Religious and Moral Revival?

President Harold B. Lee

Called Unto Liberty, 20th Century Sermons, Harold B. Lee

“It is a disturbing, confounding contradiction that the revival of religion has no parallel resurgence in morality. If the complex and illusive data could be plotted on a graph, it would show curves of religious vitality and of moral health moving in opposite directions.

“Thus far, the return to religion in our day has produced no corresponding moral fruitage. It raises the question as to the quality and worth of the religion.

“Either there will be moral revival flowering from religious revival, or the latter will fritter into futility. And our final state will be a religious sterility to match the moral anarchy.

Source: Harold B. Lee, “This is our Gospel,” Conference Report, October 1963, pp. 104-108.  Harold Bingham Lee was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the time of this talk, and in July 1972 became the eleventh President of the Church.

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