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What Serving a Mormon Mission Taught Me About Religious Respect

September 06, 2013
source: Deseret News

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MR says: Wonderful article, and timely considering the importance of interfaith cooperation. Includes 5 principles that show respect for others' beliefs.

Having been a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I’ve learned a thing or two about tolerance and respect for religious belief. It took me a while, but I learned to respect personal belief. Whether the people I met were Catholic, LDS, Buddhist or atheist, it didn’t matter. I respected them. As I learned, I came to understand five great ways to show that I respected people and their beliefs.

Listen

One of the first things I learned was that I had to understand people's views and beliefs. If I wanted to understand, I had to listen — I mean really listen. Not just hear the words flowing from their lips but actually comprehend what was being. This is a part of communication and a good foundation for the exchange I would have with my brothers and sisters from other faiths.

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