"Surely we will not be one with God and Christ until we make their will and interest our greatest desire," said Elder D. Todd Christofferson.
Speaking during the Sunday morning session, Elder Christofferson of the Seventy noted that as the Savior's mortal ministry drew to a close, He gathered His apostles in an upper room in Jerusalem and offered a prayer:
"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. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one." (John 17:20-23.)
Elder Christofferson told members of the worldwide congregation that they have been invited into that perfect unity that exists with the Father and the Son. This can happen, he continued, as members begin to become one with themselves.
"We are dual beings of flesh and spirit and we sometimes feel out of harmony or in conflict," he said. "Our spirit is enlightened by conscience, the light of Christ, and naturally responds to the whisperings of the Holy Spirit and desires to follow truth. But the appetites and temptations to which the flesh is subject can, if permitted, overwhelm and dominate the spirit."
Elder Christofferson said Jesus was also a being of flesh and spirit, but He yielded not to temptation.
"We can turn to Him as we seek unity and peace within because He understands. He understands the struggle, and He also understands how to win the struggle."
Church members, he said, may look to Jesus to help restore the inner unity of their souls when they succumbed to sin. "The power of His Atonement can erase the effects of sin in us."
And as one endeavors to follow the path of Christ, one's spirit asserts its preeminence, the battle within subsides and temptations cease to trouble.
"Becoming at one within ourselves prepares us for the greater blessing of becoming one with God and Christ," he said.
Concluding, Elder Christofferson said such submissiveness is not reached in a day.
"But through the Holy Spirit, the Lord will tutor us if we are willing until, in process of time, it may accurately be said that He is in us as the Father is in Him. At times I tremble to consider what may be required, but I know that it is only in this perfect union with Deity that a fulness of joy can be found."