We can notice how false these comparisons most often are...That is worth noting, worth confronting, and worth constantly reminding ourselves.
If we choose to view events in our lives from the eternal perspective that emanates from an understanding of God’s eternal plan of salvation, our lives will be happier and more productive, and we will have greater strength to meet the challenges that will inevitably come our way.
Service is not just connected to joy in some amorphous, general way. Service is an essential part of the refining process that makes true joy possible.
We may not know the whys of all of God’s creations, but each of God’s vast creations is a reminder that He is in charge, that there is a divine plan, and that we are here on this earth for a much greater purpose than what the world would espouse.
I believe that one of the most significant obstacles to our laying hold upon the word is our inability to fully immerse ourselves in the word or other worthwhile things—our inability to fully focus on them.
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.
Because of the Atonement, all failures are changeable and temporary, except the one that occurs when we give up. So whatever you do, don’t you dare give up.
Perhaps instead the Lord expects that we acknowledge that we are weak, that we have much to learn through the experiences we have, and that we make mistakes, and then prove to Him that we will repent and put our whole heart into doing better.
Our test is to learn to serve one another and to attain personal holiness. All the commandments of God tend to one, or usually both of these ends at the same time.
The Holy Ghost will be the wind beneath your wings, placing in your hearts the firm conviction of the divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ and His place in the eternal plan of God, your Eternal Father.
To recognize sin we must not rely on the world but rely on our living prophet, President Hinckley; the scriptures; and our ecclesiastical leaders to show us the way.
Do you dream of future discoveries? What visions do you have for a better world? Through spiritual light and hard work, you can make those dreams a reality.
Blessings come when we recognize our identity as covenant children of God, and when we make the Lord - and family - our top priority.
"We can only be perfected through the Father’s plan, with the core of that plan centered in Christ and His atonement"
Our prophets have reminded us that this mortal estate is a school to learn how to be gods and goddesses, having increase and creating worlds while giving all glory to the Father. I would like to suggest that crucibles are one way in which we move toward eternity—connecting our premortal, mortal, and postmortal identities.
Our conduct and our way of life cannot be separated from our doctrine, for what we believe empowers and directs what we do.
Latter-day Saints should have all the genuine excitement others have in the traditional adventure of learning, including learning secular truths—and we, of all people, should have a little more!
Reverberating through all eternity, all creation exults: “In Christ there is always hope.” I know whereof I speak.
Furthermore, whether you realize it or not, you are a generation drenched in destiny.
Once in my life, I had the feelings of being left out. I now share the companionship of incomparable brotherhood and sisterhood, a feeling of belonging, of being useful, and I recognize that it comes only from sincere striving to live the commandments of the Lord.
After members of the Osmond family bear their testimonies, Elder Dunn offers this message: press forward, for you never know what good your effort can do.
Whatever undertakings may demand of you and of your attention, I tell you, young men and young women, you cannot make a better resolution today than this: “I am going to keep close to the Lord. I am going to understand Him better, and, understanding Him, I will understand myself and will try to put my life into harmony with His.”
Remember that your learning does not end when you get your degree. Seek the knowledge—scientific and moral—that will enable true progress in the world.
The worth of souls is great in the sight of God. He is interested in each member of the Church and their needs, potential, and talents.