Wow, what an amazing article! I love the Ensign. I can’t pick it up without browsing through and reading at least half the articles in one sitting. It is impossible to read these words and not feel the spirit and desire to do better. I really enjoyed this article from June’s edition, Defending the Family in a Troubled World. I’ll just share a few of my favorite quotes from it:
“We live in a day when the love of many, even toward their own children, is waxing cold; a day when so many people love pleasures more than God; a day when good is called evil and evil good. Those who defend the traditional family, who stand for fidelity and chastity and all that once was considered wholesome and praiseworthy are mocked and ridiculed. On the other hand, those who see no problem with fatherless homes, who advocate abortion, who fight all attempts to limit pornography, and who seek to redefine the very essence of what a family is, are praised and upheld as champions of tolerance.”
“…the messages we constantly hear in media, entertainment, and advertising sound like this:
“You’re number one.”
“Do your own thing.”
Such messages are so pervasive that we unconsciously absorb them and sometimes repeat them. Yet they are diametrically opposite from the message of the Savior, as recorded in similar language in every one of the four gospels: “He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it” (Matthew 10:39).
We gain happiness and salvation not by blindly pursuing our own self and our own will. We gain salvation by submitting our will, indeed our very selves, to the will of God. We must lose ourselves to find ourselves.”
“Those who honor the calling of righteous parenthood will find their souls refined, their hearts purified, and their minds enlightened by the most important lessons of life. They will rise to far greater heights of happiness than those who engage in the narrow and ultimately unsatisfying pursuit of self.”
“Curiously enough, this new modern tolerance is often a one-way street. Those who practice it expect everyone to tolerate them in anything they say or do, but show no tolerance themselves toward those who express differing viewpoints or defend traditional morality…Believers of all faiths have every right to participate in and share their convictions in the public arena.”
I could share more…but really every paragraph is powerful…and while you’re at it check out the The Family: A Proclamation to the World which is referenced several times in this article.