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The LDS Church released two new video messages this weekend, each exploring ideas surrounding developing love for one another and patience with each other even when we encounter serious differences. One is a message from one of our new apostles, Elder Ulisses Soares and the other is from Elder Patrick Kearon of the Presidency of the Seventy.
“I believe diversity is very important,” says Elder Soares, “every person has their own way of thinking and we should respect that.” Elder Soares describes the ways that these differences can actually be a strength and help us to learn from each other and develop compassion. “There is no stronger power in the world than the power of love because when you give yourself to people, people feel the love of the Savior.”
To hear Elder Soares’ full message, watch the video below:
In a similar vein, Elder Patrick Kearon of the Presidency of the Seventy shares a message about the importance of helping others to feel valued and included and allowing ourselves and others a fresh start when we need it. Part of being willing to continue to reach out to others is learning patience with where they are and how they’re doing.
In a moment of vulnerability and personal insight Elder Kearon recommends that, “If we’re impatient with someone who doesn’t seem to be progressing as fast as we think they might, I think it’s always good to look at our own journey and see how fast we’re progressing either now or were at some point…it’s an instant check to prevent me from feeling that way about someone else. Largely because I realize how extraordinarily patient our Father of Heaven is with me.”
Watch the entire message below: