Elder Marlin K. Jensen
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Friendship is the first cousin to the Christian attribute of charity.
Children will not be desperate for friendship outside the family if they feel friendship within the family. "I think no finer compliment can be paid to parents than to have children say that their parents are among their best friends."
Friendship is also a vital part of courtship and marriage. "A relationship between a man and a woman that begins with friendship and then ripens into romance and eventually marriage will usually become an enduring, eternal friendship."
The inspired organization of the church also fosters friendships. "In interviews, meetings, classes, quorums, councils, activities and a variety of other opportunities for association, we can make friends and find understanding."
People want to be loved spontaneously. Church members should foster genuine and sincere friendships. "I know that when we offer ourselves in friendship, we make a most significant contribution to God's work and to the happiness and progress of His children."