When you were in my class you sometimes wore blue jeans underneath your dress. Do you remember why I eventually went to your mom and had to ask her not to let you wear blue jeans underneath your dress? Margie, on the days you wore blue jeans under your dress you would beat up the boys on the playground and get in trouble.
The Lord’s commandment to “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father.” Matt. 5:48 ( 3 Ne. 12:48 ) has been misinterpreted to mean perfection of condition rather than perfecting of character. My message to Mormons is that Heaven–the Celestial Kingdom–is not owning the biggest house in the nicest suburb in the best ward. The Celestial Kingdom is populated by those who have spent their lives refining their hearts and minds to think, reason, understand, and act more like Jesus Christ.
People in the 21st Century are burdened with a moral indebtedness that may never be repaid. The cultural economy where virtue is a cheap and disposable commodity has given us decades of shattered families, poverty, corruption, and the predominance of carnal appetite. This has heaped upon the backs our children a terrible debt for generations to come. This debt will paid through of suffering, estrangement, bondage, and national decline.