Robert D. Hales: Our Duty to Defend Religious Liberty


05 April 2015

As we walk the path of spiritual liberty in these last days, we must understand that the faithful use of our agency depends upon our having religious freedom. …

There are four cornerstones of religious liberty:

The first cornerstone of religious liberty is freedom to believe

The second cornerstone of religious liberty is the freedom to share our faith and beliefs with others. …

The third cornerstone of religious liberty is the freedom to form a religious organization

The fourth cornerstone of religious liberty is the freedom to live our faith—free exercise of our faith not just in the home and in the chapel but also in public places. The Lord commands us not only to pray privately but also to go forth and “let our light so shine before men that they may see our good works and glorify our faith which is in heaven.” …

… Brothers and sisters, we are responsible to safeguard these sacred freedoms and rights for ourselves and our posterity. What can you and I do?

First, we can become informed. Be aware of the issues in your community that could have an impact on religious liberty.

Second, in your individual capacity, join with others who share our commitment to religious freedom. Work side by side to protect religious freedom.

Third, live your life to be a good example of what you believe—in word and deed. How we live our religion is far more important than what we may say about our religion.

Our Savior’s Second Coming is drawing nearer. Let us not delay in this great cause. Remember Captain Moroni, who hoisted the title of liberty inscribed with the words “In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children” (Alma 46:12). Let us remember the people’s response: exercising their agency, they “came running together” with a covenant to act (Alma 46:21).

My beloved brothers and sisters, don’t walk! Run! Run to receive the blessings of agency by following the Holy Ghost and exercising the freedoms God has given us to do His will.

Source: Robert D. Hales. Excerpts from his April 05, 2015 General Conference address (emphasis added). Robert D. Hales serves as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. © 2015 by Intellectual Reserve. All Rights Reserved.

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