Tendency to drift into darkness

"And in that day Adam blessed God and was filled, and began to prophesy concerning all the families of the earth, saying: Blessed be the name of God, for because of my transgression my eyes are opened, and in this life I shall have joy, and again in the flesh I shall see God.

"And Eve, his wife, heard all these things and was glad, saying: Were it not for our transgression we never should have had seed, and never should have known good and evil, and the joy of our redemption, and the eternal life which God giveth unto all the obedient."And Adam and Eve blessed the name of God, and they made all things known unto their sons and their daughters.

"And Satan came among them, saying: I am also a son of God; and he commanded them, saying: Believe it not; and they believed it not, and they loved Satan more than God. And men began from that time forth to be carnal, sensual, and devilish." (Moses 5:10-13.)

In his April 1965 general conference address, Elder Mark E. Petersen of the Council of the Twelve said: "From the beginning of time it has been the tendency of mankind to drift away from the Lord and to love darkness rather than light.

"It began when Satan came among the children of Adam and Eve and tempted them and destroyed their faith. The result was that many . . . loved Satan more than God.' The scripture explains that . . . men began from that time forth to be carnal, sensual, and devilish.'

"This departure from the ways of the Lord was an apostasy, and since that time apostasy has existed among us almost continuously. While groping for the truth, men have made their own religions, established their own moral codes, and have justified themselves in following them. . . .

"Usually when people speak of an apostasy from the truth they refer to changes in doctrine or a repudiation of certain beliefs. There has been an abundance of this. Such changes have resulted in the organization of hundreds of churches with different creeds, rituals, and ordinances, many of them being highly contradictory.

"But personal sin is as real an apostasy as any effort to change the law or break the everlasting covenant."

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