“We had a General Authority, Joseph Anderson, who lived longer than any other General Authority in the Church. He lived to be 102 years of age. He served as private secretary to President Heber J. Grant for many years. President Grant had a stroke and became very seriously ill, and Joseph Anderson went up to see him at night, and the President said to Joseph, ‘Joseph, have I ever been unkind to you?’ And Joseph said, ‘No, President Grant, you have never been unkind to me.’ And the President, with tears rolling down his face, said, ‘Joseph, I am grateful if I have never been unkind to you.’ He died the next day. But what a marvelous thing that a man who had worked with him for so very many years could say that the man who directed his efforts had never been unkind to him” (regional conference, priesthood leadership meeting, Port Harcourt, Nigeria, 14 Feb. 1998).

Gordon B. Hinckley, Inspirational Thoughts, 1999

When you are old and in your final days, do you think that you will be concerned with how much money you made or what titles you held while in this life? I don’t think so. I think when you’re facing the end of your time here in this mortal life, you will be looking bad at your life hoping that as you peruse your actions that you find that you have acted above reproach. Any instances you find that you haven’t behaved in a way that is congruent with what you would like to report to your Savior at your reunion with Him will haunt you.

Try your best to be kind and considerate to those around you. You will make mistakes, of course. Try to right those mistakes as soon as possible. People move around, and if you don’t right those wrongs, you may find that you have lost the opportunity to do so. Act as if you will be meeting your Savior tomorrow, and then at the end of your life you will look back without regret. That is true peace.

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