President Dieter F. UchtdorfSecond Counselor in the First PresidencyMarch 2014
When I received the invitation to participate in this symposium, I felt like it was something close to my heart. I’m not entirely sure of all the reasons why, but I do know this: history is important. And keeping ourselves anchored to the lessons learned from history will enable us to emulate the best of what it means to be human. It can also help us avoid the worst. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, the German philosopher and idealist, said, “We learn from history that we do not learn from history,” which is supported by George Santayana, who said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.