I recently attended a conference where topics relating to Mormonism were being discussed. For a different project I decided that I would record myself asking questions to some of the people I met in the halls. One of my questions was “What is one of your favorite aspects of Mormonism?” I was so impressed by the responses, and one of the responses that I most loved was the amount of people who answered by saying community is their favorite part. Mormonism offers something special in regards to community, which I believe is so important due to the need that we all have to belong.
I believe that it is so vital that we recognize that particularly in the church, we all need each other. It can be so easy to fall into clicks, and to only associate with those who are like us, but I believe the Gospel pushes us towards something different. It pushes us to reaching for those who need our help vs. moving quickly along in order to do a different good. The gospel pushes us away from selfishness and I believe that if we take it seriously we will be able to learn how to better live and love.
Sister Oscarson has taught us that “The fact of the matter is, we really and truly need each other. Women naturally seek friendship, support, and companionship. We have so much to learn from one another, and we often let self-imposed barriers keep us from enjoying associations which could be among the greatest blessings in our lives….If there are barriers, it is because we ourselves have created them. We must stop concentrating on our differences and look for what we have in common; then we can begin to realize our greatest potential and achieve the greatest good in this world.”