"Before I even became a member of the church of which I’m a part right now, I was Muslim, so I grew up Muslim. It is a faith that has taught me to respect everybody the same way, that Christians, Muslims, anybody else. All the same. White, Black, all the same. There’s a saying back home, if you open everybody’s brain, you would notice that we all have the same brain color. Doesn’t matter what color you were, if you open your brain, it all has the same color. What makes a rainbow beautiful? It's not the fact that it has one color, it's the fact that it has many colors. So to me the world is just like the rainbow―it’s just beautiful.
“Just see yourself and put yourself in the shoes of everybody. I served with one companion when I was back in Ghana, back in Africa. He was walking with me one day and he turned and he looked at me and he was like, “You’ll be going to America soon. The way I feel here, you probably don’t know how I feel. I feel like I’m a minority here in Africa. And if you go to America, you might feel like you’re the minority”. And I didn’t understand that until I sat down in a class where I was the only Black person. But everybody didn’t even look at me like I was someone different. I was just the same. So I feel like one thing we need to do is put ourselves in the shoes of others, no matter what it is. Try to understand. Before saying anything or trying to judge, put yourself in the shoes of others and you will understand better.”