Ye Are the Body of Christ

by Natalie Hancock

Paul taught that we can find unity through believing in Christ. He wrote in 1 Corinthians 12:13, “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.” Our Church is filled with many different kinds of people who all bring their own unique gifts to strengthen us as a whole. This was also the case during Wilford Woodruff’s time. 

Wilford taught, “Although 666 different sects profess to show mankind the way to glory and heaven, the Latter-day Saints have become a wonder to the world by showing unity and they preach the same gospel as has been preached in every age of the world showing the figure of a perfect body.”1 Even with the diversity found in the members of our Church, we find unity in Christ. Through that unity we are strengthened.

Natalie Hancock is a Senior Editorial Assistant for the Wilford Woodruff Papers Project. She currently attends BYU. In the future she hopes to graduate from the Marriott School of Business at BYU and open her own business. She enjoys learning about the faith and testimonies of Wilford Woodruff and others during his time.

Some original historical text has been edited for clarity and readability.


  1. Discourse by Wilford Woodruff, July 3, 1853, The Wilford Woodruff Papers,