- In the Church, in spite of our differences, the Lord expects us to be one! He said in the Doctrine and Covenants, “Be one; and if ye are not one ye are not mine.”
He offers advice about finding things we have in common instead of focusing on areas where we are different.
- As we all enter a meetinghouse to worship as a group, we should leave behind our differences, including race, social status, political preferences, and academic and professional achievements, and instead concentrate on our common spiritual objectives.
As members of the church and followers of the Savior, our words and actions should be consistent with allowing the atonement to change people for the better. We should not be placing barriers in peoples ways to make changes in their lives or hold them down from changing their lives. The atonement allows all of us to change and become something more than we are today.
- We have no right to portray anybody, including from our Church circle, as a badly finished product! Rather, our words about our fellow beings should reflect our belief in Jesus Christ and His Atonement and that, in Him and through Him, we can always change for the better!
Uniting ourselves in the church will allow us to have the spirit with us. This will then allow us to find unity with our Heavenly Father and the Savior. If we can find unity with others in the church, we will be blessed for our efforts to invite others to unite with us.
- As we decide to be one with the members and leaders of the Church—both when we’re assembled together and especially when we are apart—we will also feel more perfectly united with our Heavenly Father and the Savior.
Elder Koch gave a few examples of ways that we can resist criticizing our church leaders and instead offer our sustaining support to them when they struggle. Not everyone will be perfect all the time and we are challenged to make sure that we are not putting people down, or making their struggles worse by being part of the criticizing crowd that puts them down. Our church leaders need our support and when we can become one with them and support them in their callings, the spirit will be stronger in our lives and we will become part of making our wards stronger.