The Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ is the heart and core and center of revealed religion.

Elder Bruce R. McConkie Christ and the Creation

In addition to protecting our own families, we should be a source of light in protecting our communities. The Savior said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Our day has been described as “a time of plenty and an age of doubt.” Basic belief in the power and authority of God is not only questioned, but also denigrated. How under these circumstances can we promote values in a way that will resonate with the non-believers and the apathetic and help abate the spiraling descent into violence and evil?

The question is of monumental importance…

I believe that light and truth will be preserved in our time. In all nations there are large numbers who worship God and feel accountable to Him for their conduct. Some observers believe there is actually a global revival of faith. As Church leaders we have met with leaders of other faiths and have found that there is a common moral foundation that transcends theological differences and unites us in our aspirations for a better society.

We also find the majority of people art still respectful of basic moral values. But make no mistake there are also people who are determined to both destroy faith and reject any religious influence in society…The power and influence of these people is very large even in they are relatively small in number…

In our increasingly unrighteous world it is essential that values bases on religious belief be part of the public discourse. Moral positions informed by a religious conscience must be accorded equal access to the public square. Under the constitutions of most countries a religious conscience may not be given preference, but neither should it be disregarded.

Elder Quentin L. Cook
Saturday Afternoon Session, General Conference, October 2, 2010

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