How many times have I yelled at my kids to stop yelling?
What about telling my kids to clean up their piles of stuff as I am stepping over piles of stuff in my own room?
Or, when (sadly), I have taught my kids to not talk about people behind their backs and then turned around and had the conversation, "I can't believe so and so did this today."
How about when we beg and plead for tolerance and acceptance, yet we cannot tolerate and accept those who do not share our own thoughts and opinions?
Yes, we are all hypocrites because not a single one of us is perfect. Not me, not you, not your neighbor.
There has only been one perfect person to ever walk this earth. One. His name is Jesus Christ. And because He is perfect, He set the perfect example for us to emulate, which is not easy to do. This task is incredibly hard because we are all human and we do dumb human things.
With that in mind, there is a way for us to correct all of the dumb human things that we think, that we say, and that we do. It is called the Atonement. That one special, amazing, and perfect being gave us a most incredible gift. The chance to repent; to be perfected through Him.
My hope is that we can all try to be better about taking a step back next time we point out the mote that is in our brother's eye, and consider the beam that is in our own eye. (Matthew 7:3) We need to have compassion, compassion, compassion and patience, patience, patience with ourselves and everyone around us. Our whole life long.
We can do it! I know we can! Will you join me in trying??
-Dieter F. Uchtdorf