general conference, moderate, unify, political discourse
In the April 1997 general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, then-Elder Henry B. Eyring stated, “When the words of prophets seem repetitive, that should rivet our attention.” Repetition, he asserted, means the Lord’s servants are “warning the people, telling them the way to safety.” In both the October 2020 and the April 2021 general conferences, President Dallin H. Oaks stressed the importance of the rule of law and the best ways to participate as citizens in political processes. Although he focused on the United States, President Oaks reassured his global audience that the principles he taught applied in all nations. On both occasions, he spoke of “this troubled time” we live in, a “time of anger and hatred in political relationships and policies.” In both sermons, he noted the vital importance of being governed by law, working peacefully within the framework of constitutions (in the United States and elsewhere), and following applicable laws to change whatever we see amiss in society. Both times, he referred to scriptures that teach Latter-day Saints to “follow the laws of men, . . . to live peacefully under civil authority,” all while “we follow the laws of God toward our eternal destination.” Each time, he noted the evils of slavery and racism, and he denounced mob violence.
"“To Moderate and Unify” The Role That Latter-day Saint Citizen-Rhetors Can Play in Healing American Political Discourse,"
BYU Studies Quarterly: Vol. 61:
1, Article 17.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/byusq/vol61/iss1/17