Governor Cox of Utah is the Chair of the National Governor's Association. Governor Polis of Colorado is the Vice Chair. Cox is a Republican, and Polis is a Democrat. Together they are promoting an initiative called Disagree Better.https://www.nga.org/disagree-better/
I absolutely love what they're doing in the political realm.
They tweeted about how to have a pleasant Thanksgiving dinner despite political differences.
It is refreshing to see politicians modeling a way to disagree without being disagreeable.
We can apply similar principles to discussions/debates within the context of the Restoration. Critics and believers, as well as believers who have different opinions and interpretations, can all get along by pursuing the objectives of clarity, charity, and understanding.
Here's a comment someone sent me recently that epitomizes the problem of Latter-day Saints criticizing one another on a personal level and insisting on their own beliefs without the spirit of clarity, charity and understanding.
"My wife is not a member and as she has observed the people in the church in my life, she has decided not to explore the church anymore. She has told me on a couple occasions that if my parents had been her first encounter with lds people that she would have stayed away from the church altogether because of their pushiness and being unable to accept other peoples' views. It makes me sad when members of the church get excited to preach missionary work trying to convert instead of living the gospel and letting their lives be the teaching tool instead."
Whenever you watch a video, listen to a podcast, or read an article or book, ask yourself if the content promotes clarity, charity and understanding.