Applying the scriptures: 'Plain, precious and powerful'

Brigham Young once said that if he could do but one thing to bless the saints, he believed it would be to give them "eyes with which to see things as they are." (Journal of Discourses 3:221.)

On the subject of plainness, Elder Marvin J. Ashton (a member of the Quorum of the Twelve 1971-1994) said at the April 1977 general conference: "Plainness is best comprehended by the humble, the teachable, the intelligent, the wise, and the obedient. Often plain truths are perverted by the pretentious, the crude, the low, the critical, the contentious, the haughty, and the unrighteous. More so than in any other time in our history, there is an urgency in today's society for men and women to step forward and teach the gospel of Jesus Christ in the power of plainness. God delights when His truths are taught clearly and understandably with no conspicuous ornamentation. Plainness in life, word, and conduct are eternal virtues. When the plainness of Christian teaching and living is lost, apostasy and suffering result. People walk in darkness when plainness is taken from their lives. 'They have taken away from the gospel of the Lamb many parts which are plain and most precious; and also many covenants of the Lord have they taken away.

" 'And all this have they done that they might pervert the right ways of the Lord that they might blind the eyes and harden the hearts of the children of men.' (1 Ne. 13:26-27.)

"The truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ are plain, precious, and powerful. The lives of the worthy are plain, precious, and powerful."

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