“Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow
citizens with the saints, and of the household of God.”We all
have different challenges in life. Thanks for a humorous perspective on this
one.Thankfully, I had parents who knew of individual worth, and
taught it to us kids. We grew up in a home free from stereotypes. We learned to
see each person first as God saw them. "We are all children of the same
God," my mother often said. "You don't care what color the guy in
the foxhole with you is, as long as he's got your back," was the way my
USMC father put it. When I married, I was shocked to discover my
in-laws did not feel the same, and dismissed certain groups of people. My
husband, fortunately, knew the higher law, and supported me in raising our
children without a cultural bias.There are some people who judge
Americans harshly. Is it right or fair to think you are just like the Marlboro
man? No! Matt 7:1 "Judge not, that ye be not judged," is good advice for
Delightful insight; thank you!
Beautifully written thoughts. I wonder if I might add though that in the
eternities we might actually cherish the differences and call it variety (ie the
spice of life). The similarities are good and comfortable but we learn so much
from the "varieties."
Being of German descent, I was ashamed of my heritage until called to serve a
mission in Germany. Now, I love everything German! I also studied Spanish and
love anything Spanish whether it comes from Spain or Mexico or further south...I
love the French language and everything French whether it comes from Europe or
Africa...This is a small world and we are all God's children. If we all
knew our divine parents we'd probably treat one another with respect. In
The Church, we have a wonderful blend of nationalities. What a great net the
Gospel of Jesus Christ is...If we loved our neighbor, as the Savior taught,
there would be no wars, no beheadings, no envyings... Thanks, Jerry, for a great
article! Thanks, Elder and Sister Uchtdorf, for your examples!
Love your article! I served in the Germany Munich Mission about the same time
President Uchdorf was called as a stake president in Hamburg. In fact, he
released my last companion. I love the German people! They are people whose
strength and "crust" was forged by life's experience. But here I
go stereotyping... I can tell you that whatever crusty shell they appear to have
on the outside, they are usually all soft and tender on the inside. For the
Uchdorf's and others I came to know and love, the gospel of Jesus Christ
crumbled the crusty shell and kept the strength.
"There is scarce any folly or vice more epidemical among the sons of men,
than that ridiculous and hurtful vanity by which the people of each country are
apt to prefer themselves to those of every other; and to make their own customs,
and manners, and opinions, the standards of right and wrong, of true and
false."Bolingbroke: Historical writings: Letters On the Study
and Use of History: Letter TwoBrigham Young more than once referred
to the men of Sodom who, according to an old story, used to measure strangers on
a bed of a certain fixed length. If the newcomer was too short for the bed they
stretched him, and if he was too long they cut off his feet. I have been often
reminded of this and his need to teach this to his audience. It is a sign of an
unwholesome national pride when one feels that foreigners have nothing to teach
you and everything to learn from you.
@Gildas:The character with the fatal bed was Procrustes, a villain
of Greek mythology. He met his well-deserved fate on his notorious bed at the
hands of Theseus (who slew the Minotaur).From that account, we get
the adjective "procrustean" to describe a program or policy that, rather
than being tailored to fit the individual, expects the individual to be tailored
to fit the program or policy.
President Uchtdorf is the lonely reason I'm still active in the LDS
Church!Like me -- He's a pilot, Had a professional
in Aerospace, a Mechanical Engineer, a Miltary Veteran, I
lived in Germany, but more importanly -- His talks are
about Christlike love, charity, empathy, inclusion, compassion, equality, love
for our envirnment, and other Liberal traits, along with a heavy dose of Social
Justice.Things severly lacking in Utah Mormons, but not at all
uncommon with Latter-Day Saints in the REST of the God's green World....He has given me hope to stay stong in the Gospel, dispite the
attitudes of those "members" who surround m, and scorn me.
Open Minded Mormon: You and I have a lot in common except that I believe in
limited Government where as you believe in huge Government. Our fore fathers
would call you a federalist after James Madison and John Adams.What
you seem to miss though is that most conservatives want what you want but
without government interference from Washington DC. Most conservatives believe
in states rights versus federal government. We also don't believe in
socialistic programs such as Obamacare, Social Security and other thing that
requires big government. Versions of Obamacare would be better by states than
by the Federal Government.Most conservatives try to be Christ like
and strive to do so without being told they have to be as in a socialistic
society. Again Christ was neither conservative or liberal. He had no program
to do except by what the Father wanted. All and I mean all of the Quorum of the
Twelve Apostles and members of the First Presidency are great examples of Christ
and we could do well to try to be more like them.
I have Nazi relatives, I also have WWI Relatives in the German side. Manfred von
Richthofen to be exact. I have never felt ashamed of who I am or those of my
past because I am me and nothing can change that. We may not always like
everything about our family but someones got to do temple work, and I was very
happy to do so. Germany should not be looked at because of the actions of past
but of the actions of now. And Germany is a very awesome place.
Pres. Uchtdorf is the bomb, baby!(And I'm not just saying that
because like him, I'm also a pilot.)He is funny, warm and has
an obvious gift for connecting with people and also bears a powerful and
passionate testimony of our Savior, Jesus Christ!Go Pres. Uchtdorf!
I also love hearing Pres. Uchtdorf speak. His commentary is very inspiring, and
his wit is uplifting. A generation ago, my children said the same
thing about Pres. Monson. They all are prophets, seers, and revelators, and
true disciples of Christ.When I read his comments out loud, I just
wish I could duplicate his whimsical accent.
RE: Anchovey Being of German descent, I was ashamed of my heritage until called
to serve a mission in Germany. The German Dietrich Bonhoeffer (February
1906 – 9 April 1945) After returning to Germany from America in
1931, In April 1933, Bonhoeffer raised the first voice for church resistance to
Hitler's persecution of Jews. Bonhoeffer's life as a pastor and
theologian of great intellect and spirituality who lived as he preached —
and his martyrdom(at 39) in opposition to Nazism — exerted great influence
and inspiration for Christians across broad denominations and ideologies, such
as Martin Luther King. Jr.
Matthew 19:19 ". . . Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself."Our neighbors come in many colors, come from many nations, and come from
many economic conditions. Learn to love all of them by meeting them, listening
to them, and learning from them. Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you,
Love your enemies , bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you,
and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; We
will be much better off for following these two scriptures. We can change our
attitudes toward our enemies, may not change them, but better to try making
friends than to hate a person or group, especially if we do it in ignorance.
I am always lifted by Jerry's words. They remind me to be of good cheer, to
have hope and faith, and to waver not.He does it in such a pleasant way
that it is a welcomed lesson - every time.I Am A Big Fan . . .
In the Kingdom, as the author puts it, people ARE defined by their differences.
Up to 1978 the kingdom defined people by the colour of their skin. Today the
kingdom defines people by their gender and by their sexuality. People in the
kingdom are defined by wether or not they hold a little admittance ticket for
temples. People are defined by how often they attend church, by the colour of
their shirt. Wether the went on a mission or if they did, completed it.Unfortunately, the authors teary-eyed fairy tale of the kingdom is a myth. The
reality is their is as much differentiation today, if not more, than there was
when people with a black skin were defined as being less valiant in the