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“Preserving agency, protecting religious freedom” by Robert D. Hales

KATY BURTON | Scroll Photography

KATY BURTON | Scroll Photography

Elder Robert D. Hales spoke about moral agency and God’s eternal plan.

“To keep the commandments, we need to know the official doctrine of the Church so we are not diverted from Christ’s leadership by ever-changing whims of individuals,” Hales said.

He said our agency depends on religious freedom, and Satan does not want us to have this freedom.

He said we need to protect our religious freedom.

He said there are four cornerstones the Latter-day Saints must protect.

“The first is freedom to believe,” he said. “No one should be criticized, persecuted, or attacked by individuals or governments for what he or she believes about God.”

He said the second cornerstone is the freedom to share our beliefs with others.

“As parents, full-time missionaries and member missionaries, we rely on religious freedom in order to teach the Lord’s doctrine in our families throughout the world,” he said.

He said the third cornerstone is the freedom to form a religious organization and to worship peacefully with others.

The 11th Article of Faith says “We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.”

He said the fourth cornerstone is the freedom to live our faith.

“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] Father which is in heaven.”

He said we are responsible to safeguard these sacred freedoms and rights.

He said we can become informed, join with others who share our commitment to religious freedom and live your life to be a good example of what you believe.

“My beloved brothers and sisters, don’t walk: run,” Elder Hales said. “Run to receive the blessings of agency by following the Holy Ghost and exercising the freedoms God has given us to do His will.​”


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