A wonderful friend from junior high years made me aware of the following talk by Elder Ronald Rasband:
Please take the time to read his remarks; they present clearly what I have been stumbling over.
I will take the liberty to quote several passages, but will try to be clear in distinguishing his clear message from my rambling thoughts.
“Because you are a sophisticated and intelligent audience, I intend to speak to you with the candor your generation craves. I suspect that for some of you the phrase religious freedom feels more like freedom to discriminate. I want to talk to you about this view and help you understand what the Church means when it talks religious freedom and why it is so vitally important for your future and for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”
We must deeply value that he is speaking to us as if we are capable of rational thought, and take seriously the responsibility to actually step up to that expectation. Yesterday we may have been able to plead naïve innocence; but to ensure the security of the gospel tomorrow, we no longer have that luxury today.