"We are Christians because we strive to obey both the Judeo-Christian commandment 'Thou shalt not kill' (Ex. 20:13) and the higher law given by Christ: 'Whosoever is angry with his brother... shall be in danger of the judgment.' (Matt. 5:22.) Christ was against anger, arguments, and contentions. His counsel was 'Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven.' (Matt. 5:4445.) It is our greatest desire to be obedient to him in this thing."
Robert E. Wells
"We Are Christians Because...,"
"Ensign," Jan. 1984, 18
"In the Talmud we read that he who saves one life is as if he had saved an entire world. Since the beginning of man, God has taught of an absolute respect for human life. From the very first moment of his being until the last breath of his life, there is a veneration for life which includes those in being, but not yet born."
James E. Faust
"The Sanctity of Life,"
"Ensign," May 1975, 27
"The ultimate act of destruction is to take a life. That is why abortion is such a serious sin. Our attitude toward abortion is not based on revealed knowledge of when mortal life begins for legal purposes. It is fixed by our knowledge that according to an eternal plan all of the spirit children of God must come to this earth for a glorious purpose, and that individual identity began long before conception and will continue for all the eternities to come. We rely on the prophets of God, who have told us that while there may be 'rare' exceptions, 'the practice of elective abortion is fundamentally contrary to the Lord's injunction, "Thou shalt not... kill, nor do anything like unto it" (D&C 59:6)' (1991 Supplement to the 1989 General Handbook of Instructions, p. 1)."
Dallin H. Oaks
"The Great Plan of Happiness,"
"Ensign," Nov. 1993, 74
"It is not enough to refrain from killing. We are rather under solemn obligation to respect life and to foster it. Far from taking a life, we must be generous in helping others to enjoy the necessities of life. And when this has been accomplished, we seek to improve the mind and the spirit."
Spencer W. Kimball
"Hold Fast to the Iron Rod,"
"Ensign," Nov. 1978, 6
"In the Talmud we read that he who saves one life is as if he had saved an entire world. Since the beginning of man, God has taught of an absolute respect for human life. From the very first moment of one's being until the last breath of his life, there is a veneration for life, which includes those in being but not yet born. One wise teacher tells us, 'One human life is as precious as a million lives, for each is infinite in value.' (Rabbi Immanuel Jacobovits.)" - James E. Faust, "To Reach Even unto You" [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1980], p. 68
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