Accepting Foreign Food: Why Being Different is A Superpower

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Imagine this. You’re at a restaurant and the waiter plops a huge rounded plate in front of you. Festering on this plastic plate is a steaming pile of- something, that is dowsed in a thick sauce which smells like a mix between French and Chinese. Every color in the eastern hemisphere of the color spectrum is present and vibrant. And to top it all off, the waiter decided to give you a pair of chopsticks and a slotted spoon to use as utensils.

You may be wondering, ‘how on earth am I supposed to eat this?’ It’s extremely unfamiliar yet unnervingly familiar all at once, making this a situation you want to escape from. You contemplate how it will taste, and even more lamentable- will it even digest well?

You might look like the cute candy picture up above.

Sometimes, things that we depict as weird or strange or even wrong can seem like this disgusting plate of food I just described in gruesome detail. Have you felt that way about something new or something in opposition to your views or beliefs?

Friends, family, soon to be friends, I want to talk about acceptance.

Acceptance can be a sensitive topic. In our most recent General Conference, several, if not all, of the Church leadership exhorted us to uproot any sort of divergence within our communities, within the Church, and within our families. Everything would be so much better if we were just a bit more, unified, don’t you think? More love, less distaste. Support, not inattentiveness.

I’ve struggled with acceptance of other mindsets (and still do, sometimes). Different mindsets. Thinking processes that are different than mine. “Why do they do that?” is a floating question in my subconscious that just loves to be fished out and dangled in front of my reluctant conscious until I’ve had enough. I hate that I do this. I’m a naturally curious person, but like the saying goes, every virtue can be a vice. I’ve been working hard to get rid of it for many years and I can trace some of my great success to a good friend. In fact, she was a past missionary companion of mine!

Differences Generate Unity

One muggy night in Leesburg Florida, my companion and I sat on the matted, filthy carpet in our two-story townhouse. We were about to conduct something called a ‘companion inventory’. This conversation is somewhat of a full disclosure that all missionary companionships do once a week. Actually, because of these inventories, I learned some great communication and relationship skills. We would spend an hour or so communicating our thoughts, feelings, and ideas in a safe space with no judgement or offense. It was very refreshing!

Early into our time serving together, we acknowledged that we were different people. Sometimes there would be miscommunication and our understanding of one another became more complicated. As unfortunate as that was we were able to solve many issues through meaningful talks and some occasional walks around the block. (I’m sorry, I had to)

Well, on this muggy, Florida night we got on the topic of:

  • Perspective
  • Appreciation
  • Understanding
  • Differences
  • Communication

Basically, accepting foreign food.

But before I get into that, I want to talk about the woman that inspired this blog post!

Her name is Sister Sharon Eubank and she is the First Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. In a recent talk from this October General Conference, she delivered a short but poignant sermon about unity.

The talk was titled “By Union of Feeling, We Obtain Power with God.” Just that title alone is what was so powerful about this talk! Amongst the handful of topics she touched on, I was drawn to her emphasis of Zion.

All Christians have heard of Zion. Zion is many things; it’s that mountain King Solomon built his temple upon in the Old Testament, the joy of the Saints in all time periods, the Savior’s eventual kingdom, etc. etc. It’s spoken of in every single book of scripture in the Church of Jesus Christ. It is mostly described as a physical and geographical place, but is very much so, underneath it all, an abstract and more personal space. That is, our hearts.

 And the Lord called his people Zion, because they were of one heart and one mind, and dwelt in righteousness; and there was no poor among them.

Moses 7:18 [emphasis added]

One heart and one mind. That, my friends is unity.

The unity I was learning to develop with my companion helped us become best friends! After some prayer and counselling with one another, we began to portray feelings toward one another similar to the people of Zion. And those feelings were: charity, faith, admiration, humility, and hope, to name a few. Isn’t that the same way we should feel toward God? Toward our neighbors and enemies?

Sister Olsen (now Jenna) and I learned to accept the different things about one another because we cared about something substantially more than our egos, ideals, or traditions. We cared about one another and together our purpose was knit together like one of those homemade blankets. Blended, united, and super soft.

How to Accept Foreign Food

Take it one day at a time. Take it little by little. Allow that person to be who they are. Love them for who they simply are.

As I mentioned before, it’s understanding to be confused or upset about different opinions or viewpoints. It gets harder the older you get. You like the things you know and that’s that!

But it’s very possible. It’s more than possible, in fact, it’s our very potential as God’s children!

Throughout the months I’ve thought of this analogy very, very often while creating and rebuilding relationships. The world is full of a plethora of people. We weren’t meant to be the same. And that’s okay.

One with You. One with God.

That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

JOHN 17:21

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That we may be one with each other is vital. Because being one with you is being one with God. “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these [your] brethren, ye have done it unto [Him, even God].” Matthew 25:40

Let’s not allow differences to create indifferences amongst one another. It isn’t worth it.

I personally came to know for myself the powers of unity and love and they are dynamic and powerful! They will change the World if we will allow it to as well as generate it in our communities, Church, and families. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Happy Halloween!


Living Water

Jesus Christ, Canva, Christianity, Poetry, Praise God.


Can you imagine if the world were anew
The weather be arid, the greenery parched?
I assume we’d grow cold of clouds if they arched
As if to pour down the rain, letting heaven in view.
In order to eat, preservation would be keen.
Most of diet would be meat and plenty of starch.

Our souls just as heavy as the sand on our feet,
We may wonder where to turn for fresh water.
A father would turn to his son or daughter,
And plead for relief or replete.
Yet, I know that in such harsh circumstance
A God of love would provide LIVING water.

A refreshment so clean, radiant, and pure
It would never grow stale or dry!
This living water is given by He, the Utmost High,
The Son of God, our very own Savior.
He died for you and every victim,
His name is Jesus Christ.

So when you feel parched as if in a desert
And the dunes seem to not end at all,
I implore you to seek out that vibrant well!
You will not seek long, for He is not covert.
You’re eldest brother, the Great Messiah
Is prepared to aid your desperate call.

-Diyana Love, 사랑-

Pass Along Love

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It is so chaotic right now. A lot of fear and uncertainty is being shared around social media. People are sending chains about COVID-19 and the horrible affects that have come as a result.


I want to focus on love. We could share all of the deaths around the globe and cases in our immediate area, but we could also share love.


We could pass along LOVE instead of fear, death, and sadness. Send a message to someone you love. Take time to pray with and for your family. Read the scriptures!


In the middle of it all is Christ. He knows what He is doing. And He will provide a way.


Jesus once told His prophet Nephi, that He would provide the way for Nephi, to build a ship to cross the Atlantic.


I formatted it to apply to March 2020:

“…I will also be your light in the [chaos]; and I will prepare the way before you, if it so be that ye shall keep my commandments; wherefore, inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments ye shall be led to[peace and joy]; and ye shall know that it is by me that ye are led.”
[1 Nephi 17:13]


#HearHim in the chaos. Seek out His whisper and hone in to the light He provides.

Revelation is Waiting at Your Door

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The heavens are opened again! God is communicating with us, with YOU!


An apostle once said that sometimes we imagine that all of God’s blessings are packed up in some cloud, refusing to rain down on us. [Elder Uchtdorf, “Living the Gospel Joyful” October 2014 General Conference]


Do you feel this way, too? I know I do sometimes.
A prophet of the Lord will speaks on behalf of our welfare and joy, ultimate and lasting happiness, and this because the heavens are not sealed but pouring their plenteous blessings on us daily.


Today I felt impressed to share with you the prophet Joseph Smith’s experience. He saw God the Father and Jesus Christ in 1820 as a 14 hear old boy. He saw them in the flesh.

Joseph Smith learned for himself that God was real, that He knows us by name, that He knows our hearts and can answer the questions we have, and that God wants us to follow His commandments His way.

Below I pasted what the prophet Joseph said in his own words. Listen to the feelings you receive. I invite you to pray to God and ask Him a question that has been in your heart. I promise you with my witness that God the Father and Jesus Christ are REAL and that they KNOW YOU. They will answer you and I know that you will feel more complete when you do so. Seek to be complete!


“After I had retired to the place where I had previously designed to go, having looked around me, and finding myself alone, I kneeled down and began to offer up the desires of my heart to God. I had scarcely done so, when immediately I was seized upon by some power which entirely overcame me, and had such an astonishing influence over me as to bind my tongue so that I could not speak. Thick darkness gathered around me, and it seemed to me for a time as if I were doomed to sudden destruction.
But, exerting all my powers to call upon God to deliver me out of the power of this enemy which had seized upon me, and at the very moment when I was ready to sink into despair and abandon myself to destruction—not to an imaginary ruin, but to the power of some actual being from the unseen world, who had such marvelous power as I had never before felt in any being—just at this moment of great alarm, I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me.
It no sooner appeared than I found myself delivered from the enemy which held me bound. When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!”