About These Posts

These posts are quotes from today's living Prophets and Apostles. In some instances I have utilized video clips - because some times you just have to hear their voice. Occasionally, I have abridged a quote, but only for space. Links are always provided so that you, the reader, can verify the accuracy of my posts, or read the entire message if you desire.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Ultimate Redemption

As disciples of Jesus Christ, we ought to do all we can to redeem others from suffering and burdens. Even so, our greatest redemptive service will be to lead them to Christ. Without His Redemption from death and from sin, we have only a gospel of social justice. That may provide some help and reconciliation in the present, but it has no power to draw down from heaven perfect justice and infinite mercy. Ultimate redemption is in Jesus Christ and in Him alone.

Elder D Todd Christofferson, "Redemption," General Conference Address, April 2013

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Rescued

In the words of the song “The Holy City”:
The scene was changed. …
The morn was cold and chill,
As the shadow of a cross arose
Upon a lonely hill. 1
For us our Heavenly Father gave His Son. For us our Elder Brother gave His life.

At the last moment the Master could have turned back. But He did not. He passed beneath all things that He might save all things: the human race, the earth, and all the life that ever inhabited it.

No words in Christendom mean more to me than those spoken by the angel to the weeping Mary Magdalene and the other Mary as they approached the tomb to care for the body of their Lord: “Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen” (Luke 24:5–6).

With this pronouncement, those who have lived and died, those who now live and one day will die, and those yet to be born and yet to die had just been rescued.

President Thomas S Monson, "He is Not Here, but is Risen," Liahona, April 2011

Friday, June 28, 2013

Cleansing the Inner Vessel

In our day the dreadful influence of pornography is like unto a plague sweeping across the world, infecting one here and one there, relentlessly trying to invade every home, most frequently through the husband and father. The effect of this plague can be, unfortunately often is, spiritually fatal. Lucifer seeks to disrupt “the great plan of redemption,” 11 “the great plan of happiness.” 12

Pornography will always repel the Spirit of Christ and will interrupt the communications between our Heavenly Father and His children and disrupt the tender relationship between husband and wife.

The priesthood holds consummate power. It can protect you from the plague of pornography—and it is a plague—if you are succumbing to its influence. If one is obedient, the priesthood can show how to break a habit and even erase an addiction. Holders of the priesthood have that authority and should employ it to combat evil influences.

President Boyd K Packer, "Cleansing the Inner Vessel," General Conference Address, October 2010

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Hope Fulfilled

My message to you today, my brothers and sisters, is simply this: the Lord is in control. He knows the end from the beginning. He has given us adequate instruction that, if followed, will see us safely through any crisis. His purposes will be fulfilled, and someday we will understand the eternal reasons for all of these events. Therefore, today we must be careful to not overreact, nor should we be caught up in extreme preparations; but what we must do is keep the commandments of God and never lose hope!

But where do we find hope in the midst of such turmoil and catastrophe? Quite simply, our one hope for spiritual safety during these turbulent times is to turn our minds and our hearts to Jesus Christ.

Elder M Russell Ballard, "The Joy of Hope Fulfilled," General Conference Address, October 1992

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Surviving the Onslaught

The onslaught of wickedness against our children is more subtle and brazen than it has ever been. Building a strong family culture adds another layer of protection for our children, insulating them from worldly influences.

Elder L Tom Perry, "Becoming Goodly Parents," General Conference Address, October 2012

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Righteous Character

Righteous character is more valuable than any material object you own, any knowledge you have gained through study, or any goals you have attained no matter how well lauded by mankind. In the next life your righteous character will be evaluated to assess how well you used the privilege of mortality.

Elder Richard G. Scott, "The Transforming Power of Faith and Character," General Conference Address, October 2010

Monday, June 24, 2013

Is it Working in my Life?

If you have felt the influence of the Holy Ghost today, you may take it as evidence that the Atonement is working in your life. For that reason and many others, you would do well to put yourself in places and in tasks that invite the promptings of the Holy Ghost.

President Henry B Eyring, "Gifts of the Spirit for Hard Times," CES Fireside, September 10, 2006

Sunday, June 23, 2013

We Believe in Being Chaste

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a single, undeviating standard of sexual morality: intimate relations are proper only between a man and a woman in the marriage relationship prescribed in God’s plan. Such relations are not merely a curiosity to be explored, an appetite to be satisfied, or a type of recreation or entertainment to be pursued selfishly. They are not a conquest to be achieved or simply an act to be performed. Rather, they are in mortality one of the ultimate expressions of our divine nature and potential and a way of strengthening emotional and spiritual bonds between husband and wife. We are agents blessed with moral agency and are defined by our divine heritage as children of God—and not by sexual behaviors, contemporary attitudes, or secular philosophies.

Elder David A Bednar, "We Believe in Being Chaste," General Conference Address, April 2013

Saturday, June 22, 2013

No Greater Gift We Can Give

With the Holy Ghost dwelling in us, we feel a love for God and all His children. This love casts out fear and fills us with the desire to open our mouths. There is no greater gift we can give others than to bear our testimony to them. There is no greater joy we can have than to bring even one soul unto Christ. 29 And there is no greater way to strengthen our own testimony than to share our witness of Him with the world. As we do, our families will be strengthened. Our wards, stakes, and communities will be filled with peace and love, and, ultimately, the earth will be prepared for the Second Coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Elder Robert D Hales, "Receiving a Testimony of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ," Liahona, November 2003.

Friday, June 21, 2013

The Best Service

By the way, the best service, I think, that we render should happen at home. That’s where it needs to be the most constant and the most consistent.

Elder D Todd Christofferson, "The Gospel Answers Life’s Problems and Challenges," Worldwide Leadership Training Broadcast, February 2012.


Thursday, June 20, 2013

A Protective Shield

A testimony provides proper perspective, motivation, and a solid foundation on which to build a life of purpose and personal growth. It is a constant source of confidence, a true and faithful companion during good times and bad. A testimony provides us with a reason for hope and gladness. It helps us cultivate a spirit of optimism and happiness and enables us to rejoice in the beauties of nature. A testimony motivates us to choose the right at all times and in all circumstances. It motivates us to draw nearer to God, allowing Him to draw nearer to us (see James 4:8).

Our personal testimony is a protective shield, and like an iron rod it is guiding us safely through darkness and confusion.

President Dieter F Uchtdorf, "The Power of Personal Testimony," Liahona, November 2006.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Power of Hope

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President Dieter F Uchtdorf, "The Infinite Power of Hope," General Conference Address, October 2008.