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TitleThe Power of the Written Word
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsHolland, Jeffrey R.
JournalReligious Educator: Perspectives on the Restored Gospel
KeywordsScripture Study; Writing

In this war in which we are engaged, this fight over good and evil that began in heaven and continues on earth, we do not have a lot of weapons, certainly not the weapons traditionally granted to armies or navies or cor-porations or governments. To accomplish our purposes we don’t, at least in the ecclesiastical realm, hire people or fire people. We don’t yell at them or harangue them (at least we’re not supposed to), and we don’t force them to do anything. In a purely gospel sense, we not only can’t force anyone to do anything, we shouldn’t. Irony of ironies is that this issue is what part of that premortal fight was about. So how do we motivate, inspire, stimulate, and move others? We are left with one principal asset— words. Energized by the Spirit and expressed with love, words are the only real sword we have in this divine battle.