This then is the standard: If a principles promotes well-being and initiative and strengthens the morale and character of a person, it is good for man. If it increases self- reliance, moral courage, service, and integrity, it is a principle of truth which will contribute to inward strength and true security. If the course tends toward perfection, as charted by Jesus the Christ, it is indeed desirable and will ultimately free mankind.
“Ye shall know the TRUTH and the TRUTH shall make you FREE.” In these words the Master pointed out that the fundamental characteristic of TRUTH is FREEDOM. Every principle of truth, properly applied, will free man from doubts, from fears, suspicions, prejudices, and those qualities which make for misunderstanding, pride, lust, and selfishness. Every principle of truth in its own domain can free man to achieve the greatest good, the most majestic nobility of which he is capable. Each new truth challenges man to greater achievement and service.
Using this simple standard you may examine each issue with confidence. It matters not whether the inquiry at hand be a consideration of politics, science, ethics, or religion. If it is a true principle it will stimulate man to greater achievement of the kind which builds true character and lasting inward security.
Source: Ezra Taft Benson. Church News, June 13, 1953. Ezra Taft Benson (1899-1994) served as thirteenth President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and as Secretary of Agriculture for both terms of Dwight D. Eisenhower’s presidency.