“In so many relationships and circumstances in life, we must live with differences. Where vital, our side of these differences should not be denied or abandoned, but as followers of Christ we should live peacefully with others who do not share our values or accept the teachings upon which they are based. The Father’s plan of salvation, which we know by prophetic revelation, places us in a mortal circumstance where we are to keep His commandments. That includes loving our neighbors of different cultures and beliefs as He has loved us.”
Elder Dallin H. Oaks, “Loving Others and Living with Differences”, General Conference, October 2014
We are, every single one of us, children of Heavenly Father, whether we accept that or not. He loves each of us equally. When we do good, He is pleased. When we don’t, He is disappointed. Yet, He still loves us unconditionally.
There are many, many people around us that don’t know they are children of a Supreme Being. They have no clue about the Plan of Salvation. I wonder how I would feel if one of my kids didn’t have that knowledge. Or, even worse, was just wandering around with no hope, aimless in all aspects of life.
I try to think of others as children of God. It’s not easy to do when someone hurts you, or is rude to you, or cuts you off in traffic, or doesn’t live according to our beliefs, or doesn’t act according to our perceptions of how we should live. There will be others that don’t care, don’t have a moral sense of right and wrong. Some of them are even members of the Church. I can’t even imagine how that makes Father feel.
The good news is, there are a lot of genuine, good, decent people out there. Whether they are members or not. They’re easy to love. Others, not so much. But we have to anyway. It’s easier when we are Christlike, or, at least closer to being like that.