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'We have heroes'

August 02, 2010
source: LDS Church News

Who and where are today's heroes?

In an age when the mass media can bring seemingly instant fame and adulation to an individual for whatever reason, it is common for people — especially the young — to admire well-known figures in sports, entertainment, politics and other fields, often viewing them as larger than life. It is sad indeed when such prominent persons fail to embody the ideals with which they are imbued by an admiring public.

Having been repeatedly disillusioned, we are led to wonder whether individuals in our day appropriately and consistently live up to this dictionary definition for hero: "any person ... admired for qualities or achievements and regarded as an ideal or model" (Webster's New World College Dictionary, Fourth Edition, IDG Books Worldwide Inc., 2001).

In many of his general conference addresses, talks to young men and young women, and messages delivered in firesides or via satellite broadcasts, President Thomas S. Monson has spoken of heroes, role models and individuals who have led lives worthy of emulation.

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