This blog post is the third installment of a 3-part series that I am calling “Be A Pineapple: Stand Tall, Wear A Crown, and Be Sweet.” Each installment has been posted monthly, for 3 months.

Be Sweet

If you’ve ever tasted a pineapple, you know how sweet they are! They almost taste like candy, and they are delicious! So if I were to tell you to “be sweet on the inside like a pineapple,” what I really me is to BE KIND. If something tastes bitter or even sour, most people avoid them. I know I do! So be sweet, kind, and nice—because that is how our Savior treated others.

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin gave a talk on kindness called, “The Virtue of Kindness.” In it, he said, “Kindness is the essence of greatness and the fundamental characteristic of the noblest men and women I have known. Kindness is a passport that opens doors and fashions friends. It softens hearts and molds relationships that can last lifetimes.”

Have you heard the saying, “You attract more flies with honey than you do with vinegar”? That phrase is talking about what Elder Wirthlin said: “Kindness softens hearts and molds relationships.”

Do you have a relationship in your life that is in need of some more love and attention or healing? I believe that kindness is a GREAT place to start!

Kindness is how a Christ-like person treats others. Kindness should permeate all of our words and actions at work, school, church, and especially in our homes.

Recently my feelings were hurt by something a neighbor did. Now, this neighbor has no idea that what she did hurt my feelings. So I chose to forgive and forget, but I needed to do more to ensure that I didn’t hold anymore grudges towards this neighbor. I decided to implement the old phrase: “kill ‘em with kindness” to my actions towards this person. I started being kind in my words and deeds. I noticed that my actions were received well and have started to repair that friendship—simply with kindness!

My challenge to you is to find someone that you want to simply be kind to! Do it for a week and see how your friendship grows!

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