The answer to all of our problems—personal, national, and international—has been given to us many times by many prophets, ancient to modern. Why must we grovel in the earth when we could be climbing toward heaven! The path is not obscure. Perhaps it is too simple for us to see. We look to foreign programs, summit conferences, land bases. We depend on fortifications, our gods of stone; upon ships and planes and projectiles, our gods of iron—gods which have no ears, no eyes, no hearts (Dan. 5:23). We pray to them for deliverance and depend upon them for protection. Like the gods of Baal, they could be “talking or pursuing or on a journey or peradventure sleeping” (1 Kgs. 18:27) when they are needed most. And like Elijah, we might cry out to our world:
“How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow him” (1 Kgs. 18:21).
Source: Spencer W. Kimball, “A Prophet is Born,” General Conference, April 1960, pp. 83-86. Spencer W. Kimball served as the twelfth President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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