“All is Well in Zion”

K. Douglas Bassett

D&C 27:15; 82:14

“We have discussed elsewhere that other class of people who are basically unrepentant because they are not doing the commandments. They are Church members who are steeped in lethargy. They neither drink nor commit the sexual sins. They do not gamble nor rob nor kill. They are good citizens and splendid neighbors, but spiritually speaking they seem to be in a long, deep sleep. They are doing nothing seriously wrong except in their failures to do the right things to earn their exaltation.” (Spencer W. Kimball, Miracle of Forgiveness, pp. 211-212)
“It is not possible, as some of us have supposed, for us to slip along easily through this life, keeping the commandments of the Lord indifferently—accepting some of the doctrines and not others, and indulging our appetites or desires, and, because we consider them little things, failing to understand and comprehend our duty to them—and then expect to receive a fulness of glory in the kingdom of God.” (Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, 2:14-15)
“Never have the forces of evil been so insidious, widespread, and enticing. Everywhere there seems to be a cheapening, weakening, downgrading of all that is fine, good, and uplifting—all aimed at our youth, while many of their parents are lulled away into a false security as they enjoy their comfortable complacency. All is not well in Zion. The inspired Book of Mormon prophets saw this day and, as watchmen on the towers, issued grave warnings… .” (Ezra Taft Benson, God, Family, Country, p.245)

Latter-Day Commentary on the Book of Mormon