This issue is overwhelming. It is daunting. We are right to ask what we can possibly do. Joseph recognized that feeling and told the saints to act in “great earnestness” and to “let no man count them as small things” because “you know, brethren, that a very large ship is benefited very much by a very small helm in the time of a storm.”
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It’s precisely the beliefs of Latter-day Saints that critics dismiss as strange which produce the behaviors those same critics often applaud.
The Atlantic: "The quickest and most full-throated condemnations of Roy Moore and his defenders came from members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints."
To the devastated people of Sutherland Springs, President Trump told a grieving nation, "Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families of today's horrible and murderous attack." And while liberals didn't seem to mind when Barack Obama responded likewise to the Navy Yard shooting in 2013, many are completely unglued that this administration would address a church shooting by invoking God.