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On May 16th, President Russell. M Nelson warned Young adults about labels and to be careful with how they are used. We see in our everyday lives the importance that the world places on labels like gender, sexual identity, race, political affiliation, etc., and how individuals mold themselves purely based on these identities. These identities give a sense of community and security when in reality it creates limiting beliefs about one's self.
“The adversary rejoices in labels because they divide us and restrict the way we think about ourselves and each other,” Nelson said. “How sad it is when we honor labels more than we honor each other. Labels can lead to judging and animosity. Any abuse or prejudice towards another because of nationality, race, sexual orientation, gender, educational degrees, culture or other significant identifiers is offensive to our maker.”
“If you identify yourself by your political affiliation, you will instantly be categorized as having certain beliefs — though I don’t know anyone who believes everything that their preferred political party presently embraces,” Nelson said. “...Some might label me as an ‘old man.’ But I’m a lot younger than Adam was and Noah, too. Ageism, racism, nationalism, sexism and a host of other ‘isms’ are universally limiting.”
President Nelson emphasized that the most important label that we should ever assign ourselves is a child of God. What are your thoughts on this? Let us know in the comments.
More than 24,000 young adults attended the meeting in person, packing the center as well as the Tabernacle and Assembly Hall on a Temple Square undergoing major renovations. A choir made up of young members from Utah Valley filled the loft usually occupied by The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square. To read more about it, click here: https://www.sltrib.com/
Jun 14, 2022
When " I " was 11 years in age," I"recall and kept close the words of “My” Earthly Father; “Hold close to your heart and never forget” after, “My” first vision of “My” Jesus Christ.
I said to my Dad;“Daddy, I saw Jesus”
In the vision we’re many words, visual setting, emotion, yet, the lasting and most importantly are these words and his actions. Jesus with the black lamb (he personally carried ) walked into toward the sheep as they surrounded about him, and placed down the lamb into the center, as he walked out and back to where I was sitting upon the rock, as, the sheep closed in (surrounding) the lamb. Jesus then sat upon a higher rock close to me and with his hand he waved over in to the direction of the Flock and said;" All of Them Count".
This is the first of many teaching experiences, others follow with more instruction.
I knew from that day on their is a difference when labeling (indentation) VS testimony (Lord shall always make known unto you of things that are important) and (To know, has a confirmation of assurance)
Example: To say;" I know" this " I cannot deny" Jesus Christ, as others may, as sure as I know my birth parents or what I ate for breakfast this very morning.
When I share a Noun, in effort to identify a fact, it is based on learned behaviors, example:“The lamb was black” in spiritual sense the Lord made known to me that it was not reference to color of skin, yet, it was in reference to light and dark .. it was not even based on good or bad, or sin or innocence.
When, I hear someone use “MY” Lord’s name in a manner that is strong language, I feel spiritually and whole hearty along with a physical pain, emotional grief … This is the same pain I experienced when I was 11, and Jesus in my vision was looking for something, at the time, I did not know what, and asked him to tell me so I could help him, as the pain I was wanting to ease was my own, as I felt … As, he walked away, the cold- clammy and dark Hollow emptiness. When he returned with a lamb and closer he came back into my presence, the exceeded joy, warm light, and peace beyond any words could describe, I understood that moment… Labels!
Jun 08, 2022
Oh! This is the BEST thing I have ever read on labeling—ourselves and others! Labels are so limiting and, therefore, very sad.