The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Unity

"We should stand shoulder to shoulder, and let no man divide us, no matter who he may be. It is our duty to bind these people together in the strongest possible manner by the bonds of righteousness, not in iniquity, not by secret combinations, but by the bonds of righteousness; because we are few in number, and it is only by our unity that we can be made strong. Let us maintain unity, brethren and sisters; let us maintain it in the Gospel, maintain it in the ordinances that God requires us to submit to;..."—George Q. Cannon, Journal of Discourses, Vol.25, p.260  

"If you ever secure a union in any family in Zion, if you ever secure that heavenly union which is necessary to exist there, you have got to bind that family together in one, and there has got to be the Spirit of the Lord in the head of that family, and he should possess that light and that intelligence which, if carried out in the daily life and conduct of these individuals, will prove the salvation of that family, for he holds their salvation in his hands."—Teachings of Lorenzo Snow, p.133  

"Our real strength is not so much in our diversity but in our spiritual and doctrinal unity."—Pres. James E. Faust, Conference Report, April 1995, p. 62  

"Within each of us there is an intense need to feel that we belong. This feeling of unity and togetherness comes through the warmth of a smile, a handshake, or a hug, through laughter and unspoken demonstrations of love. It comes in the quiet, reverent moments of soft conversation, and in listening. It comes from a still, small voice reminding us that we are brothers and sisters, the children of a Heavenly Father."—Elder William R. Bradford, Selfless Service, General Conference, October 1987  

"Our individual efforts may be humble and appear somewhat insignificant. But the accumulated good works of all, laboring together with a common purpose, will bring to pass great and wondrous accomplishments. The world will be a better place for our united service. Our people will be a happy people, a blessed people, a people whose shepherd is our Lord, leading us through pastures green and peaceful, if we will walk after His pattern and in His light."—President Gordon B. Hinckley, God Is At The Helm, General Conference, April 1994

"Today we live in times of conflict, dissent, differences of opinion, charges, countercharges, disagreements. There is a need for us, perhaps more than ever before, to reach within ourselves and allow the qualities of mutual respect, mingled with charity and forgiveness; to influence our actions with one another; to be able to disagree without becoming disagreeable; to lower our voices and build on common ground with the realization that once the storm has passed, we will still have to live with one another." - Loren C. Dunn, "Before I Build a Wall," Ensign, May 1991, p. 82

"The requirements for temple attendance do not change from place to place. Where a temple is available, priesthood authority gives no greater or lesser blessings in one place than another. Temple worship is a perfect example of our unity as Church members. All of us answer the same questions of worthiness to enter the temple. In the temple, all the men dress alike. All the women dress alike. We leave the cares of the world behind us as we enter the temple. Everyone receives the same blessings. All make the same covenants. All are equal before the Lord. Yet within our spiritual unity there is wide room for everyone's individuality and expression. In that setting, all are heirs to the kingdom of God. President Howard W. Hunter said it well: 'The key to a unified church is a unified soul, one that is at peace with itself and not given to inner conflicts and tensions.' ("That We Might Have Joy" (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1994), p. 50.)" - James E. Faust, "Finding Light in a Dark World" [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1995], p. 36-37

"With the unity I see increasing, the Lord will be able to perform what the world will think as miraculous. The Saints can accomplish any purpose of the Lord when fully united in righteousness." - Henry B. Eyring, "Our Hearts Knit as One," General Conference, October 2008

"There is one sign which always accompanies the people of God, and when that is absent we cease to be the people of Godunion. Whenever the Latter-day Saints become divided they cease to be the children of God. Whenever you see clashing, division, and strife, and Saint arrayed against Saint, section against section, locality against locality, you may be sure that those who have that spirit and manifest that feeling are not of God. I care not what their professions may be or what their position in the Church may be. I care not what their experience may be if there be this spirit and feeling among us, depend upon it that something is very wrong and there is room for radical change, or the spirit, blessing, and power of God will be withdrawn from us, and His anger will be kindled against us." - George Q. Cannon, July 14, 1889, "Collected Discourses,"
Brian H. Stuy, ed., Volume 1

“The foe is attacking our unity. We in Zion have enjoyed a most uncommon reputation for unity of purpose and achievement. This has come about because it has ever been our disposition to follow and yield obedience to our leaders. Our critics, who have not understood our concepts, who have observed our unanimous voting in sustaining officers, and other evidences of our concerted action, have called it blind obedience, induced by some sort of fear or other compulsion.

“I haven’t time to analyze and point out the false premise of this criticism, but I flatly deny its validity. The obedience we render is voluntary and not blind, but intelligent; and the unity we manifest arises out of a common understanding of our purposes and a common devotion to their achievement. We seek for and enjoy the influence of the Holy Spirit, which, in the larger aspects of life, motivates us all alike. Our unanimity is in response to that Spirit.” - Stephen L Richards, “Conference Report,” October 1951, Morning Meeting, p. 114

“If we are to have unity, there are commandments we must keep concerning how we feel. We must forgive and bear no malice toward those who offend us. The Savior set the example from the cross: ‘Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do’ (Luke 23:34). We do not know the hearts of those who offend us. Nor do we know all the sources of our own anger and hurt. The Apostle Paul was telling us how to love in a world of imperfect people, including ourselves, when he said, ‘Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil’ (1 Cor. 13:4-5). And then he gave solemn warning against reacting to the fault of others and forgetting our own when he wrote, ‘For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as I am known’ (1 Cor. 13:12).” - Henry B. Eyring, “That We May Be One,” Ensign (CR), May 1998, p. 66

“In my experience I have learned that the greatest difficulty that exists in the little bickerings and strifes of man with man, woman with woman, children with children, parents with children, brothers with sisters, and sisters with brothers, arises from the want of rightly understanding each other. – “Teachings Of Presidents Of The Church: Brigham Young,” p. 171

Today we are the Church of Christ, and the Lord expects us to come to this same unity. He has said to us: “Be one; and if ye are not one ye are not mine.” (D&C 38:27.) - Marion G. Romney, "Unity," Ensign (CR) April 1983

The way to unity is for us to learn the will of the Lord and then to do it. Until this basic principle is understood and observed, there will be no unity and peace on the earth. The power of the Church for good in the world depends upon the extent to which we, the members thereof, observe this principle. - Marion G. Romney, "Unity," Ensign (CR) May 1983

I have learned over the years that the strength in a quorum doesn’t come from the number of priesthood holders in it. Nor does it come automatically from the age and maturity of the members. Rather, the strength of a quorum comes in large measure from how completely its members are united in righteousness. That unity in a strong quorum of the priesthood is not like anything I have experienced in an athletic team or club or any other organization in the world. - Henry B. Eyring, “A Priesthood Quorum,” Ensign (CR) November 2006

In order to assist the Savior, we have to work together in unity and in harmony. Everyone, every position, and every calling is important. We have to be united in our Lord Jesus Christ. - Chi Hong (Sam) Wong, “Rescue in Unity,” Ensign (CR) November 2014

If we do not sustain and uphold and support the kingdom of God in all things, we are thereby aiding a cause other than the Lord’s. - Bruce R. McConkie, "The Caravan Moves On," Ensign (CR), November 1984, p.82

It is our privilege and right to determine by the Spirit of God between the right and the wrong, between that which will build up and sustain the work of the Lord in the earth and that which in its nature will tend to disintegrate and destroy or to divide the people of God in the earth. Every member of the Church should be deeply interested in the welfare of the whole Church. - Joseph F. Smith, "Conference Report," October 1898, Afternoon Session

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