"Even though the tasks of life become heavy, and although sorrow thrusts a drooping burden upon us, the light that emanates from our Savior beckons us on, undismayed."
--Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin; Ensign, November 1994, Page 77
"Because our Savior lives, we do not use the symbol of his death as the symbol of our faith. But what shall we use? He told us when he said, 'If ye love me, keep my commandments.' And so our lives must become a meaningful expression, the symbol of our declaration of our testimony of the living Christ, the Eternal Son of the Living God."
--The New Era, April 1990
"The Savior's loving warmth and healing touch lift us and give us strength to endure."
--The New Era, March 1990, Pages 20-23.
"[Jesus Christ] concluded His mortal ministry with the single most compassionate and significant service in the history of the world: the Atonement."
--Elder Russell M. Ballard; Ensign, November 1994, page 65.
"We turn with hope...to Him who walked the dusty paths of villages we now reverently call the Holy Land, to Him who caused the blind to see, the deaf to hear, the lame to walk, and the dead to live. To Him who tenderly and lovingly assured us, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life'(John 14:6)."
--The New Era, April 1991
"Christ was sent not only to help us heal the wounds of transgression and iniquity, but also to bear our grief and sorrow and guilt."
--The New Era, December 1988, pages 4-7.
"He is your Savior, your Redeemer, your Shepherd. He knows and loves you perfectly. How well do you know Him?"
--The New Era, December 1991, pages 4-7.
"While the main purpose of the sacrament is to help us remember the Lord's sacrifice, there are many other things which should help us remember him. He shows us how to love those around us and makes it possible for us to approach Heavenly Father in prayer."
--The New Era, April 1989, pages 4-6.
"'Words do not convey meanings; they call them forth.' I speak out of the context of my experience, and you listen out of the context of yours, and that is why communication is difficult."
--David O. McKay; Ensign, May 1996, Page 9
"Needed are...[souls] filled with compassion, that we might communicate not only eye to eye, or voice to ear, but in the majestic style of the Savior, even heart to heart."
--President Thomas S. Monson; Ensign, November 1994, page 70.
"God has given us many gifts, much diversity, and many differences, but the essential thing is what we know about each other--that we are all his children. Our challenge as members of the Church is for all of us to learn from each other, that we may all love each other and grow together."
--Cheiko M. Okazaki; Ensign, May 1996, Page 13
"You exercise faith by...making your mind accept or believe as truth that which you cannot, by reason alone, prove for certainty."
--President Boyd K. Packer; Ensign, November 1994, page 60.
"When the time comes for you to sacrifice for that which you believe, will you have the faith to make that sacrifice? Will you commit to do anything the Lord asks, even if it means putting aside a lifelong goal?"
--The New Era, November 1989, pages 4-6.
"The Church exists to exalt the family. And the family is the fundamental unit of the Church."
--Elder Russell M. Nelson; Ensign, November 2001, page 70.
"Lucifer is determined to devour marriages and families, because their demise threatens the salvation of all involved and the vitality of the Lord's kingdom itself."
--Sister Sheri L. Dew; Ensign, November 2001, page 12.
"We cannot control what others choose to do, and so we cannot force our children to heaven, but we can determine what we will do. And we can decide that we will do all we can to bring down the powers of heaven into that family we want so much to have forever."
--Elder Henry B. Eyring; Ensign, February 1998, Page16
How valuable are the truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that are taught to us in our homes. They strengthen us, bring us everlasting joy and happiness, and, if lived, bind us together in an eternal family relationship."
--The New Era, December 1990
"If we do not take the pains to train our children, to teach and instruct them concerning these revealed truths, the condemnation will be upon us, as parents, or at least in a measure."
--President Brigham Young
"Those who 'live without God in the world' anxiously glean their few and fleeting satisfactions, but they are unable to find real happiness....
"Ignorant of the plan of salvation, many simply do not know what the journey of life is all about. Therefore, modern selfishness and skepticism brush aside the significance of the Savior..."
--Elder Neal A. Maxwell; Ensign, March 1998, page 9
"Sadly, many individuals don't know where to find God, and exclude him from their lives. When spiritual needs arise, they may look to the left, the right, or round about. But looking to other people on the same level cannot satisfy spiritual shortages. When the immortal spirit is starved, hunger persists for something more filling. Even when material success comes, there is a hollow ache--if living well falls short of living worthily. Inner peace cannot be found in affluence accompanied by spiritual privation."
--Elder Russell M. Nelson; Ensign, May 1996, Page 14
"The Holy Ghost is the third member of the Godhead, sent forth by God to reveal all needful things. He teaches and testifies with divine power and clarity. His witness may go unheard or unheeded, forsaken or denied, but it is never misunderstood."
--Bishop Keith B. McMullin; Ensign, May 1996, Page 6
"Those who yearn for true spiritual light and knowledge can only find it through the power of the Holy Ghost. The Spirit enlightens and gives understanding of the eternal purpose of life. By the Spirit, Church members know the restored gospel of Jesus Christ is true."
--Elder M. Russell Ballard; Ensign, May 1996, Page 80
"The voice of the Spirit speaks gently, prompting you what to do or what to say, or it may caution or warn you.
"Ignore or disobey these promptings, and the Spirit will leave you. It is your choice--your agency."
President Boyd K. Packer; Ensign, November 1994, page 60.
"We may one day have both fame and fortune, and learn that neither is basic for true success and complete happiness."
--The New Era, August 1989, pages 4-5.
"We all get assignments, jobs, things we must do. The temptation is to just get them over with. Yet real joy and satisfaction--and greatness--come from going beyond the mere requirements."
--The New Era, May 1990, pages 4-7.
"It is exciting to realize that even though the Lord has all things at his disposition...His greatest interest is still the happiness of each of us."
--Elder John B. Dickson; Ensign, February 1995, page 8.
"A house does not have to be perfect to be a home of joy, a child does not have to behave perfectly to love and be loved, and every moment of life does not have to be perfect to be of value. Too often, I realize, we fail to see the glorious reality of the simple joy that abounds in the seemingly mundane routine of day-to-day living. Instead, we tend to idolize the past, idealize the future, and devalue the present.... What better way to show our appreciation to Heavenly Father for what we have than to embrace our lives, albeit 'ordinary' and 'unexciting,' with joy?"
--Winnie Dalley; Ensign, March 1998, page 59
"Many people who seek thrills, excitement, and riches have been lured into the 'great and spacious building.' There they find entrapment, defeat, tarnished treasures, and great sorrow.
"Learn the difference between eternal joy and worldly pleasure."
--The New Era, June 1988, pages 4-6.
"Life's most important choice is not between wealth and poverty, or fame and obscurity. It is between good and evil. When we finally understand that, our happiness will not be determined by material things."
--The New Era, August 1989, pages 4-5
"The intensity of our desire to share the gospel is a great indicator of the extent of our personal conversion."
--Elder Dallin H. Oaks; Ensign, November 2001, page 7.
"If you listen to the world, you'll hear all kinds of false claims about morality. But the gospel offers an unchanging standard of truth."
--The New Era, June 1992, pages 4-7.
"Do not ever disturb prelude music for others, for reverence is essential to revelation"
--President Boyd K. Packer; Ensign, November 1994, page 61.
"Music is with us almost everywhere we go. It can't touch us but can lift us up and bring us down. It often guides our actions. It may seem harmless, but can affect us in ways we can and can't control."
--The New Era, August 1991, pages 40-41.
"Are these perilous times? They are. But there is no need to fear. We can have peace in our hearts and peace in our homes."
--President Gordon B. Hinckley; Ensign, November 2001, page 74.
"I pray that there will enter our hearts the peace that comes from knowing by a power beyond all human ability to transmit that God is aware of us and has raised up servants in our day to lead us under the power and inspiration of his close attention."
--President Boyd K. Packer; Ensign, November 1994, page 65.
"'You reach the greatest heights while on your knees.'"
--Quoted by Bishop H. David Burton; Ensign, November 2001, page 66.
"The path of repentance, though hard at times, lifts one ever upward and leads to a perfect forgiveness."
--President Howard W. Hunter; Ensign, November 1994, page 8.
"Each of us is a dual being of spiritual entity and physical entity. All know of the reality of death when the body dies, and each of us also knows that the spirit lives on as an individual entity and that at some time, under the divine plan made possible by the sacrifice of the Son of God, there will be a reunion of spirit and body. Jesus' declaration that God is a spirit no more denies that he has a body than does the statement that I am a spirit while also having a body.
"I do not equate my body with His in its refinement, in its capacity, in its beauty and radiance. His is eternal. Mine is mortal. But that only increases my reverence for Him."
--President Gordon B. Hinckley; Ensign, March 1998, pages 3-4
"If we become casual in our study of the scriptures, we will become casual in our prayers."
--Elder Henry B. Eyring; Ensign, November 2001, page 15.
"The moment you begin a serious study of the [Book of Mormon], you will find greater power to resist temptation. You will find greater power to resist temptation. You will find the power to avoid deception. You will find the power to stay on the straight and narrow path....When you begin to hunger and thirst after those words, you will find life in greater and greater abundance."
--President Ezra Taft Benson; Ensign, November 1986, page 7.
"The scriptures are like loving messages from Heavenly Father. They can bring peace to your heart, and help you feel the Lord's tender nearness."
--The New Era, November 1988, pages 9-11.
"Christ's example taught that service should be given because there is love, not because there is obligation."
--The New Era, August 1988, pages 8-10.
"Regardless of other circumstances, you have spiritual freedom. Use it to choose your attitude. Use it to reach out and serve others in love."
--The New Era, June 1991, pages 4-9.
"May you let the meaning and beauty and peace of the temple come into your everyday life..."
--President Howard W. Hunter; October 1994 General Conference
"We...are enjoying a privilege that we have no knowledge of any other people enjoying since the days of Adam, that is, to have a temple completed, wherein all the ordinances of the house of God can be bestowed upon his people. Brethren and sisters, do you understand this?"
--President Brigham Young
"God lives. He is our Father. We are His children. He loves us. Jesus is the Christ, the Only Begotten of the Father in the flesh. He is our Saviour, our Redeemer. He is our advocate with the Father. He is the one who died and suffered great agony, great humiliation, and great pain for us. The Restoration of the gospel is true. Someday we'll know of the greatness of the Prophet Joseph Smith. All this work is true."
--Elder David B. Haight; Ensign, May 1996, Page 23
"And now, as pertaining to this perfect atonement, wrought by the shedding of the blood of God--I testify that it took place in Gethsemane and at Golgotha, and as pertaining to Jesus Christ, I testify that he is the Son of the Living God, and was crucified for the sins of the world. He is our Lord, our God, and our King. This I know of myself independent of any other person.
"I am one of his witnesses, and in a coming day I shall feel the nail marks in his hands and in his feet and shall wet his feet with my tears. But I shall not know any better then than I know now that he is God's Almighty Son, that he is our Saviour and Redeemer, and that salvation comes in and through his atoning blood and in no other way."
--Elder Bruce R. McConkie
"The sun rises rather quietly, and at times we think that the Lord's voice is that quiet, but his voice is audible if we will only pray, meditate, and listen as he places clear thoughts in our minds.
"As surely as the sun rises, God lives, as does his Almighty Son. As surely as the sun rises daily, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is His.
"Because the sun rises, we see everything else.
"Because Jesus Christ lives, we see by his light eternal...
"The Bible is a witness.
"The Book of Mormon is a witness.
"I am one of the witnesses that He is risen, and He is coming."
--Elder Ted E. Brewerton; Ensign, November 1995, page 31.
"The Word of Wisdom does not promise you perfect health, but it teaches how to keep the body you were born with in the best condition and your mind alert to delicate spiritual promptings."
--President Boyd K. Packer; Ensign, May 1996, Page 18
"Stay away from alcohol, my brethren. Never get involved in a so-called beer bust. Do not get entrapped with illegal drugs. They could destroy you. They could make of you a slave and the cravings that would follow would impoverish you in getting money to buy more drugs to satisfy those cravings....It is totally wrong for you to partake of alcohol or drugs that are forbidden by the law."
--President Gordon B. Hinckley; Ensign, May 1996, Page 48
"Do you know that it is your privilege so to live that your minds may all the time be perfectly within your control? Study to preserve your bodies in life and health, and you will be able to control your minds."
--President Brigham Young
"Do not become involved in illegal drugs. Do not touch them. Never experiment with them. I plead with you, with every one of you, to shun them as you would poison....A great future is ahead of you. Your lives are radiant with promise....The use of illegal drugs could place a terrible handicap not only upon you, but also upon your children. I do not hesitate to say that if you tamper with these things, you will regret it. If you discipline yourselves to avoid them, you will have reason to rejoice."
--President Gordon B. Hinckley; Ensign, May 1996, Page 92
"A man who indulges in any habit that is pernicious to the general good in its example and influence, is not only an enemy to himself but to the community so far as the influence of that habit goes. A man who would not sacrifice a pernicious habit for the good it would do the community is, to say the least of it, lukewarm in his desires and wishes for public and general improvement."
--President Brigham Young