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Elder Soares’s 4 tips for loving those who disagree with us

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

More than 1,500 young adults from the Phoenix, Arizona, area gathered on Sunday, October 17, to hear from a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. As reported by Church News, Elder Ulisses Soares focused on answering questions the group had. Their questions were heartfelt, centering on areas of genuine concern for many young adults in the Church: making big life decisions, navigating post-mission life, feeling anxiety about marriage and family, and loving and accepting those who believe differently from us.

“I assure you that our confidence in our Savior Jesus Christ will strengthen us to continue moving forward in life, despite the challenges we go through,” Elder Soares said.

In holding true to the doctrine of Jesus Christ while loving and accepting others who vehemently disagree or believe differently than we do, Elder Soares shared two principles: first, that faithful disciples of Jesus Christ will always have their character tested, and second, that we should not be frightened or discouraged by the influences of the world.

Elder Soares also conveyed four tips he has found from the Savior’s life for treating others who disagree with us:

  1. Show a genuine love for them. 
  2. Try to be a good influence for them through your light. 
  3. Serve them the best way you can. 
  4. Let them know you care about them.

“Learning to listen with love is perhaps the most important thing we can do to be inclusive. As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we can always be better listeners,” Elder Soares concluded.

Read the full summary of his remarks at Church News.

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