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Reality and Tolerance – Dallin H. Oaks

Our tolerance and admire for others and their ideals does no longer purpose us to desert our dedication to the truths we perceive and the covenants now we have made.

My pricey younger brothers and sisters, Kristen and I think privileged to be with you in this vital instance. We meet on 9/11, the 10th anniversary of an match that has profoundly influenced our lives and pondering and can accomplish that for many years yet to come. It’s endlessly related to the Dual Towers.

I’ve felt inspired to talk this night time about some other set of twins, the dual concepts of Reality and Tolerance. Those topics weren’t selected as a result of they’re uniquely your fear as younger adults, just like the relationship, putting out, and marriage I described to this target audience some years in the past. My remedy of reality and tolerance will invite you to imagine and to show those dual topics as a result of they’re important to the emerging era, wherein you’re the senior individuals.

We Consider in Absolute Reality

First: Reality. We imagine in absolute reality, together with the life of God and the suitable and flawed established by way of His commandments. We sing:

Tho the heavens leave and the earth’s fountains burst,Reality, the sum of life, will climate the worst,Everlasting, unchanged, evermore.1

Within the phrases of President Joseph F. Smith:

We imagine in all reality, regardless of to what matter it should refer. No sect or non secular denomination on the earth possesses a unmarried idea of reality that we don’t settle for or that we will be able to reject. We’re prepared to obtain all reality, from no matter supply it should come; for reality will stand, reality will undergo.2

The life and nature of reality is without doubt one of the elementary questions of mortal existence. Jesus advised the Roman governor Pilate that He got here into the arena to “endure witness unto the reality.”

“What’s reality?” that unbeliever answered. (See John 18:37–38.)

In previous occasions the Savior had declared, “I’m the way in which, the reality, and the existence” (John 14:6). In trendy revelation He declared: “Reality is wisdom of items as they’re, and as they have been, and as they’re to come back” (D&C 93:24).

My younger brothers and sisters, we all know that the life of God and the life of absolute reality are elementary to existence in this earth, whether or not they’re believed or no longer. We additionally know that evil exists and that some issues are merely, significantly, and everlastingly flawed. You whom I deal with shun evil and search reality. I salute you in your righteous movements and your righteous needs. As an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, I search that will help you make proper alternatives in a global this is an increasing number of polarized between trust and disbelief, between just right and evil.

Surprising stories of large-scale thievery and mendacity in civilized societies within the final two months recommend an ethical vacuum wherein many have little moral sense. Ultimate month’s popular rioting and pillaging in Britain and the scandalous, popular dishonest by way of lecturers on state-mandated assessments in fundamental and center colleges in Atlanta, Georgia, have led to many to wonder if we’re dropping the ethical basis Western international locations have gained from their Judeo-Christian heritage.3

Watch out for Ethical Relativism

It’s smartly to fret about our ethical basis. We are living in a global the place an increasing number of individuals of affect are educating and performing out a trust that there is not any absolute proper and flawed, that every one authority and all regulations of habits are man-made alternatives that may be triumphant over the commandments of God. Many even query whether or not there’s a God.

The philosophy of ethical relativism, which holds that each and every particular person is unfastened to make a choice for himself what is correct and flawed, is changing into the unofficial creed for plenty of in The united states and different Western countries. On the excessive stage, evil acts that was localized and lined up like a boil are actually legalized and paraded like a banner. Persuaded by way of this philosophy, lots of the emerging era—early life and younger adults—are stuck up in self-serving pleasures, pagan portray and piercing of frame portions, foul language, revealing apparel, pornography, dishonesty, and degrading sexual indulgence.

At the basis trust in proper and flawed, there’s an alarming distinction between the older and the more youthful generations. In keeping with survey knowledge of 20 years in the past, “79 p.c of American adults [believed] that ‘there are transparent pointers about what’s just right and evil that observe to everybody irrespective of the location.’”4 Against this, a more moderen ballot of faculty seniors means that “three-quarters of [them] imagine that the variation between proper and flawed is relative.”5

Many non secular leaders educate the life of God because the Final Lawgiver, by way of whose motion positive habits is actually proper and true and likely different habits is actually flawed and unfaithful.6Bible and Guide of Mormon prophets foresaw this time, when males could be “enthusiasts of pleasures greater than enthusiasts of God” (2 Timothy 3:4) and, certainly, when males would deny God (see Jude 1:4; 2 Nephi 28:5; Moroni 7:17; D&C 29:22).

On this bothered circumstance, we who imagine in God and the corollary reality of absolute proper and flawed have the problem of residing in a godless and an increasing number of amoral global. On this circumstance, all people—and particularly you of the emerging era—have an obligation to get up and talk as much as verify that God exists and that there are absolute truths His commandments identify. In doing so, we Latter-day Saints depend at the reality we sing within the hymn I quoted previous:

The pillar of reality will undergo to the final,

And its firm-rooted bulwarks outstand the impolite blast

And the ruin of the fell tyrant’s hopes.7

As I face this target audience of dedicated younger other people, I do know that a few of you will be questioning why I’m talking about what is apparent to you and what, you could suppose, is apparent to others. Recall the survey knowledge I discussed previous, suggesting that about three-quarters of all school seniors imagine the distinction between proper and flawed is relative.

I’ve selected to talk about reality as a result of lecturers in colleges, schools, and universities are educating and training relative morality. That is shaping the attitudes of many younger American citizens who’re taking their puts as the lecturers of our kids and the shapers of public attitudes throughout the media and standard leisure. This philosophy of ethical relativism denies what tens of millions of believing Christians, Jews, and Muslims imagine elementary, and this denial creates critical issues for all people. What believers must do about this introduces the second one of my dual topics: Tolerance.


Tolerance is outlined as a pleasant and truthful perspective towards unfamiliar evaluations and practices or towards the individuals who cling or follow them. As trendy transportation and communique have introduced all people into nearer proximity to other peoples and other concepts, now we have better want for tolerance. When I used to be a tender grownup, about sixty years in the past, it used to be solely in books and magazines that the majority American citizens have been uncovered to nice variations in cultures, values, and peoples. Now we enjoy such variations in tv and the Web, thru trip, and regularly in non-public interactions in our neighborhoods and {the marketplace}.

This better publicity to range each enriches our lives and complicates them. We’re enriched by way of associations with other peoples, which remind us of the fantastic range of the youngsters of God. However diversities in cultures and values additionally problem us to spot what can also be embraced as in line with our gospel tradition and values and what can’t. On this method range will increase the possibility of war and calls for us to be extra considerate in regards to the nature of tolerance. What’s tolerance, when does it observe, and when does it no longer observe?

This can be a more difficult query for individuals who verify the life of God and absolute reality than for individuals who imagine in ethical relativism. The weaker one’s trust in God and the less one’s ethical absolutes, the less the events when the tips or practices of others will confront one with the problem to be tolerant. As an example, an atheist has no want to make a decision what sorts and events of profanity or blasphemy can also be tolerated and what sorts must be faced. Individuals who don’t imagine in God or in absolute reality in ethical issues can see themselves as probably the most tolerant of individuals. For them, nearly the rest is going. “You do your factor, and I’ll do my factor” is the preferred description. This trust device can tolerate nearly any habits and nearly any individuals. Sadly, some who imagine in ethical relativism appear to have issue tolerating those that insist that there’s a God who must be revered and likely ethical absolutes that are meant to be seen.

3 Absolute Truths for Tolerance

I can say not more in regards to the tolerance or intolerance of nonbelievers. I’m talking to an target audience of Latter-day Saints who imagine in God and in absolute reality. What does tolerance imply to us and to different believers, and what are our particular demanding situations in making use of it?

I start with 3 absolute truths. I categorical them as an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, however I imagine that these types of concepts are shared by way of believers usually.

First, all people are brothers and sisters underneath God, taught inside their more than a few religions to like and do just right to each other. President Gordon B. Hinckley expressed this concept for Latter-day Saints:

Every people [from various religious denominations] believes within the fatherhood of God, even though we might fluctuate in our interpretations of Him. Every people is a part of a perfect circle of relatives, the human circle of relatives, little children of God, and subsequently brothers and sisters. We will have to paintings more difficult to construct mutual admire, an perspective of forbearance, with tolerance one for some other irrespective of the doctrines and philosophies which we might espouse.8

Notice that President Hinckley spoke of “mutual admire” in addition to tolerance. Talking at BYU a decade later, a Muslim student, Dr. Alwi Shihab, an Indonesian, elaborated that concept in those phrases: “To tolerate one thing is to discover ways to reside with it, even whilst you suppose it’s flawed and downright evil. . . . We will have to pass, I imagine, past tolerance if we’re to reach unity in our global.”

Depending at the teachings of the Quran, Dr. Shihab persisted: “We will have to admire this God-given dignity in each human being, even in our enemies. For the objective of all human members of the family—whether or not they’re non secular, social, political, or financial—needs to be cooperation and mutual admire.”9

Dwelling in conjunction with mutual admire for one some other’s variations is a problem in nowadays’s global. On the other hand—and right here I categorical a 2nd absolute reality—this residing with variations is what the gospel of Jesus Christ teaches us we will have to do.

The dominion of God is sort of a leaven, Jesus taught (see Matthew 13:33). A leaven—yeast—is hidden away within the higher mass till the entire is leavened, because of this raised by way of its affect. Our Savior additionally taught that His fans can have tribulation on the earth, that their numbers and dominions shall be small (see 1 Nephi 14:12), and that they’re going to be hated “as a result of they don’t seem to be of the arena” (John 17:14). However this is our position. We’re known as to reside with different kids of God who don’t percentage our religion or our values and who should not have the covenant duties now we have assumed. So it used to be that, on the conclusion of His ministry, Jesus prayed to the Father, “Now not that thou shouldest take them out of the arena, however that thou shouldest stay them from the evil” (John 17:15). We’re to be in the arena, however no longer of the arena.

Since fans of Jesus Christ are commanded to be a leaven—to not be taken out of the arena, however to stay in it—we will have to search tolerance from those that hate us for no longer being of the arena. As a part of this, we will be able to infrequently want to problem rules that will impair our freedom to follow our faiths, doing so in reliance on our constitutional rights to the unfastened workout of faith. As described by way of an lawyer supporting a Lutheran faculty in a case now earlier than america Best Courtroom, the massive fear is “the facility of other people of all faiths to figure out their courting with God and one some other with out the federal government having a look over their shoulder.”10 Because of this we want figuring out and toughen—together with your figuring out and toughen—once we will have to contend for non secular freedom.

We will have to additionally follow tolerance and admire towards others. Because the Apostle Paul taught, Christians must “apply after the issues which make for peace” (Romans 14:19) and, up to conceivable, “reside peaceably with all males” (Romans 12:18). Because of this, we must be alert to honor the nice we must see in all other people and in lots of evaluations and practices that fluctuate from our personal. Because the Guide of Mormon teaches:

All issues that are just right cometh of God. . . .

. . . Wherefore, each factor which inviteth and enticeth to do just right, and to like God, and to serve him, is encouraged of God.

Wherefore, take heed . . . that ye don’t pass judgement on . . . that which is just right and of God to be of the satan. [Moroni 7:12–14]

That solution to variations will yield tolerance and likewise admire.

Our tolerance and admire for others and their ideals does no longer purpose us to desert our dedication to the truths we perceive and the covenants now we have made. That could be a 3rd absolute reality: We don’t abandon the reality and our covenants. We’re forged as fighters within the struggle between reality and mistake. There’s no center flooring. We will have to get up for reality, even whilst we follow tolerance and admire for ideals and concepts other from our personal and for the individuals who cling them.

Whilst we will have to follow tolerance and admire for others and their ideals, together with their constitutional freedom to provide an explanation for and recommend their positions, we aren’t required to admire and tolerate flawed habits. Our responsibility to reality calls for us to hunt aid from some habits this is flawed. That is simple to look when it comes to excessive behaviors that the majority believers and nonbelievers acknowledge as flawed or unacceptable. As an example, we will have to all deplore homicide or different terrorist habits, even if executed by way of extremists within the title of faith. And we will have to all oppose violence and thievery.

The Two-Sided Coin of Tolerance and Reality

As to much less excessive behaviors, the place even believers disagree on whether or not or no longer they’re flawed, the character and extent of what we must tolerate is a lot more tricky to outline. Thus, a considerate LDS girl wrote me about her fear that “the arena’s definition of ‘tolerance’ appears to be an increasing number of used in the case of tolerating depraved life.” She requested how the Lord would outline “tolerance.”11

President Boyd Okay. Packer gave an impressed creation to this matter. Talking to an target audience of institute scholars 3 years in the past, he mentioned: “The phrase tolerance does no longer stand on my own. It calls for an object and a reaction to qualify it as a distinctive feature. . . . Tolerance is regularly demanded however seldom returned. Watch out for the phrasetolerance. This is a very volatile distinctive feature.”12

This impressed warning reminds us that for individuals who imagine in absolute reality, tolerance for habits is sort of a two-sided coin. Tolerance, or admire, is on one facet of the coin, however reality is at all times at the different. You can not possess or use the coin of tolerance with out being aware of all sides.

Our Savior implemented this idea. When He confronted the lady taken in adultery, Jesus spoke the comforting phrases of tolerance: “Neither do I condemn thee.” Then, as He despatched her away, He spoke the commanding phrases of reality: “Pass, and sin not more” (John 8:11). We must all be edified and bolstered by way of this situation of talking each tolerance and reality: kindness within the communique, however firmness within the reality.

Dealing with Profanity, Cohabitation, and Sabbath Breaking with Reality and Tolerance

Allow us to imagine learn how to observe that instance to a couple different behaviors. Any other considerate LDS member wrote:

In Mosiah 18:9 Alma tells us that once we are baptized we covenant “to face as ‘witnesses’ of God always and in all issues, and everywhere that ye could also be in.” . . . What does this scripture imply for our day and the way can or not it’s implemented by way of Latter-day Saints?

Dwelling within the project box, I regularly listen the title of the Lord taken in useless, and I even have acquaintances who inform me that they’re residing with their boyfriends. I’ve discovered that observance of the Sabbath is sort of out of date. How can I stay my covenant to face as a witness and no longer offend those other people?13

Profanity, cohabitation, and Sabbath breaking—superb examples as an example how Latter-day Saints may steadiness their competing tasks to reality and tolerance in their very own lives in those tricky cases.

I start with our non-public behavior, together with the educating of our kids. In making use of the infrequently competing calls for of reality and tolerance in those 3 behaviors and plenty of others, we must no longer be tolerant with ourselves. We must be dominated by way of the calls for of reality. We must be sturdy in holding the commandments and our covenants, and we must repent and give a boost to once we fall quick.

As President Thomas S. Monson taught us within the convention the place he used to be sustained as our prophet:

My younger buddies, be sturdy. . . . The face of sin nowadays regularly wears the masks of tolerance. Don’t be deceived; at the back of that faade is heartache, sadness, and ache. You already know what is correct and what’s flawed, and no hide, on the other hand interesting, can trade that. The nature of transgression stays the similar. In case your so-called buddies urge you to do the rest you recognize to be flawed, yoube the only to make a stand for proper, even though you stand on my own.14

In a similar way, with our kids and others now we have an obligation to show—akin to in our Church callings—our responsibility to reality is paramount. After all, educating efforts solely endure fruit throughout the company of others, so that they will have to at all times be executed with love, endurance, and persuasion.

I flip now to the duties of reality and tolerance in our non-public members of the family with pals who use profanity in our presence, who reside with a spouse out of wedlock, or who don’t apply the Sabbath day as it should be. How must we react towards and keep in touch with them?

Our legal responsibility to tolerance implies that none of those behaviors—or others we imagine deviations from the reality—must ever purpose us to react with hateful communications or unkind movements. However our legal responsibility to reality has its personal set of necessities and its personal set of blessings. After we “talk each guy reality together with his neighbour” (Ephesians 4:25), and once we “[speak] the reality in love” (Ephesians 4:15) because the Apostle Paul taught, we’re performing as servants of the Lord Jesus Christ, doing His paintings. Angels will stand with us, and He’s going to ship His Holy Spirit to lead us.

On this delicate subject we must first imagine whether or not or the level to which we must keep in touch to our pals what we all know to be true about their habits. Typically this determination can rely on how at once we’re in my opinion suffering from it.

Profanity persistently utilized in our presence is a suitable purpose for us to keep in touch the truth that that is offensive to us. Profanity used out of our presence by way of nonbelievers most definitely would no longer be an instance for us to confront the offenders.

Cohabitation we all know to be a major sin wherein Latter-day Saints will have to no longer interact, regardless of the cases. When practiced by way of the ones round us, it may be personal habits or one thing we’re requested to condone, sponsor, or facilitate. Within the steadiness between reality and tolerance, tolerance can also be dominant the place the habits does no longer contain us in my opinion. If the cohabitation does contain us in my opinion, we must be ruled by way of our responsibility to reality. As an example, it’s something to forget about critical sins when they’re personal; it’s rather some other factor to be requested to sponsor or impliedly endorse them, akin to by way of housing them in our personal houses.

On Sabbath observance, Latter-day Saints know that we’re taught to look at the Sabbath day otherwise than many different Christians. Maximum people are bothered by way of packed buying groceries facilities and different business actions at the Sabbath. In all probability we must give an explanation for our trust that our observance of the Sabbath, together with our participating of the sacrament, restores us spiritually and makes us higher other people for the remainder of the week. Then, to different believers, we may categorical appreciation for the truth that we percentage not unusual flooring on what’s maximum important as a result of each and every people believes in God and within the life of absolute reality, despite the fact that we fluctuate in our definitions of those basics. Past that, we must keep in mind the Savior’s educating that we must steer clear of competition (see 3 Nephi 11:29–30) and that our instance and our preaching must “be the caution voice, each guy to his neighbor, in mildness and in meekness” (D&C 38:41).

In all of this we must no longer presume to pass judgement on our neighbors or pals at the final impact in their behaviors. That judgment is the Lord’s, no longer ours. Even He avoided a last mortal judgment of the lady taken in adultery. Tolerance calls for a an identical refraining in our judgment of others.

4 Ideas of Reality and Tolerance When In search of Govt Motion

Having mentioned the balancing of reality and tolerance in our non-public habits and in our relationships with pals, I come to another and tougher circumstance. When believers input the general public sq. to check out to steer the making or the management of rules motivated by way of their ideals, they must observe some other ideas.

As younger adults, it’s possible you’ll surprise why I’m talking to you in regards to the ideas we must apply once we search govt motion, akin to by way of the legislature. You could say, “That could be a subject for senior Church government to care for.” I describe those ideas to you younger adults since you are present individuals and long term leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ, and it is very important make a decision some of these questions quicker than you suppose. It is very important know the way our efforts within the public sq. are knowledgeable by way of the steadiness between reality and tolerance.

Whether or not or how we may search to acquire rules that will compel or affect habits that we deem fascinating on account of our trust in God and His commandments is just too wide an issue for ok remedy within the concluding short while of my communicate. I can, subsequently, restrict myself to describing 4 paramount ideas that are meant to govern such an effort.

First, when believers in Jesus Christ take their perspectives of reality into the general public sq., they will have to search the muse of the Lord to be selective and sensible in opting for which true ideas they search to advertise by way of regulation or government motion. Normally, they must chorus from in quest of rules or administrative motion to facilitate ideals which might be unique to believers, such because the enforcement of acts of worship, even by way of implication. Believers can also be much less wary in in quest of govt motion that will serve ideas broader than simply facilitating the follow in their ideals, akin to rules relating to public well being, protection, and morals.

In any match, as defenders of the religion, believers can and will have to search rules that may maintain non secular freedom. Along side the ascendancy of ethical relativism, america is experiencing a worrying aid in general public esteem for faith. As soon as an authorised a part of American existence, faith is now suspect within the minds of many. To them it has transform one thing that will have to turn out its legitimacy as part of our public existence. Some influential voices even query the level to which our charter must offer protection to the unfastened workout of faith, together with the suitable to follow and pontificate non secular ideas.

This can be a important subject on which we who imagine in a Best Being who has established absolute proper and flawed in human habits will have to unite to insist on our time-honored constitutional rights to workout our faith, to vote our consciences on public problems, and to take part in elections and debates within the public sq. and within the halls of justice. In doing so we stand with angels. We will have to additionally stand shoulder to shoulder with different believers to maintain and give a boost to the liberty to recommend and follow our non secular ideals, no matter they’re. For this goal we will have to stroll in combination at the identical trail so as to protected our freedom to pursue our separate techniques when this is vital in step with our separate ideals. Guided by way of heaven on this righteous purpose, our phrases shall be candy and to find position within the hearts of many.

2nd, when believers search to advertise their positions within the public sq., their strategies and their advocacy must at all times be tolerant of the evaluations and positions of others who don’t percentage their ideals. We must no longer upload to the extremism that divides our society. As believers, we will have to at all times talk with love and display endurance, figuring out, and compassion towards our adversaries. Christian believers are underneath command to like their neighbors (see Luke 10:27), to forgive (see Matthew 18:21–35), and to do just right to those that despitefully use them (see Matthew 5:44). They must at all times keep in mind the Savior’s educating that we “bless them that curse [us], do just right to them that detest [us], and pray for them which despitefully use [us], and persecute [us]” (Matthew 5:44).

As believers, we must additionally body our arguments and positions in ways in which give a contribution to the reasoned dialogue and lodging which might be very important to democratic govt in a pluralistic society. Via this implies we will be able to give a contribution to the civility that is very important to maintain our civilization.

3rd, believers must no longer be deterred by way of the acquainted price that they’re seeking to legislate morality. Many spaces of the regulation are in response to Judeo-Christian morality and feature been for hundreds of years. Our civilization is in response to morality and can’t exist with out it. As John Adams declared: “Our Charter used to be made just for an ethical and non secular other people. It’s wholly insufficient to the federal government of some other.”15

Fourth, believers must no longer shrink from in quest of rules to deal with public prerequisites or insurance policies that help them in training the necessities in their religion the place the ones prerequisites or insurance policies also are favorable to the general public well being, protection, or morals. As an example, despite the fact that non secular ideals are at the back of many prison rules, and a few circle of relatives rules, such rules have a long-standing historical past of appropriateness in democratic societies. However the place believers are within the majority, they must at all times be delicate to the perspectives of the minority.

We Latter-day Saints are infrequently accused of being self-righteous and illiberal of others, particularly the place we’re within the majority or the place others are within the majority and our ideals purpose us to oppose them. Indisputably Latter-day Saints do want to be extra sensible and skillful in explaining and pursuing our perspectives and in exercising our affect when now we have it.

That’s the spirit of the two-sided coin of reality and tolerance. President Thomas S. Monson has supplied a very good instance of the follow of those dual virtues. Right through his existence he has been exemplary in achieving out and dealing with the individuals and leaders of alternative faiths in cooperative efforts on issues of not unusual hobby and within the Christian fellowship and fear that don’t have any denominational barriers.16

In spite of everything, the spirit of our steadiness of reality and tolerance is implemented in those phrases of President Gordon B. Hinckley:

Allow us to achieve out to these in our neighborhood who aren’t of our religion. Allow us to be just right neighbors, sort and beneficiant and gracious. Allow us to be taken with just right neighborhood reasons. There could also be eventualities, there shall be eventualities, the place, with critical ethical problems concerned, we can’t bend on issues of idea. However in such circumstances we will with courtesy disagree with out being unpleasant. We will recognize the sincerity of the ones whose positions we can’t settle for. We will talk of ideas slightly than personalities.17

The Reward to Know and the Reward to Consider

I shut with this assurance and this testimony: The Bible teaches that one of the vital purposes of a prophet is to be a “watchman” to warn Israel (see Ezekiel 3:17; 33:7). In revelation the Lord added this parable for contemporary Zion: “Set . . . a watchman upon the tower,” who will “[see] the enemy whilst he [is] but afar off” and provides caution to save lots of the “winery from the palms of the destroyer” (D&C 101:45, 54).

I’ve spoken to you as a type of watchmen at the matter the Spirit has assigned me. I guarantee you that my message is right. In case you have doubts about this, or when you have questions on learn how to observe those ideas to your personal existence, I encourage you to hunt steering from the similar supply.

At the broader query being broadly agitated by way of the atheists of our day, I proclaim my wisdom that God lives! His creations witness His life, and His servants listen and proclaim His voice. Fashionable revelation teaches that some have the reward “to grasp that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, . . . crucified for the sins of the arena,” and that it’s given to others “to imagine on their phrases” (D&C 46:13, 14). As person who is aware of, I invite you to imagine on my phrases.

I testify of Jesus Christ, the Lord of the winery. He’s our Savior, and He reaches out to each and every people with the undying invitation to obtain His peace by way of finding out of Him and by way of strolling in His method (see D&C 19:23):

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy encumbered, and I can provide you with leisure.

Take my yoke upon you, and be told of me; for I’m meek and lowly in middle: and ye shall to find leisure unto your souls.

For my yoke is simple, and my burden is gentle. [Matthew 11:28–30]

Within the title of Jesus Christ, amen.


1. “Oh Say, What Is Reality?” Hymns, 2002, no. 272.

2. Joseph F. Smith, GD, 1.

3. See “Riots in Britain: Anarchy in the United Kingdom,” Leaders, The Economist, 400, no. 8746 (13–19 August 2011): 14; Patrik Jonsson, “Is america a Country of Liars?” US Information, The Christian Science Track, 103, no. 35 (25 July 2011): 20–21;

4. Stephen L. Carter, The Tradition of Disbelief: How American Regulation and Politics Trivialize Non secular Devotion (New York: BasicBooks, 1993), 225.

5. “Tony & Cheesy: Campus Confidential,” Style, The Wall Boulevard Magazine, 5 July 2002, W11.

6. See, for instance, John Paul II: The Encyclicals in On a regular basis Language, third ed., ed. Joseph G. Donders (Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2005), 210–13; Harold Kushner, Who Wishes God(New York: Summit, 1989), 83–84.

7. “Oh Say, What Is Reality?” Hymns, 2002, no. 272.

8. Gordon B. Hinckley, TGBH, 665.

9. Alwi Shihab, “Development Bridges to Cohesion Via Figuring out,” BYU discussion board deal with, 10 October 2006);

10. Eric Rassbach, quoted in William McGurn, “Faith and the Cult of Tolerance,” The Wall Boulevard Magazine, 16 August 2011, A11.

11. Letter to Dallin H. Oaks, 14 Might 1998.

12. Boyd Okay. Packer, “Be Now not Afraid” (deal with on the Ogden Institute of Faith, 16 November 2008), 5; see additionally Bruce D. Porter, “Protecting the Circle of relatives in a Afflicted Global,” Ensign, June 2011, 12–18.

13. Letter to Dallin H. Oaks, 22 December 1987.

14. Thomas S. Monson, in CR, April 2008, 66; or “Examples of Righteousness,” Ensign, Might 2008, 65; emphasis in unique.

15. John Adams, from an deal with to officials of the military of Massachusetts, 11 October 1798, in The Works of John Adams, 2nd President of america, ed. Charles Francis Adams, 10 vols. (Boston: Little, Brown, 1850–1856), 9:229.

16. See Heidi S. Swinton, To the Rescue: The Biography of Thomas S. Monson (Salt Lake Town: Deseret Guide, 2010), particularly chapters 25 and 28 and pages 462–63.

17. Gordon B. Hinckley, TGBH, 662.

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