The catastrophic ongoing Syrian civil war has forced millions of their citizens out of their own country and to seek refuge from the European Union. The refugees are accepted in several countries but for others, they are treated as ISIS terrorists, disallowed into those other few certain countries. Syrian refugees who are already in dire situation, are treated with even more cold hostility since the terrorist attacks in France.
Donald Trump, the GOP presidential candidate for 2016, suggested for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States after another terrorist attack at the Brussels airport.
But is it unfair to treat Muslim refugees or simply just by being a Muslim, like terrorists because of their religion?
The Mormons, however, have a different teaching in life. They believe in being kind and showing empathy towards strangers. Founded in 1800s, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints have over 15 million Mormons devoted to Mormonism.
"Look around your neighborhood, school, workplace, and other places you frequent for those who might need your help and love," said the I Was a Stranger campaign's guiding principles. "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in."
Whether it was by smaller gestures like offering a drink or a meal, or even giving a place to stay to strangers, the campaign teaches their practioners to show empathy towards those seeking refuge away from their own country. They also teach their fellow Mormons to help the refuges understand their new found cultures and help them embrace it.
Apart from that, other Mormons can also volunteer in other opportunities that the campaign provides such as helping refugees in their own town or communities.
It is very inspiring to see mormons bringing together all types of religions, especially in times where true terrorists uses religion as a force to divide people up. They have proven that religion is about good teachings and learning to coincide with one another, regardless of race language or religion.