quotes tagged with 'wickedness'

Make no mistake about it, brothers and sisters, in the months and years ahead, events are likely to require each member to decide whether or not he will follow the First Presidency. Members will find it more difficult to halt longer between two opinions. (See 1 Kgs. 18:21.)


President Marion G. Romney said, many years ago, that he had “never hesitated to follow the counsel of the Authorities of the Church even though it crossed my social, professional or political life” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1941, p. 123). This is a hard doctrine, but it is a particularly vital doctrine in a society which is becoming more wicked. In short, brothers and sisters, not being ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ includes not being ashamed of the prophets of Jesus Christ!


We are now entering a time of incredible ironies. Let us cite but one of these ironies which is yet in its subtle stages: We will see a maximum, if indirect, effort made to establish irreligion as the state religion. It is actually a new form of paganism which uses the carefully preserved and cultivated freedoms of western civilization to shrink freedom, even as it rejects the value essence of our rich Judeo-Christian heritage.
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Your discipleship may see the time when such religious convictions are discounted. M. J. Sobran also said, “A religious conviction is now a second-class conviction, expected to step deferentially to the back of the secular bus, and not to get uppity about it” (Human Life Review, Summer 1978, pp. 58–59).


This new irreligious imperialism seeks to disallow certain opinions simply because those opinions grow out of religious convictions. Resistance to abortion will be seen as primitive. Concern over the institution of the family will be viewed as untrendy and unenlightened.
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Before the ultimate victory of the forces of righteousness, some skirmishes will be lost. Even in these, however, let us leave a record so that the choices are clear, letting others do as they will in the face of prophetic counsel.


There will also be times, happily, when a minor defeat seems probable, but others will step forward, having been rallied to rightness by what we do. We will know the joy, on occasion, of having awakened a slumbering majority of the decent people of all races and creeds which was, till then, unconscious of itself.


Jesus said that when the fig trees put forth their leaves, “summer is nigh” (Matt. 24:32). Thus warned that summer is upon us, let us not then complain of the heat!

Author: Neal A. Maxwell, Source: http://lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=2354fccf2b7db010Vg...Saved by cboyack in politics religion wickedness society gospel prophet disciple family marriage culture religionandpolitics samesexmarriage 11 years ago[save this] [permalink]

I do not know that things were worse in the times of Sodom and Gomorrah.


He went on to say, "They and their wicked inhabitants were annihilated. We see similar conditions today. They prevail all across the world. I think our Father must weep as He looks down upon His wayward sons and daughters.

Author: Gordon B. Hinckley, Source: “Standing Strong and Immovable,” Worldwide Leadership Training Meeting, Jan. 10, 2004, 20Saved by cboyack in wickedness evil world sodom gomorrah 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]

We will find that not only are there strategic signposts of morality, but there are also tactical standards of morality with which we must be concerned if we are to preserve our identity in the way that is most helpful to us and to our fellowmen. We must not unintentionally assume the appearance of evil in its various cultural costumes and dispensational dimensions. The length of Samson’s hair not only gave him strength, it set him apart from the Philistines, whose passion for alcohol Samson did not share either. The prophet will always help us to set the tone of tactical morality when such is needed to set us apart from some contemporaries. Paul did this for female Church members in Corinth, counseling them, I am told, so they would not be confused with prostitutes because of uncovered hair. Thus, the principles do not change, but as Dr. Daniel H. Ludlow has said, the practices may vary. We can always look to the prophet for guidance with regard to these tactical dimensions of morality.

Author: Neal A. Maxwell, Source: http://lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=2354fccf2b7db010Vg...Saved by cboyack in wickedness evil morality prophet culture 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]

The time is coming when those who do not obey the Lord will be separated from those who do. Our safest insurance is to continue to be worthy of admission to His holy house. How blessed we are to have temples available. The greatest gift you could give to the Lord at this or any other time of year is to keep yourself unspotted from the world, worthy to attend His holy house. His gift to you will be the peace and security of knowing that you are worthy to meet Him, whenever that time shall come.

Author: Russell M. Nelson, Source: http://speeches.byu.edu/reader/reader.php?id=506Saved by cboyack in wickedness obedience security temple peace preparedness worthiness separation callout 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
The holy prophets have not only refused to follow erroneous human trends, but have pointed out these errors. No wonder the response to the prophets has not always been one of indifference. So often the prophets have been rejected because they first rejected the wrong ways of their own society. ...

Prophets have a way of jarring the carnal mind. Too often the holy prophets are wrongly perceived as harsh and as anxious to make a record in order to say, “I told you so.” Those prophets I have known are the most loving of men. It is because of their love and integrity that they cannot modify the Lord’s message merely to make people feel comfortable. They are too kind to be so cruel. I am so grateful that prophets do not crave popularity.
Author: Spencer W. Kimball, Source: Conference Report, Apr. 1978, 115, 116; or Ensign, May 1978, 76–77.Saved by cboyack in wickedness truth society integrity popularity prophet testimony error culture carnal rejection 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
A man must have the discerning of spirits before he can drag into daylight this hellish influence and unfold it to the world in all its soul destroying diabolical horrid colors. For nothing is a greater injury to the children of men than to be under the influence of a false spirit when they think they have the spirit of God.
Author: Joseph Smith, Jr., Source: Discourses of the Prophet Joseph SmithSaved by cboyack in devil wickedness secretcombination revelation spirit inspiration discernment 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
You are here commencing anew. The soil, the air, the water are all pure and healthy. Do not suffer them to become polluted with wickedness. Strive to preserve the elements from being contaminated by the filthy, wicked conduct and sayings of those who pervert the intelligence God has bestowed upon the human family.
Author: Brigham Young, Source: Journal of Discourses 8:79Saved by Doc in wickedness intelligence stewardship conservationism pollution perversion 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Joseph Smith gives us four follies that must be avoided at any cost. One should never, he says, (1) aspire, for that is what Satan did to bring about his fall; (2) accuse—Satan is the devil, and diabolos means "accuser of his brethren"—never mind that the brethren are as guilty as he is; (3) contend—the first rule the Lord gave to the Nephites was, "For verily, verily I say unto you, he that hath the spirit of contention is not of me, but is of the devil, who is the father of contention, and he stirreth up the hearts of men to contend with anger, one with another" (3 Nephi 11:29); and (4) coerce, or use force to persuade.
Author: Hugh Nibley, Source: http://maxwellinstitute.byu.edu/display.php?table=transcripts&...Saved by mlsscaress in wickedness tyranny agency aspire josephsmith contention pride persuasion force follies accuse coerce 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
The world is spiraling downward at an ever-quickening pace. I am sorry to tell you it will not get better.... I know of nothing in the history of the church or in the history of the world to compare with our present circumstances. Nothing happened in Sodom and Gomorrah which exceeds the wickedness and depravity which surrounds us now....
Author: Boyd K. Packer, Source: Talk to J. Reuben Clark Law Society, February 2004Saved by cboyack in church wickedness history world sin circumstance sodom gomorrah iniquity depravity 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
The people succumbed to the wiles of ambitious and scheming leaders who oppressed them with burdensome taxes, who lulled them with hollow promises, who countenanced and even encouraged loose and lascivious living. These evil schemers led the people into terrible wars that resulted in the death of millions and the final and total extinction of two great civilizations in two different eras.
Author: Gordon B. Hinckley, Source: “A Testimony Vibrant and True,” Ensign, Aug. 2005, 3Saved by cboyack in government wickedness war bookofmormon taxes promise leaders 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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