By Tad WalchDeseret News
Provo Utah, USA
PROVO, Utah — The LDS Church is developing a website to help Mormons understand society’s retreat from religion and provide practical help for talking with friends about the importance of religious freedom.

​News of the development of religiousfreedom.lds.org comes after a major address on Tuesday by a senior leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Speaking in front of over 17,000 people at BYU’s annual Education Week, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles expressed deep concern that the rise of secularism has been attended by a dismissal of religion. He argued that religion has made incalculable contributions throughout history and is crucial to sustaining a moral society.

Mormons from around the country are filling rooms at 20 specific classes on religious freedom offered at Education Week. They came seeking practical information and tips.

Two videos that will be shared on the new website were screened during a class led by Michael Frandsen, who leads the religious freedom working group in the LDS Church’s Public Affairs Department.

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