“Love, Unity, Respect, and Friendship—Recent Messages from Prophets and Apostles.”–World Citizens

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf

September 2022 Liahona

“As world citizens, we have more in common than we might suppose. That is not only true for us as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but also for all children of our Heavenly Father. …

If we only would focus on the life experiences and hopes we have in common, it should not be too hard to get along with individuals, communities, and nations—regardless of where we live and regardless of what our backgrounds or life circumstances may be.

If world history has taught us anything, we learn that it is a human tendency to think of ourselves as being the ‘good guys’—as the heroes of the story. And those who think and behave differently? Well, they are the ‘bad guys.’

When we see others as enemies, we look for the worst in them and the best in us. We judge our side by our good intentions, and their side by their bad actions.

The gospel of Jesus Christ teaches us to magnify the love in our heart until we see all men and women as our neighbors—as our brothers and sisters. His gospel unites and unifies every man, woman, and child. It teaches that we are not enemies, but are of one divine and eternal family; sons and daughters of a loving Heavenly Father.”