That They May Be One

July 2017

The visiting teaching message for July is called “That They May Be One.” Elder D. Todd Christofferson (Apostle) mentioned how Jesus Christ had perfect unity with Heavenly Father because His will was the same as Heavenly Father’s will, then he said we can do the same:

“… Surely we will not be one with God and Christ until we make Their will and interest our greatest desire. Such submissiveness is not reached in a day, but through the Holy Spirit, the Lord will tutor us if we are willing until, in process of time, it may accurately be said that He is in us as the Father is in Him.

Sister Linda K. Burton (former Relief Society General President) told us how to work toward unity when she said “Making and keeping our covenants is an expression of our commitment to become like the Savior. The ideal is to strive for the attitude best expressed in a few phrases of a favorite hymn: ‘I’ll go where you want me to go. … I’ll say what you want me to say. … I’ll be what you want me to be.’

Sister Neill F. Marriott (Second Counselor in the Young Women General Presidency) talked about striving to align her will with God’s will by saying “I have struggled to banish the mortal desire to have things my way, eventually realizing that my way is oh so lacking, limited, and inferior to the way of Jesus Christ. ‘His way is the path that leads to happiness in this life and eternal life in the world to come’“

Unity is a sign of the Lord’s people. The Lord said to Joseph Smith (Prophet) “I say unto you, be one; and if ye are not one ye are not mine.” Unity is twofold. One is being like-minded with each other. For example, thinking alike, acting much the same, understanding each other without saying “You know?” and doing similar things.

The second is being like-minded with Jesus Christ. The Lord lives on a much higher plane; He has a greatly expanded view of everything and sees far more of life than we do. He’s perfect and our goal is to be like Him.

Having unity with each other and with the Lord shows that we are His true followers. Our hope is “…that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be purified even as he is pure.” Let’s be unified and go, arm-in-arm, back to God.

Click here to read the visiting teaching message this month.