Extraordinary Effort will be Required

Elder Dallin H. Oaks
There is a battle over the meaning of [religious] freedom. The contest is of eternal importance, and it is your generation that must understand the issues and make the efforts to prevail.  Speech on Religious Freedom given at BYU-Idaho on October 13, 2009.

[The] constitutional guarantee of free exercise of religion….is in need of being defended.  Speech on Religious Freedom given at BYU-Idaho on October 13, 2009 (Part IV).

Elder Robert D. Hales
Our Savior’s Second Coming is drawing nearer. Let us not delay in this great cause. Remember Captain Moroni, who hoisted the title of liberty inscribed with the words “In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children.”  Alma 46:12.  Let us remember the people’s response: exercising their agency, they “came running together” with a covenant to act. Alma 46:21.  My beloved brothers and sisters, don’t walk! Run! Run to receive the blessings of agency by following the Holy Ghost and exercising the freedoms God has given us to do His will.  “Preserving Agency, Protecting Religious Freedom,” General Conference, April 2015.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
You are among the finest and best trained we have to defend, to advocate, to plead, and to appeal for the great faith, the strong families, and the religious freedom for which and upon which this republic was founded.  “Faith, Family, and Religious Freedom,” Clark Memorandum, Fall 2013, p. 29; see also “Faith, Family and Religious Freedom,” Remarks at Chapman University, February 26, 2015.

Elder Quentin L. Cook
The Church is a relatively small minority even when linked with people who are like-minded. It will be hard to change society at large, but we must work to improve the moral culture that surrounds us. Latter-day Saints in every country should be good citizens, participate in civic affairs, educate themselves on the issues, and vote.  Our primary emphasis, however, should always be to make any necessary sacrifices to protect our own family and the rising generation.  “Lamentations of Jeremiah: Beware of Bondage,” Ensign, Nov. 2013, pp. 90-91.

Extraordinary effort will be required to protect religious liberty. Our doctrine confirms what the U.S. founding fathers and political philosophers have advocated.  “No government can exist in peace, except such laws are framed and held inviolate as will secure to each individual the free exercise of conscience” (D&C 134:2).  “Restoring Morality and Religious Freedom,” Ensign, September 2012 (p. 38); see also Elder D. Todd Christofferson, “Watchmen on the Tower,” Clark Memorandum, Spring 2015, p. 7.

As Latter-day Saints, we need to do our best to preserve light and protect our families and communities from this assault on morality and religious freedom.  “Let There Be Light!” Ensign, November 2010 (p. 27).

Elder D. Todd Christofferson
Our task will be difficult and require constant vigilance, but it is of utmost importance.  “A Celebration of Religious Freedom,” Interfaith Address in São Paulo, Brazil, April 29, 2015


Elder L. Tom Perry
[W]e must…remember that religious freedom has obligations.  “Mormon Apostle Promotes Religious Freedom” (Video)

[The] essential freedoms of conscience embedded in religious liberty must be diligently preserved and protected.  “Mormon Apostle Promotes Religious Freedom” (Video)


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