Immersion in the scriptures is essential

A Way of Life, Elder Quentin L. Cook

Soon after Ezra Taft Benson was called as an Apostle in 1943, President George Albert Smith1 counseled, “Your mission … is to … warn the people … in as kind a way as possible that repentance will be the only panacea for the ills of this world.”2 When this statement was made, we were in the midst of the conflagration of World War II.

Today moral deterioration has escalated. One prominent writer recently said, “Everyone knows the culture is poisonous, and nobody expects that to change.”3 The constant portrayal of violence and immorality in music, entertainment, art, and other media in our day-to-day culture is unprecedented. This was dramatically described by a highly respected Baptist theologian when he stated, “The spiritual immune system of an entire civilization has been wounded.”4

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Immersion in the scriptures is essential for spiritual nourishment.5 The word of God inspires commitment and acts as a healing balm for hurt feelings, anger, or disillusionment.6 When our commitment is diminished for any reason, part of the solution is repentance.7 Commitment and repentance are closely intertwined.


3. George Albert Smith was then President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. He would become President of the Church on May 21, 1945. (See Deseret News 2012 Church Almanac [2012], 98.)
4. George Albert Smith, in Sheri L. Dew, Ezra Taft Benson: A Biography (1987), 184.
5. Peggy Noonan, “The Dark Night Rises,” Wall Street Journal, July 28–29, 2012, A17.
6. Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr., president, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, presentation to religious leaders, New York City, Sept. 5, 2012.

7. See John 5:39; Amos 8:11; see also James E. Faust, “A Personal Relationship with the Savior,” Ensign, Nov. 1976, 58–59.
8. See Alma 31:5.
9. See Alma 36:23–26.

Excerpt from Elder Quentin L. Cook’s October 2012 General Conference address, Can Ye Feel So Now.  Elder Quentin L. Cook is a member of the Quorum of The Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. View Elder Quentin L. Cook’s full address here.