To antagonists of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints I offer this appeal:
As enemies we can produce nothing together but ill-will, bitterness, confusion, distrust and hatred. Such are the things of the great liar himself.
As friends we can build bridges of faith and goodwill, we can combine our efforts to strengthen the morality of our communities, we can join in prayer and help for the welfare of the needy, to provide relief to the sick and the afflicted, we can be the living embodiment of Christ’s doctrine “…that [we] love one another.” (John 13:34) In that unity we will find a great power for good. My appeal is that we put our differences aside and walk this path.
Christ has said, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” May it be so. (John 13:35)
“Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit …Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” (Mathew 7:16)
“Do not waste time bothering whether you ‘love’ your neighbor; act as if you did. As soon as we do this we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to love him.”
― C.S. Lewis
The following quote by Joseph Smith was part of an address given to the latter-day saints:
“If I esteem mankind to be in error, shall I bear them down? No. I will lift them up, and in their own way too, if I cannot persuade them my way is better; and I will not seek to compel any man to believe as I do, only by the force of reasoning, for truth will cut its own way. Do you believe in Jesus Christ and the Gospel of salvation which He revealed? So do I. Christians should cease wrangling and contending with each other, and cultivate the principles of union and friendship in their midst; and they will do it before the millennium can be ushered in and Christ takes possession of His kingdom.”
― Joseph Smith, 1843