The spirit of community
consists in that intimate union
existing among the early Christians
one heart and one soul,
so that ...
the witnesses of this touching spectacle
exclaimed in admiration:
"See how they love one another."-- 1858 Rules
What is true of a place [is:] ...
It is not one person who builds;
nor is it one stone,
or one single beam of wood which forms it,
Each worker contributes something
from one's own trade;
each stone is cut to fit into its own appointed place;
and each piece of wood is arranged and placed
so as to enhance
the general effect of the entire building.
is a powerful lever with which we could
move, direct, and sanctify
the whole world ....--Circular letter 14