One of the many benefits of interfaith community is sharing and learning from one another. Over the years of interacting through the Casey Multifaith Network, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association have developed a friendship that goes beyond the confinements of meetings and get-togethers. Visits to each other’s places of worship, sharing meals together, and visiting one another in our homes are all part of this extension of friendship.

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The women of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints have been generous hosts to the ladies of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association on two recent occasions.  On 26 February 2011, six youth members from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association along with the President of the Ladies Auxiliary of the association, Mrs. Kaukab Nasir visited with two youth members and their mentor from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

The objective of this visit was not only to enhance our friendship, but also to take our understanding about each other’s faiths to the next level.  Members from both faiths had the opportunity to participate in a discussion about their basic beliefs and reached the conclusion that we have a lot more in common than we realize. The girls also shared some refreshments which were prepared by all the participants.

Similarly, on 1 June 2011, 9 ladies of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association were invited by the women of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  This occasion once again provided with the unique of opportunity of sharing our beliefs with one another and realizing that the similarities far exceed the differences.

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Women of both faiths exchanged answers to pre-formatted questions, read from the Scriptures, and prayed together.  A tour of the church was organized by the hosts.  A light lunch was also served.  All the participants had a memorable afternoon of loving, sharing and laughing together.

Both these occasions bore testimony to the fact that interfaith harmony leads to a peaceful culture and the world needs more of such exchanges.

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