"Here is the kernel of the whole matter. We need not worry about consensus, or reason, or opinion in matters of right and wrong. "The Spirit of Christ is given to every man, that he may know good from evil." Most of us know better than we do. As we discipline ourselves in line with our knowledge, in line with the inner convictions of our hearts, rather than the inclination to follow the crowd, we grow." - Gordon B. Hinckley, "Caesar, Circus or Christ?" "BYU Speeches of the Year," 26 October 1965, p. 7
"You will note that this statement makes no distinction as to whether it be labeled as religion, philosophy, science, or politics, or ugly dress patterns of today, or of the world of so-called entertainment." - Harold B. Lee, "General Conference Reports," October 1968, p. 60
"Let us remember that even though God had a foreknowledge of what 'would be' under certain conditions, it is not his will nor his desire that vice, injustice, and crime, disobedience and intolerance and bloodshed and war exist in the world. His purposes are to provide a way where men may find happiness and joy, peace, now and forever. Nevertheless, he will not interfere with the agency of men! But fortunately, according to Mormon's teaching: '...the Spirit of Christ is given to every man, that he may know good from evil;' and have a 'perfect knowledge,' whether it is of God or of the devil. (See Moroni 7:16.)" - ElRay L. Christiansen, "General Conference Reports," April 1957, p. 64
"In this conflict there are two influences that are brought to bear upon him. On the one hand 'the spirit of Christ is given to every man that he may know good from evil.' (Moroni 7:16.) This spirit is ever striving to lead us to God. And, on the other hand 'that which is evil cometh from the devil, for the devil is an enemy unto God and fighteth against him continually, and inviteth and enticeth to sin and to do that which is evil continually.' (Moroni 7:12) Thus, it will be seen that God is ever present to guard and protect us and deliver us from all evil. He is unchangeable for he has said: 'I am the Lord, I change not.' And then, too, Satan, with unrelenting zeal is endeavoring to carry out his evil purposes in leading men away from God and hence unto darkness and the bondage of sin, and 'to do that which is evil continually.' He shows no signs of reformation. The devil is absolutely incorrigible, and this is what the criminologists sometimes overlook and blame to 'the unchanging nature of human appetites.'" - Rulon S. Wells, "General Conference Reports," April 1938, p. 69
"As members of the Church we are not just cut loose and left to shift for ourselves in this world. That would be a terrible thing. We are not left adrift. That constant spiritual guidance that we have in the Church is a clear signal, if we live for it and if we follow it.... Inspiration can come, of course, from sources other than through the Holy Ghost." - Boyd K. Packer, "Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled," [Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft, 1991], p. 240
"All of us have been endowed with a conscience, sometimes referred to as the light or 'Spirit of Christ' (Moroni 7:16). Such power of feeling enables us to judge the goodness or badness of things so long as we live righteously. But if we sin and pollute our body, that power of feeling is numbed or lost completely, and we are left to our own resources. One weeps over those who drive the Spirit from their lives and who reach a state when they are 'past feeling' (1 Nephi 17:45) because they lose contact with pure religion." - Carlos E. Asay, "The Seven M's of Missionary Service," [Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft, 1996], p. 85
Here is a prophet speaking: “… for every thing which inviteth to do good, and to persuade to believe in Christ, is sent forth by the power and gift of Christ; wherefore ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of God.
“But whatsoever thing persuadeth men to do evil, and believe not in Christ, and deny him and serve not God, then ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of the devil; for after this manner doth the devil work; for he persuadeth no man to do good, no, not one; neither do his angels, neither do they who subject themselves unto him” (Moro. 7:16-17).
You will note that this statement makes no distinction as to whether it be labeled as religion, philosophy, science, or politics, or ugly dress patterns of today, or of the world of so-called entertainment. – Harold B. Lee, “Make Our Lord and Master Your Friend,” Ensign (CR) November 1968
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