Lamentations Of Jeremiah: Beware Of Bondage; Elder Quentin L. Cook
This talk is a warning voice against falling into spiritual, physical and intellectual bondage. I think this sermon is important because the world is quickly falling away from the commandments of God. Consequently, we are placing ourselves in bondage and serious trouble.
First, we are losing our religious freedoms by degrees.
America is a Christian nation and I believe that most are still religious; however, we have let a minority take over without their loud voices and aggressive marketing campaigns. The consequences of this are that we will never have enough police and jails.
The separation of church and state is not in the constitution and was not taught by the Founding Fathers. The Founding Fathers did not believe in removing religion from society, in fact, they felt the exact opposite. They knew only a religious society could be truly free. Joseph Smith answered how he was able to manage a large group of people without cumbersome laws and rules. He said he taught the people correct principles and let the people govern themselves.
The Founding Fathers didn't want a single national sanctioned religion. Every man or woman should worship however their conscience dictates without government intervention. However, general Biblical commandments and principles should be the foundation of American government and social life.
Next, false beliefs and the philosophies of men enslave men. Satan is the father of all lies and deception, and he has mastered the art of distraction. Additionally, Satan sought to destroy our agency in the pre-existence and he continues to fight against agency here. We limit our agency by living in ignorance of the truth or refusing to learn the truth; or by buying into Satan's lies.
Elder Cook discussed four types of captivity:
Elder Cook explicitly pointed out the philosophies of men that denigrate women by criticizing women who choose to stay at home.
Elder Cook said, "But if we allow our culture to reduce the special relationship that children have with mothers and grandmothers and others [Aunts and uncles] who nurture them, we will come to regret."
He also said, "Our primary emphasis, however, should always be to make any necessary sacrifices to protect your own family and the rising generation."