Let’s Spread Love

There seems to be enough hate to go around in the world.  Let’s spread a little love.

A couple of days ago, there was an online poll started to find out “the top 20 most profound books that have touched people’s lives.”  Obviously, for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, that book is unquestionably the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ.  Word spread quickly, and we all voted for the Book of Mormon, and it was fun to see it rise from No. 25 on the chart to No. 1 in a very short period of time.

Then something interesting happened.  Deseret News did a little story about the Book of Mormon reaching the number one spot on the list of life-changing books. Immediately, people who hate the Mormon people began voting for the most vile books they could find in order to bury the Book of Mormon in the stats.  It wasn’t long until it dropped to the number four position.  As of this evening, the owners of the site have taken it down.  They must have realized that this had turned into a hate campaign.

I suppose we could all get upset by this, but no one that I’ve seen on the internet seems to be riled up about it.  We are quite used to “feeling the love” from people who have an ax to grind with the Church.  We understand that we are a “peculiar” people.  We understand that there are people out there who don’t like us for whatever reason.  While we are saddened by their conduct, it doesn’t surprise us because it happens so often.

It occurs to me that there is a lot of hate in this world, and I don’t want to be part of that whole scenario.  I don’t want to belittle others, or get in their face, or bully them, or argue with them, or try to torment them.  I want to spread love.  So my challenge to you today is to go out and say something nice to someone today–or give service to someone.  Spread a little love.  Smile and make someone happy.  Be kind to a stranger.  Let’s purge the hate and spread the love!

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