It is essential to the exaltation of each and every one of us that we pass through this fallen condition. In this sense the Fall—with the pain, hardship, and uncertainty that define it—is in actuality a blessing.
We can safely travel life’s journey by relying on the maps of the scriptures, the words of the living prophets, and the compass of the Holy Ghost. God’s plan and desire is that all be successful in reaching their destination.
If we are prepared for His coming—if we are looking for it—that day will be a great time of reunion and rejoicing. Make your choice, brothers and sisters, to use your time in the cause that matters most—the one that leads to the millennial reign of Jesus Christ.
Our life’s journey is intended to be difficult, challenging, and ultimately refining. Otherwise we would not be pure enough to return and live with our Father in Heaven and receive His eternal blessings.
We can’t develop a Christlike love by ourselves, but we can do all in our power to become a “true follower”—meek, lowly of heart, and submissive to correction and affliction. Then the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, “filleth” us “with hope and perfect love, which . . . endureth [forever], when all the saints shall dwell with God.”
Political philosophy professor Jean Bethke Elshtain, citing C.S. Lewis, warns against tampering with our definition of what is human and deserving of life.
Remember the great gifts of mortality: the physical body, additional light, and the eternal family. These gifts are sacred. May the Lord bless you during this wonderful phase of life that is yours to live so that you may receive all three of these great promises in their fulness.
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Jesus has paid the price to redeem every one of us, so that we will not be left behind in a lesser sphere. He has made it possible for us . . . to return to the safety and the glory of our heavenly home, carrying with us our heavenly credentials stamped with the experiences we gained in this world.
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.
Who are we? We are the spirit offspring of an Eternal Being who has given us the opportunity to experience mortality—a brief but critical time in an eternal journey.
The first principle of the gospel is faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Faith means trust—trust in God’s will, trust in His way of doing things, and trust in His timetable. We should not try to impose our timetable on His.
No life is free of conflict or work. The process we go about when seeking for solutions will be the difference between our humble growth and stagnant pride.
Do not play games with the Lord. When you trust Him fully, He is able to bless you richly.
If your beliefs are based on gospel perspectives, your glasses or belief window will allow you to see eternity from a celestial kingdom perspective.
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.
"Shortcuts only deflect us from the narrow trail. Travel light, be kind to everyone, hear with your heart when someone needs you."
"There are valleys as well as peaks, broken bones as well as victory feasts, exhaustion as well as jubilation."
Our greatest performance is when we take time to give of ourselves in love, one for another, often away from the crowd.
We can struggle up the mountainside of life, observing, learning, internalizing, and acquiring spiritual character that will position us on the mountain peak of spiritual peace and prosperity.
We challenge you to study and internalize the basic required courses for life with the promise that conducting yourself in harmony with the Lord’s law will bring the only true, fulfilling, and rewarding happiness that this experience in the University of Mortality can produce.
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.
As we go through 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.
Thus, there are certain mortal moments and minutes that matter—certain hinge points in the history of each human. Some seconds are so decisive they shrink the soul, while other seconds are spent so as to stretch the soul.
"Look to tomorrow with happy expectancy, realizing that with God’s help you can do all things."
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.