God commanded Adam and Eve to “be one” as husband and wife. As Elder Eyring explains, unity in marriage and in families is accomplished by having our natures changed through living the gospel of Jesus Christ.
How does living the gospel and keeping your covenants help you to establish peace and unity within your own family?
24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
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The Savior of the world, Jesus Christ, said of those who would be part of His Church: “Be one; and if ye are not one ye are not mine.” And at the creation of man and woman, unity for them in marriage was not given as hope, it was a command! “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” Our Heavenly Father wants our hearts to be knit together. That union in love is not simply an ideal. It is a necessity. …
The Savior of the world spoke of that unity and how we will have our natures changed to make it possible. He taught it clearly in the prayer He gave in His last meeting with His Apostles before His death. …
In those few words He made clear how the gospel of Jesus Christ can allow hearts to be made one. Those who would believe the truth He taught could accept the ordinances and the covenants offered by His authorized servants. Then, through obedience to those ordinances and covenants, their natures would be changed. The Savior’s Atonement in that way makes it possible for us to be sanctified. We can then live in unity, as we must to have peace in this life and to dwell with the Father and His Son in eternity.
Elder Henry B. Eyring
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