Excerpt from The Latter-Day Saints' Millennial Star, Vol. 63: February 21, 1901
One of the questions that occupy the minds of the thoughtful at the turning point of the centuries is this: Is the moral progress proportionate to the advancement in other directions? This is a most important question. The increase of wealth, the diffusion of culture, the ﬂourishing of arts, are not by themselves a sufficient guarantee for the future. Civilizations have perished in past centuries, and their monuments been buried under the dust of ages; not because the arts and sciences were neglected, but because the very life and marrow of the nations that were the standard bearers, had become so affected by moral disease, that they were unable to stand the onslaught of barbarous hordes, and defend the light and treasures entrusted to their care.
W. T. Stead pointedly asks, what the century has done for the family life, to make it more close, more affectionate, more sacred. And he finds on the one hand the decay or the entire abandonment of family prayers.
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