerest not the soiled window in your own house?

None of us is perfect. I know of no one who would profess to be so. And yet for some reason, despite our own imperfections, we have a tendency to point out those of others. We make judgments concerning their actions or inactions.

There is really no way we can know the heart, the intentions, or the circumstances of someone who might say or do something we find reason to criticize. Thus the commandment: “Judge not.” – President Thomas S. Monson, “Charity Never Faileth