Never forget 9/11. Never forget the sacrifices made that day to save other loved ones’ lives. Never forget that sorrow and destruction that unified people of all faiths and backgrounds through helping each other. Never forget that we are stronger as a nation when we love each other more. Never forget that hating others from different political, religious, and cultural backgrounds will only destroy our country completely. Never forget that we are all equal human beings. Never forget to love others. Never forget that God gives you life every day. Never forget that the Atonement of Jesus Christ and all that He suffered allows you to have joy, forgiveness, eternal life, and a chance to return to God’s literal presence. Look to God in all you do, and you will not only find more peace in life but you will also be unifying generations of children of God.
“This is not a matter of Christian against Muslim. We value our Muslim neighbors across the world and hope that those who live by the tenets of their faith will not suffer. I ask particularly that our own people do not become a party in any way to the persecution of the innocent. Rather, let us be friendly and helpful, protective and supportive. It is the terrorist organizations that must be ferreted out and brought down.”
“We are people of peace. We are followers of the Christ who was and is the Prince of Peace. But there are times when we must stand up for right and decency, for freedom and civilization, just as Moroni rallied his people in his day to the defense of their wives, their children, and the cause of liberty.” – Prophet Gordon B. Hinckley
Let us remember to be unified as a nation, love one another, serve within our communities, and do all of this without gender, cultural, racial, or religious exclusion. Everyone is a child of God and deserves to be treated as one. God loves all of us individually and we should support each other in becoming better and happier brothers and sisters through Him.
Let us also remember that opposition gives righteousness the ability to exist. In the Book of Mormon, 2 Nephi chapter 2 verses 13 and 14 state:
“And if ye shall say there is no law, ye shall also say there is no sin. If ye shall say there is no sin, ye shall also say there is no righteousness. And if there be no righteousness there be no happiness. And if there be no righteousness nor happiness there be no punishment nor misery. And if these things are not there is no God. And if there is no God we are not, neither the earth; for there could have been no creation of things, neither to act nor to be acted upon; wherefore, all things must have vanished away.
“And now, my sons, I speak unto you these things for your profit and learning; for there is a God, and he hath created all things, both the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are, both things to act and things to be acted upon.”
Opposition allows us to appreciate life and have true happiness. Although some of the deepest sorrows felt are those of losing a loved one, or suffer from a physical disability, The Atonement truly heals those wounds and allows us to push forward in life with more hope, faith, and purpose. The Atonement of Jesus Christ includes His crucifixion, as well as His suffering in the garden of Gethsemane for each and every one of our sins, sorrows, and pain. Because of this marvelous act of sacrifice, we can overcome both sin (which is spiritual death) as well as physical death, when our spirit is separated from our body. Just as Jesus Christ resurrected after His death, we will also be resurrected and be made perfect. By “perfect” i mean that our bodies and spirits will be united once again, and we will not longer have any physical challenges. In the Book of Mormon, Alma 40:23 states:
“The soul shall be restored to the body, and the body to the soul; yea, and every limb and joint shall be restored to its body; yea, even a hair of the head shall not be lost; but all things shall be restored to their proper and perfect frame.”
Therefore, we can look forward with hope to that day where we will no longer suffer from physical pain or challenges. We can know that our loved ones who have suffered physical and mental disabilities all of their lives can finally rest and be made perfect through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
In the words of Paul:
Let us “[rejoice] in hope; [be] patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;” (Romans 12:12)
Remember to be kind. Remember to be patient. Remember to be believing. Remember to forgive. Remember to love. Remember to repent. Remember to be humble. Remember to be strong. And, most importantly, remember who you are to God. Take power from those ideas, and be a proactive positive influence in the lives of those that surround you!