One of the articles of my faith states, “We claim the privilege of worshiping the Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all the same privilege. Let them worship how where or what they may.”
Today, I would like to explain what this means to me.
The story is told how Jesus visited a Pharisee named Simon during his earthly ministry. A woman who had done many sins came in and washed his feet with her tears and her hair, then applied precious ointment. Simon was disgusted by the woman’s actions, and surprised that Jesus allowed it. In his gentle way, Jesus taught Simon, who was himself a very pious man, that the woman’s method of showing love for her Savior was different but not wrong.
Sometimes when members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints profess that we belong to the only true church on earth today, our friends of other faiths may feel that we believe their methods of worship are not sincere. This is not so!
Worship is a personal thing, and should always be.
Joshua 24:15 states, “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; … but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” I would add if it seem evil unto you how I serve the Lord, choose you this day how you will serve; and as for me and my house, we will serve according to our own conscience.
I write about, with, for, and around kids all day. (Well, maybe I do the dishes too. Sometimes.)