My brothers and sisters and friends, and this includes the unseen listening audience hearing this service this afternoon, I wish to express a few thoughts which to me appear timely and important. I am deeply concerned with the unmoral and unethical trends in our society and the American way of life established by the founding fathers of our beloved country. The very foundations of moral and ethical behavior are crumbling about us. This President David O. McKay pointed out so poignantly and eloquently to us this morning. Satan seems to have power over his dominions.
There are many-headed serpents at work in the world, and often unknowingly, or unwittingly, but certainly unwisely, some folk play into the hands of wicked, designing men and endorse and promote their crafty schemes and plans which are evil and harmful to the society of decent men and women. These evil influences which are insidiously creeping in among us paint an alarming view for the future if we do not awaken and take proper action to reverse these undesirable trends.
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We must be an alert people, ever defending our rights, liberties, and ideals by active and interested participation in all which concerns us. Throughout this nation many doors in devious ways are being opened to the underworld with their racketeering and evil designs. It seems so many of us who could act cooperatively and legitimately according to just purposes and procedures conform by coercion because it is the order of the lay, rather than take an active part for that which is right and be courageous enough to stand up and be counted for being on the side To assure security of righteous purpose, the Lord has warned and counseled:
“. . . when the wicked rule the people mourn.
“Wherefore, honest men and wise men should be sought for diligently, and good men and wise men ye should serve to uphold; otherwise whatsoever is less than these cometh of evil” (D&C 98:9-10).
There are many do-gooders and preferential organized interests which confuse many issues and tend to dominate by coercion and intimidation the minds and the morale of men. Honest and honorable men and women are instant subjects of deception by the unscrupulous, ambitious agents of darkness.
Source: Delbert L. Stapley, “Keep the Faith,” Conference Report, April 1965, pp. 22-26. Delbert L. Stapley was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and served in the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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