Wednesday, December 17, 2014

3 Nephi 18:22-23 -- On Inclusion

"And behold, ye shall meet together oft; and ye shall not forbid any man from coming unto you when ye shall meet together, but suffer them that they may come unto you and forbid them not;
But ye shall pray for them, and shall not cast them out; and if it so be that they come unto you oft ye shall pray for them unto the Father, in my name."
3 Nephi 18:22-23

I really like this... basically a commandment to be inclusive.  I love the idea that you don't ever have to worry about being accepted in the midst of God's people.  They will pray for you and help you, and never cast you out.  Isn't that the way we all want to be treated?  Like there is a group of friends for us wherever we go.  A place where we won't be treated like outsiders?
If we want that, surely we should take God's advice here and be those kinds of people.  Let's be inclusive with people who want to meet with us, and pray for them.  As we move closer to a Zion society, we're going to have to learn to love a diverse array of people.  Let's practice now. :)

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