How do we bridge the opinion gap when we meet someone who disagrees with us?
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Why would the Pilgrims brave so much to come to a new, uncharted land? Most of them had already left England, where they had been religiously oppressed, to move to Leiden in Holland. They were not outcasts here but enjoying full religious freedom and solid employment. Coming to America was not about escaping from tyranny or poverty. So, what was it about?
“I’m not trying to convert anybody. I’m not trying to convince anybody. And I think that’s why I’ve loved this question is because it has nothing to do with anybody else and it is completely a ‘This is why I make the choices I make.’”
In Doctrine and Covenants 78:19, we read a special promise from the Lord that those “who receiveth ALL things with thankfulness shall be made glorious; and the things of this earth shall be added unto [them], even an hundred fold, yea, more.” I have frequently pondered on this scripture and questioned many times what it means to be made glorious.
Make no mistake, the battle is real. Day by day, I am beset by the obnoxious drumbeat of “My will! My will!” But no matter how incessant the thumping, I know asserting my will as opposed to affecting His will is a recipe for disaster. Indeed, the daily battle between Heaven’s Will and mine is the all-encompassing temporal task at hand.