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"As I have traveled about the world this year, from Europe to the Orient, and as I have come back to Salt Lake City, I have been made aware that no matter where we live, God has created a world of much beauty. We should each, now and then, stand still and contemplate his wondrous works; perhaps in so doing we will begin to see life in its eternal perspective." — Barbara B. Smith, "New Lamps for Old," Ensign, April 1976, p. 67
"Self-reliance comes by complying so completely with the principles of the gospel that each individual and family are added upon by the Lords strength, making them able to stand strong against the blows of adversity and the changing winds of time and growth." - Barbara B. Smith, "A Safe Place for Marriages and Families," Ensign (CR), November 1981, p.83
"In Proverbs, King Lemuel speaks of what his mother taught him. She gave him such an impressive guide that it is recorded in great detail. She made a particular point of telling him about the qualities and attitudes to look for in a wife and in the mother of his children, if his household were to be so well managed that in the end the children would rise up and call their mother blessed. (See Prov. 31:28.)
"We need this kind of specific counsel in this day when so many avenues of interest are open to women, and when more and more opportunities are coming to us. We need to look very closely not only at the offerings, but also at our own family's needs if, finally, our children are to receive here in mortality the eternal blessings that a mother is so ably qualified to give.
"Each mother will have to determine how she can bless her children. Because of the many options from which a woman might choose, it becomes extremely important that she select carefully." - Barbara B. Smith, "Her Children Arise Up, and Call Her Blessed," Ensign (CR), May 1982, p.79
"Even as the Lord organized the Church, we who have the gospel need to organize our lives to do what has to be done, to become 'doers of the word' (James 1:22), and in the doing to come to know strength in the Lord. That strength comes when we prepare for his blessings, recognize them, and use his gifts to make his ways our ways." - Barbara B. Smith, "A Season for Strength," Ensign (CR), November 1983, p.84
"We should read often D&C 46:11: 'All have not every gift given unto them; for there are many gifts, and to every man is given a gift by the Spirit of God.' What a promise that is for us, and especially each of our children. We may not have everything, but Heavenly Father has promised that we each have at least one special gift that we can develop and share with others, and we may even have many gifts. In addition, we have been told that we have weaknesses, and we are told why we have weaknesses: 'If men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.' (Ether 12:27.) If we humble ourselves before our Father in heaven and before our brothers and sisters, recognizing our weaknesses and that we may not be good in all things, He will help us work on what we have as we strive for perfection." - Barbara B. Smith et al., "A Woman's Choices: The Relief Society Legacy Lectures," p.70
"We should have the wisdom to personally prepare by understanding truth and living it with integrity so that we might be worthy disciples of Christ. Then, with him as the center of our lives, we can develop those Christlike qualities which will make us worthy of exaltation. We will gain added strength and a greater capacity for love. We will improve the skills of giving our love in such a way that we are prepared in the time of need." - Barbara B. Smith, “Relief Society in Times of Transition,” Ensign (CR), November 1981, p.99
In a very real sense, when Joseph Smith knelt in the Sacred Grove and asked his question, it was for each of us. The answer he received provides a sure foundation of fundamental truths upon which we should structure our lives. He also demonstrated that through personal prayer eternal truths answer individual needs. Heavenly power can help us understand and relate the timeless to our immediate concerns. - Barbara B. Smith, "
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