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The Church Will Never Have the World's Approval, and That's Okay

Persecution, misunderstanding, hostility—these are nothing new to the Lord's Church. They've been a constant in any dispensation. So, when people might attack or misrepresent your beliefs, don't get discouraged.

Jesus Christ’s true disciples don’t do good to earn praise from others (see Matthew 6:1-6). However, most members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints want their church to be well regarded so others might be moved to consider its claims. In this, they obey Jesus: “Let your light so shine before men,” he said, “that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). After all, his sheep will hear and recognize his voice (John 10:27).

But the LDS Church will never be universally respected, let alone beloved. And this shouldn’t be surprising.

The Savior taught in both hemispheres that, while the gate to destruction is broad “and many there be which go in thereat,” “strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:13-14; 3 Nephi 14:13-14).

He warned his first disciples they would be despised and abused.

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