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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Don't wear masks, Elder Cook says


On Sunday 4 March 2012, Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spoke at Brigham Young University - Idaho for a Church-wide Church Educational System fireside for young adults from the ages of 18-30, both single and married.  The subject of Elder Cook's talk was that of not wearing masks, or acting in character of a Latter-day Saint both in public and private life.

Among many things, he said, "One of your greatest protections against making bad choices in to not put on any mask of anonymity.  If you ever find yourself wanting to do so, please know it is a serious sign of danger and one of the adversary's tools to get you to do something you should not do" (R. Scott Lloyd, "Beware of Wearing the mask, Elder Cook warns", Deseret News, Monday 5 March 2012, B2).  Let's examine this more, by looking at the Perfect Example.  Christ taught, "No man can serve two master: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.  Ye cannot serve God and mammon" (Matt. 6:24).  Our Savior didn't wear a mask during His mortal journey.  However, it wasn't easy, at times, for Him.  He showed kindness, yet also forthright boldness, in teaching His doctrine and ministering to His brethren and sisters, but was hated and killed for it.  Because the Savior wore no mask, the scripture was fulfilled which saith, "He had done no evil, neither was any deceit in His mouth" (Mosiah 14:9; compare Isaiah 53:9).

Elder Cook also said, "You generation, like the 'greatest generation', will need to protect righteousness and religious freedom. . . . We need to preserve it for future generations" ("Mask", B2). 

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