The gospel of Jesus Christ is inclusive — not exclusive

I had a long discussion recently with a wonderful student who has been in and out of activity in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints the last few years. He had a pretty rough-and-tumble youth before converting and is now married with children of his own. He knows the church is true but, having moved frequently and being somewhat unconventional, has felt unwelcomed and “judged” in some of the wards in which he has lived — thus his drift into inactivity.

I have no intention of critiquing either the “offendee” or the “offender” in these types of situations. I have been and imagine I have offended at times at church and suppose all of us have, either intentionally or unintentionally. Members of the church are, after all, human beings. Rather, my aim here is to consider what the Savior expects of his disciples.

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