“Differences of race and culture are obvious, as are distinctions among various religious and other persuasions. I fear, however, that far too often we make too much of our differences. We therefore obscure and at times completely overlook the significant and enduring ways in which we are alike. We have cultural and theological differences, but I believe we are of one mind in our awareness of the evils and problems of the world. I believe we all recognize our great responsibility and opportunity to stand united for those qualities in public and private life that speak of virtue and morality. I believe we agree on the need for respect for all men and women as children of God, the need for civility and courtesy in our relationships, and the need to preserve the family as the most fundamental and important unit of society.
Most of us carry in our hearts a desire to assist the poor, to lift the distressed, to give comfort, hope, and help to all who are in trouble and pain. We recognize the need to heal the wounds of society and replace with optimism and faith the pessimism of our times. There is no need for recrimination or criticism against one another.”
(Gordon B. Hinckley Standing for Something, 10 Neglected Virtues That Will Heal Our Hearts And Homes, pg 55.)