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One but Not the Same

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Moses 7:18 describes a Zion people as being of "one heart and one mind." And Mosiah 18:21 shares that when organizing the church, Alma commanded the people to "look forward with one eye, having one faith and one baptism." All this talk of oneness leads some people to believe that we are all supposed to be the same in thought and personality. That belief can scare away people from accepting the gospel. President Uchtdorf set the record straight in his talk during the priesthood session of the April 2013 General Conference:
But while the Atonement is meant to help us all become more like Christ, it is not meant to make us all the same. Sometimes we confuse differences in personality with sin. We can even make the mistake of thinking that because someone is different from us, it must mean they are not pleasing to God. This line of thinking leads some to believe that the Church wants to create every member from a single mold—that each one should look, feel, think, and behave like every other. This would contradict the genius of God, who created every man different from his brother, every son different from his father. Even identical twins are not identical in their personalities and spiritual identities.

It also contradicts the intent and purpose of the Church of Jesus Christ, which acknowledges and protects the moral agency—with all its far-reaching consequences—of each and every one of God’s children. As disciples of Jesus Christ, we are united in our testimony of the restored gospel and our commitment to keep God’s commandments. But we are diverse in our cultural, social, and political preferences.

The Church thrives when we take advantage of this diversity and encourage each other to develop and use our talents to lift and strengthen our fellow disciples.
What make the Saints one are our testimonies and commitment to God. Combined with our individual strengths and differences that bring diversity and new perspectives, we are better able to help each other come closer to Christ. The aforementioned scriptures reveal this truth also: both show how the people cared for and loved one another, thus uniting them as one.

Challenge: Instead of judging other people for their differences, compliment them on how their unique thoughts and qualities strengthen and unite your ward.

Comments

DAD said…
I love you so much and you are exceptional
Anonymous said…
The article you gave about being united was excellent. Being united strengthens our testimony and helps protect us from temptations.
Constance

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