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"In themselves these objects [Liahona, etc.] were nothing; they did not work by magic, a power that resided in the objects themselves so that a person has only to get hold of the magical staff, seal, ring, robe, book of Moses or Solomon or Peter in order to become master of the world. The aids and implements that God gives to men work on no magic or automatic or mechanical principle, but only 'according to the faith and diligence and heed which we . give unto them' (1 Ne. 16:28) and cease to work because of wickedness (see 1 Ne. 18:12)." - Hugh Nibley, "Ancient Temples: What Do They Signify?" Ensign, Sept. 1972, p. 48

“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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