Unity

December 14, 2020 09:22 PM MST
Sister Tracy Browning, a member of the Relief Society General Board, recently spoke on the Latter-day Saint Women podcast about inclusion, unity, and loving one another better.
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July 08, 2020 01:42 PM MDT
I think most if not all of us have experienced a hit to our mental health over the past few months. It’s hard not to think negatively in a time when disasters are dropping one after another, we have been isolated from others, and we’ve been at home with our social media more often than we might otherwise be. It is also becoming easier and easier to distrust others as we read the news, inundated with stories highlighting the volatile flaws of human nature and generating fear of interacting with others during this highly contagious pandemic.
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December 03, 2019 02:50 PM MST
Elder John H. Groberg and his wife, Jean, were the guests on this week's "All In" podcast.
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By  LDS Living
October 30, 2019 01:26 PM MDT
What do we know about the final judgment? A new video from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints illustrates that all of us will return to the presence of God to be judged. As the video description elaborates, "This judgment will come only after they have a complete understanding of God’s plan and have had an opportunity to repent of their sins, which is possible through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. . . . God makes sure that all His children will have a fair understanding of His commandments and the consequences of our actions, whether we learn those things in this life or as spirits after death."
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October 16, 2019 12:53 PM MDT
I receive hundreds of letters in my office, and many of them describe the heartache that results from the categories we sometimes create for each other. Below is a letter describing the pain of being single in a Church focused on family:
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By  LDS Living
September 06, 2019 03:32 PM MDT
One of the most beautiful, intentional designs manifest in our Heavenly Father's creations is diversity. No one is exactly the same, and everyone has unique perspectives, backgrounds, gifts, and talents that enrich our lives in ways we otherwise would never experience.
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June 27, 2019 09:29 AM MDT
Many years ago, my wife approached me and wanted to purchase flower baskets to be placed around our home to add color and beauty. At first, I was a bit resistant when she told me the cost, but as is usual in our home, I relented and quickly appreciated them for many reasons. It became my responsibility to care for these flowers and ensure that they received the water they needed. One day, my wife made a specific request. She said, “George, please remember to water the edges of the baskets. If you don’t, the flowers will die.” Little did I know how profoundly her comments would affect me.
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By  Debra Coe
June 18, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
One of our most basic spiritual needs is that of belonging. It is a fundamental need found in all cultures and all types of people.
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June 13, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
I often overhear people talking about their fears of being more than one thing. One side of the conversation regularly goes something like this: “I can’t be both _____________ and a member of the Church.” And if they’re not saying it about themselves, they’re talking about somebody else. Sometimes it comes in the form of a question: “Can you be gay and still be a member of the Church?”
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By  LDS Living
June 10, 2019 01:14 PM MDT
Written on meetinghouses of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints around the world are the words "Visitors welcome." But what does that simple phrase truly mean? How can we be more loving, open, and accepting so that those words also become written on our hearts? Watch this touching new video from the Church for some ideas:
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May 11, 2019 02:00 PM MDT
The following content has been republished with permission from bridgeslds.com.
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March 23, 2019 01:00 PM MDT
"Is she wearing her garments in that wedding dress photo?"
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February 18, 2019 11:50 AM MST
A while back I was invited to a fabulous party with delicious food and lovely company. I looked forward to an afternoon of meeting new people and reconnecting with old friends.
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February 09, 2019 03:42 PM MST
The older I get the more I realize life is an interesting journey. It is a journey that will consistently and constantly teach us if we are willing and open to learn in the areas of unconditional love and acceptance. When I was at Ricks College a long time ago, I met and fell in love with an amazing individual, Ivan. We dated until he left on his mission. Then we dated after he returned from his mission and before I left on my mission. After the missions we lost contact with each other. He went to Utah State and I went to Brigham Young University.
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December 27, 2018 04:04 PM MST
This is an excerpt from the book Falling to Heaven: The Surprising Path to Happiness, by James L. Ferrell.
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November 10, 2018 11:45 AM MST
Through my association in the Church and also in my clinical office, I have had many individuals confidentially confide in me that they feel they just do not fit in the culture of the Church. The reasons for not fitting in have ranged from personal perspectives, sexual orientation, marital status, financial issues, cultural backgrounds, age, and status in life, just to name a few. As I have listened to these various concerns, all very valid for the person experiencing them, I have realized that for most of us not fitting in comes down to the very basic human need of feeling wanted and loved.
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August 30, 2018 12:33 PM MDT
Carrot seeds don't look at all like carrots. They look to me like little specks of dirt. They’re not orange. They’re not shaped like carrots. You couldn’t take them to a picnic. Well, I guess you could, but there’s no way to make carrot sticks out of them, and those little seeds can sure get stuck in your teeth. I’ve tried eating carrots that way. Not satisfying. Those little specks aren’t full of vitamins and good stuff yet.
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August 13, 2018 02:06 PM MDT
Conference Talk:
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August 08, 2018 01:14 PM MDT
“As aspiring Christians but still imperfect saints, we may not always understand the struggles of others or know how to help, but we can always love them, creating safe spaces where others — and often we ourselves — can struggle with the ‘hard sayings’ in life,” BYU professor Eric D. Huntsman said.
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July 30, 2018 02:09 PM MDT
What a profound insight: "A simple yet powerful commandment [Jesus Christ] told His disciples, one that He repeated three times over, 'Love one another; as I have loved you' (John 13:34-35). I am so glad this commandment didn’t include disclaimers. Can you imagine, 'Love one another, except when someone does not believe or act as you do, then please disregard this commandment'? It sounds absurd when it’s in this context, but when life gets real and loved ones disagree on personal matters, this simple but powerful statement can get lost in translation."
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July 19, 2018 07:00 AM MDT
As an English major, I have enjoyed taking several classes on ethics and social justice that address issues like implicit bias, racism, and sexism. I love the way these classes opened my eyes to things I had never noticed before about the world around me. While I had always known that equal rights were important, I became more sensitive to the importance of these issues in a way I never had before. I felt that gaining this wisdom was invaluable—that it would make me a stronger, more sensitive voice, both in my career and in my service in the Church.
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By  LDS Living
July 16, 2018 02:14 PM MDT
It's not always as easy as we would like to accept someone different than ourselves. But we shouldn't just accept these differences, we should embrace them.
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By  LDS Living
July 11, 2018 02:37 PM MDT
Latter-day Saints often wonder how we can clearly stand for our faith in our modern world. While it may be tricky to navigate differences we experience in politics, in faith, at work, in our families, and at church, it is important for us to recognize other's agency is just as sacred as our own and to put first and foremost the two great commandments: "And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these" (Mark 12:30–31).
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July 06, 2018 09:00 AM MDT
Ward families provide wonderful opportunities to worship, make friends, find support, and strengthen your testimony as ward members work, learn, grow, and live together. But speaking as a former long-term member of a young single adult ward and a current member of an apartment-heavy ward with newlyweds and senior missionary couples coming in and out on a regular basis, I know that feeling support and connection at church can be a little more difficult when your ward family is constantly changing. Here are a few tips I’ve gathered that might help both leaders and members create more unity in an ever-changing ward.
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June 19, 2018 01:22 PM MDT
Conflict and disagreeing opinions in themselves are not a bad thing. In fact, studies show these can have a positive impact, which means we may need to change the way we see disagreements as we try to create church environments where people can feel comfortable sharing their experiences and ideas.
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By  LDS Living
June 08, 2018 03:52 PM MDT
In a historic event, the Church celebrated the 40th anniversary of the priesthood revelation at the "Be One" event last Friday.
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By  LDS Living
June 07, 2018 12:00 PM MDT
Sister Cristina B. Franco, the second counselor in the Primary general presidency, shared a video called "Love in Our Hearts" on her Facebook on how our differences allow us to learn from and strengthen each other.
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June 03, 2018 10:31 PM MDT
During the Church's "Be One" event celebrating the 40th anniversary of the priesthood revelation, touching stories were shared of the black pioneers in the Church who remained faithful despite painful priesthood and temple restrictions. President Dallin H. Oaks acknowledged, “I observed the pain and frustration experienced by those who suffered these restrictions and those who criticized them and sought for reasons. I studied the reasons then being given and could not feel confirmation of the truth of any of them.” He also shared the touching moment when he sat down and cried for joy learning of the priesthood revelation. President Russell M. Nelson added, "Differences in culture, language, gender, race, and nationality fade into insignificance as the faithful enter the covenant path and come unto our beloved Redeemer." Read President Nelson's full remarks here, and President Oaks's full remarks here.
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By  LDS Living
May 31, 2018 04:44 PM MDT
In a very moving Facebook post at the end of April, Elder D. Todd Christofferson wrote, "It breaks my heart if someone comes and is very vulnerable and says, 'I want to try it, I want to be here,' and then gets a cold shoulder or a lack of interest. And that's tragic. We have to be better than that."
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May 25, 2018 06:52 PM MDT
I don't think anyone ever told me the telestial kingdom specifically, but I do remember growing up with the belief that anyone who died by suicide wouldn't make it to the celestial kingdom.
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By  LDS Living
May 01, 2018 05:51 PM MDT
When frustrations, hatred, divisiveness, conflict, or differences arise between us and another, do we ever give ourselves a moment to stop and remember the fact that our Savior gave His life for them? Do we understand our Heavenly Parents look at them with infinite love and understanding their infinite potential?
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By  LDS Living
May 01, 2018 12:55 AM MDT
"I say unto you, be one," a new Church website reads, quoting Doctrine and Covenants 38:27.
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April 18, 2018 12:10 PM MDT
President Russell M. Nelson has already met with Latter-day Saints in the U.K., Israel, and Kenya during his global tour that began April 10, but his messages have been reaching people across the world. Along the way, President Nelson has been sharing his thoughts and insights on Facebook.
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March 19, 2018 09:51 AM MDT
I struggled writing this. First of all, I didn't want to come off as jaded. Second, I didn't want to sound like I was trying to encourage discord within ward families.
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February 16, 2018 01:26 PM MST
While we as members of the Church are familiar with the yellow Mormon Helping Hands vests, we also recognize that Mormons are not the only group of people working to make the world a better place. In fact, a brighter world is born in reaching across boundaries and working with those of other beliefs and backgrounds to champion the greater good.
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February 10, 2018 04:00 PM MST
Jamal Willis, former NFL running back for the 49ers, was recently called to be in the presidency for the Church’s Genesis Group. In an interview with LDS Living, he shared his story of embracing diversity and staying true to himself while navigating college, football, and Mormon culture.
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February 09, 2018 06:05 PM MST
"To anyone who feels they don’t fit in at church—you truly do. We all have imperfections, and we all need each other’s support. Your experiences and faith are a needed part of the Church," Katie Steed writes.
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By  LDS Living
January 23, 2018 12:56 PM MST
LDS convert, returned missionary, wife, and blogger Heather Collins took to Twitter this week to share the reason she joined the Church.
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November 21, 2017 03:10 PM MST
Here are three ways we may be judging others without fully realizing it.
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Fun
November 02, 2017 09:00 AM MDT
Now more than ever, members are aware that "This gospel shall be preached unto every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people" (D&C 133:36). As a result of having members worldwide, the Church has members who speak a diverse array of languages. Even if we don't understand the language, we can still feel the spirit as we listen to hymns sung in a different language. Here are 12 hymns sung in languages from around the world.
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By  LDS Living
September 01, 2017 06:19 PM MDT
This month's messages remind us of the importance of living prophets and what it means to be "of one heart."
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August 31, 2017 08:39 AM MDT
To the person who didn’t take the sacrament today:
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By  LDS Living
August 28, 2017 07:17 PM MDT
In today's society, social media, and news coverage, all we tend to see and focus on is divisions, arguments, controversies, disagreements, and comparisons. With so much noise directed at all our differences, the world becomes something overwhelming, where fear dictates our actions and responses, not love.
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July 31, 2017 04:46 PM MDT
Are we being careful not to judge when others sin as well as when they live the gospel differently than us?
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July 29, 2017 12:49 PM MDT
When it comes to judging others, how easy is it to judge harshly or without a full picture of what is happening in that person's life? Would we ever want someone to judge us like that?
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July 22, 2017 03:50 PM MDT
What an insightful observation: "In order to know where we stand, we want to know where those around us stand so we will have points of reference, so these outward commandments become further ingrained as benchmarks. It is easier to see if someone is showing their shoulders than to determine how much faith they have, so we tend to judge that instead—both in ourselves and in others. (Facebook makes this brand of judging so easy!)"
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June 16, 2017 08:21 PM MDT
One day while entering a grocery store, I noticed an elderly woman leaving with a loaded grocery cart. I gently put my hand on her shoulder and said, “Ma’am, those canned goods look awfully heavy. Can I load those into your car for you?” She responded, “Oh yes, that would be wonderful. Thank you so much.” I then pushed her loaded cart as she placed her arm in mine.
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June 15, 2017 08:30 AM MDT
For years, I've been trying to distance myself from being pegged as "that kind of Mormon." You know what I mean—the stereotype we all conjure up in our head and usually describe as narrow-minded, judgemental, self-righteous, naive, and sheltered.
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May 10, 2017 03:16 PM MDT
Our Savior's life taught us that we must dedicate our lives to more than just not judging others. We must find ways to love.
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March 21, 2017 09:16 AM MDT
In our quest to follow God, to be His "peculiar people," we may encounter the jeers and sneers of the crowd. We may experience momentary embarrassment at not being “cool” or “acceptable.”
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By  LDS Living
March 15, 2017 03:17 PM MDT
A video recently shared by the Church on their Facebook page shows how differences are something to be celebrated, loved, and respected—not feared.
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March 06, 2017 10:00 PM MST
The following is an excerpt from "If Ye Are Not One Ye Are Not Mine," a chapter in the book, One in Charity: Talks From the 2016 BYU Women's Conference. In the excerpt, we learn just how we can grow closer to our Savior and become one with Him, ourselves, our families, and our fellowmen.
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By  LDS Living
February 10, 2017 04:14 PM MST
Valaura Arnold isn't a stranger to singing in a choir.
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February 04, 2017 02:02 PM MST
Why are differences so crucial to all of us, both inside and outside of the Church?
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By  LDS Living
February 01, 2017 08:20 PM MST
One of the timeless teachings of Christ that we still have not been able to master is how not to judge. Mormon Channel posted a podcast Tuesday, interviewing LDS blogger Riley Lewis about how to avoid judging others.
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January 18, 2017 09:48 AM MST
In this excerpt from Precept upon Precept, Robert L. Millet explores the experience of the prophet Joseph Smith along with his scribe Sidney Rigdon as they received one of the most remarkable revelations from God—the vision of the degrees of glory.
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November 08, 2016 06:15 PM MST
Greg Trimble, a popular LDS blogger, recently wrote about his experience with James Curran, more popularly known as JamestheMormon.
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November 02, 2016 03:23 PM MDT
"I know people who come to church every Sunday so that they can be inspired and uplifted and who just simply walk away feeling judged and unloved—unneeded, like there is no place for them at church," Sister Carol F. McConkie, first counselor in the Young Women general presidency, says at the start of a powerful Church video released as part of a series designed to reach those who feel they don't belong at Church.
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October 18, 2016 07:27 PM MDT
Growing up, there was a girl in my neighborhood that I just could not stand.
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