“One sister asked, ‘Why doesn’t the Church defend itself more actively when accusations are made against it? ‘ . . .”In such moments, we may want to respond aggressively—to ‘put up our dukes.’ But these are important opportunities to step back, pray, and follow the Savior’s example. Remember that Jesus Himself was despised and rejected by the world. And in Lehi’s dream, those coming to the Savior also endured ‘mocking and pointing . . . fingers’ (1 Nephi 8:27). . . . When we respond to our accusers as the Savior did, we not only become more Christlike, we invite others to feel His love and follow Him as well.”

Robert D. Hales, “Christian Courage: The Price of Discipleship,” Ensign, Nov. 2008, 72