A Call for Pioneers who Defend Freedom

President Thomas S. Monson, 16th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Credit: © 2011 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.
President Thomas S. Monson
Credit: © 2011 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

Called Unto Liberty, 21st Century Sermons

Thomas S. Monson, July 2013

In the decades since the end of World War II, standards of morality have lowered again and again. Crime spirals upward; decency careens downward. Many are on a giant roller coaster of disaster, seeking the thrills of the moment while sacrificing the joys of eternity. Thus we forfeit peace.

We forget how the Greeks and Romans prevailed magnificently in a barbaric world and how that triumph ended—how a slackness and softness finally overcame them to their ruin. In the end, more than they wanted freedom, they wanted security and a comfortable life; and they lost all—comfort and security and freedom.

Do not yield to Satan’s enticements; rather, stand firm for truth. The unsatisfied yearnings of the soul will not be met by a never-ending quest for joy amidst the thrills of sensation and vice. Vice never leads to virtue. Hate never promotes love. Cowardice never gives courage. Doubt never inspires faith.

… A dictionary defines a pioneer as “one who goes before to prepare or open up the way for others to follow.” Can we somehow muster the courage and steadfastness of purpose that characterized the pioneers of a former generation? Can you and I, in actual fact, be pioneers?

I know we can be. Oh, how the world needs pioneers today!

Source: Thomas S. Monson, excerpt from “The World Needs Pioneers Today,” July 2013 Ensign. Thomas S. Monson serves as the 16th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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