"Atonement is really three words: At-one-ment, meaning: to set at one, one with God; to reconcile, to conciliate, to expiate." — Boyd K. Packer, "Atonement, Agency, Accountability," General Conference, April 1988
"The Twelve bridge the line of authority from one administration to another and keep the line unbroken." — Boyd K. Packer, "The Shield of Faith," Ensign, May 1995, p. 7
"The gospel might be likened to the keyboard of a piano--a full keyboard with a selection of keys on which one who is trained can play a variety without limits; a ballad to express love, a march to rally, a melody to soothe, and a hymn to inspire; an endless variety to suit every mood and satisfy every need. How shortsighted it is, then, to choose a single key and endlessly tap out the monotony of a single note, or even two or three notes, when the full keyboard of limitless harmony can be played." — "The Only True And Living Church," General Conference, October 1971
"Irreverence suits the purposes of the adversary by obstructing the delicate channels of revelation in both mind and spirit." — "Reverence Invites Revelation," General Conference, October 1991
"Secular doctrines have the advantage of convincing, tangible evidence. We seem to do better in gathering data on things that can be counted and measured. Doctrines which originate in the light, on the other hand, are more often supported by intangible impressions upon the spirit. We are left for the most part to rely on faith. But, in time, the consequences of following either will become visible enough." — "Little Children," General Conference, October 1986
"You need not know everything before the power of the Atonement will work for you. Have faith in Christ; it begins to work the day you ask!" — "Washed Clean," General Conference, April 1997
"President Harold B. Lee told me once of a conversation he had with Charles A. Callis of the Quorum of the Twelve. Brother Callis had remarked that the gift of discernment was an awesome burden to carry. To see clearly what is ahead and yet find members slow to respond or resistant to counsel or even rejecting the witness of Apostles and Prophets brings deep sorrow." — "The Twelve Apostles," General Conference, October 1996
"Before the Crucifixion and afterward, many men have willingly given their lives in selfless acts of heroism. But none faced what the Christ endured. Upon Him was the burden of all human transgression, all human guilt. And hanging in the balance was the Atonement. Through His willing act, mercy and justice could be reconciled, eternal law sustained, and that mediation achieved without which mortal man could not be redeemed." — "Atonement, Agency, Accountability," General Conference, April 1988
"We may foolishly bring unhappiness and trouble, even suffering upon ourselves. These are not always to be regarded as penalties imposed by a displeased Creator. They are part of the lessons of life, part of the test. Some are tested by poor health, some by a body that is deformed or homely. Others are tested by handsome and healthy bodies; some by the passion of youth; others by the erosions of age. Some suffer disappointment in marriage, family problems; others live in poverty and obscurity. Some (perhaps this is the hardest test) find ease and luxury. All are part of the test, and there is more equality in this testing than sometimes we suspect." — Boyd K. Packer, "The Choice," General Conference, October 1980
"In the Church we do not assume authority belonging to either an ordained or a set apart office or calling. We must be called to a position and sustained, be ordained or set apart and given authority. The fifth Article of Faith says, 'We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof.' (A of F 1:5.)" — Boyd K. Packer, "What Every Elder Should Know--and Every Sister as Well: A Primer on Principles of Priesthood Government," Ensign, Feb. 1993, p. 11
"'We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof.' The priesthood is conferred through ordination, not simply through making a covenant or receiving a blessing. It has been so since the beginning. Regardless of what they may assume or imply or infer from anything which has been said or written, past or present, specific ordination to an office in the priesthood is the way, and the only way, it has been or is now conferred." — Boyd K. Packer, "The Temple, the Priesthood," Ensign, May 1993, p. 20
"There are two kinds of faith. One of them functions ordinarily in the life of every soul. It is the kind of faith born by experience; it gives us certainty that a new day will dawn, that spring will come, that growth will take place. It is the kind of faith that relates us with confidence to that which is scheduled to happen. This kind of faith was exemplified by the little Japanese girl. There is another kind of faith, rare indeed. This is the kind of faith that causes things to happen. It is the kind of faith that is worthy and prepared and unyielding, and it calls forth things that otherwise would not be. It is the kind of faith that moves people. It is the kind of faith that sometimes moves things. Few men possess it. It comes by gradual growth. It is a marvelous, even a transcendent, power, a power as real and as invisible as electricity. Directed and channeled, it has great effect." — Boyd K. Packer, "What is Faith?" "Faith," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1983], p. 42
"The scriptures point out that 'though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow' (Isaiah 1:18). A marvelous cleansing spirit turns the lights on again, which puts the color back into life. When it has entered a person’s life he can be in the presence of himself, his fellows, and the Lord, and be at peace." — Boyd K. Packer, "The Things of the Soul," [Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft, 1996]
"Now words can be used as weapons against you. If they throw the word diversity at you, grab hold of it and say, 'I am already diverse, and I intend to stay diverse.' If the word is tolerance, grab that one, too, saying, 'I expect you to be tolerant of my lifestyle-obedience, integrity, abstinence, repentance.' If the word is choice, tell them you choose good, old-fashioned morality. You choose to be a worthy husband or wife, a worthy parent." -- Boyd K. Packer, "The Standard of Truth Has Been Erected," General Conference, 4 October 2003
In keeping faith I hope you are able to know that there are some things that must be taken on faith; and that, in our insatiable quest for knowledge, always preparatory to and preliminary to gaining spiritual knowledge there is the exercise of faith." - Boyd K. Packer, "Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled," [Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft, 1991], p. 148
"As members of the Church we are not just cut loose and left to shift for ourselves in this world. That would be a terrible thing. We are not left adrift. That constant spiritual guidance that we have in the Church is a clear signal, if we live for it and if we follow it.... Inspiration can come, of course, from sources other than through the Holy Ghost." - Boyd K. Packer, "Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled," [Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft, 1991], p. 240
"Generally we understand that, conditioned upon repentance, the ordinance of baptism washes our sins away. Some wonder if they were baptized too soon. If only they could be baptized now and have a clean start. But that is not necessary! Through the ordinance of the sacrament you renew the covenants made at baptism. When you meet all of the conditions of repentance, however difficult, you may be forgiven and your transgressions will trouble your mind no more." - Boyd K. Packer, "Washed Clean," General Conference, April 1997
"Our critics' belief, based on the Bible, holds that man is saved by grace alone. Theirs is by far the easier way. Our position, also based on the Bible but strengthened by other scriptures, holds that we are saved by grace 'after all we can do,' (2 Ne. 25:23.) and we are responsible by conduct and by covenants to live the standards of the gospel." - Boyd K. Packer, "The Peaceable Followers of Christ," Ensign, Apr. 1998, p. 65
"No message appears in scripture more times, in more ways than, 'Ask, and ye shall receive.' (Matt. 21:22; James 4:3; 1 Jn. 3:22; 1 Ne. 15:11; Enos 1:15; Mosiah 4:21; D&C 4:7; and Moses 6:52 are examples.) While we may invite this communication, it can never be forced! If we try to force it, we may be deceived." - Boyd K. Packer, "Reverence Invites Revelation," Ensign, Nov. 1991, p. 21
"With the proper serum, the physical body is protected against disease. We can also protect our children from moral and spiritual diseases. The word inoculate has two parts: in -'to be within'-and oculate means 'eye to see.' When children are baptized and confirmed (see D&C 20:41, 43; 33:15), we place an eye within them -the unspeakable gift of the Holy Ghost (see D&C 121:26). With the Restoration of the gospel came authority to confer this gift." - Boyd K. Packer, "Do Not Fear," General Conference, April 2004
"Faithful attendance at Church, together with careful attention to the needs of the family, is a near-perfect combination. In Church we are taught the Great Plan of Happiness. (See Alma 12:32.) At home we apply what we have learned. Every call, every service in the Church brings experience and valuable insights which carry over into family life." — Boyd K. Packer, "Parents in Zion," Ensign, November 1998, p. 23
"The flow of revelation depends on your faith. You exercise faith by causing, or by making, your mind accept or believe as truth that which you cannot, by reason alone, prove for certainty. (See Alma 32:27-28, 38.)" - Boyd K. Packer, "Personal Revelation: The Gift, the Test, and the Promise," Ensign, November 1994, p. 60
"The code for moral law is found in the scriptures, stated as simply as, 'Wickedness never was happiness.' (Alma 41:10.) The scriptures speak in general terms, leaving us free to apply the principles of the gospel to meet the infinite variety of life. But when they say 'thou shalt not,' we had better pay attention." - Boyd K. Packer, "Our Moral Environment," Ensign, May 1992, p. 68
"It is not an easy church to belong to. The gospel requires dedication and sacrifice. It is not an easy church to administer. With the patterns of the priesthood as they are, men and women are called from every walk of life to teach and to lead and to serve. We have members with every level of gospel knowledge, leadership ability, talents, and testimony. We learn to be patient with one another." - Boyd K. Packer, "The Peaceable Followers of Christ," Ensign, April 1998, p. 66
"We could come away from our study of Elijah with no more important lesson than to recognize how the Lord communicates with his children here upon the earth: through the still, small voice that is so difficult to describe to one who has never experienced it and is almost unnecessary to describe to one who has. That sweet, quiet voice of inspiration that comes more as a feeling than it does as a sound. That process through which pure intelligence can be spoken into the mind and we can know and understand and have witness of spiritual things. The process is not reserved for the prophets alone, but every righteous seeking soul who will qualify and make himself worthy can have that manner of communication, even as a gift." - Boyd K. Packer, "The Holy Temple" [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1980], p. 107
"It is not an easy thing for us to defend the position that bothers so many others. But, brethren and sisters, never be ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Never apologize for the sacred doctrines of the gospel. Never feel inadequate and unsettled because you cannot explain them to the satisfaction of all who might enquire of you. Do not be ill at ease or uncomfortable because you can give little more than your conviction." - Boyd K. Packer, "The Peaceable Followers of Christ," Ensign, April 1998, p. 67
"There is a power of communication as real and tangible as electricity. Man has devised the means to send images and sound through the air to be caught on an antenna and reproduced and heard and seen. This other communication may be likened to that, save it be a million times more powerful, and the witness it brings is always the truth.
"There is a process by which pure intelligence can flow, by which we can come to know of a surety, nothing doubting." - Boyd K. Packer, "The Spirit Beareth Record," Ensign, June 1971, p. 88
"Would you agree to send students to just any school, taking any variety of courses, and then award them specialized degrees, anything they wanted-in architecture, law, medicine? Such an attitude would suggest that a man would be just as good a surgeon by not studying for it as he would by following the prerequisite courses. No person who has given it real substantial thought would take such a position, and neither you nor I would want to be under the knife of a surgeon who had been trained, or maybe I should say 'untrained,' in such a pattern.
"Isn't it strange, then, that so many are able to apply such a view toward religion. They advocate: Go to any school, take any course, or go to no school at all, and we'll all end up in the same place with the same heavenly diploma.
"That just isn't reasonable, nor is it true.
"The position that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only true church upon the face of the earth is fundamental. Perhaps it would be more convenient and palatable and popular if we were to avoid it; nevertheless, we are under a sacred obligation and a sacred trust to hold to it. It is not merely an admission; it is a positive declaration. It is so fundamental that we cannot yield on this point." - Boyd K. Packer, "The Only True and Living Church," Ensign, Dec. 1971, p. 40
"Who would dare to say that angels do not now attend the rank and file of the Church who-
"answer the calls to the mission fields,
"teach the classes,
"pay their tithes and offerings,
"seek for the records of their forebears,
"work in the temples,
"raise their children in faith,
"and have brought this work through [the] years?...
"I feel compelled,... to certify to you that I know that the day of miracles has not ceased.
"I know that angels minister unto men." - Boyd K. Packer, "A Tribute to the Rank and File of the Church," Ensign, May 1980, p. 65
"Life moves all too fast. When you feel weak, discouraged, depressed, or afraid, open the Book of Mormon and read. Do not let too much time pass before reading a verse, a thought, or a chapter." - Boyd K. Packer, "The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ-Plain and Precious Things," General Conference, April 2005
"This is what I would teach you. Choose from among the sacred music of the Church a favorite hymn, one with words that are uplifting and music that is reverent, one that makes you feel something akin to inspiration. Remember President Lee’s counsel; perhaps 'I Am A Child of God' would do. Go over it in your mind carefully. Memorize it. Even though you have had no musical training, you can think through a hymn.
Now, use this hymn as the place for your thoughts to go. Make it your emergency channel. Whenever you find these shady actors have slipped from the sidelines of your thinking onto the stage of your mind, put on this record, as it were.
As the music begins and as the words form in your thoughts, the unworthy ones will slip shamefully away. It will change the whole mood on the stage of your mind. Because it is uplifting and clean, the baser thoughts will disappear. For while virtue, by choice, will not associate with filth, evil cannot tolerate the presence of light." - Boyd K. Packer, "Inspiring Music—Worthy Thoughts," Ensign, Jan. 1974, p. 28
"Those who make one serious mistake tend to add another by assuming that it is then too late for them. It is never too late! Never!" - Boyd K. Packer, "To Young Women and Men," Ensign, May 1989, 59
"The Holy Ghost communicates with the spirit through the mind more than through the physical senses. This guidance comes as thoughts, as feelings, through impressions and promptings. It is not always easy to describe inspiration. The scriptures teach us that we may 'feel' the words of spiritual communication more than hear them, and see with spiritual rather than with mortal eyes. [See 1 Ne. 17:45.]
"The patterns of revelation are not dramatic. The voice of inspiration is a still voice, a small voice. There need be no trance, no sanctimonious declaration. It is quieter and simpler than that." - Boyd K. Packer, "Revelation in a Changing World," Ensign, Nov. 1989, 14
"The Word of Wisdom does not promise you perfect health, but it teaches how to keep the body you were born with in the best condition and your mind alert to delicate spiritual promptings....
"The promise of health for living the standard of the revelation is not limited to members of the Church. Tell your nonmember friends about the Word of Wisdom and urge them to live it." - Boyd K. Packer, "The Word of Wisdom: The Principle and the Promises," Ensign, May 1996, 18
"The Lord said, 'It is not meet that I should command in all things; for he that is compelled in all things, the same is a slothful and not a wise servant.' (D&C 58:26.) The prophets told us in the Book of Mormon that 'men are instructed sufficiently that they know good from evil.' (2 Ne. 2:5; see Hel. 14:31.)
"Life is meant to be a test to see if we will keep the commandments of God. (See 2 Ne. 2:5.) We are free to obey or to ignore the spirit and the letter of the law. But the agency granted to man is a moral agency. (See D&C 101:78.) We are not free to break our covenants and escape the consequences.
"The laws of God are ordained to make us happy. Happiness cannot coexist with immorality: the prophet Alma told us in profound simplicity that 'wickedness never was happiness.' (Alma 41:10.)" - Boyd K. Packer, "Covenants," Ensign (CR), November 1990, p.84
"We cannot overemphasize the value of temple marriage, the binding ties of the sealing ordinance, and the standards of worthiness required of them. When parents keep the covenants they have made at the altar of the temple, their children will be forever bound to them. President Brigham Young said:
"'Let the father and mother, who are members of this Church and Kingdom, take a righteous course, and strive with all their might never to do a wrong, but to do good all their lives; if they have one child or one hundred children, if they conduct themselves towards them as they should, binding them to the Lord by their faith and prayers, I care not where those children go, they are bound up to their parents by an everlasting tie, and no power of earth or hell can separate them from their parents in eternity; they will return again to the fountain from whence they sprang.' (Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, comp. Bruce R. McConkie, 3 vols., 2:90-91.)" - Boyd K. Packer, "Our Moral Environment," Ensign (CR), May 1992, p.66
"If you, our youth, feel alone, remember there are millions of you in the Church now. Tens of thousands of you at this moment serve missions. You are a visible example, a testimony of the Restoration, even to those who will not listen to your message. Wherever you are—in school, at work or play, in the military—you are never alone.
"Now words can be used as weapons against you. If they throw the word diversity at you, grab hold of it and say, 'I am already diverse, and I intend to stay diverse.' If the word is tolerance, grab that one, too, saying, 'I expect you to be tolerant of my lifestyle—obedience, integrity, abstinence, repentance.' If the word is choice, tell them you choose good, old-fashioned morality. You choose to be a worthy husband or wife, a worthy parent.
"The whole Church may stand alone in defense of these standards. But we are not the first. Moroni, the last of his people, said: 'I even remain alone. ... I fulfil the commandment of my father.' (Morm. 8:3.) Do not be afraid. (See 2 Tim. 1:7; D&C 68:6.)" - Boyd K. Packer, "The Standard of Truth Has Been Erected," Ensign (CR), November 2003, p.24
"Some live with an unspoken fear of what awaits us and the Church in the world. It grows ever darker in morality and spirituality. If we will gather into the Church, live the simple principles of the gospel, live moral lives, keep the Word of Wisdom, tend to our priesthood and other duties, then we need not live in fear." - Boyd K. Packer, "A Defense and a Refuge," Ensign, November 2006
"I have long believed that the study of the doctrines of the gospel will improve behavior quicker than talking about behavior will improve behavior. The study of behavior is greatly improved when linked to standards and to values. Practical values, useful in everyday life, are found in the scriptures and the doctrines they reveal. I will give you one example: 'We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.' (A of F 1:3)
"You should learn while you are young that while the Atonement of Christ applies to humanity in general, the influence of it is individual, very personal, and very useful. Even to you beginners, an understanding of the Atonement is of immediate and very practical value in everyday life." - Boyd K. Packer, "Washed Clean," Ensign, May 1997
"But there is life beyond the veil. Every thought or word or act we direct at this sacred work is pleasing to the Lord. Every hour spent on genealogical research, however unproductive it appears, is worthwhile. It is pleasing to the Lord. It is our testimony to Him that we accept the doctrine of the resurrection and the plan of salvation. It draws us close to those who have gone before. It welds eternal links in family associations and draws us closer to Him who is our Lord and stands in the presence of Him who is our Eternal Father." - Boyd K. Packer, The Holy Temple , p.256
"Fear is the opposite of faith." - Boyd K. Packer, "Do Not Fear," Ensign (CR), May 2004, p.77
"Every President of the Church, except Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, has been sustained in a solemn assembly in this Tabernacle. And in similar manner, the sustaining procedure is repeated annually in general conference and duplicated in every stake and ward and branch as required by revelation.
"The Lord said, 'It shall not be given to any one to go forth to preach my gospel, or to build up my church, except he be ordained by some one who has authority, and it is known to the church that he has authority and has been regularly ordained by the heads of the church' (D&C 42:11).
"In this way, no stranger can come among us and claim to have authority and attempt to lead the Church astray." - Boyd K. Packer, "The Spirit of the Tabernacle," General Conference, April 2007
"As General Authorities of the Church, we are just the same as you are, and you are just the same as we are. You have the same access to the powers of revelation for your families and for your work and for your callings as we do.
"It is also true that there is an order to things in the Church. When you are called to an office, you then receive revelation that belongs to that office that would not be given to others.
"No member of the Church is esteemed by the Lord as more or less than any other. It just does not work that way! Remember, He is a father—our Father. The Lord is 'no respecter of persons.'" - Boyd K. Packer, "The Weak and the Simple of the Church ," General Conference, 6 October 2007
"I have noticed that an increasing number of our leaders and members do not sing the congregational songs. Perhaps they do not know them or there are not enough hymnbooks. We should sing the songs of Zion—they are an essential part of our worship. We must not neglect the hymns nor the exalted anthems of the Restoration. Read the First Presidency's introduction in the hymnbook. The Lord said, 'My soul delighteth in the song of the heart; yea, the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me, and it shall be answered with a blessing upon their heads.' (D&C 25:12.) Do not let our sacred music slip away from us, nor allow secular music to replace it." - Boyd K. Packer, "Reverence Invites Revelation," Ensign (CR), November 1991, p.21
"It is not possible in words to describe the contribution, the service, the sacrifice given by the wives of priesthood leaders all across the world." - Boyd K. Packer, "The Twelve," General Conference, April 2008
"In the battle of life, the adversary takes enormous numbers of prisoners, and many who know of no way to escape and are pressed into his service. Every soul confined to a concentration camp of sin and guilt has a key to the gate. The adversary cannot hold them if they know how to use it. The key is labeled Repentance. The twin principles of repentance and forgiveness exceed in strength the awesome power of the adversary." - Boyd K. Packer, "Our Moral Environment," Ensign (CR), May 1992, p.66
"Find happiness in ordinary things, and keep your sense of humor." - Boyd K. Packer, "Do Not Fear," Ensign (CR), May 2004, p.77
"If you can understand a people so long-suffering, so tolerant, so forgiving, so Christian after what they had suffered, you will have unlocked the key to what a Latter-day Saint is. Rather than being consumed with revenge, they were anchored to revelation. Their course was set by the teachings still found today in the Old and the New Testaments, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price.
"If you can understand why they would celebrate as they did, you can understand why we have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, in the principles of the gospel.
"The Book of Mormon teaches, 'We talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.'
"And so today in these strangely perilous times, in the true Church of Jesus Christ we teach and live the principles of His gospel." - Boyd K. Packer, "The Test," General Conference, October 2008
"Keep the Word of Wisdom. Seek worthy companions. Attend church faithfully. Never fail daily to seek for help through prayer. And I promise you that the way will be easier and you shall have a composure of mind and a confident attitude toward life and the future. You shall be warned of dangers and shall be guided through the whisperings of the Holy Spirit." - Boyd K. Packer, "The Word of Wisdom: The Principle and the Promises," Ensign (CR), May 1996, p.17
"From my youth I have been acutely interested in and tried to be observant of everything around us—birds, animals, and plant life—their species, forms, colors, characteristics, and habits. I found that we can, as the Savior did, draw lessons from everyday occurrences. We can note the behavior of people in all their individuality and sameness. I developed the desire, as a teacher, to share the things I had observed. I found that by diligent, consistent observation, notetaking, and filing, one can store up a vast reservoir of knowledge, examples, lessons, feelings, experiences, and stories. One can come to know the verity of the scripture 'treasure up in your minds continually the words of life, and it shall be given you in the very hour that portion that shall be meted unto every man.' (D&C 84:85.) That supply is there whenever one needs to draw from it for teaching or speaking assignments. Whatever else we are in life, we are teachers—as parents, in church service, in all else that we do." - Boyd K. Packer, "That All May Be Edified," p. 6
“Parents, take time in the next home evening to caution your family never to amuse themselves at the expense of the handicapped or of any whose face or form or personality does not fit the supposed ideal or whose skin is too light or too dark to suit their fancy. Teach them that they, in their own way, should become like angels who "move the water," healing a spirit by erasing loneliness, embarrassment, or rejection.” - Boyd K. Packer, “The Moving of the Water,” Ensign (CR), May 1991, p. 7
“An organist who has the sensitivity to quietly play prelude music from the hymnbook tempers our feelings and causes us to go over in our minds the lyrics which teach the peaceable things of the kingdom. If we will listen, they are teaching the gospel, for the hymns of the Restoration are, in fact, a course in doctrine!” - Boyd K. Packer, “Reverence Invites Revelation,” Ensign (CR), November 1991, p. 21
“Learn how to pray and how to receive answers to your prayers. When you pray over some things, you must patiently wait a long, long time before you will receive an answer. Some prayers, for your own safety, must be answered immediately, and some promptings will even come when you haven't prayed at all.” - Boyd K. Packer, “Spiritual Crocodiles,” Ensign (CR), May 1976, p. 30
“No Father would send His children off to a distant, dangerous land for a lifetime of testing where Lucifer was known to roam free without first providing them with a personal power of protection. He would also supply them with means to communicate with Him from Father to child and from child to Father. Every child of our Father sent to earth is provided with the Spirit of Christ, or the Light of Christ. We are, none of us, left here alone without hope of guidance and redemption.” – Boyd K. Packer, “Prayer and Promptings,” Ensign, November 2009
“I have learned that thoughts, like water, will follow the course if we make a place for them to go. Otherwise, we may spend all our time frantically patching up the banks and may find that our ‘turn’ is over and that we have wasted the day of our probation…” - Boyd K. Packer, “Memorable Stories and Parables of Boyd K. Packer,” p. 79
“In today’s world, unless we are on guard, we will join the many people who are comfort-seekers. We will, thereafter, try to find some place where there is 72°F. temperature, where we can lie relaxed, with no effort, be fed, tended, and protected. The Lord never told us that life was supposed to be easy, comfortable, or convenient. Life is all upstream. It is all uphill. If we quit the struggle, we will be washed downstream. We face ahead some narrow places, both as individuals and as a church. We are ‘shot at’ with criticism and opposition from many directions.
“If you feel that you must answer every criticism and challenge that comes your way, a single critic or one heckler can occupy your full time. I have learned that there is one place to search for approval and that is up—to be approved of our Lord and of our Heavenly Father.” - Boyd K. Packer, “That All May Be Edified,” p. 249
"There is the natural tendency to look at those who are sustained to presiding positions, to consider them to be higher and of more value in the Church or to their families than an ordinary member. Somehow we feel they are worth more to the Lord than are we. It just does not work that way!" - Boyd K. Packer, "The Weak and the Simple of the Church," (CR) November 2007
"Do not be disappointed if you have read and reread and yet have not received a powerful witness. You may be somewhat like the disciples spoken of in the Book of Mormon who were filled with the power of God in great glory 'and they knew it not' (3 Nephi 9:20)." - Boyd K. Packer, "The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ—Plain and Precious Things, Ensign (CR), April 2005
"I know of no work in the Church more conducive to spiritual refinement and communication than temple and genealogical work. In this work our hearts and our minds are turned to those beyond the veil. Such a work helps us to sharpen our spiritual sensitivities." - Boyd K. Packer, The Holy Temple , p. 241
"It has never been easy to live the gospel of Jesus Christ. It was not easy when He lived, and it was not easy in the early days of the Church. The early Saints were subjected to unspeakable suffering and opposition.
"It has been over 180 years since the priesthood was restored. We now number nearly 14 million members. Even so, we are a tiny fraction when compared to the billions of people on earth. But we are who we are, and we know what we know, and we are to go forth and preach the gospel." - Boyd K. Packer, "The Power of the Priesthood," Ensign (CR), May 2010
"The old saying 'The Lord is voting for me, and Lucifer is voting against me, but it is my vote that counts' describes a doctrinal certainty that our agency is more powerful than the adversary’s will. Agency is precious. We can foolishly, blindly give it away, but it cannot be forcibly taken from us.
"There is also an age-old excuse: 'The devil made me do it.' Not so! He can deceive you and mislead you, but he does not have the power to force you or anyone else to transgress or to keep you in transgression.” - Boyd K. Packer, "Cleansing the Inner Vessel,” Ensign (CR) October 2010
"The stick or record of Judah—the Old Testament and the New Testament—and the stick or record of Ephraim—the Book of Mormon, which is another testament of Jesus Christ—are now woven together in such a way that as you pore over one you are drawn to the other; as you learn from one you are enlightened by the other. They are indeed one in our hands. Ezekiel’s prophecy now stands fulfilled." - Boyd K. Packer, "Scriptures," Ensign (CR) October 1982
"The Lord said that when we read the revelations to one another, by his power we 'can testify that you have heard my voice, and know my words.' (D&C 18:35–36.)
These things are the true measure of our progress. Far more important than counting things we can see are those spiritual things we can feel. 'Search the scriptures,' the Lord has told us, 'for … they are they which testify of me.' (John 5:39.)" - Boyd K. Packer, "The Library of the Lord," Ensign (CR) April 1990
If you want your son to play the piano, it is good to expose him to music. This may give him a feel for it and help greatly in his learning. But this is not enough. There is the practice and the memorization and the practice and the practice and the practice before he can play it well.
If you want your daughter to learn a language, expose her to those who speak it. She may get a feel for the language, even pick up many words. But this is not enough. She must memorize grammar and vocabulary. She must practice pronunciation. There is rote learning without which she will never speak or write the language fluently.
So it is with the gospel. One may have a feel for it. But some time one must learn the doctrine. Here, too, rote learning, practice, memorization, reading, listening, discussion, all become essential. There is no royal road to learning. - Boyd K. Packer, "Agency and Control," Ensign (CR) April 1983
I say again that youth today are being raised in enemy territory with a declining standard of morality. But as a servant of the Lord, I promise that you will be protected and shielded from the attacks of the adversary if you will heed the promptings that come from the Holy Spirit. - Boyd K. Packer, "Counsel to Youth," Ensign (CR) October 2011
Do you realize that the notion that all churches are equal presupposes that the true church of Jesus Christ actually does not exist anywhere?
Now, others may insist that this is not the true church. That is their privilege. But to claim that it does not exist anywhere, that it does not even need to exist, is to deny the scriptures….
We did not invent the doctrine of the only true church. It came from the Lord. Whatever perception others have of us, however presumptuous we appear to be, whatever criticism is directed to us, we must teach it to all who will listen. - Boyd K. Packer, "The Only True Church," Ensign (CR) October 1985
True doctrine, understood, changes attitudes and behavior.
The study of the doctrines of the gospel will improve behavior quicker than a study of behavior will improve behavior. Preoccupation with unworthy behavior can lead to unworthy behavior. That is why we stress so forcefully the study of the doctrines of the gospel. - Boyd K. Packer, "Little Children," Ensign (CR) October 2011
One of the great discoveries of parenthood is that we learn far more about what really matters from our children than we ever did from our parents. We come to recognize the truth in Isaiah’s prophecy that “a little child shall lead them.” - Boyd K. Packer, "And a Little Child Shall Lead Them," Ensign, (CR) May 2012
In stormy weather there was always static and interference. But the life of many a pilot has depended on his hearing, above the roar of the engines and through all the static and interference, that sometimes weak signal from a distant airfield.
There is a spiritual beam, with a constant signal. If you know how to pray and how to listen, spiritually listen, you may move through life, through clear weather, through storms, through wars, through peace, and be all right. - Boyd K. Packer, "Prayers and Answers," Ensign (CR) November 1979
Hands we have touched have touched the hands that shaped the beginnings of this dispensation. - Boyd K. Packer, "A Tribute to the Rank and File of the Church," Ensign (CR) May 1980
Except for the Bible, the Book of Mormon is different from any book you have read. It is not a novel. It is not fiction. For the most part, it is not difficult to read. However, like all books of profound value, it is not casual reading. But if you persist, I assure you that it will be the most rewarding book you have ever set your mind to read. - Boyd K. Packer, "The Things of My Soul," Ensign (CR) May 1986
It is a glorious time to live! No matter what trials await us, we can find the answer to that question, “What shall we do?” We, and those we love, will be guided and corrected and protected, and we will be comforted.
He said: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” - Boyd K. Packer, "The Cloven Tongues of Fire," Ensign (CR) May 2000
The gospel of Jesus Christ is the formula for success. Every principle of the gospel, when lived, has a positive influence over your choice of an occupation and on what you will achieve. The counsel to labor in the Church has great value. Living the gospel will give you a perspective and an inspiration that will see you successful however ordinary your work may be or however ordinary your life may seem to others. - Boyd K. Packer, "The Gospel-The Foundation for Our Career," Ensign (CR), May 1982, p.84
When temptation comes, you can invent a delete key in your mind—perhaps the words from a favorite hymn. Your mind is in charge; your body is the instrument of your mind. When some unworthy thought pushes into your mind, replace it with your delete key. - Boyd K. Packer, "Prayer and Promptings," Ensign (CR) November 2009
Surely the Word of Wisdom was given so that you may keep the delicate, sensitive, spiritual part of your nature on proper alert. Learn to “listen” to your feelings. You will be guided and warned and taught and blessed. - Boyd K. Packer, "The Word of Wisdom: The Principles and the Promises," Ensign (CR) May 1996
Of all the other titles that He could have used, He chose to be called “Father.” The Savior commanded, “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father who art in heaven” (3 Nephi 13:9; see also Matthew 6:9). His use of the name “Father” is a lesson for all as we come to understand what it is that matters most in this life. - Boyd K. Packer, “The Witness,” Ensign (CR) May 2014
Make scripture reading a part of your regular routine, and the blessings will follow. There is in the scriptures a voice of warning, but there is also great nourishment.
If the language of the scriptures at first seems strange to you, keep reading. Soon you will come to recognize the beauty and power found on those pages. - Boyd K. Packer, “The Key to Spiritual Protection,” Ensign (CR) November 2013
The more I have to do with genealogical work, the more difficulty I have with that word dead. I know of no adequate substitute. I suppose departed would suit me as well as any. I have had too many sacred experiences, of the kind of which we never speak lightly, to feel that the word dead describes those who have gone beyond the veil. - Boyd K. Packer, “Covenants,” Ensign (CR) May 1987
If our view is limited to mortal life, some things become unbearable because they seem so unfair and so permanent. There are doctrines which, if understood, will bring a perspective toward and a composure regarding problems which otherwise have no satisfactory explanation. - Boyd K. Packer, “The Moving of the Water,” Ensign (CR) May 1991
The Savior wrought the Atonement, which provides a way for us to become clean. Jesus Christ is the resurrected Christ. We worship and recognize Him for the pain He suffered for us collectively and for the pain He endured for each of us individually, both in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross. He bore all with great humility and with an eternal understanding of His divine role and purpose. - Boyd K. Packer, “The Reason for Our Hope,” Ensign (CR) November 2014
Parents now are concerned about the moral and spiritual diseases. These can have terrible complications when standards and values are abandoned. We must all take protective measures. - Boyd K. Packer, “Do Not Fear,” Ensign, April 2004
Paul and others warned about the trials of our time and the days yet to come. But peace can be settled in the heart of each who turns to the scriptures and unlocks the promises of protection and redemption that are taught therein. We invite all to turn to the Savior Jesus Christ, to His teachings as found in the Old Testament, the New Testament, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. - Boyd K. Packer, “The Key to Spiritual Protection,” Ensign (CR) November 2013
Children are the past, the present, and the future all blended into one. They are consummately precious. Every time a child is born, the world is renewed in innocence. - Boyd K. Packer, “Children,” Ensign (CR) April 2002
To be a fellow citizen with the saints has great meaning. All can receive that citizenship through the ordinance of baptism, if they will—if they will repent and prepare themselves. Then, as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, they never need be alone. - Boyd K. Packer, “The Saints Securely Dwell,” Ensign (CR) October 1972
Keep the fire of your testimony of the restored gospel and your witness of our Redeemer burning so brightly that our children can warm their hands by the fire of your faith. That is what grandfathers and grandmothers are to do! - Boyd K. Packer, “The Golden Years,” Ensign (CR) April 2003
We face the challenge of raising families in the world in darkening clouds of wickedness. Some of our members are unsettled, and sometimes they wonder: Is there any place one can go to escape from it all? Is there another town or a state or a country where it is safe, where one can find refuge? The answer generally is no. The defense and the refuge is where our members now live. - Boyd K. Packer, “A Defense and a Refuge,” Ensign (CR) October 2006
Nowhere is the generosity and mercy of God more manifest than in repentance. - Boyd K. Packer, “The Plan of Happiness,” Ensign (CR) April 2015
This practice of raising hands to sustain one who has been called to lead or to teach in the Church is a matter of sacred importance. The voting to sustain takes place in meetings, and the sustaining of the First Presidency, now broadcast to the Church across the world, conforms to a revelation from the Lord. "I say unto you, that it shall not be given to any one to go forth to preach my gospel, or to build up my church, except he be ordained by … one who has authority, and it is known to the church that he has authority and has been regularly ordained by the heads of the church" (D&C 42:11; emphasis added). - Boyd K. Packer, "The Shield of Faith," Ensign (CR), May 1995, p. 7
Remember that soothing, calming effect of reading the scriptures. Next time you are where they are read, notice how things settle down. Sense the feeling of peace and security that comes. - Boyd K. Packer, "Solving Emotional Problems in the Lord's Own Way," Ensign (CR), May 1978, p.91
Whatever happens in the world, whatever heights of civility or depths of depravity emerge in society, the plan remains unaltered. The Church will grow until it fills the whole earth. - Boyd K. Packer, "The Bishop and His Counselors," Ensign (CR), May 1999, p.57
This crisis of the family is no surprise to the Church. We have certainly known what was coming. I know of no better testimony that we are led by prophets than our preparation for this present emergency. …
We can only imagine where we would be if we were just now reacting to this terrible redefinition of the family. But that is not the case. We are not casting frantically about trying to decide what to do. We know what to do and what to teach. – Boyd K. Packer, “The Father and the Family,” Ensign (CR) April 1994, pp.24-25
In the battle of life, the adversary takes enormous numbers of prisoners, and many who know of no way to escape and are pressed into his service. Every soul confined to a concentration camp of sin and guilt has a key to the gate. The adversary cannot hold them if they know how to use it. The key is labeled Repentance. The twin principles of repentance and forgiveness exceed in strength the awesome power of the adversary.
I know of no sins connected with the moral standard for which we cannot be forgiven. I do not exempt abortion. The formula is stated in forty words:
“Behold, he who has repented of his sins, the same is forgiven, and I, the Lord,remember them no more.
this ye may know if a man repenteth of his sins—behold, he will confess
them and forsake them.” (D&C
58:42–43.) – Boyd K.
Enviornment,” Ensign (CR) May 1992
Temptations are ever present. Because the adversary cannot beget life, he is jealous toward all who have that supernal power. He and those who followed him were cast out and forfeited the right to a mortal body. “He seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself” (2 Nephi 2:27). He will tempt, if he can, to degrade, to corrupt, and, if possible, to destroy this gift by which we may, if we are worthy, have eternal increase (see D&C 132:28–31). – Boyd K. Packer, “The Plan of Happiness,” Ensign (CR) May 2015
The central purpose of the Book of Mormon is its testament of Jesus Christ. Of more than 6,000 verses in the Book of Mormon, far more than half refer directly to Him.
So, “we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins” (2 Ne. 25:26).
The Book of Mormon is an endless treasure of wisdom and inspiration, of counsel and correction, “adapted to the capacity of the weak and the weakest [among us]” (D&C 89:3). At once, it is rich in nourishment for the most learned, if they will humble themselves (see 2 Ne. 9:28–29). – Boyd K. Packer, “The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ—Plain and Precious Things,” Ensign (CR) May 2005
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