A close relative of mine wrote me the other day about the various things she’s doing in her life.
She is gardening and hanging out with the great grandchildren who live near her. Then she mentioned that she’s excited to try and work at the LDS temple near her home.
Honestly? I’m really happy for her.
This particular relative has had a lot of suffering in her life, including the loss of a child.
She has accepted that I’m no longer LDS and been fairly open and tolerant (as people her age usually go).
I’m not sure exactly what she’ll do if she works in the temple. It is true that there might be other things that she could do that would better serve humanity. But, there are other things that I could be doing that would better serve humanity. I think if this is something that will make her happy, then I support her in it.
She and I may disagree about our beliefs, or even some of our activities. But we can find common ground because of mutual respect.