”How can I enjoy church when I’m having issues with people there?”
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    “How can I enjoy church when I’m having issues with people there?” New Era, Feb. 2020, 44–45.

    Questions & Answers

    How can I enjoy church when I’m having issues with people there?

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    You Can Control Only Yourself

    I can’t control those around me, even other members, but I can control myself and how I react to the situations. I realized that going to church was between me and God, not between me and anybody else. I reminded myself that it wasn’t fair to God or to myself to stop living the gospel.

    Erica Y., 18, Hawaii, USA

    Respect Everyone

    We all have different backgrounds and different upbringings. You never know what people are going through.

    Logan B., 15, Oregon, USA

    Talk to Your Leaders

    You shouldn’t be going to church because of a person. You should be going because of your belief in Christ. I would also recommend talking to your bishop.

    Asher D., 15, Washington, USA

    Love as Jesus Did

    Jesus Christ said, “Love one another; as I have loved you.  … By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples” (John 13:34–35). This helped me understand that I have to love others no matter who they are, just as the Savior loves me, even with all my imperfections and mistakes.

    Ema F., 15, Chaco, Argentina

    Enjoy Your Ward Family

    Even though I have struggled with feelings of hurt or resentment associated with Church members, I’ve realised more and more how much people there care about me. It has helped me to enjoy church because of the joy my ward family brings me. There will always be people there who love you.

    Sophia D., 16, Bristol, England