“When we trust in the Lord that all will work out, this hope keeps us moving. . . . I am glad to practice it and to recommend it to counter all current despairs,” Elder Oaks counseled young adults while discussing the "unusually wide and ugly" divisiveness and "meanness" that has followed the presidential election.
Later, during his address, Elder Holland gave this blessing, "when those moments come, contemporary issues, historical complexities, personal problems at home, challenges in a mission or a marriage, wherever it is, I pray and ask and bless you to the end that you will be strong."
Just days before Donald Trump is to be sworn in as the president of the United States, LDS Church leader Elder Dallin H. Oaks urged a group of young adults to live out the next presidential term according to the results of democracy.
“I’m not making an argument for the outcome of the election, but I make an argument for the democracy on which our freedoms depend, and we cannot have democracy if we cannot accept outcomes with which we disagree as well as outcomes with which we agree,” said Elder Oaks, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
Elder Oaks was joined by fellow apostle Elder Jeffrey R. Holland in addressing students and young adults during a Wednesday devotional at the Salt Lake Institute of Religion, adjacent to the University of Utah.