Elder Soares asks for love, acceptance of diversity in Church video

In a recent video released by the Church, Elder Ulisses Soares of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke about the importance of loving and accepting all people.

“As good ministers … of Jesus Christ, we should understand and have empathy for every person,” he said at the beginning of the clip.

Reflecting on his own upbringing, Elder Soares shared memories of his parents and how they were good people, but struggled with some “habits that came from the world.” According to Elder Soares, it was caring and accepting members of the Church that ultimately kept his parents active.

“When we understand people and their conditions and their circumstances, we tend to act in love — we tend to embrace them according to their needs,” he said. “This is all about ministering.”

Elder Soares added that appreciating each other’s differences and accepting them is what it means to live the gospel.

“Every person has their own way of thinking, and we should respect that,” he said. “We should just love people and respect the way they think, the way they live and embrace them. That’s what the gospel of Jesus Christ is.”

The apostle also encouraged others to look for an opportunity to serve and to share the love of the Savior with those around them.

“This is not about us. This is not about me or about you,” he said. “It is about what the Savior Jesus Christ wants to accomplish through our service and that’s why the Lord gives us the opportunity to serve. … We just help people to feel the Savior’s love.”

Watch the video on lds.org.