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Elder Cook responds to bishop slaying

Our hearts go out to Bishop Sannar's family and we mourn with and pray for them, together with their friends and ward members. It is a tragic event. We are confident that the extended family, friends, ward members, the community and the Church will stay close to this family and bless them in every possible way.

Some have asked about security at our Church meetings. Let me assure you that participation in Church meetings and Church service is not only spiritually rewarding but the right thing to do. It is also exceptionally safe. While rare incidents occur, Church attendance and Church service have a long history of being among the safest activities in which we can engage.

It is also important to understand that principles grounded in moral agency sometimes result in heartbreaking consequences in this life. Our Church history is evidence that other faithful leaders have been subject to tragic events.

The ultimate safety in all that we do in life is the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Our doctrine is clear. Through his Atonement, Jesus Christ fulfilled his Father's purpose and made it possible for each of us to enjoy immortality and eternal life. The Savior's Atonement not only provides for the assurance of eternal life and reunion with our loved ones, but all that is unfair about life can be made right through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the primary security in this life.

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