“As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.
“And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
“Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
“That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me” (John 17:18–21).
We are commanded to be united with each other in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are shown how to be one with each other, by following Jesus Christ’s example of love and obedience. There is a peace and freedom in this one principle of the Gospel Plan that allows us to be reunited in Heaven from whence we came. Our Heavenly Father desires us to receive these blessings and more.
We must work to change our natural inclinations to selfishness and disobedience. As we give of our time, talents and possessions we are sanctified to be more sharing, more caring and more Christlike. Pride may fight with our need to be obedient, but change is needed there also. We cannot receive the blessings of unity alone but need to cooperate with others and those we are working with will also receive the blessings promised.
President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency gave a talk at October 2008 General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called “Our Hearts Knit as One” Just one month before the First Presidency message in September’s The Ensign Magazine was “Be One“. This is a very timely and important message for today, a time when there is much strife and discord in the world.
I submit this to the World Wide Web and any who may read these words as an invitation to join the Church and unite with others to follow Jesus Christ. His atonement is the means to change ourselves as much as may be needed to fall into the likeness and example given by Christ. The rewards are immediate and eternal in nature. Peace and freedom now and an eternal home in Heaven are just a portion of our blessings for obedience and unity with other saints, our families and most importantly Heavenly Father.