When did you last serve a brother or sister?

When did you last serve a brother or sister?
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I have a unique career assignment. It’s something I never imagined doing, but it’s something I’m trying to embrace.
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I am able to serve all of the different communities within the state I live. Part of the assignment is reaching out to individual organizations and stakeholders. As I do so, my team looks for opportunities to serve and better our communities.
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As I’ve done this, my eyes and mind have been opened to understanding different needs of the various communities. Sometimes I view the glass as full, but in the eyes of others, the glass is half empty (or vice versa).
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I’ve learned I can always improve, and I can understand a different perspective. It’s not always easy to do that, but the more you practice, the better you become at it.
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We all come from different a race, ethnicities, backgrounds, and religions. Have you taken the time to serve someone outside of your “categories”? If not, give it a try. Go learn about your brothers and sisters.
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Learn about their gifts and talents. As you do this, you’ll begin to see the Heavenly creation they are! We are all the children of God. It doesn’t matter what kind of tension we’ve built up over the years—let it go! Love one another and let the blessings from Heaven flow abundantly into your lives.
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I’m grateful to meet and interact with so many diverse communities. It’s been a pleasure to serve everyone and hear perspectives I’ve never thought to consider.
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Christ has one Gospel. It’s His Gospel. It’s perfect and it’s for everyone. There is no division between us if we follow His teachings. As we begin to serve each other, we will build trust back within our communities.
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It’s completey okay, and normal for people to have different views. There are times when we, as disciples of Jesus Christ, need to stand up in the face of opposition—stand for what we believe.
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Can we and do we need to state our positions? Yes, and guess what? We can do it in a positive way without becoming angry, bitter, or insulting.
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The Savior said the spirit of contention is of the devil (3 Ne 11:29). So, lets stop contending with one another and hear Him!
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PC: Liz Swindle

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