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The Only Way to Have a Friend is to Be One

"Have good associates or don't associate at all. Be careful in the selection of your friends.

If in the presence of certain persons you are lifted to nobler heights, you are in good company. But if your friends or associates encourage base thoughts, then you had best leave them."

(Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p. 561)

"A friend is a possession we earn, not a gift."

Elder Marvin J. Ashton, Ensign January 1973

"Never make someone have to choose between your ways and the Lord's ways. And always make sure that you're making it easier to live God's commandments for those who are by your side and who are your friends."

Robert D. Hales,  BYU Speeches 1992-93, p. 144

"A true friend is somebody who can make us do what we can."

R.W. Emerson

"The Lord be between thee and me for ever." (1 Samuel 20:23)

"We should be bound together and act like David and Jonathan as the heart of one, and sooner let our arm be severed from our bodies than injure each other. What a mighty people we would be if we were in this condition, and we have got to go into it, however little feelings of friendship we may have in exercise at the present time. I can just tell you that the day will come when we must become united in this way if we ever see the presence of God. We shall have to learn to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. We must
go into this, however far we are from it at the present time, yet no matter, we must learn these principles and establish them in our bosoms." (Teachings of Lorenzo Snow, p.145-146, 1 March 1857, JD, 4:245.)

1. What was the last kind thing you did for someone?

2. What do you do when you hear someone saying unkind things about another person?

3. What have you done to help your friends be better people?

Russian Proverb:  Don't have a hundred rubles, but have a hundred friends.

"The Friends in your life are like the pillars on your porches.
Sometimes you lean on them, sometimes you brace them up,
and sometimes it's enough just to know they're standing by..."

Author Unknown

"A true friend is one who not only is willing to love us the way we are, but is able to leave us better than he found us."

Marvin J. Ashton (Ensign, September 1982, page 73)

It was Emerson who said, "The only way to have a friend is to be one."

Elder Marvin J. Ashton, Ensign January 1973

"I urge you to choose companions well and cherish those friends who lift you and make you better in their presence. And be such friends to one another."

Russell M. Nelson, BYU Dev., Jan. 7, 1990

"You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you."

Dale Carnegie

"Choose good friends. Friends help to determine your future. You will tend to be like them and to be found where they choose to go. Remember, the path we follow in this life leads to the path we follow in the next."

President Thomas S. Monson, (on 2000 Historical Calendar)

"Be the kind of friend who makes it easier for others to obey the commandments when they are with you."

Robert D. Hales, CR, April 1996

"If we all told what we know of one another, there would not be four friends in the world."

Blaise Pascal

“A friend is one to whom one may pour out all the contents of one’s heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping, and with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.”

Arabian Proverb

"Many a friendship -- long, loyal and self-sacrificing -- rested at first upon no thicker a foundation than a kind word."

Frederick W. Faber

"My father always used to say that when you die, if you've got five real friends, then you've had a great life."

Lee Iacocca

"A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words."

"True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it is lost. "

Charles Caleb Colton

"A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out."