Today, during my walk with my friend, I was able to share with him how wonderful it was to sing in the tabernacle. Six hundred of us were able to sing to more than 3,000 people, and share with them a story which many of them had never heard before. That was a wonderful experience. He mentioned that maybe the LDS Church may gain some converts as a result of our performance. I certainly hope so.
I also shared with him our visit by the missionaries last week. One of the major topics which was discussed during this visit was that other churches probably worship the same God, but they just call Him by a different name. Allah, the God of Islam, is probably the same God whom we worship. The Tao of Buddhism is probably a manifestation of the power of the Holy Ghost.
He also brought up a book which he has been reading about Science, Magic, and Religion, and the similarities between those different points of view. I wondered how Magic encourages one to be selfless. Later, I imagined that a true magician becomes one with the moment.
Although, of course, I am glad that I have my religion, because I know that it teaches me how to be with God. For, as it says in Alma 38:1, “inasmuch as ye shall keep the commandments of God ye shall prosper in the land; and inasmuch as ye will not keep the commandments of God ye shall be cut off from his presence”. The final topic which my friend and I shared was that it is up to us to tune into, and receive, God’s messages.