President Hinckley addressed this issue fairly directly in his Sunday 
morning conference address:

I believe and testify that it is the mission of this Church to stand as 
an ensign to the nations and a light to the world. We have had placed 
upon us a great, all-encompassing mandate from which we cannot shrink 
nor turn aside. We accept that mandate and are determined to fulfill it, 
and with the help of God we shall do it.

There are forces all around us that would deter us from that effort. The 
world is constantly crowding in on us. From all sides we feel the 
pressure to soften our stance, to give in here a little and there a 

We must never lose sight of our objective. We must ever keep before us 
the goal which the Lord has set for us. 

To quote Paul:

"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his 

"Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against 
the wiles of the devil.

"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, 
against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, 
against spiritual wickedness in high places" (Ephesians 6:1012).

We must stand firm. We must hold back the world. If we do so, the 
Almighty will be our strength and our protector, our guide and our 
revelator. We shall have the comfort of knowing that we are doing what 
He would have us do. Others may not agree with us, but I am confident 
that they will respect us. We will not be left alone. There are many not 
of our faith but who feel as we do. They will support us. They will 
sustain us in our efforts.

We cannot be arrogant. We cannot be self-righteous. The very situation 
in which the Lord has placed us requires that we be humble as the 
beneficiaries of His direction.

While we cannot agree with others on certain matters, we must never be 
disagreeable. We must be friendly, soft-spoken, neighborly, and 
understanding. (President Gordon B. Hinckley, October 2003 General 
Conference Address.)

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