Saturday, October 8, 2011

Sifting through cultural clutter

This week in class we have focused on social class and cultural diversity. The family not only affects those directly associated within the family, rather it influences society or groups to which we belong. There are many social groups in our society that try to persuade us to conform to their status. Learning about the different social classes was an eye opener. I realized how Satan strives to persuade us to think that we are suppose to be apart of these classes and to look upon the worlds standards to make us feel accepted. What a false teaching this is! We are all unique individuals to our Savior. He made us 
individually and loves us all no matter what or who we are.
President Uchtdorf taught us at the past General Relief society meeting just how important each of us are to our loving Father in Heaven:
Sisters, where ever you are, whatever your circumstances by be, you are not forgotten. No matter how dark your days may seem, no matter how insignificant you may feel, no matter how overshadowed you think you may be, your Heavenly Father has not forgotten you. In fact, He loves you with an infinite love. Just think of it: You are known and remembered by the most majestic, powerful and glorious Being in the universe! You are loved by the King of infinite space and everlasting time! He who crated and knows the stars knows you and your name- you are the daughters of His kingdom.
May we always remember these significant words! We do not need to look for outside sources for comfort and acceptance because we mean the world to our Savior.
There are so many aspects that make up culture. An aspect of Culture that I never gave much thought to, is that we each have our own family culture. Even though we might all have similarities such as religion, places we live, or belonging to a certain race. We all can have similar standards and beliefs but we might have different ideas or customs that we can each contribute to society as a whole. This is important to remember when we are married because we both have different backgrounds and customs that we each bring into the marriage. Sometimes we will have to come to an alliance on a certain situation, or tradition. It is so great that we have some many aspects of culture that we can learn from. It is important that we are respectful of what others customs are. We should not judge or take offense in anyway because we are all here to teach and learn from each other.

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