Several years ago, I was able to go to Utah and attend Women's Conference on the BYU Campus. It was an amazing experience and I loved it. One of the things you can choose to do there is to participate in a virtual choir.
If you sign up, you are sent the music to learn on your own. Then, on the first day of the conference, you show up two hours early to practice the songs you have learned. At some point in the program, the choir sings the songs they are practiced. It is quite an overwhelming experience!
It even sounds good, so that makes it especially eventful. Every single woman there, singing one of four parts that they learned on their own time and in their own small corner of the world. Those parts blended into a perfect harmony that fills me with joy.
There is so much hate in the world today. So many who feel oppressed and trodden upon. I love the above thought by Jeffrey R. Holland. It reminds me that we were each born to be different.
We each get to stand out in our own unique ways. I am not the same as anyone else.
If I want to belong to something where everyone is exactly the same, I am living in the wrong place for that. Every single on of us have differences. Some of them are visible to others. Some of them are only visible to ourselves. Some of them are physical, some are emotional, some are mental. But we all have differences. We are unique sons and daughters of a loving Heavenly Father.
When I hear about people who are oppressed or treated differently, I can't help but wonder how that makes Heavenly Father feel. He created all of us. He loves each one of us. He blesses us and walks with us and wants us to love one another the way that He does.
He doesn't ever ask us to become like anyone else. He just wants us to become His.