The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Alma 37:35

"Older people feel they are beset with problems, but I am inclined to think that young people are faced with the greatest problems. They have great decisions to make. They are in the process of determining their course in life. They are earnestly seeking the way. Young people should take council from Alma, in those beautiful words he spoke to his son Helaman: 'O, remember, my son, and learn wisdom in thy youth; yea, learn in thy youth to keep the commandments of God.'" Howard W. Hunter, "Pray Always," October 15, 1963, BYU Speeches of the Year, p. 5

"The greatest concern of Alma as a father was for the welfare of his children. In the last year of his mortality, with their welfare in mind, 'he caused that his sons should be gathered together, that he might give unto them every one his charge, separately, concerning the things pertaining unto righteousness.' (Alma 35:16.) In the wisdom borne out of his great experiences-temporal and spiritual-he taught them many things. The heart of them all, however, the thing which in his wise judgment would be of most worth to them, he expressed in his charge: 'Learn wisdom in thy youth.'" Marion G. Romney, "Learning for the Eternities," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1977], p. 69

"Why are you seeking a higher education? At least two great reasons emerge. One: You are to learn in your youth to keep the commandments of God. There is no other way you can achieve your divine destiny. A prophet said: 'As you have commenced in your youth to look to the Lord your God, even so I hope that you will continue in keeping his commandments; for blessed is he that endureth to the end. (Alma 38:2)' Reason number two: Learn wisdom so that you can render significant service of worth to your fellowmen. How frustrating it would be to have desire only and little or no ability to help people. Prepare your minds and your hands so that you can qualify to serve people and bless their lives. Gain competence that others do not have. That takes work-it takes effort-but it is worth the price." Russell M. Nelson, "Perfection Pending, and Other Favorite Discourses," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1998], p. 209

"Any time we seem to be wavering in our trust in the Lord-not for what he can do, but for what he will do-closer examination may reveal that our lack of trust is not directed toward our Father in Heaven or his Son Jesus Christ as much as toward ourselves. Yet in our individual responsibility and agency to do our part, we are not left alone. We are constantly coached and encouraged to ask for what we need and to remember what we have received. Have you noticed how many times in the scriptures we are counseled to remember, remember?" Ardeth Greene Kapp, "Rejoice! His Promises Are Sure," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1997], p. 7-8

I believe the Lord has brought forth special spirits who were reserved from before the world was to be strong and valiant in this difficult time of the world’s history. Upon you young men [and young women] will soon rest the future of the kingdom of God on earth. In your time, the challenges and opportunities will be greater than ever before. –
James E. Faust, “Acting for Ourselves and Not Being Acted Upon,” Ensign (CR) November 1995

Now I would like to speak to those of you in your youth. This is a great time to be young. You are living in the most exciting period of this world’s history. You are also living in the most challenging. We know there are many temptations, but we have confidence in you. The Lord has confidence and faith in you. There is unlimited growth ahead for you if you are willing to work hard and earn it. Be happy! Be glad you are you.

Follow the wise counsel of Alma to his son Helaman given centuries ago: “O, remember, my son, and learn wisdom in thy youth; yea, learn in thy youth to keep the commandments of God” (Alma 37:35). – George I. Cannon, “A Father Speaks,” Ensign (CR) November 1986

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