Sixty-one years ago today, in the wake of World War II, the United Nations opened its doors. It was ostensibly intended to create unity between the nations of the world into to achieve lasting peace. Critics of the UN, of which there are many, are quick to point out that during the past 61 years there have been a number of wars, conflicts, and other terrible things, despite any (or because of) involvement by the UN. Volumes have been written about the UN, so this may be too big a topic to attempt to cover in one short post. Even some fairly influential members of the church have been outspoken in their opposition to the United Nations. J. Reuben Clark, a former member of the First Presidency, for example, thought that the UN threatened U.S. sovereignty. A current general authority once allegedly described the UN as “a very undemocratic forum that is far from the world’s homes and families.” On the other hand, the UN helped engage dialogue between Cold War superpowers, adopts often well-intentioned resolutions to combat problems like poverty and genocide, and, at least, provides a forum for discussion of worldwide problems. I personally was frustrated by the entire institution when I worked there, but can’t deny that there are real problems facing the world today that might be ameliorated by cooperation among the nations of the world. For better or worse, the UN has been around for a while, so I just wanted to say “Happy Birthday.”