Latter-day Saint Life

Elder Cook: Why We Cannot Abandon What "Gives Meaning to This Life"


While the world often disregards basic moral values, their importance is what helps shape society and give meaning to life. 

And recently, Elder Quentin L. Cook shared a Facebook post about just how important this basic moral high ground is to everyone, including Church members.

I am deeply concerned that faith, accountability to God, and religious freedom are so often seen as antithetical to our modern secular society. I am equally concerned that the foundations which have historically supported faith, accountability to God, and the religious impulse are increasingly being marginalized in a secular world. They are derided and even banished from the public square. We cannot abandon the basic moral high ground that gives meaning to this life and has guided civilizations for centuries.
In looking at society at large, the teaching and training of the younger generation—the rising generation—is a primary responsibility of the family and of the Church. We must teach and share the serious moral values required in any civilized society. These values include being grateful for the sacrifice and goodness of one’s forebearers, being humble about what one does not know, being civil in our relationships with others, and trusting in a higher power than one’s self. For people who share my beliefs, it means having faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His Atonement.

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