The LDS church and culture have so many elements that keep us busy. Family Home Evening, Quorom activities, Mutual, Relief Society activities, General Conference, priesthood duties, callings, home and visiting teaching, to name a few.
Because we have so much expected of us and we believe that one day we’ll become perfected we’re critical of others. But how much time do you take to reflect upon yourself? We talk about people who are “less active or inactive” while we are slacking in at least one aspect of the gospel.
I have yet to meet someone who fulfills all of the following we’re asked to do:
2.Attending the temple regularly
4.Family scripture and prayer
5.Family Home Evening
7.Indexing temple names
8.Doing community service
10.Watch every session of General Conference
11.Fulfil your church calling
12.Do member missionary work
And this list is not all inclusive either.
My point in naming all these is not to discourage faithful living, but to show how imperfect we all are. How can we criticize or look down upon someone who is struggling with a different struggle than our own? For someone who finds home teaching easy, another could see it as the most difficult part of the gospel. For someone who finds keeping the Word of Wisdom a struggle another might have no temptation to break it.
Now this doesn’t mean we can’t help to make the weaknesses of others strengths instead. We ought to build each other up. What we shouldn’t do is gossip or look down upon those who are not up to your standards. Salvation is an individual process that the Saint must go through between him or herself and the Lord.
Not only am I saying we are too critical of each other but we are too critical of ourselves.
Satan’s job is too criticize us and make us feel unworthy and frankly not good enough. We don’t have to do his job for him. The hardest part of repentance, I feel, is too forgive yourself. But it is a necessary part.
I love going to church and being uplifted and edified for the upcoming week. I genuinely love members of the wards I’ve been in, but what I don’t want to see is members putting each other down. If someone’s garments are showing or someone’s kids are misbehaving or someone is speaking during sacrament meeting you don’t know what kind of negative effect you can have if you handle the situation poorly and come off as church police.
We’re all on the same level and we come to lift each other up and to worship the Living Christ.
I pray we can be sensitive and loving in a world that’s harsh and critical. With all the demands that come with the Church and gospel, remember who we’re trying to be like.