I am ashamed to admit that I continue to hold onto prejudices toward different races. My thoughts are not consistent with what I want myself to be. The monster inside continues to rage, but I am beginning to see it for what it truly is.
I watch three little girls during the week. They have a unique family heritage, both of their parents were born and raised in Ghana, Africa. One day they they will return to live in Ghana.
These girls are very special to me. They teach me lessons every day about love, laughter, and consistency. They are sweet to the Queen and include her in everything they do. The Queen and the youngest, Little Lion (10 months), follow each other everywhere. They play, eat, and babble back and forth to each other.
The outside world is fraught with hatred. Prejudice has not disappeared, despite the many attempts to squelch it. Perhaps the reason has to do tolerance.
We are taught tolerance in school. The dictionary defines tolerance as “a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions, practices, race, religion, nationality, etc., differ from one’s own.” Using this definition, I learned to be “fair” to those who are different from me. That does not mean I learned to erase my own prejudices.
Deep within my heart, I continue to clutch onto my impure (yes impure, think about it) thoughts. I have developed tolerance, but I have not developed the attribute that is most important: charity.
Paul teaches us that charity “does not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil…Charity never faileth…” (1 Cor. 13: 5; 8).
Mormon further testifies of the power in charity.
“Wherefore, my beloved brethren, if ye have not charity, ye are nothing, for charity never faileth. Wherefore, cleave unto charity, which is the greatest of all, for all things must fail—
“But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever, and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him.” (Moroni 7 : 46-47)
My only hope of purging the prejudices from myself is through charity. In fact, the only way of exterminating the damning affects of prejudice from society is by becoming like Christ and developing charity.
Watching the three girls everyday has helped me learn more about the nature of my deeply rooted evil thoughts. It has furthered my desire to develop charity.
The Queen has no prejudices. She is free from those evil influences. She loves the girls and only knows of their innocent and lovely personalities. May I become more like her.