contention

The prevalence of a spirit of contention amongst a people is a certain sign of deadness with respect to the things of religion. When men's spirits are hot with contention, they are cold to religion. - Jonathan Edwards

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Why the Church progresses

When he spoke to the National Press Club in March, 2000, President Hinckley shared some of the church’s beliefs and his thoughts on why it was growing:

  • “Our desire everywhere is to make bad men good and good men better.”

  • “We teach, we train, we build, we educate, we provide opportunity for growth and development. We give hope to those without hope, and there is nothing greater you can give a man or a woman than hope.”

  • “The genius of our work is that we expect things of our people. They grow as they serve and there are numerous opportunities to challenge them.”

  • “We are a church in whose name is the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. We bear witness of him and it is his example and his teachings we try to follow. We give love. We bring peace.”

  • “We think we are improving people’s lives. We think that we are causing them to stand taller, straighter and be better people, and when all is said and done that is purpose of any religion. We are trying to do our part and trying to do it in a very aggressive but practical and hard-headed way, if you please, so that we build on a strong foundation for the future.”

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