“The diversity we find now in the Church may just be the beginning,” said Elder D. Todd Christofferson of The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
In the video entitled “Is There a Place for Me?,” Elder Christofferson says a wide range of people can bring different gifts and perspectives to the Church. The experiences, backgrounds, and challenges that people face will show the Church what is really essential in the Gospel of Christ. Much of the rest that has been acquired over time and is much “more cultural than doctrinal” can “slip away.”
He stressed that we must be better, as a people, collectively walking together. Every individual must be determined that they have a place in the kingdom of God and cannot let others undermine this determination.
Elder Dallin H. Oaks also discussed how it is a strength to the Church to have people with different backgrounds (and to some extent, even different values) in his video entitled “Love and Law.” If we are trying to be like our Savior, Elder Oaks said, we are reaching out trying to include everyone.
Brother Richard Ostler discusses the importance of loving “the one” and not judging based on appearances when we do not understand all we should about specific incidents and experiences of others. His Facebook post below discusses this issue.
What tips do you have to not judge others and accept diversity in the Church (or in life in general)?