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As the Church moves into more and more countries of the world, there becomes greater diversity in its membership, President James E. Faust said Sunday morning. "Yet everywhere there can be a unity of the faith."

"Each group brings special gifts and talents to the table of the Lord," explained President Faust, second counselor in the First Presidency. "We can all learn much of value from each other. But each of us should also voluntarily seek to enjoy all of the unifying and saving covenants, ordinances and doctrines of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

"We do not lose our identity in becoming members of this Church," he continued. "We become heirs to the kingdom of God, having joined the body of Christ and spiritually set aside some of our personal differences to unite in a greater spiritual cause. We say to all who have joined the Church, keep all that is noble, good and uplifting in your culture and personal identity.

"However, under the authority and power of the keys of the priesthood, all differences yield as we seek to become heirs to the kingdom of God, unite in following those who have the keys of the priesthood and seek the divinity within us. All are welcomed and appreciated. But there is only one celestial kingdom of God."

In directing his remarks to members of the Church worldwide, President Faust explained, "I have learned to admire, respect and love the good people from every race, culture and nation that I have been privileged to visit. In my experience, no race or class seems superior to any other in spirituality or faithfulness."

President Faust related that a national pollster, Richard Wirthlin, had identified the three basic needs of people in the United States. "These needs are self-esteem, peace of mind and personal contentment. I believe these are needs of God's children everywhere. How can these needs be satisfied? I suggest that behind each of these is the requirement to establish one's own personal identity as the offspring of God. All three needs - regardless of ethnic background, culture or country - can be met if we look to the divinity that is within us."

Continuing, he said: "As the humble servants of God - the General Authorities, the missionaries and others - travel throughout the world, we are compelled to ask: `What can we do for the peoples of the earth?' We cannot change the economy of countries. We do not seek to change governments. The answer is simple. We can offer the hope promised by the Savior - `peace in this world and eternal life in the world to come.' " (D&C 59:23.)

President Faust spoke of the spiritual and doctrinal unity in the Church. "For instance, the baptismal prayer and baptism by immersion in water are the same all over the world. The sacramental prayers are the same everywhere. We sing the same hymns in praise to God in every country."

"The high moral standards of this Church apply to all members in every country. Honesty and integrity are taught and expected everywhere. Chastity before marriage and absolute fidelity to wife or husband after marriage are required of members of the Church everywhere. Members who violate these high standards of moral conduct place their membership in question anywhere in the world.

"The requirements for temple attendance do not change from place to place. Where a temple is available, priesthood authority gives no greater or lesser blessings in one place or another. Temple worship is a perfect example of our unity as Church members.

"Yet," President Faust added, "within our spiritual unity there is wide room for everyone's individuality and expression. In that setting, all are heirs to the kingdom of God."

As an example of spiritual unity, President Faust related an experience he had while attending a Church service in Manaus, Brazil, a number of years ago. Many at the service bore their testimonies.

"All felt impelled to bear their profound witness of the Savior and His mission and of the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

"The multiplicity of languages and cultures is both an opportunity and a challenge for members of the Church. Having everyone hear the gospel in their own tongue requires great effort and resources. The Spirit, however, is a higher form of communication than language. We have been in many meetings where the words were completely unintelligible, but the Spirit bore powerful witness of Jesus Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of the world."

Elder Faust said: "Spiritual peace is not to be found in race or culture or nationality, but rather through our commitment to God and to the covenants and ordinances of the gospel. Each of us, regardless of our nationality, needs to reach down into the innermost recesses of our souls to find the divinity that is deep within us, and to earnestly petition the Lord for an endowment of special wisdom and inspiration.

"Only when we so profoundly reach the depths of our beings can we discover our true identity, our self-worth and our purpose in life."