14 Therefore, my beloved brother, Moroni, let us resist evil, and whatsoever evil we cannot resist with our words, yea, such as rebellions and dissensions, let us resist them with our swords, that we may retain our freedom, that we may rejoice in the great privilege of our church, and in the cause of our Redeemer and our God.
I wonder if we have the courage to resist evil as these great men did. When the members have taken strong stands for moral issues, their position has generated persecution from outside and division within. Elder Packer said "The moral values upon which civilization itself must depend spiral downward at an ever-increasing pace. Nevertheless, I do not fear the future." (Boyd K. Packer, “Do Not Fear,” Ensign, May 2004, 77) As the world we live experiences moral decline, will we have the courage to stand for truth and virtue and resist evil?