Surely you can see what the adversary is about

Elder Boyd K. Packer

I know of nothing in the history of the Church or in the history of the world to compare with our present circumstances. Nothing happened in Sodom and Gomorrah which exceeds the wickedness and depravity which surrounds us now.

Satan uses every intrigue to disrupt the family. The sacred relationship between man and woman, husband and wife, through which mortal bodies are conceived and life is passed from one generation to the next generation, is being showered with filth.

Profanity, vulgarity, blasphemy, and pornography are broadcast into the homes and minds of the innocent. Unspeakable wickedness, perversion, and abuse—not even exempting little children—once hidden in dark places, now seeks protection from courts and judges.

….The sins of Sodom and Gomorrah were localized. They are now spread across the world, wherever the Church is. The first line of defense— the home—is crumbling. Surely you can see what the adversary is about.

“On  the Shoulder of Giants,” Elder Boyd K. Packer, printed in the J. Reuben Clark Law School’s Clark Memorandum, Fall 2004

Elder M. Russell Ballard

The scriptures describe our day as one that will be both “great and dreadful” (D&C 110:16). The greatness of our day is that we live when the Church of Jesus Christ is restored fully to the earth with all of its doctrines, with the priesthood, and with all of the saving ordinances. We have additional books of scripture and are led by prophets, seers, and revelators. We see the Church fulfilling its mission to spread across the world, and we see temples built and operating in many countries. At the same time, the “dreadfulness” of our day is evident in such things as the events of September 11. This tragedy alone brought the whole world to the painful, dreadful reality that evil is rampant in the world. We also live in a day where there are very real and very prevalent spiritual dangers. Note the words of our prophet, President Gordon B. Hinckley, in our last general conference:

But wonderful as this time is, it is fraught with peril. Evil is all about us. It is attractive and tempting and in so many cases successful. . . .

. . . We live in a season when fierce men do terrible and despicable things. We live in a season of war. We live in a season of arrogance. We live in a season of wickedness, pornography, immorality. All of the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah haunt our society. Our young people have never faced a greater challenge. We have never seen more clearly the lecherous face of evil. [In CR, October 2001, 4; or “Living in the Fulness of Times,” Ensign, November 2001, 5-6]

As the Lord predicted in the preface to the Doctrine and Covenants, we now see the time when “the devil shall have power over his own dominion” (D&C 1:35). Is it any wonder that some are dismayed and disturbed by what they see? Yet, my dear young friends, we do not find President Hinckley or the other apostles and prophets wallowing in despair, nor do we sense even the smallest touch of hopelessness. The opposite is true. As President Hinckley also said in our last conference:

Now, I do not wish to be an alarmist. I do not wish to be a prophet of doom. I am optimistic. I do not believe the time is here when an all-consuming calamity will overtake us. . . . There is so much of the Lord’s work yet to be done. We, and our children after us, must do it. [In CR, October 2001, 89; or “The Times in Which We Live,” Ensign, November 2001, 74]

M. Russell Ballard, “Be Strong in the Lord, and in the Power of His Might,” Brigham Young University Devotional, 3 March 2002

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