Be a Righteous Example
Elder Dallin H. Oaks
In applying the sometimes competing demands of truth and tolerance…we should not be tolerant with ourselves. We should be ruled by the demands of truth. We should be strong in keeping the commandments and our covenants, and we should repent and improve when we fall short. "Truth and Tolerance," CES Fireside, September 11, 2011 (Part IV).
Elder Robert D. Hales
[L]ive your life to be a good example of what you believe—in word and deed. How we live our religion is far more important than what we may say about our religion. “Preserving Agency, Protecting Religious Freedom,” General Conference, April 2015.
Elder Quentin L. Cook
[B]e a righteous example. You must not be in camouflage as to who you are and what you believe. “Restoring Morality and Religious Freedom,” Ensign, September 2012 (p. 35).
Those who feel accountable to God have a responsibility to live upright lives of service to God and our fellowman, to obey the law, and to be good citizens, neighbors, and friends in all we do. As we do so, ordinary citizens and government officials alike will be more inclined to see the value of religion and to respect the basic principles that allow us to freely live it. There is no better demonstration of the great benefits associated with religious liberty than for devoted members of various faiths who feel accountable to God to model principles of integrity, morality, service, and love. As others see the goodness of individuals and families—goodness that is founded in strong faith and character—they will be much more likely to speak up in defense of the religious freedoms that allow us to be who we are. Notre Dame Sydney School of Law Religious Liberty Lecture, Sydney, Australia, May 27, 2015
Elder D. Todd Christofferson
[T]he Church and society need you to be examples of the believers, in word and deed. Elder Cook has said, “One of the reasons the attack on moral and religious principles has been so successful is the reluctance of people of faith to express their views.” We need you to speak up—to express your views and defend the faith. And we need you to do so with respect for the beliefs of others and with dignity and decency as disciples of Jesus Christ. And, just as important, you must live your faith so that others—inside and outside the legal community—will see your good works, experience your genuine love and friendship, and feel the Spirit working through you. Because as they do, they will want to listen to you and understand when you say your religious freedom is being abridged. They may not agree with you or even understand entirely the issue that is so important to you. But if they know you and respect you because you are a true disciple of Christ, they will be far more inclined to work toward a solution that respects the religious freedoms of both you and the Church. Elder D. Todd Christofferson, “Watchmen on the Tower,” Clark Memorandum, Spring 2015, p. 11.