2017 was one for the books—specifically my passport book! From watching the “Running of the Bulls” in Pamplona, Spain, to riding camels around the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, I’d say the year was one I’ll never forget. I was blessed to travel to Europe, Africa, and the Middle East on three different trips. Each country I visited has their own language/dialect, delicious recipes, and cultural traditions. But they all had one thing in common: I found houses of worship filled with people of faith, everywhere. On Sunday mornings, the streets of small towns in Spain are quiet as people attend Catholic Mass and take the sacrament of the Eucharist. On Fridays, entire cities pray in Egypt multiple times a day. As I quietly watched others give their full attention to their faith, I was reminded to give my full attention to God. Those minutes with my Heavenly Father were uniquely inspiring. Billions of people in the world are people of faith. As we visit a house of worship for a different faith…

We Learn “The fact that our hearts yearn for something Earth cannot supply is proof that Heaven must be our home.” – C.S. Lewis.

We notice similarities between our beliefs and practices. While I was in Egypt, I realized that Latter-day Saints typically pray five times a day, just like the Egyptians who were praying multiple times a day! We pray when we wake, before we sleep, and at each meal (breakfast, lunch, and dinner).

We are reminded of what makes our faith so special. As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we are blessed with a knowledge of the plan of redemption, living prophets to guide us in modern times, and scriptures to teach us of our Creator and Savior. When I learn of other faiths, I am reminded of my faith and feel more prepared to share the light of Christ with the world. This year, let us share His light and build a world of faith.

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