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January 18, 2021 - Be sensitive

The culture of the gospel of Jesus Christ is not a Gentile culture or a Judaic culture. It is not determined by the color of one’s skin or where one lives. While we rejoice in distinctive cultures, we should leave behind aspects of those cultures that conflict with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Elder Quentin L. Cook, "Hearts Knit in Righteousness and Unity", General Conference, October 2020

We find ourselves in the midst of racial and social injustices, especially now and over the past year. In my opinion, there are three types of people in this crises.

One, are the types, like me, that have never really experienced any injustice.

Two, are the types that just jump on this bandwagon, taking advantage of the situation to appease their own interests. Looters come to mind as this type of person.

Three, are ones that actually live this injustice. Injustice is out there in this nation, even the world. Just because it can't be seen, doesn't mean it's not there.

My focus, lately, has been to focus on each person as a child of God. Even if that person is doing something that I don't agree with or that goes against my beliefs, or, worse, if that person is trying to hurt me or someone I love, I need to see them as a spirit that kept that first estate and did not follow the one third that was cast out with Lucifer.

Now... accepting the person is not the same thing as accepting their actions. Just because someone is trying to kill me doesn't mean I accept what they're doing, right? I must fight for what I stand for, especially when what's being done is affecting me and my family.

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