Elder L. Tom Perry
As I consider ‘modern’ society, I am grieved with what we have given up for progress. How many of us reside in homes were we must have both husband and wife acquiring paychecks in order to sustain our life style? The traditional home containing an extended family working together for the common good, the father working along side his children, the wife nurturing and supporting, seems to have become an anachronism.
Elder Perry’s message of lessons from my mother brings sadness for what is lost in our homes of today. Where is the true spiritual center when all the members of the family have their own agenda?
Elder D. Todd Christofferson
We were challenged to avoid ‘spiritual illiteracy,’ that has led us to forget things our grandparents knew. A dusting of scriptural frosting on our lives today is not adequate for the preservation of our faith and duty to God.
The scriptures are to be the standard for distinguishing truth an error and should be the touchstone for measuring correctness and truth. Yet, how many of us even know where the gospel is defined in the scriptures, or where the doctrines of Christ are found, or where we must go to read of the gate to the strait and narrow way to eternal life?
If we were to truly hold the scriptures as the standard by which we judge our teachings and doctrines today, how well would they stand up?
We are to feast upon the ‘word of God.’ But, careful analysis of the definition of the ‘word of God’ points more often to personal revelation than to the words of the prophets. We must read the scriptures for quality rather than quantity. We must seek to acquire precepts rather than to pound through chapters.
Elder Bruce Carlson
I was disappointed when Elder Carlson stopped his quote of D&C 76. Here is the extended version:
5 For thus saith the Lord—I, the Lord, am merciful and gracious unto those who fear me, and delight to honor those who serve me in righteousness and in truth unto the end.
6 Great shall be their reward and eternal shall be their glory.
7 And to them will I reveal all mysteries, yea, all the hidden mysteries of my kingdom from days of old, and for ages to come, will I make known unto them the good pleasure of my will concerning all things pertaining to my kingdom.
8 Yea, even the wonders of eternity shall they know, and things to come will I show them, even the things of many generations.
9 And their wisdom shall be great, and their understanding reach to heaven; and before them the wisdom of the wise shall perish, and the understanding of the prudent shall come to naught.
10 For by my Spirit will I enlighten them, and by my power will I make known unto them the secrets of my will—yea, even those things which eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor yet entered into the heart of man.
We should seek, as instructed here, to fear God and honor Him. We will be blessed in doing so with the gift of the mysteries of his kingdom from beginning to end. That is what Enoch and Nephi received. They saw the world and all that was in it from beginning to end. This has been promised to each one of us if we but prepare ourselves.
We should pay attention to early warning signals. I heartily agree. But what of the warnings in the Book of Mormon concerning pride? What about the concern regarding ‘all is well in Zion?’ What about the condemnation from Moroni who saw us in this day and accused us of polluting the ‘holy church of God?’ There are many warning signs for us in the church, if we would but search for them in the scriptures.
Pornography is an insidious, addictive disease that destroys families and devastates self esteem. It cripples people in terms of loving relationships and sets the stage for justifying agnosticism on the part of the believer. It is much easier to question the doctrines of the kingdom when the mind has the crater blown in it described by Elder Holland.