This week we talked a lot about class, diversity and culture. When we think about what kind of social class a person is in, we usually think of the following: money, income, education, home, neighborhood, toys (cars, ATVs, snowmobiles, etc), name, appearance, friends and associates, occupation, etc. We could keep going on. Isn't it true though? Then our teacher had a split into pairs and asked us, what is your socioeconomic class? Thinking about where I grew up and the income that my parents had, I put down low middle class. I'm from a small town in Wisconsin. There are lots of farmers and small business owners. Usually if you make a decent pay, you travel outside the town for work. I placed my family at the lower end of the middle class spectrum. My family doesn't have "toys" or a big house. We get what we need, with some to spare. My parents are frugal. I think that's where I get it from.
I think sometimes we judge others for what they have or don't have. I think the lesson that is pulled out of this, is not to judge others. So many times I have caught myself thinking poorly about someone who has all the luxuries or who doesn't have any. I have thought about myself as being a higher than others. My dad serves as the Stake President back home. Knowing that, I would use it to do things. I thought that since I was his daughter, it gave me special privileges. But in all reality it doesn't. I think it also is important to understand that everyone comes from a different background. We each have our own experiences that has shaped our own "culture" and class. Whether or not we have the name or have the money, we all are loved by our Heavenly Father. We are part of His class and that's all that matters.