October 28, 2012

Teach Goodness and Change the World.

Want to read a great talk by an apostle of God?
"That Ye May be Able to Withstand the Evil Day" by Elder Harold B. Lee

I loved these quotes--
One wise teacher, the superintendent of California schools, has said:
"You don't train a boy to refrain from burglary by teaching him how to manipulate the tumblers of a safe in the dark; neither do you teach him to avoid immorality by teaching him all about sex in the school room."
(Dr. Max Rafferty, in The Salt Lake Tribune, 1964.)

President David O. McKay has said it better than I can.
"In these days of uncertainty and unrest, liberty-loving people's greatest responsibility and paramount duty is to preserve and proclaim the freedom of the individual his relationship to Deity, and the necessity of obedience to the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Only thus will mankind find peace and happiness
(President David O. McKay, The Improvement Era, Dec. 1962, p. 903)

I will add one, small postscript to this talk.  Elder Lee quotes a district judge that says, "the great need in the fight against lawlessness, against immorality, against atheism, socialism, Communism, or other related ills is faith in the Lord Jesus Christ."

I agree completely with this statement.  But, it is a broader statement than it might appear.  We believe that ALL goodness comes from Christ.  And, we acknowledge goodness in every religion, culture, and society.  When your principles are founded in that which is good, you are founded in the principles of Jesus Christ.  Even if you do not know it yet.  THAT is how we can proclaim with boldness that the answers to all life's problems are found in Jesus Christ.  You don't have to be American to believe in the principles of  Liberty and Freedom and Democracy and Human Rights.  Christians espousing Christian values are not saying everyone has to believe the same as we do-- but we ARE saying that the CORE principles are principles that will deliver any nation from destruction and evil.

Just this month, our church held it's semi-annual General Conference.
I LOVED this talk about "Becoming a More Christian, Christian."
Read it here.
And ask yourselves again if Mormon's are Christian.
Better yet, ask yourself- ARE YOU CHRISTIAN?
Some of my favorite people in the world are Christians who don't know Christ yet.
How can i say that?
By their works ye shall know them.
And, I know them.
"Anything that is virtuous, lovely, of good-report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things."
(LDS 13th Article of Faith.)
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