My message is founded on this principle, that as we respect each other and live in peace with each other, at the same time we have the right to live what we believe and have other people respecting us. That is the foundation of a good society, a good ‘family,’ so we all can enjoy the beauty that Heavenly Father created for us, the world living in peace and to be able to worship our Heavenly Father the way we believe is right.
Elder Ulisses Soares, Religious Symposium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, March 23, 2022
When we were all born, we were given the Light of Christ. That is how we know right and wrong. Think about that for a sec. Irregardless of personal beliefs, we all know, deep down, what is right and what is wrong. We know that killing someone else is wrong. But how do you think we know that? Where does that come from? Animals don't have that. It doesn't just evolve into our conscience. We were spirits before we had bodies....we still are.
I say that because it's that Light of Christ that determines our level of human decency. If we choose to strengthen or illuminate that light, we will be decent, good people. Christ, whether we believe in Him or not, makes us good people. His light makes us good people. If we don't strengthen that light, then we are headed down the wrong road until we lose all sense of decency. It doesn't happen all at once but little by little. But then the opposite happens little by little too.
But my point is, if everyone strengthened their Light of Christ, then we can live peaceably with each other, despite our religious beliefs.