The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - "No Graven Images"

"If you are worshipping false gods—such as football, baseball, golf, tennis, or money or technology or automobiles or houses or gold or silver—and you can tell what a man worships by what he does on Sunday—repent and start worshipping the true and living God, the maker of heaven and earth and all things that in them are."

Hartman Rector Jr. 
"The Resurrection," 
"Ensign," Nov. 1990, 77–78

"We are Christians because, like the early Christians, we have no graven images or any other objects of idolatrous worship. (See Ex. 20: 46.) Nor do we feel that it is proper to make medals, relics of ancient times, icons, or even the cross or other man-made objects part of our worship of the true and living God. Of course we adorn our parks and our buildings with statues and we display pictures of the Savior and others in prominent places, but we attach no undue religious significance to such things made by man."

Robert E. Wells 
"We Are Christians Because...," 
"Ensign," Jan. 1984, 17

"With wealth, splendor, and earthly glory spread before them, Satan said unto him, 'All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.' (Matt. 4:9.) In a final ploy Satan was falling back on one of his false but fundamental propositions, one which resulted in his leading one-third of the hosts from heaven and continues to direct his miserable efforts against the children of men here on earth. It is the proposition that everyone has a price, that material things finally matter most, that ultimately you can buy anything in this world for money."

Howard W. Hunter 
"The Temptations of Christ," 
"Ensign," Nov. 1976, 18

"Prophets have admonished us to forsake the world and turn our hearts to Jesus Christ, who promised us, 'In this world your joy is not full, but in me your joy is full' (D&C 101:36; emphasis added). Said President Spencer W. Kimball, 'If we insist on spending all our time and resources building up a worldly kingdom, that is exactly what we will inherit' ('The False Gods We Worship,' Ensign, June 1976, 6). How often are we so focused on pursuing the so-called good life that we lose sight of eternal life? It is the fatal spiritual equivalent of selling our birthright for a mess of pottage."

Sheri L. Dew 
"We Are Women of God," 
"Ensign," Nov. 1999, 97-98

"From the time when the Lord created man in his own image and likeness, men have created false gods to worship, such as golden calves, sculptured images, etc.; and billions through the centuries including the very elect have been deceived and misled. The sacred purpose of eternal life is to know the only true God and Jesus Christ. 'This is life eternal,' Jesus said, 'that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.' (John 17:3.)"

Bernard P. Brockbank 
"The Living Christ," 
"Ensign," May 1977, 27

“Most of you are here today only because you believe that this charade will help you get ahead in the world. But in the last few years things have got out of hand. The economy, once the most important thing in our materialistic lives, has become the only thing. We have been swept up in a total dedication to the economy which, like the massive mudslides of our Wasatch Front, is rapidly engulfing and suffocating everything. If President Kimball is ‘frightened and appalled’ by what he sees, I can do no better than to conclude with his words: ‘We must leave off the worship of modern-day idols and a reliance on the 'arm of flesh,' for the Lord has said to all the world in our day, 'I will not spare any that remain in Babylon' (D&C 64:24).’ And Babylon is where we are.” - Hugh Nibley, “Brother Brigham Challenges the Saints,” edited by Don E. Norton and Shirley S. Ricks, p. 507

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