Daily Messages

Words for You to Ponder Today


Freedom

  • "We are all invited, in our capacity as citizens, to share our personal witness with conviction and love."

    —Robert D. Hales, ""Preserving Agency, Protecting Religious Freedom,"
    Topics: Religious, Freedom

  • "[Satan] is fiercely undermining, opposing, and spreading confusion about religious freedom—what it is and why it is essential to our spiritual life and our very salvation."

    —Robert D. Hales, ""Preserving Agency, Protecting Religious Freedom,"
    Topics: Religious, Freedom

  • "As disciples of Jesus Christ we have a responsibility to work together with like-minded believers, to raise our voices for what is right."

    —Robert D. Hales, "Preserving Agency, Protecting Religious Freedom"
    Topics: Religious, Freedom

  • "The faithful use of our agency depends upon our having religious freedom."

    —Robert D. Hales, "Preserving Agency, Protecting Religious Freedom"
    Topics: Religious, Freedom

  • "We must not forget that moral agency is an essential part of God’s plan for all His children."

    —Robert D. Hales, "Preserving Agency, Protecting Religious Freedom"
    Topics: Religious, Freedom

  • "I believe one important way to move forward is to minimize talk of rights and to increase talk of responsibilities. From the standpoint of religion, I urge my fellow believers to remember that the scriptures contain very little talk of rights, only commandments that create responsibilities. Others, who choose to reason in pragmatic terms, should remember that we strengthen rights by encouraging the fulfillment of responsibilities."

    —Dallin H. Oaks, "Hope for the Years Ahead"
    Topics: Freedom

  • "It surely demeans free speech to reject it in a public setting because of the assumed motives of the speaker. The same result follows if speech is disqualified according to stereotypes affixed to the speaker. … I see a parallel between denying judicial access to a person on racial grounds and excluding public consideration of a person’s opinions on religious grounds."

    —Dallin H. Oaks, "Hope for the Years Ahead"
    Topics: Freedom

  • "I submit that religious leaders and religiously motivated persons should have the same privileges of speech and participation as any other persons or leaders and that churches should stand on at least as strong a footing as any other corporation when they enter the public square to participate in public policy debates. The precious constitutional right of free speech does not exclude any individual or any group, and the exercise of that right with religious speech is especially protected in view of the companion guarantee of the free exercise of religion."

    —Dallin H. Oaks, "Hope for the Years Ahead"
    Topics: Freedom

  • "To achieve our common goals we must have mutual respect for others whose beliefs, values, and behaviors differ from our own. This does not expect that we will deny or abandon our differences but that we will learn to live with others who do not share them. It will help if we are not led or unduly influenced by the extreme voices that are heard from various contending positions. Extreme voices polarize and create resentment and fear by emphasizing what is nonnegotiable and by suggesting that the desired outcome is to disable the adversary and achieve absolute victory. Such outcomes are rarely attainable and never preferable to living together in mutual understanding and peace"

    —Dallin H. Oaks, "Hope for the Years Ahead"
    Topics: Freedom

  • "Religious leaders and believers must unite to strengthen our freedom to teach what we have in common, as well as to teach and exercise our very real religious differences. We must walk shoulder to shoulder on the same path in order to secure our freedom to pursue our separate ways when that is necessary according to our distinctive beliefs. We must also insist on our constitutional right to exer­cise our beliefs and to voice our con­sciences on issues in the public square and in the halls of justice. These are the rights of all citizens, including religious believers, leaders, and organizations."

    —Dallin H. Oaks, "Hope for the Years Ahead"
    Topics: Freedom