The world is full of opportunities missed. Many of the impressive talks of this conference have told of people who failed to accept the gospel when presented; of dropouts from high school, college, and employment; of waste through drugs and immoralities; of failures to accept Church and community service; of bypassing a proselyting mission; of a temporary civil marriage substituted for a permanent eternal one; of the use of the pill, abortion, and other means of damaging or destroying the family and home life so strongly urged as vital to our continued civilization. All this reminds us that though we must be in the world, we need not be of the world. (John 17:11,14-16)
Source: Spencer W. Kimball, “The Years That The Locust Hath Eaten,” Conference Report, October 1970, pp. 68-72. Spencer W. Kimball (March 28, 1895 – November 5, 1985) in 1954 was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. On December 30, 1973 he became the twelfth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1973 until his death in 1985.
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