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LDS Church News: The quest for virtue

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It seems as if our world is becoming more and more polarized. Those who could rightly be identified as financially wealthy grow in numbers, as do those millions who slide, in an ever-increasing number, below the line of poverty.Ours is an era of information explosion but also a day when time-honored values and morality have slipped, perhaps to their lowest levels; our decency simply has not kept pace with our discoveries. Never have we had more easy access to the records of the past, but it appears that moderns are failing to learn the poignant lessons from the ancients, lessons that relate the sad tale of how they were crushed beneath the weight of their own pride, greed and immorality.Nephi was shown in vision a time, presumably yet future to our day, when the whore of all the earth, the great and abominable church, would sit "upon many waters; and she had dominion over all the earth, among all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people." Nephi also "beheld the church of the Lamb of God, and its numbers were few, because of the wickedness and abominations of the whore who sat upon many waters; nevertheless, I beheld that the church of the Lamb, who were the saints of God, were also upon all the face of the earth" (1 Nephi 14:11-12). Before the Lord of hosts returns in glory to assume leadership of the planet, rampant evil and perversion in Babylon will stand in stark contrast to the consummate righteousness and single-mindedness of Zion, the society of the pure in heart (Doctrine and Covenants 97:21).See the full story on ldschurchnews.com.

This story is provided by the LDS Church News, an official publication of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is produced weekly by the Deseret News.