“Be Perfectly Joined Together”
by McKenzie Wood
Wilford Woodruff once said, “In every age of the world the Saints of God have been obliged to be united. Babylon may divide; the inhabitants of the earth may have all the division they wish for . . . But the Saints of God cannot prosper unless they are united.”1
Paul taught this same concept in his own time: “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment” (1 Corinthians 1:10).
God has taught throughout history that His Saints must be unified to become more like Him. Dissentions, arguments, and disagreements are natural to the human experience, but He wants us to become more than the natural man; He wants us to be better (see Mosiah 3:19). One way to do so is to become unified with the teachings of the gospel given to us by Jesus Christ through His prophets and apostles. We may not understand every little thing that involves—and that’s OK. All He asks is that we try to be more willing to submit to His will. Being unified with our brothers and sisters under the banner of God will come more naturally once we do.
McKenzie Wood lives in Utah with her family and is constantly planning for her next Disneyland trip. She is a soon-to-be graduate of St. John’s University with her master's in library and information science, and enjoys writing, reading, and amateur bird watching.
- Discourse by Wilford Woodruff, August 3, 1890, p. 1, The Wilford Woodruff Papers, wilfordwoodruffpapers.org/discourse/1890-08-03.