Tuesday, July 20, 2010

2 Nephi 29:7

"Know ye not that there are more nations than one? Know ye not that I, the Lord your God, have created all men, and that I remember those who are upon the isles of the sea; and that I rule in the heavens above and in the earth beneath; and I bring forth my word unto the children of men, yea, even upon all the nations of the earth?"
2 Nephi 29:7

This is a good reminder today that God cares about everyone, not just the people in one country or on one continent. It's a verse leading into a discussion of why it makes sense for there to be more writings than just the Bible and why God continues to talk to us. Which is a good point. :) God wants everyone to know what he has to say, because he loves us all. I think that helps us remember not just that God talks to all of us, but that we are still brothers and sisters across the continents. We aren't "stealing" jobs from each other, or better or worse than one another, or more or less worthy of compassion. There are an awful lot of people on this earth, and we're *all* part of building an ideal society, not just the people in one area or racial or ethnic or gender or even religious group. We need one another. Zion isn't about building walls to keep out the "undesirables"... it's about inclusion and acceptance, and finding a place for everyone. Taking care of each other. It's tough sometimes, because it is hard to understand people who are different than we are in fundamental ways... if they believe differently, or live differently, or if they don't share some of our core values. Today, let's look around us, and inside ourselves, for those barriers we have to other people, and try to reach beyond them. Let's pray, and learn, and find out why God loves that person, and we'll be at least halfway to experiencing that love ourselves.

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