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KennethAugust 21, 2016

In thinking about the question of what to do I remembered a talk from Elder Carlos E. Asay at the October 1981 Conference called "Opposition to the Work of God". Maybe some of the principles in that talk can apply here. As for myself, I try to stick to the "basics" of the gospel and stay away from the contentiousness that has been part of this subject. Anger only feeds more anger.

J.R. BashamAugust 19, 2016

I believe Robert d. Hales answered that in his address in April conference 2015... "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 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." See link to article https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2015/04/preserving-agency-protecting-religious-freedom?lang=eng&_r=1

GaryAugust 17, 2016

Good scholarly article - always good information from Elder Holland - but he spoke mainly what we already know, and individually we are experiencing daily in our lives. But what are we to do? He suggests we continue to live our religion - but is that enough in today's declining society? Do we just settle down in the security of our beliefs, and let irreligion continue to intensify as we take comfort in our rightness. The evil is well organized and becoming stronger. Do we wait patiently and humbly for it to overtake us and fulfill the prophecy of growing and intense persecution? What's a member to do?

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