Special Witness: How should I speak so I can be like Jesus Christ?

Jeffrey R. Holland

Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Adapted from “The Tongue of Angels,” Ensign, May 2007, 17–18.


Jeffrey R. Holland
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shares some of his thoughts on this subject.

How should I speak so I can be like Jesus Christ?

Speak kindly.

Speak positively, including about yourself.

Our words, like our actions, should be filled with faith and hope and charity.

Never tell [others], even as a joke, that they are fat or dumb or lazy or ugly.

Try not to complain.

When we say kind, encouraging things to the smallest child or the least popular person we know, we are saying these things to our Father in Heaven.

Illustrations by Brad Teare