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'When they prospered, they forgot God'

Speaking during the October 1971 general conference, President Harold B. Lee related some of his recent travels throughout the world. "It was frightening to observe that in places where there was the greater prosperity, there was the unmistakable evidence that, like the peoples of other dispensations, when they prospered they forgot God," said President Lee, then first counselor in the First Presidency. "They were seemingly rich in things that money could buy, but they were devoid of most of the precious things money could not buy."

Continuing, President Lee explained: "The prophets have issued a clear signal of warning to those who are lifted up in the pride of their hearts because of their ease and their exceeding great prosperity: 'Yea, and we may see at the very time when he doth prosper his people. . . yea, then is the time that they do harden their hearts, and do forget the Lord their God, and do trample under their feet the Holy One — yea, and this because of their ease, and their exceedingly great prosperity.' (Helaman 12:2.)

"There comes back to us more clearly than ever before the application of the words of the Master as He closed His Sermon on the Mount, that only that person or that Church (meaning a congregation of individuals, of course) which will stand through these testing years, will be that which is founded upon the rock, as the Master declared, by hearing and obeying the fundamental and never-changing principles upon which the true Church is founded, when the winds of delusion blow, or when the floods of filth and wickedness engulf us, or when the rains of criticism or derision are rained down upon those who are holding fast to the truth."

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