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"With the enemy combined, it is so vital to keep 'in the right way.' Moro. 6:4. Orthodoxy in thought and behavior brings safety and felicity as the storms come, including 'every wind of doctrine.' See Eph. 4:14. Happily, amid such winds the Holy Ghost not only helps us to recognize plain truth but also plain nonsense!" - Neal A. Maxwell, "Behold, the Enemy Is Combined," Ensign, May 1993, 78

"So if you really desire to avoid deceptions, if you really desire to do that which is right and proper, then you take advantage of the safeguard that the Lord has given you in the organization of this Church. And you remember that if you will follow the teachings of your inspired prophets, seers, and revelators, of your apostles, of your pastors and teachers, your bishops and your stake presidents, you won't need to wonder whether or not such and such a doctrine is a deception, whether it is false or whether it is true, because those authorized servants of the Lord will lead you into paths of righteousness, and they will keep you on the right track." - Mark E. Petersen, "Conference Report," October 1945, Afternoon Meeting, p. 92

“Satan is abroad in the land, deceiving the nations, and he will deceive us unless we are firmly grounded in the faith, unless we base our salvation on truth, unless we search for gospel knowledge. and understanding. The Lord has required of us, as he sets it forth in many of the revelations given to the Church, that we should search the, scriptures, and make ourselves familiar with the teachings they contain. If we will do this then, we will not be led astray by every wind of doctrine and foolish teaching of men in the world, but will have power to understand and discern between truth and error and choose the right, avoiding that which is wrong. Every member of this Church has it within his power to know the truth, so that he may not be deceived. This knowledge will come to us through our study, through faith, through perseverance, and through living in full accord with the ordinances of the gospel." - Joseph Fielding Smith, “Conference Report,” April 1928, Second Day—Morning Meeting, p. 68

“The world is full of philosophy. One prominent and intelligent writer has called these theories ‘scientific fiction.’ I think he is right. We have the theories of evolution, of higher criticism, the ideas that prevail in the schools throughout our land that are dangerous, that are striking at the fundamentals of the gospel of Jesus Christ, trying to destroy the faith in the minds of the students who attend the schools. We are troubled with it…, and the colleges throughout the country are full of it, and the professors teach it; they believe in it, at least they profess to believe in it; and it seems to me that the sole purpose of it is to undermine and destroy the gospel of Jesus Christ.” - Joseph Fielding Smith, “Doctrines of Salvation,” 3 vols., edited by Bruce R. McConkie, 1:320

From the earliest days of the Christian church, spurious gospels have been taught—not really gospels, as Paul pointed out, for there is only one gospel of Christ. Today is not different. We are surrounded by frustrations and advances in thought and learning which raise questions and doubts. These seem to drag men down and destroy faith and morality. Where, then, is hope in this world of frustration and moral decay? It lies in the knowledge and understanding of the truths taught by the Master, which must be taught by the Church of Christ without deviation and believed in and lived by its membership. These are eternal truths and will be so in perpetuity regardless of changing circumstances in society, development of new scientific achievements, or increase of man’s knowledge. -
Howard W. Hunter, “Of the World or of the Kingdom?” Ensign (CR) November 1973

Have you seen a real mirage in the distance with lakes and trees and dwellings and castles and water, but as the thirsty traveler moves on and on and on through it, he finds it but an illusion, and when he has gone too far to return he stumbles choking in the desert deception. That is like life—wealth and pride, wit and physical charm, popularity and flattery are the shadows of the nothingness that can bring us only disappointment and frustration. - "The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball," edited by Edward L. Kimball, p. 153

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