What fills me with profound awe is that our Brother Jesus Christ would be willing to “descend from his throne divine” to suffer, bleed, and die to rescue rebellious souls like me and you. His sacrifice is “sufficient . . . to redeem, and to justify” all of humanity, and at the same time He succors you and me personally. That is truly awesome!
As we strive to fulfill these divinely appointed responsibilities as part of the Lord’s work, the Church provides a multitude of resources. These are blessings that are pouring down upon us from heaven.
Does your pattern reflect exercising faith, seeking to know His will, trusting the Lord, heeding His counsel, and keeping the commandments, even when you cannot suppose what lies ahead?
If you will act with faith in your Heavenly Father and His plan and in Jesus Christ and His Atonement and follow God’s prophets, you will be given power to do whatever the Lord needs you to do and to become whatever He needs you to become.
The help we need is provided by our loving Heavenly Father and His Son, our Savior, through other people who have been prompted to help, guide, and rescue us in times of need or consequential decision making.
May we all remember that gospel gifts typify our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ; that they may be given to us by God or by our fellow mortals; that the giving and receiving of gospel gifts are two separate actions; that our true receipt of a gospel gift is manifested by keeping the gift; and that giving thanks for our gospel gifts is itself a gospel gift because giving thanks also typifies Jesus Christ.
One of the really important things we should think about each day is the blessings we have received and whether those blessings seem to be coming to us in response to our obedience to laws and commandments of the Lord. We should always remember to express our gratitude for these blessings. I think this is helpful to think about, even though, as King Benjamin put it, we will always be “unprofitable servants”—that is, always in debt to our Father in Heaven.
The temple is a sacred edifice, a holy place where essential saving ceremonies and ordinances are performed to prepare us for exaltation.
The blessing conferred upon you in company with your degree is simply this: I bless you through the authority of the priesthood as a servant of the Lord that you will live the gospel and that in consequence of that you will be happy.
Receive the Lord’s servants. If we receive the Lord’s servants, we receive the Lord. Whenever we are obedient to the law upon which a blessing is based, it will be delivered.
Blessings come when we recognize our identity as covenant children of God, and when we make the Lord - and family - our top priority.
We have been blessed with priceless gifts—life, family, friends, and the gospel. We will be happiest if we recognize and share those blessings.
Yours is a future without limit because you have decided to be unwavering in obedience to the Lord.
Jesus so loved the world that he gave his life, and he suffered for our sins. Oh, what love! Oh, what mercy! Can we not find the way to be merciful to all those about us?
None of us can or will be immune from the trials of life. However, if we learn to endure our struggles well, they will be turned into blessings in eternity.
In life's constant opportunities for giving and getting, let us be more concerned with giving. Nothing worth getting comes without effort and sacrifice.
Delayed blessings will build your faith in God to work, and wait, for him. The scriptures aren’t demeaning when they command, “Wait upon the Lord.” That means both service and patience. And that will build your faith.
Elder Jacob de Jager enumerates just some of the blessings we receive by being part of BYU. Count your blessings frequently, and strive to live up to them.
Our testimonies can be strengthened and fortified and our lives given greater purpose every time we read and reread our patriarchal blessings.
As we face the challenges of living the gospel, we may often ask ourselves, "Is it worth it?" The blessings of eternal life ARE worth it.
There can be a necessary refining process in adversity which increases our understanding, enhances our sensitivity, and makes us more Christlike.
My dear fellow students, it is always a pleasant occasion to come to Brigham Young University. But it is likewise an awesome responsibility. For that reason I am grateful for that beautiful prayer by Brother Turner and pray with you that it will be fulfilled in our behalf. Some of you may remember the 1970 space flight of Apollo 13. It was to be man’s third landing on the moon.…
Keeping the commandments means more than following certain rules. We must learn how to repent, accept challenges from God's servants, and give our best.
As you seek to serve the Lord, focus less on the position of your calling and more on becoming and offering your best self.
President Oaks, members of the faculty, members of the student body, friends and guests, it is a high honor to be invited by the President of your University to address a group such as this, and I am highly concerned with it. I don’t think that I have ever faced a visible audience larger than this, but I have faced in my imagination many audiences of various sizes over television…
Making our calling and election "sure" is about securing the blessings we have been promised by keeping our covenants with God.
Though tithing is a sound financial principle, the blessings of paying an honest tithe go far beyond the temporal and extend into the eternities.
God has promised that adversity and affliction are temporary—but the blessings and growth that can come from them are eternal.
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Conversion to the gospel of Jesus Christ has lifelong consequences. To receive these blessings, become truly converted and then help others.
Thomas L. Martin humorously describes the main events of his life and highlights how the hand of the Lord worked to help him reach all his righteous goals.