Source:Heber C. Kimball:JD 4:334:When we are corrected by our leaders, it is to set us right, to show us the wrong course, and induce us to pursue the right one

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Heber C. Kimball (1857): "When we are corrected by our leaders, it is to set us right, to show us the wrong course, and induce us to pursue the right one"

Heber C. Kimball:

I feel as though I would like to express a few of the sentiments and feelings that are passing in my mind. We have had much preaching, exhortation, correction, and reproof, and some might say a great deal of chastisement; though I call chastisement neither more nor less than reproof or correction. When we are corrected by our leaders, it is to set us right, to show us the wrong course, and induce us to pursue the right one. If I do wrong, if I get astray, it is perfectly right that some one should correct me; and when I am corrected, it is not right for me to justify myself; for, if I do, I sustain the course of an incorrect purpose. When I am corrected, it is my duty to listen, to reform, and walk in the straight and narrow way. If we will not learn by precept nor by example, we have to learn by the things we suffer. Is it not better for people to learn by correction than by bitter experience?[1]

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  1. Heber C. Kimball, (7 June 1857) Journal of Discourses 4:334. off-site