Some great and fascinating commentary by Michael Otterson of Church public affairs.
Touches on many of the highlight topics of Church and societal interaction.
A great excerpt:
"I also decided never to make anyone else feel as I had felt: marginalized, stupid, diminished, humiliated, a hater. I learned I wanted to not satirize, criticize anyone who did not agree with me. I would have a voice, but it would be a voice of love, looking for the good in others." (around 17:30)
I love this devoted son. What a great gratitude he shows for the blessing of good parents.
Helping those who don’t belong to a church understand religion and its motives is more likely to come about (though it’s not guaranteed) if people of faith not only know what they believe and why they believe it but also explain that belief so clearly that their witness cannot be misunderstood. And this will hopefully lead to what one writer calls a “virtuous cycle of dialogue and the hard work of forging real understanding and enduring agreements.” Yet truly understanding religion goes far beyond description of belief; it’s more about relationships, good works and the trust that comes from good conduct.
- Mormon Newsroom, in The Virtuos Cycle of Dialogue, emphasis added
The more we obsess about our difficulties, our struggles, our doubts, and our fears, the more difficult things can become. But the more we focus on our final heavenly destination and on the joys of following the disciple’s path—loving God, serving our neighbor—the more likely we are to successfully navigate through times of trouble and turbulence.
Pres. Uchtdorf, in Landing Safely in Turbulence