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Meridian Magazine : : The Place Where Latter-day Saints Gather

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When Latter-day Saints packed their scant belongings into wagons or handcarts and tramped at great sacrifice across a dusty wilderness, they had one thing in mind. They wanted to leave Babylon behind and create a better world. We, who carry their legacy, have the same feelings today. We want to shape the world our families are growing up in--not just be shaped by it.

Our challenge is that on every side--especially in the media--we are bombarded by Babylon. There is no leaving it behind. Everything from news and trends to how to rear our children is brought to us by people whose value systems are at odds with our own. A battle is raging for our minds and hearts, and ideas are the ammunition.

That's why President Hinckley's words rings with such power: "I urge you with all the capacity that I have to reach out in a duty that stands beyond the requirements of our everyday lives, that is, to stand strong, even to become a leader in speaking up in behalf of those causes which make our civilization shine and which give comfort and peace to our lives. You can be a leader. You must be a leader..."

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