From: Mitchell Knightly, Abbottsville Stake President
Subject: Avoiding self-righteousness
Recently a stake member asked the following question. I felt that all of you should hear my response.
Dear President Knightly,
I work downtown amongst the nonmember community. Every day I am confronted with slovenly and scantily dressed people who listen to NPR, watch R-rated films, and discuss taboo subjects like marriage equality. I know that Heavenly Father doesn't want me to judge my fellow man. But, under such circumstances, I am finding it impossible not to do so. Have you any advice?
It's Hard To Be Humble
Dear It's Hard To Be Humble,
We live in a world that is filled with filth. It is only natural that people who are blessed with our advanced knowledge and high moral values be tempted to judge the nonmember community.
But remember that even the lowest, scummiest, and most slovenly nonmember has the potential for greatness. Given the opportunity, he could be like us!
In order to avoid the sin of self-righteousness, whenever I am among nonmembers, I see them not as they are, but as Heavenly Father would have them become. That is, well-groomed, clean-shaven, engaged in fervent prayer, and dressed in their temple clothes.
If you would like to stop receiving these emails, you're obviously falling way short of your potential.