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10 Scriptures about the Value of Human Life

By Chakell Wardleigh

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    We may know that “the worth of souls is great in the sight of God” (D&C 18:10), but modern conditions and social pressures have blinded many people from this profound knowledge. As a result, choices are being made around the world that disregard the value of human life—and one of them is abortion.

    In his article “When Evil Appears Good and Good Appears Evil,” Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles discusses how he is especially concerned about climbing abortion rates. While visiting a Holocaust museum in 2016, he had a painful realization. He explains:

    “It is believed that more than one million Jewish children were killed during the Holocaust.

    “As I experienced the museum, I was overcome with emotion. Standing outside to regain my composure, I reflected on the horror of the experience and suddenly realized that in the United States alone, there are as many abortions every two years as the number of Jewish children killed in the Holocaust during the Second World War.

    “The Jewish children were killed because they were Jews, and there is no analogue to this in all history, but the intensity of my feeling was about the loss of children.”

    Regardless of what so many in the world believe and choose to do, every soul is priceless in our Heavenly Father’s eyes. Here are 10 eternal truths about just how valuable, precious, and irreplaceable each child of God is:

    1. Genesis 1:26–28

    2. Exodus 20:13

    3. Psalm 127:3

    4. Psalm 139:13–15

    5. Jeremiah 1:5

    6. Matthew 18:1–6

    7. 3 Nephi 17:21–24

    8. Doctrine and Covenants 18:10

    9. Doctrine and Covenants 132:19

    10. Moses 1:39

    Each life is truly a gift from God. We can honor His gift by cherishing our own lives as well as respecting and valuing the lives of others. We are precious in His sight, and by trusting Him and being diligent in our choices, we can share light and truth with the world around us.