After the devastating violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, many wondered how so much hate could exist in the world.
This question is not new, especially with other terrible instances of violence, war, and terrorism plaguing the world today.
But what is new is reading an article published in a national media source that quotes the Book of Mormon and links to an LDS general conference talk while discussing how to overcome hate with charity.
The Huffington Post published an article three days after the violence in Charlottesville quoting Book of Mormon scriptures and linking to a general conference talk by President James E. Faust.
Written by a Mormon contributor, the article, "Charlottesville Begs The Deeper Question: Where Does Hate Come From?", was published Tuesday and contains scriptures from Moroni and first Nephi to demonstrate how to overcome hate and practice charity.
Using the analogy of two wolves, one good, one evil, battling inside each person, the article uses the scriptures to show how to overcome evil by "feeding" the good inside of us with charity.
"It is said that 'charity begins at home,'" the author writes. "Charity has been defined as 'the pure love of Christ' (Moroni 7:48). When that love fills our hearts, there is no room for hate." In addition, the article directs readers to learn more about this topic by reading a general conference talk by President James E. Faust titled "The Great Imitator."
The Church also released similar sentiments in its statement on Sunday condemning racism among members.
"Our prayers are with those who are suffering because of this intolerance and hatred," according to the statement from Mormon Newsroom. "We pray for peace and for understanding. Above all, we pray that we may treat one another with greater kindness, compassion, and goodness."
Though it is unusual to see the Book of Mormon quoted in national publications, it is reassuring to see messages of charity shared to help overcome instances of intolerance and hate.
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