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As President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President Russell M. Nelson works daily with people who sometimes see an issue differently.

“Differences of opinion are part of life,” he wrote in a social media post Aug. 1.

President Nelson credited his two counselors in the First Presidency, President Dallin H. Oaks and President Henry B. Eyring, for teaching him “how to disagree in a Christlike way.”

“Over the last five years of working together, we haven’t always agreed,” President Nelson wrote. “Still, they know I want to hear their honest feelings about everything we discuss — especially sensitive issues.”

From their examples, President Nelson said he has learned six ways to disagree:

  • “Express feelings with love.
  • “Don’t think you know best.
  • “Don’t compete.
  • “Don’t rigorously defend your position.
  • “Let the Spirit guide your conversations.
  • “Be filled with charity, the pure love of Christ.”

President Nelson ended his post by emphasizing charity: “Charity is the antidote to contention. It is the principal characteristic of a true follower of Jesus Christ. Charity defines a peacemaker.”

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