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[Conference Cud] Satan isn't as powerful as he is loud

14 May 2015

As I posted before, I'm going back through the April 2015 Conference talks in detail (I call it "chewing the conference cud"). I was impressed this past week studying Elder Perry's amazing talk: "Why Marriage and Family Matter—Everywhere in the World." Here are some of the highlights I got out of it:

Yes, the world is becoming increasingly wicked

We now live in a culture of the temporary, in which more and more people are simply giving up on marriage as a public commitment.... 
Immorality and amorality, ranging from graphic violence to recreational sex, is portrayed as the norm and can cause those who have mainstream values to feel like we are out of date or from a bygone era. In such a media and Internet-dominated world, it has never been harder to raise responsible children and to keep marriages and families together.

But it's not as bad as it seems

Public opinion polls show that marriage is still the ideal and the hope among the majority of every age group—even among the millennial generation, where we hear so much about chosen singleness, personal freedom, and cohabitation instead of marriage. The fact is that strong majorities worldwide still want to have children and to create strong families...

The solid majority of mankind still believes that marriage should be between one man and one woman. They believe in fidelity within marriage, and they believe in the marriage vows of “in sickness and in health” and “till death do us part...”
Marriage and family are still the aspiration and ideal of most people and that we are not alone in those beliefs.

Satan isn't as powerful as he is loud

One problem is that much of the media and entertainment that the world shares does not reflect the priorities and values of the majority. For whatever reasons, too much of our television, movies, music, and Internet present a classic case of a minority masquerading as a majority.

I will also sneak in Elder Oak's comment from earlier that day talking about the media: "[Our is] an age dominated by the Internet, which magnifies messages that menace faith." Satan likes to pretend that he is already "the god of this world" (2 Cor 4:4). He would love us to think that the masses are all bending to his will, but that's simply not the case. There are good people of all faiths (and no faith) rising up in defense of truth. It's just rare that you read about them on the news.

We must stand for marriage

As a church, we want to assist in all that we can to create and support strong marriages and families. 

That is why the Church actively participates in and provides leadership to various coalitions and ecumenical efforts to strengthen the family. It is why we share our family-focused values in the media and on social media. It is why we share our genealogical and extended family records with all nations. 

We want our voice to be heard against all of the counterfeit and alternative lifestyles that try to replace the family organization that God Himself established. We also want our voice to be heard in sustaining the joy and fulfillment that traditional families bring. We must continue to project that voice throughout the world in declaring why marriage and family are so important, why marriage and family really do matter, and why they always will.

More conference cud to come...

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