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"Blessings do not come to us automatically and simply because hands have been placed upon our heads and beautiful words spoken. Blessings flow from the divine source and are channeled to mortals when laws are honored and when lives are made to harmonize with the will of Deity."
"In The Lord's Service", p. 10
"Regardless of the difficulties existing in the world today, we as a people must recognize that we have been greatly blessed with the resources of this world."
"Personal And Family Financial Preparedness"
General Conference, April 1979
"When we reflect that light and intelligence have beamed forth from the heavens, that God in his mercy has made manifest His will to the human family; that in the plenitude of His mercy and goodness He has restored the Holy Priesthood, and placed us in communication with Himself; that he has taught us not only how to pray but how to approach unto him for the forgiveness of our sins, for the reception of the Holy Ghost, for instruction and guidance in relation to all matters pertaining to our fathers, relative to this world and to the world that is to come, we certainly have great cause of gratitude to our Heavenly Father for the many mercies and blessings He has conferred upon us."
"Journal of Discourses", 11:21
"In serving God's children we may become poorer in the things of the world, but we will be richer in heavenly treasures; and always remember, 'Better is little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble (turmoil) therewith.' (Proverbs 15:16)"
"Commentary on the Book of Mormon", 7:111
"When I think that the Lord has a living oracle guiding his earthly kingdom, and that there are apostles and prophets who walk the earth again: when I think that the Lord has given us the gift and power of the Holy Ghost so that we have the revelations of heaven and the power to sanctify our souls; when I think of the unnumbered blessings the gifts, the miracles, the promise that the family unit shall go on everlastingly, all the blessings that are poured out upon us, and offered freely to all men everywhere my desire to praise the Lord and proclaim his goodness and grace knows no bounds."
"Think on These Things"
General Conference, October 1973
"I sorrow that a single drop of His blood was shed for me. I pray that someday I will meet the Savior. I will kneel and kiss the wounded hands and feet, and He will wipe away my tears. I pray that He will say, 'Well done, thou good and faithful servant.' (Matt. 25:21.) Because of His mercy, we have hope, brothers and sisters. He is 'the fount of every blessing.' ('Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing,' Hymns (1948), no. 70.) Of this I testify...." - Robert K. Dellenbach, "Sacrifice Brings Forth the Blessings of Heaven," Ensign (CR), November 2002, p.33
"'There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated—
"'And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated. (D&C 130:20-21.)'
"The Lord has clearly charted a course for us to obtain his blessings. He is bound by his divine law to bless us for our righteousness. The overwhelming question in each age is why each generation must test his law, when the Lords performance from generation to generation has been absolutely consistent. Is this not the time to again reexamine our position? Is that which we are building in our personal lives, our families, our communities, and our nations firmly anchored to a foundation based on divine law?" - L. Tom Perry, "As a Man Soweth," Ensign (CR), May 1976, p.63
"One cannot help but wonder how many gifts and blessings surround us that we do not receive. The Lord has said: 'For what doth it profit a man if a gift is bestowed upon him, and he receive not the gift? Behold, he rejoices not in that which is given unto him, neither rejoices in him who is the giver of the gift' (D&C 88:33).
"In our Church meetings, in our personal and family scripture study, and even this day as we listen to the Lord's prophets and apostles, some of us will receive more than others. Why? I am learning that those who truly receive do at least three things that others may not do.
"First, they seek....
"Second, those who receive, feel....
"Third, those who receive by the Spirit intend to act." - A. Roger Merrill, "Receiving By The Spirit," Ensign, November 2006
"Many of our problems are blessings in disguise. They are provided so that we might gain the experiences intended for us on this earth and thus prepare us for meeting and solving problems in the next phase of our eternal existence." - O. Leslie Stone, "Love and Forgive One Another," Ensign (CR), January 1974, p.38
"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
"'Freely ye have received, freely give.' Our most human relationships are a free gift. The first fact in our childhood was not service rendered but service received. We did not pay in advance for the motherhood that bore us and the love that nourished us: All this was poured out freely: We were the unconscious recipients of unselfish love that we had never earned. The man of fine quality regards himself as the recipient of countless blessings which exceed his capacity to pay: he feels that instead of the world owing him a living he owes the world a life." - Hugh B. Brown, Continuing the Quest, p.483
"The meeting was opened by prayer and singing and then under the influence of the Spirit of the Lord the Prophet addressed them. In the course of his remarks he called attention to the great spirit of darkness which prevails upon the face of the whole earth. The Sun of Righteousness has been made obscure by the evil acts of men, but soon the light was to burst forth upon the heads of the faithful. Great blessings await the faithful members of the Church even beyond the blessings of the saints in the days of our Lord, for they had him with them and relied upon him, but through reliance on the Holy Spirit and by exercising great faith, they would be greatly blessed." - Joseph Fielding Smith, "Church History and Modern Revelation," 4 vols., 3:68
"Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is evident when we believe His teachings and claim His 'exceeding great and precious promises' and become 'partakers of the divine nature' (2 Peter 1:4). Innumerable promises are proclaimed by His prophets, and the Lord assures us, 'My word shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same' (D&C 1:38).
"In these latter days, the Lord revealed that 'when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated' (D&C 130:21). The Lord makes generous promises, and He certifies that He will not vary from these promises, for, said He, 'I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise' (D&C 82:10)." - Spencer J. Condie, "Claim the Exceeding Great and Precious Promises," General Conference, 6 October 2007
"The Lord is anxious to do us good, to enlighten our minds, to inform our judgment, to unfold unto us His will, and to strengthen us and prepare us for the great events that must transpire in these last days. He is desirous to show us how to save ourselves, how to bless ourselves, temporally and spiritually, intellectually, morally, physically, politically and in every possible way that He is capable of bestowing his blessings upon fallen humanity." - John Taylor, "Journal of Discourses," 26 vols., 11:158
Sometimes, …great blessings come to those who are faithful. We should be grateful for all the tender mercies that come into our lives. We are unaware of hosts of blessings that we receive from day to day. It is extremely important that we have a spirit of gratitude in our hearts. - Quentin L. Cook, "The Songs They Could Not Sing," Ensign (CR) October 2011
Jesus teaches us, His disciples, that we should look to God each day for the bread—the help and sustenance—we require that particular day. The Lord’s invitation to seek our daily bread at our Heavenly Father’s hand speaks of a loving God, aware of even the small, daily needs of His children and eager to assist them, one by one. He is saying that we can ask in faith of that Being “that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given” (James 1:5). That is, of course, tremendously reassuring, but there is something at work here that is more significant than just help in getting by day to day. As we seek and receive divine bread daily, our faith and trust in God and His Son grow. - D. Todd Christofferson, "Recognizing God's Hand in Our Daily Blessings," CES Fireside, 9 January 2011
In a particularly stressful time, or in the anticipation of a critical event, one can seek for a blessing under the hands of the priesthood. Even the Prophet Joseph Smith sought and received a blessing under the hands of Brigham Young and received solace and direction for his soul. Fathers, so live that you can bless your own wives and children. To receive and then consistently and prayerfully ponder one’s patriarchal blessing can give helpful insight, particularly in an hour of need. The sacrament will “bless … the souls” (D&C 20:77, 79) of all those who worthily partake of it, and as such it should be taken often, even by the bedfast. - Ezra Taft Benson, "Do Not Despair," Liahona, March 1987
Heavenly help may not be obvious. We may not immediately see or know that some other burdens that would have come our way have been lifted, diverted from our door.
The Lord assures: “Behold, verily, verily, I say unto you that mine eyes are upon you. I am in your midst and ye cannot see me” (D&C 38:7).
Of course, we may need to be supremely patient with others and ourselves; it often takes time for everything to work out. Even if at times our faith seems no bigger than a mustard seed, as we move forward, Providence will move with us. If we seek heaven’s help, we will receive it—perhaps even in unexpected ways. - David S. Baxter, "Leaving Adversity Behind," Ensign December 2012
I bless you with increased discernment to judge between Christ and anti-Christ. I bless you with increased power to do good and to resist evil. I bless you with increased understanding of the Book of Mormon. I promise you that from this moment forward, if we will daily sup from its pages and abide by its precepts, God will pour out upon each child of Zion and the Church a blessing hitherto unknown—and we will plead to the Lord that He will begin to lift the condemnation—the scourge and judgment. Of this I bear solemn witness. - Ezra Taft Benson, “A Sacred Responsibility,” Ensign (CR) May 1986
Whatever the physical changes over time, the nature of our local leaders’ callings has not changed, nor has their compensation. They are totally uncompensated by the coin of mortality. For the reward of their labors, all rely on the Lord’s deferred compensation plan. - Dallin H. Oaks, “Bishop, Help!” Ensign (CR) April 1997
One way the Lord helps us is through priesthood blessings. When a worthy priesthood bearer is led to pronounce specific blessings, we can be greatly comforted. Yet there is no guarantee of outcome without effort on our part. Appropriate use of priesthood authority opens a channel of help where the outcome is consistent with the will of the Lord. The blessing resolves those things which are beyond our own capacity to influence either personally or with the help of others. Yet we must do our part for the blessing to be realized. We must strive to be worthy and to exercise the requisite faith to do what we are able. Where it is intended that others help, we must use that help also. It is through the combination of our doing what is within our power to accomplish and the power of the Lord that the blessing is realized. - Richard G. Scott, "Obtaining Help from the Lord," Ensign (CR), November 1991, p. 84
In his parable of the good Samaritan, the Son of God clarified his expectations for all people who would want to be like him (see Luke 10:30-37). Not only did he model and teach the attitudes and actions that he expects and requires from each of us, but he also provides the ordinances and covenants whereby we, through his duly appointed servants, might obtain all the blessings he has promised both proximate and timeless. - Cecil O. Samuelson, Jr., "As Jesus Sees Us," Ensign (CR), May 1995, p. 30
I rejoice with you, my brethren and sisters, in this wonderful conference. I rejoice with you, and bear my testimony to you that I know that this is the Church of Jesus Christ, that within this Church are found the blessings of Almighty God, and that we cannot expect to find them, nor will we find them, outside. The Lord has been merciful, kind, considerate, long-suffering, and patient with some of us. May we appreciate these blessings. May we appreciate the outstretched hands of our Father, that are continually beckoning for us to come to him to receive at his hands these wonderful blessings that we have preached about, that we have sung, that we have told in story. - James N. Lambert, “Conference Report,” October 1921, Third Day-Morning Session, p.136
A priesthood blessing is sacred. It can be a holy and inspired statement of our wants and needs. If we are in tune spiritually, we can receive a confirming witness of the truth of the promised blessings. Priesthood blessings can help us in the small and great decisions of our lives. If, through our priesthood blessings, we could perceive only a small part of the person God intends us to be, we would lose our fear and never doubt again. - James E. Faust, “Priesthood Blessings,” Ensign (CR), November 1995, p.62
Understandably, many have expressed that our Father’s promised blessings are just “way too far away,” particularly when our lives are overflowing with challenges. But Amulek taught that “this life is the time … to prepare to meet God.” It is not the time to receive all of our blessings. President Packer explained, “‘And they all lived happily ever after’ is never written into the second act. That line belongs in the third act, when the mysteries are solved and everything is put right.” However, a vision of our Father’s incredible promised blessings must be the central focus before our eyes every day—as well as an awareness “of the multitude of his tender mercies” that we experience on a daily basis. – Linda S. Reeves, “Worthy of Our Promised Blessings,” Ensign (CR) November 2015
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