Saturday, July 12, 2014

Being of One Mind

There are so many instances in the scriptures that  we, today, can relate to our own lives. When Paul speaks to Phillipians he counsels the people to "be like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind." (Phil 2:2) This counsel alone could be the resolution to a lot of turmoil members of the church face. I live in a ward with so many different people, a portion are of pioneer heritage, holding strong to their lineage and making sure other members know that their ancestors built the building we congregate in, and the houses we live in. A handful of members are new converts, returning members, or neighbors seeking welfare assistance. Another portion of the ward are members who are free thinkers, sometimes termed as "intellects" who have either found comradery with each other or have made quick enemies with those more conservative than they. I have found myself in a more neutral position hoping that the Spirit will direct me in where I should voice my opinions in regards to the gospel. I have also felt a slight pull to protect the underdogs or those who seem to not feel support when they make a comment, even if their comment seems off-color or not normal. Usually I don't even agree, but like Paul, I have a strong testimony of the importance of letting "nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves" (vs.3). I feel like this principle is so vital to the success of the Church but also the success of humanity. Being able to accept that each of us are different, misfitted, and peculiar  will set us free of hate, discord, and pride. It will allow us to be exalted together, being able to glean from each other reasons to know better, to do better, and to be better. Being able to turn to the scriptures to receive greater light in regards to our personal challenges has always been one of the best results of scripture study. Although these are ancient writings, they are really applicable to to what we face as human beings today. "Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others." (vs.4) Why else would we be here on Earth together?

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