Let’s Come Together

Reading: “Doctrine of Inclusion,” Elder M. Russell Ballard, Liahona, Nov 2002

Today I am taking a break from my study of conference talks in order to write about something that is on my mind on election day.

It is the nature of elections that people become heated, that arguments grow, and that we tend to demonize those who disagree with us.  When there are big issues, such as Proposition 8 in California and the presidential race, this is all the more true.  However, I believe it is of vital importance that we do not let this contention draw us into hate of people who disagree with us.

In Elder Ballard’s talk from a few years ago he encourages members of our church to always be kind and loving to those around them. He says,

If we are truly disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, we will reach out with love and understanding to all of our neighbors at all times.

I fear that in this election some people have missed opportunities to share, by example and by calm discussion, how the gospel shapes our lives and guides our paths because they were too distracted by the heated emotions that come with debate and disagreement. It is nearly impossible to change someone’s mind with logic once they are set, but through the gospel we can reach people’s hearts.

Today half of this country is going to be very dissappointed in who wins the election.  Hopefully we can put aside our differences and figure out ways to work together as countrymen.

I know that I have been guilty of this many times in my life, not just having to do with politics.  It is so easy to put winning the argument ahead of growing the relationship when you are upset, but such a choice is always destructive.

Today, whatever happens with the elections, I am going to be hopeful and think of ways that we can move forward in a new administration.

When in your life have you chosen to walk away from an argument that led to greater happiness over all?

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