Thursday, November 30, 2023
HomeChurchPresident Oaks Defines How the Church Needs to Lead Out in Inclusion

President Oaks Defines How the Church Needs to Lead Out in Inclusion

- Advertisment - Save on Great LDS Gifts

President Dallin H. Oaks recently attended and spoke at the North America West Single Adult Conference. There, he shared “that as a Church and as a culture, we need to lead out in demonstrating inclusion.”  Here is his own personal recap of the message as shared on social media:

We live in a time when inclusion is weak or absent in political relations, in cultural relations, and in some personal relations. Instead, there is worldly praise and pressure for divisions that draw us apart, for diversity that impairs our unity, for reliance on family descent instead of individual qualifications, and we are influenced by a culture of opposition.

Here are some brief definitions of what I mean:

Divisions: We have powerful forces that seek to draw us apart, dividing us from the unity that is our strength.

Diversity: At a time when diversity is earnestly sought and greatly praised, the restored Church opposes the popular definition of diversity in its organization and composition. We are all children of God, and that is our most important characteristic.

Descent: You don’t need to be descended from pioneers or notable leaders to be included in the choicest blessings of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.

Opposition: We know that there must be opposition in all things, but we must resist being critical or pessimistic in these trying times. An attitude of reverence and trust in the Lord will keep us on the covenant path.

I promise that as you support the restored gospel and its policies, programs, and directions from our leaders, you will have great happiness and abundant blessings from the Lord. 

- Advertisment - LDS Scripture Study
Aleah Ingram
Aleah Ingram
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.

Church of Jesus Christ’s “Silent Night Surprise” Lights Up Times Square

A surprise from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was unveiled Monday night as 15 digital displays in Times Square...

You Can Be a Christlike Friend to All | 29 November 2023

Here’s your daily dose of what matters most! We can all be blessed as we choose to be a friend to all....

Church of Jesus Christ Gives “A Silent Night Teaser” for Surprise Event

On November 26, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a 10-second video on its official YouTube page. Entitled "A...

Nauvoo Temple Visitors Center Approved by Local City Council

In mid-November, the Nauvoo City Council approved plans from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for a new visitors center...
Related
- Advertisment -Color Scriptures from LDS Bookstore
Recent