Dear Donaldson Clan

Dear Donaldson Clan,

You don’t know me but I am good friend’s with Rob. Rather than talk to you about belief systems, ideologies, or other discussions that have been carried out ad nausea throughout the world, I want to take a step back from all of this.

Look at Rob. What do you see? Do you see your brother the organist? your uncle the lawyer? or your son, the father? Do you see his weaknesses? His flaws? His successes? Do you see a man struggling to carry on towards his potential glory? Do you see an ordinary person?

I want you to take a step back and imagine how Christ sees Rob. Is he ordinary or is he a Child of God? A potential god himself that, if you met today you would be tempted to worship (as C.S. Lewis puts it)? If Rob truly is a Son of God then,

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regardless of any other factor or facet of his life then we all should have true charity for him. Love, not “mere tolerance or indulgence which parodies love as flippancy parodies merriment”.

Christ lives in Rob and as such he deserves your unconditional love, the same love that you receive each day from God. As such a love is unconditional your focus should be on Rob, completely without regard to anything else.

Elder Uchtdorf said it brilliantly in April,

I hope that we welcome and love all of God’s children, including those who might dress, look, speak, or just do things differently. It is not good to make others feel as though they are deficient. Let us lift those around us. Let us extend a welcoming hand. Let us bestow upon our brothers and sisters in the Church a special measure of humanity, compassion, and charity so that they feel, at long last, they have finally found home.

I hope and pray that you will look at Rob as the Lord sees him and you will embrace him as your loved one.

~David B. Baker