We live in an interesting period of the history of mankind

Howard W. Hunter
14th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Called Unto Liberty, 20th Century Sermons, Howard W. Hunter

We live in an interesting period of the history of mankind. The slow pace of man’s progress from the beginning gradually commenced to accelerate and gain speed. Today we find advancement moving at such increased momentum that we are often frightened by the thoughts of the future. Man takes pride in the rapid strides of science that have created conveniences for his everyday living. His health has been improved by the progress of medicine, and his life-span has been extended. Sweeping reforms in many areas of society have enhanced his well-being. Business and industry are moving forward at a pace never before known, and this generation has the highest standard of living ever enjoyed by man. We are proud to be living in a modern world of achievement.

Progress brings concern

Will all of this spiraling progress be good for man in the years that lie ahead? Will it be beneficial in every respect to our children and grandchildren? We would agree, no doubt, that many things give us concern. What of the future of the family and home life, which in past generations have been great stabilizing forces in society? What of the solidarity of community and national life? What of the future of our economy, as the consequence of inflation and increased debt? What of the modern course of deterioration of morality and its effect upon individuals, families, nations, and the world? We are forced to admit that what we term as progress brings with it many consequences of serious concern.

Source: Howard W. Hunter, “Where Then is Hope?” Conference Report, October 1970, pp. 129-132. Howard W. Hunter was a member of the Council of the Twelve Apostles at the time of this talk, and later became the Fourteenth President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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