The Lord has asked us to walk through the darkness of mortality, but He also provides flashes of light to grow our faith and reveal the way.
Christopher A. Mattson offers six ways to build spiritual boats that will carry us through life's journey, no matter the situation.
I invite you to join me in engaging in the conditions of uncertainty that are a divinely designed part of what it means to be on earth.
We can safely travel life’s journey by relying on the maps of the scriptures and the words of the living prophets and the compass of the Holy Ghost. God’s plan and desire is that we all successfully reach our destination.
Elder Larry Y. Wilson reminds us that we must be prepared for the return of our King, Jesus Christ. He gives suggestions on how to prepare.
The choices we make fill in the details of our lives and determine who we will become.
The disciple's journey is one of opposition, sacrifice, and divine tutorial. However, its destination is the sweetest reward imaginable.
Political philosophy professor Jean Bethke Elshtain, citing C.S. Lewis, warns against tampering with our definition of what is human and deserving of life.
The Book of Mormon teaches God's plan for us. Live according to that plan—take care of your body, seek intelligence, and prepare for an eternal family.
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Mortal life is like a study abroad away from our Heavenly Father, who makes it possible for us to return home to Him with spiritual passports.
Cairns are placed on trails to guide us across trail segments that are unclear and difficult to find. I have described three spiritual cairns today that can help guide you safely through mortality: scriptures, prophets, and temples.
A physical body, spiritual growth, and family are all important purposes of mortality. Caring for these will help us make the most of mortal life.
Faith means trust—trust in God’s will and timing. We must not try, in our personal lives or in building His kingdom, to impose our timetable on His.
No life is free of conflict or work. The process of seeking for solutions will be the difference between humble growth and stagnant pride.
Richard G. Scott uses object lessons to illustrate the principles of trust and discernment. He admonishes listeners to live with no regrets.
The spiritual eyeglasses we view the world through define what we believe, where we focus, and how we act. Wearing an incorrect pair can distort our vision.
As you travel down the superhighway of life, do not forget to recognize the Spirit, your support system of loved ones, and God as they cheer you on.
I have always wondered where the marvelous introductions for devotional and forum speakers came from—now I know. Thank you, President Bateman, for reading that introduction just like my mother wrote it! You have to be careful about believing everything in introductions. A speaker at a business conference was introduced as a man who had recently made $10 million in the oil fields of Texas. The man began his remarks by…
Last week, on July 24, we honored the pioneers as we celebrated the 150th anniversary of their arrival in the Salt Lake Valley. “It is now 1997, and the future is ahead,” President Hinckley proclaimed last April in general conference. He noted that great things were expected of the pioneers and that great things are now expected of us. He said that we now have “an overwhelming challenge to go…
Success in life is built on small, consistent choices and the determination to work hard. Steer a steady course, and you will not be disappointed.
We can learn from the mistakes of the Donner party's failed trek West and glean principles that assist us on our eternal journey back to Heavenly Father.
How do you confront seemingly impossible tasks? Everyone faces challenges, but without any struggle we would not be able to appreciate the goodness in life.
Sometimes we're in the spotlight, and other times we serve quietly. If we play our part, no matter the role, God will be proud of us as we exit the stage.
We all experience life's peaks and valleys—moments of spiritual highs and lows. How can we remain at the top rather than slide back into spiritual darkness?
We are here in this university of mortality to learn eternal values. Some courses might include self-worth, morality, integrity, and hard work.
To pass from death unto fullness of life everlasting—that is the purpose of our mortal existence, why we came to earth. Without this mortal experience, without Adam’s bringing death into the world, and without the saving works of Jesus Christ, we could not attain the very purpose of our being—everlasting fullness of life.
There are three basic kinds of needs in the world: needs based on duty, needs due to a lack of something, and need for relief.
In mortality, we must keep “valiant values” so that when we return to Heavenly Father, we can declare that we used our agency righteously.
May we determine this year to live "in the world," to be a part of it, to set the standard and example that we have learned.
To master the "art of living" and be happy, we must be willing to do what will bring us happiness—live the commandments of God.
Richard H. Cracroft shares some of the twists, turns, and tools on our trek through the wilderness of life as we journey to a spiritual Canaan.
The cross that we are each called to bear is unique and incomparable. The moment we choose to take it up is a defining moment in eternity.
When the challenges of life inevitably come for us, what shall we do then? As we go through the rest of our lives, now is the time for decision making.
Thank you, President Oaks. Brothers and sisters, I stand before you in all humility. I am numbed by the knowledge of the stature of those who have preceded me in these devotional programs and by the knowledge of those who will follow. I have a son who formerly was a student at this University and is now serving in the mission field and a daughter who recently was accepted for…
Elder Sill discusses the significance of our choices in preparing for significant times in our lives: birth, marriage, choosing our calling, and death.
In some ways, life is like a sports game. You need to keep your eye on the prize, to play by the rules, and to help your teammates.
Life neither begins at birth nor ends at death. The eternal life of man is like a three-act play, and we are doing our part now to determine the final act.
Suffering, death, and tragedy are sometimes part of God's plan and sometimes the result of human agency. Trust Him instead of blaming Him.