Different but the Same

“Different but the Same,” Friend, October 2018

From the First Presidency

Different but the Same

Adapted from “Our Hearts Knit as One,” Ensign, Nov. 2008, 68–71.

Friend Magazine, 2018/10 Oct

Left: Illustrations by Jennifer Bricking; Right: Paul Mann and Jerry Thompson

The Church is made up of people who come from different countries. We come from many backgrounds. But we have more in common than we have differences.

Around us in the world, we see conflicts between people. Once I saw two good people get into an argument. They each believed they knew what was true. Their voices got louder and louder. Their faces became red. Instead of talking about the issue, they were talking about why they were right.

You can be a peacemaker. Even with all our differences, we are children of God. You can help yourself and others see common ground. Ask for help from God and then act. He will answer your prayer to help bring peace.

Speak well of each other. You might remember the saying—“If you can’t say anything good about a person, don’t say anything at all.” I can promise you a feeling of peace and joy when you speak kindly of others.

God the Father lives. He hears and answers our prayers. If we are united in sustaining the prophet and obeying the commandments, we will become what God wants us to be.

Being United

President Eyring says that to be united, we need to follow the Holy Ghost, be kind and humble, help others make good choices, and speak well of others. Look up the scripture and fill in the missing word. Check answers on page 39.

  • Jesus prayed that we might be ___ ___ ___ with Him and Heavenly Father (see John 17:21).

  • Alma taught that people should feel ___ ___ ___ ___ toward each other (see Mosiah 18:21).

  • Paul taught that we are all part of the ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ of God (see Ephesians 2:19).

Spelling Unity

Using these letters, write down other things you can do to practice unity.

  • ______________________ U nderstand others

  • _____________________ N ______________________

  • __________________Say n I ce things about people

  • _____________________ T _______________________

  • _____________________ Y _______________________