A Friend for Life

Friendship is one of the most important things in the world. It is also one of the things most often downplayed by the world. Often, friendships are put aside for personal advancement or because one doesn’t want to be associated with people that are not in the spotlight. But what people don’t realize is that often the people that might not be the most popular, or cool enough for our standards, may need our friendship the most.

Recently in the news bullying has come back into center stage as one of God’s daughters, Amanda Todd, decided to take her own life after finding herself without anyone to turn to. She was cyber bullied and was rejected from being befriended; what makes this story even sadder is that the name “Amanda” means the one to be loved.

If you haven’t seen this heart wrenching video, you can find it below and in the wonderful post by Claudia.

To me the saddest part of this tragic story is the fact that her friends turn on her after she made one bad decision and then hurt her even more. It’s hard to accept that people weren’t able to give up their spot in their cliques in school. I think that we all need to remember Golden Rule: do unto others as you would want to be done unto you. As the Savior states in John 8:7, “he that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone.” As a society, we need to learn how to reach out and help others rather than jump to conclusions and judge them.

It’s sad that Amanda felt like she had nobody else to turn to, that she was all alone in the world and no one could understand or help her. The Savior said, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends,” (John 15:13–14). The Savior is a friend that is and always will be there for you. If you feel that you cannot turn to anyone, I would beg you to call upon the Lord in prayer that you may feel his immense love for you, for why else would he give up his life for you?

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