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The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - The Eleventh Article of Faith

"Do not contend or debate over points of doctrine. The Master warned that 'the spirit of contention is not of me, but is of the devil.' (3 Ne. 11:29.) We are inconsistent if we resort to Satanic tactics in attempting to achieve righteous ends. Such inconsistency results only in frustration, loss of the Spirit, and ultimate defeat. Remember, 'We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege.' (Eleventh Article of Faith.)" Carlos E. Asay, "Opposition to the Work of God," Ensign, Nov. 1981, p. 68

"A person's freedom should never be suppressed by men, by Satan, nor by our Lord. Men should never be in bondage one to another. While Satan would like us under his control, God does not control the actions of men. He has given us our agency to combat the trials, temptations, and evils of every kind. However, he gives certain principles that, if followed, will lead us back to his presence. God's kingdom is founded upon perfect liberty. Every man, woman, and child has the right to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience. Each person alone is responsible to his creator for his individual acts." Delbert L. Stapley, "Using Our Free Agency," Ensign, May 1975, p. 22

"This love of which the Savior spoke, and which he emphasizes as being the most important thing in life, must begin in the home and then be carried into our daily lives. Tolerance and respect for others' beliefs must be taught in the home. Children must learn to love and live and play with those of differing beliefs, while being staunch and true to their own convictions and teachings." N. Eldon Tanner, "The Great Commandments," Ensign, July 1980, p. 3-4

"What credibility can possibly be given to a person who mocks beliefs held sacred by another? Anyone who would resort to these attacks unwittingly discloses his or her true character--or lack of the same. As members of the Church, we are appalled by such attacks. Hopefully, however, they make us more sensitive and extra careful not to make light of the sacred beliefs of other denominations." Glenn L. Pace, "Follow the Prophet," Ensign, May 1989, p. 26

"Let us reach out in friendship and love to our neighbors, including those of other faiths, thus helping to build better family-to-family relationships and greater harmony in our neighborhoods. Remember, too often our behavior is a bigger deterrent to others than is our doctrine. In the spirit of love for all men, women, and children, help them to understand and to feel accepted and appreciated." M. Russell Ballard, "Beware of False Prophets and False Teachers," "Ensign," Nov. 1999, p. 64

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