“Love one another—even when you disagree with each other.” That was the message in a recent Inspiration and News email from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Loving one another is as important today as it was when Christ walked the earth. During this time of political divisiveness and economic uncertainty, the Lord expects His disciples to act with kindness and show understanding and love to all of God’s children, no matter their opinions and perspectives.
President Dallin H. Oaks counseled that as followers of Christ, we must forgo the anger and hatred with which political choices are debated or denounced in many settings, and love our enemies. He said: “The Savior’s teaching to love our enemies is based on the reality that all mortals are beloved children of God.” Read President Oaks’ conference talk, “Love Your Enemies.”
The First Presidency encourages all citizens of the United States to be active in the political process. This includes becoming informed about the current political issues and candidates and exercising the privilege to elect public officials who best embody principles compatible with the gospel according to our individual understanding. As we do, we should treat one another with respect and civility, even if we disagree.