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Source:George Q. Cannon:Satan Hates a United People:Gospel Truth:210:If we would split up and divide, refuse to listen to the counsel of the man of God
Cannon: "If we would split up and divide, refuse to listen to the counsel of the man of God, then the devil and his followers would rejoice"
George Q. Cannon:
The devil does not want the will of the Lord done. He does not want the people united. He seeks for division, for contention and for strife. He hates the Latter-day Saints because they act together. All his followers hate them for the same reason. If we would split up and divide, refuse to listen to the counsel of the man of God, then the devil and his followers would rejoice. He tries to persuade the people that it is true independence to divide up and every man go for himself and to refuse to do as the servants of God say. But remember, this is a step towards apostasy. Whenever you see a man disobeying the counsel of the Lord through the Holy Priesthood, you may know that unless he repents he will apostatize. It is a sure sign of apostasy. A man may be an Apostle, a Seventy, a High Priest, an Elder or a Bishop, yet if he tries to divide the people and persuades them to disobey the Prophet of God, he will surely fall, unless he repents with all his heart. The Lord asks us to obey Him. He tells us how to do so. He does not ask for blind obedience, because He gives His Holy Spirit to all who ask for it to show them that it is right to obey.
- George Q. Cannon, “Satan Hates a United People," Gospel Truth, Vol. 1, pp. 210–11.