21 And verily I say unto you, that ye are they of whom I said: Other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.
(3 Nephi 15:21)
As we grow closer to the Savior, we grow closer to each other.
After sharing the Sermon on the Mount with a group of people on the American continent, Jesus is explained to them that He had told the people in Jerusalem about them. “Other sheep I have,” He had said, “which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd” (John 10:16). His listeners in Jerusalem didn’t know who these “other sheep” were, but there could be no doubt about His central message: He wanted all of His disciples to be unified. Even if we come from different “folds”–different locations, different educational backgrounds, different life experiences–when we hear and follow His voice, we become unified.
As Elder Ulisses Soares has taught:
The children of God come together in the restored Church of Jesus Christ from different social backgrounds, traditions, and cultures, forming this wonderful community of Saints in Christ. Eventually, as we encourage, support, and love each other, we combine to form a mighty force for good in the world (“One in Christ,” General Conference, August 2018).
Today, I will remember that as I follow the Good Shepherd, I become part of His fold. I will be grateful for the love which God has for all of His children. I will also be grateful for the unity I can experience with other people as we pursue the path of discipleship together.