This was another great week in Flower Mound 3rd. We were fortunate to be visited one of the twelve apostles, Elder Dallin H. Oaks. It was so awesome! I mean, he didn't come to visit the missionaries, but we still got to listen to him. He was coming to teach the entire Dallas/Fort Worth area about religious freedom, and the things that we can do in our lives to support that cause. He spoke about how we need to stand up and be active in civic avenues to advance that cause, but we cannot do so at the cost of impeding the rights of others. There's a motto that the church has come up with to describe what we should be fighting for: Freedom for all, including those of faith. We spoke about how we shouldn't fight against other minorities or groups, but we should work with them to find solutions that fit all of our needs. He compared the situation to a coin with truth on one side and tolerance on the other. We can't look at only one side of the coin and make our decisions without there be negative consequences. When addressing sensitive issues, we need to examine how both sides of the coin will be affected; in an ideal world, neither would be. Truth should always remain true, but we should always be tolerant of other people. We may not be tolerant of their actions, as that would undermine truth, but we also should not let the truth to blind us to the fact that everybody is a child of God that should be treated with love and respect. His full remarks, as well as the remarks of some of the other speakers can be found on mormonnewsroom.org.
Hope y'all have a great week!