On several occasions The Lord has said, “...be one; and if ye are not one, ye are not mine.” (D & C 38:27) There are several ways we are striving to become one. The first, is to become one with ourselves. We have two different identities, right?
1. We are spiritual beings who were raised to maturity in the premortal realm; where we developed skills and talents, gained knowledge, and prepared to complete our earthly mission and pass this mortal test.
2. Our spirits are now clothed in mortality, we are physical beings of flesh, blood, and bones. We have no recollection of our past, yet some things come very naturally to us, while others don’t; some things feel very familiar, as if we’ve done this before. Why? We have a conscious. Where did it come from? Why do we have it?
As we go through life here on earth, those two separate entities, body and spirit, having united are in the process of becoming one. Habits, addictions, routines that the body and spirit do together, make them one. Although the two will be separated again, through the process of death, they will one day be reunited as one being, for eternity; never to be divided again because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
“For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead; For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” (1 Cor 15:21-22 [19-26])
“Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth: they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.” (John 5:29)
Not only are we learning to be one with ourselves, we are also commanded to be one with our spouse. Again, two separate entities learning to become one. This will happen literally, both in the physical sense and in the spiritual.
1. Man and woman unite spiritually, as separate entities who support, love, and care for each other, they are one in unity; one in purpose. That purpose can include raising a family, running a business, living good lives, and working to return to our heavenly home, together.
2. Husband and wife, man and woman, unite to create another body. They literally become one physically, in the birth of their son or daughter. We can become one with each other, as friends, neighbors, and communities. Paul stated, “Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.” (2 Cor 13:11)
The Lord defined His own people: “And the Lord called His people Zion, because they were of one heart and one mind, and dwelt in righteousness; and there was no poor among them.” (Moses 7:18)
The Acts of the Apostles records a time when their people looked out for each other: “And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.” (Acts 4:32)
As we love our neighbors as ourselves; as we serve them and think of their needs, we are becoming one with them.
1. We unite spiritually through Christ-like characteristics. Unity is one. Harmony is one. Removing contention, working together, thinking of each other, having a spirit of cooperation, are all part of becoming one.
2. We unite physically into one large body of Saints. We combine resources, talents, and knowledge, to make the whole more complete.
Ultimately, we’ve been invited to be one with God. Christ suffered for all of us, both in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross. His atonement is meant to bring us literally “at one” with God. “At one,” again, is a state of unity. He did this to unite us, or reunite us rather, with Him, and our Heavenly Father. We spiritually become one with Them when we seek and follow Their will. We will physically become one with Them when we return home to live with Them. The process of becoming one, spiritually and physically, is real.
Throughout our years of home schooling, we learned how to integrate different subjects into each other in a fun, fascinating way. This not only gave us a depth in our learning, we found even educational subjects testified of Christ.
One day was especially exciting to me, because I was able to see that even a math problem could testify of Christ and how His atonement makes us one with Him. It literally shows that if we are truly converted through truth, and receive the grace of Christ, it is not only possible, but probable that we will become one with Him. That comparison was so clear, and the vision was so beautiful, to me.
Music also gave us some new insight into the atonement of our Savior and specifically with the word “harmony.”
In music, a “tone” is used in harmony, but it takes more than one tone to have harmony; yet, in a family, when the many individuals unite and become one, there is harmony. Ironic, isn't it? We know that the number "one" means "one", but in these two examples, music testifies that "one" can also mean “many” who become united.
“So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.” (Romans 12:5)
As mentioned in further detail earlier, we were a united family before the war in heaven. We’ve been sent down to earth in very small family units to learn the process of becoming one. As we unite, and become one as family units, friends, communities, and nations, unitedly, as one big family, we can run and win the prize as Paul said, “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.” (1 Cor 9:24)
Literally, many are running the race, and truly, only “one” will receive the prize (12/12); for all who are united, of one heart and one mind, are one. Interestingly, things that appear one way can actually be seen in so many others. What if these different perspectives are helping us to become one? As one returning family, we can win the prize; the prize of eternal life.
That is what Christ prayed for: "And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee, Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are."
"Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.” (John 17:11, 20-21)
Becoming one physically or spiritually is a process involving unity and harmony. Physically, consolidating our personal resources strengthens the whole; while Spiritually, combining our individual experiences expands our vision and unites our hearts. May we look for opportunities to be one: one with ourselves; one with our spouses; one with each other; and one with God.