(Presented by Dennis B. Horne)
They [anti-Mormons, intellectuals, and dissenters] criticize the Authorities of the Church. They criticize the doctrines of the Church, and these weak members do not have understanding enough, information enough, and enough of the guidance of the Spirit of the Lord, to resist the false doctrines and teachings of those who come to them, the wolves in sheep's clothing, and they listen to them. They think that perhaps after all they have made a mistake, and first thing you know they find their way out of the Church, because they do not have understanding.
I get letters frequently from people, members of this Church, who have been disturbed principally by those of two organizations [anti-Mormon websites] which seem to have dedicated their lives to the destruction of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. These people [use websites to] go into the homes of our weak members, disturb them in their faith, get them all riled up, and they do not know whether they did the right thing when they were baptized, or whether they did not, but if they had lived as they should and had received the guidance of the Holy Spirit, they would not be moved. They would not be influenced by the false teachings and the false statements regarding our doctrines that these people [on their evil websites] present to them.
The gospel is simple. There is nothing difficult about it. There are mysteries, no doubt. We do not need to bother about the mysteries, but the simple things pertaining to our salvation and exaltation we can understand.
Now let me refer to another passage of scripture.
But ye are commanded in all things to ask of God, who giveth liberally; and that which the spirit testifies unto you even so I would that ye should do in all holiness of heart, walking uprightly before me, considering the end of your salvation, doing all things with prayer and thanksgiving, that ye may not be seduced by evil spirits, or doctrines of devils, or the commandments of men; for some are of men, and others of devils.
So the Lord has given us a warning.
Wherefore, beware lest ye are deceived; and that ye may not be deceived seek ye earnestly the best gifts, always remembering for what they are given;
For verily I say unto you, they are given for the benefit of those who love me and keep all my commandments, and him that seeketh so to do; and all may be benefited that seek or that ask of me, that ask and not for a sign that they may consume it upon their lusts [show off/make money].
And again, verily I say unto you, I would that ye should always remember, and always retain in your minds what those gifts are, that are given unto the Church.
Now the Lord would give us gifts. He will quicken our minds. He will give us knowledge that will clear up all difficulties, and put us in harmony with the commandments that he has given us, and with a knowledge that will be so deeply rooted in our souls that the knowledge can never be rooted out, if we will just seek for the light and the truth and the understanding which is promised to us, and which we can receive if we will only be true and faithful to every covenant and obligation pertaining to the gospel of Jesus Christ. (Conference Report, October, 1958.)