The ugliness of the world is mounting. The persecution to those refusing to call evil good is escalating. Do we jump into the fray? Join the debate? Get our feathers ruffled, too?
The answer, once again, lies in following the example of the Savior, Jesus Christ. We love unconditionally; we show kindness to all; and we "walk in the meekness of (His) Spirit"(D&C 19:23). He didn't argue; He didn't protest; He didn't even bother trying to defend Himself in that ridiculous, degrading mock trial. He simply stood strong and silent. And His promise, to those who follow His example of meekness: "and you shall have peace in me."
Does that mean peace in our world? Perhaps not, but it does mean peace in our hearts and in our homes.
The Savior has tried to prepare us for this ugliness which He knew would come. He has counseled what to do when we "shall see an overflowing scourge, a desolating sickness (which) shall cover the land: But my disciples shall stand in holy places and shall not be moved" (D&C 45:32).
That is what I am choosing to do. I am working to preserve the holiness of my home, which is fast-becoming one of the few refuges available to me and my family. Our efforts to make our home a holy place will not be in vain: "If ye labor with all your might, I will consecrate that spot that it shall be made holy" (D&C 124:44).
We can and must do something to build God's Kingdom here on the earth. I submit that our most effective efforts will be made in a gentle and meek way; not in raising our voices in angry protest against those that would criticize and persecute. I believe that is how the Savior chooses to have us represent Him.