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"Do not contend or debate over points of doctrine. The Master warned that 'the spirit of contention is not of me, but is of the devil.' (3 Ne. 11:29.) We are inconsistent if we resort to Satanic tactics in attempting to achieve righteous ends. Such inconsistency results only in frustration, loss of the Spirit, and ultimate defeat. Remember, 'We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege.' (Eleventh Article of Faith.)" — Carlos E. Asay, "Opposition to the Work of God," Ensign, Nov. 1981, p. 68
"The 'many kinds of voices in the world' spoken of by the Apostle Paul bombard the ears of young and old each day. They come via the streets, the radio, the television set, the newspaper, the magazines, the movies, and other sources. A few of these voices give a certain and pleasing sound; such sounds generally come from parents, Church leaders, loyal friends, and people who genuinely care. More than a few voices, however, issue uncertain and confusing sounds. Many of these uncertain sounds are sleazy, seductive, and sinful, spoken by those who do not care in the least about the eternal welfare of people. They flaunt the good, the true, and the beautiful; and, they invite people to 'eat, drink, and be merry' all the way down to hell (2 Nephi 28:7-8)." — Carlos E. Asay, "Family Pecan Trees: Planting a Legacy of Faith at Home," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1992], p. 150-151
"Most of us seem to have the 'Nephite cycle' as part of our character. There is a point when we are teachable; our humility enables us to grow and to ride the crest of spirituality. Then there are other times when we begin to feel self-sufficient and puffed up with pride. These times cause us to fall of our own weight and ill-doing into pits of spiritual darkness. How much better it would be if we kept in remembrance our God and our religion and broke the cycle by consistent worship and righteous living. How much better it would be if we were humbled by the word of the Lord and strong enough in spirit to remember our God in whatsoever circumstances we find ourselves (see Alma 32:12-25)." — Carlos E. Asay, "Family Pecan Trees: Planting a Legacy of Faith at Home," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1992], p. 193-194
"The Master warned 'The spirit of contention is not of me, but is of the devil' (3 Nephi 11:29). We are inconsistent if we resort to Satanic tactics in attempting to achieve righteous ends. Such inconsistency results only in frustration, loss of the Spirit, and ultimate defeat." — Carlos E. Asay, "In the Lord's Service: A Guide to Spiritual Development," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1990], p. 156
"So, my advice to you is to do all within your power to become a man or woman of Christ. Don't be misled by the miserable voices that sing Satan's deadly lullabies. Don't heed the scoffings of the fools who equate a balanced life with the life of a hypocrite. Seek always to become a saint-a saint of the living God. Seek to become a servant of Christ, for it was he who instructed, 'What manner of men ought ye to be? Verily I say unto you, even as I am' (3 Nephi 27:27)." — Carlos E. Asay, "In the Lord's Service: A Guide to Spiritual Development," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1990], p. 56
"All of us have been endowed with a conscience, sometimes referred to as the light or 'Spirit of Christ' (Moroni 7:16). Such power of feeling enables us to judge the goodness or badness of things so long as we live righteously. But if we sin and pollute our body, that power of feeling is numbed or lost completely, and we are left to our own resources. One weeps over those who drive the Spirit from their lives and who reach a state when they are 'past feeling' (1 Nephi 17:45) because they lose contact with pure religion." - Carlos E. Asay, "The Seven M's of Missionary Service," [Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft, 1996], p. 85
"Would you like the power to ward off and resist temptation? If so, do as Alma and Paul suggested: 'Pray continually,... and thus be led by the Holy Spirit.' (Alma 13:28.)" - Carlos E. Asay, "The Companionship of the Holy Ghost," Ensign, April 1988, p. 17
"The evil one has attempted on many occasions in all dispensations to put out of existence, if you will, many of God's children. Sometimes he, himself, has assumed the deluder's role. Other times he has worked through those who have stepped to his side of the line. For instance, in the Book of Mormon, we read of three anti-Christs. Each was deceived, each preached against those who believed in Christ, and each sought openly to destroy the church of God. Their patterns of deceit were similar. They taught false doctrines, spread lies, referred to prophecies as foolish traditions, accused Church leaders of perverting the right way of God, and baited the people by referring to their faith as a foolish and vain hope. (See Jacob 7; Alma 1; and Alma 30.)" - Carlos E. Asay, "Opposition to the Work of God," Ensign, November 1981, p. 67
"We must not allow the things of the world to blinker our vision of the eternal destination. Nor must we permit the 'voices in the world' to lead us off course (1 Cor. 14:10). Rather, we must allow the hope of Christ's glory and of eternal life to rest in our minds forever (see Moro. 9:25). We must reaffirm the goal that matters most and press toward it 'looking forward with an eye of faith' (Alma 32:40)." - Carlos E. Asay, "Stay on the True Course," Ensign, May 1996, p. 60
"When Pilate stood on the stage of life and pondered what to do with Christ, he listened to the voices of an angry mob and consented to his death. Now that we are on center stage, whose promptings will we follow? In the wings of our stage, prophets of the past and present are pleading for us to 'look to God and live' (Alma 37:47), to 'seek this Jesus of whom the... apostles have written' (Ether 12:41), to taste and know of 'the goodness of Jesus' (Morm. 1:15), and to be men and women of Christ. (See Hel. 3:29.)" - Carlos E. Asay, "Three Questions," Ensign, January 1984, p. 74
"When the Lord used the expression 'savor of men,' he was speaking of those who represent him. He was referring to those who have repented, who have been washed clean in the waters of baptism, and who have covenanted to take upon them his name and his cause. Moreover, he was speaking of those who would share by covenant his priesthood power. He was speaking of you and me.
"A world-renowned chemist told me that salt will not lose its savor with age. Savor is lost through mixture and contamination. Similarly, priesthood power does not dissipate with age; it, too, is lost through mixture and contamination....
"Flavor and quality flee a man when he contaminates his mind with unclean thoughts, desecrates his mouth by speaking less than the truth, and misapplies his strength in performing evil acts. King Benjamin cautioned, 'Watch yourselves, and your thoughts, and your words, and your deeds, and observe the commandments of God' (Mosiah 4:30)." - Carlos E. Asay, "Salt of the Earth: Savor of Men and Saviors of Men," Ensign, May 1980, p. 42
"Greatness is measured by men in many ways. It is generally equated with size, cost, quantity, and position. God, however, has a better way, 'for as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are [His] ways higher than [man's] ways.' (Isa. 55:9.) In God's eyes, greatness is equated with light, truth, goodness, and service. (See D&C 93:36; Matt. 23:11.)" - Carlos E. Asay, "One Small Step for a Man; One Giant Leap for Mankind," Ensign, May 1990, p. 62
"The Holy Ghost can bring you power to perform beyond your natural abilities. He can provide you with the help of unseen powers in all that you do—the power to speak with convincing authority, to receive promptings that enable you to say things you had not planned, and to receive impressions, which if heeded, bring blessings to you and others. Mortals may have great abilities and potential, but however great these mortal powers may be, they are only a shadow of the powers that can be claimed through a linkage with the Holy Spirit." - Carlos E. Asay, "Courting the Spirit," New Era, Aug. 1990, p. 35
"When a stake patriarch places his hands upon your head, gives you a blessing, and inspires you with pronounced prophecies and promises, an exciting beginning has been made. It is left to you to keep those prophecies and promises riveted in your mind—regarding them as attainable goals—and proceed forward with righteous living and faithful service so that you might draw claim upon the related blessings.
"By way of illustration, the patriarch stands with you at the starter's gate. He envisions for you the race that lies ahead. With the aid of his special gifts, he outlines the rules of the contest, he describes the challenges that will be faced, and he cites the laurels that may be won. However, you, the runner, must stay in the marked lane, abide the rules, cover the course, and cross the finish line if you expect to receive the victor's prize." - Carlos E. Asay, "Write Your Own Blessing," New Era, Oct. 1981, 4
"We must not allow the things of the world to blinker our vision of the eternal destination. Nor must we permit the 'voices in the world' to lead us off course (1 Cor. 14:10). Rather, we must allow the hope of Christ's glory and of eternal life to rest in our minds forever (see Moro. 9:25). We must reaffirm the goal that matters most and press toward it 'looking forward with an eye of faith' (Alma 32:40)." - Carlos E. Asay, "Stay on the True Course," Ensign (CR), May 1996, p.59
"'What is man?' asked the psalmist. (Ps. 8:4.) The answer: '[God] made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.' (Ps. 8:4-6.) It is, therefore, our responsibility to climb ever upward and to wear God-given crowns honorably. Young men, especially those of a 'chosen generation' and 'royal priesthood,' must understand that they are the spiritual offspring of God and that no one becomes in truth a man until he reverences the Father of spirits and allows inner powers to control his thoughts, words, and actions. (See 1 Pet. 2:9; Acts 17:28; Heb. 12:9.)" - Carlos E. Asay, "Be Men!," Ensign (CR), May 1992, p.40
"Th[e] all-encompassing promise is stated by Christ in these words: 'All that my Father hath shall be given unto him.' (D&C 84:38.)
"Few of us, I suppose, can comprehend all that this promise means. Even though we know that it includes eternal life, or the inheritance of exaltation, still it is so great and so wonderful that it defies proper explanation. It is sufficient for me to know that God in heaven is my Father and that he will bless me with all he has to offer, if I prove myself to be a faithful son.
"I stand in humble adoration of my Maker when I realize that he has sworn and confirmed his part of the agreement with an oath. (See Heb. 6:13-17.) He will never fall short of his promise, nor will he void it or compromise it in the slightest degree." - Carlos E. Asay, "The Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood," Ensign (CR), November 1985, p.43
"Our 'eyes of faith' will also be opened, and we shall know of a surety that he lives and that we shall live again, if we believe and accept the divine invitation 'Walk with me' (see Moses 6:34).
"Yes, we walk with him in the desert and feel his presence when we fast, pray, and withstand temptation.
"We walk with him to Jacob's well and our hearts burn within us when we study the scriptures and drink living waters.
"We walk with him to Galilee when we teach and live the truth.
"We walk with him in Gethsemane when we assume the burdens of others.
"We walk with him to Calvary when we take up our cross by denying ourselves of all ungodliness, and every worldly lust (see JST, Matt. 16:26).
"We suffer with him on Golgotha when we sacrifice our time, talents, and means in building up the kingdom of God.
"We rise with him to a newness of life when we seek a spiritual rebirth and strive to become his sons and daughters.
"And in the process of following in his footsteps (see 1 Pet. 2:21), we gain the personal conviction or infallible proof that he lives, that he is the Son of the living God, and that he is our Redeemer." - Carlos E. Asay, "If a Man Die, Shall He Live Again?," Ensign (CR), May 1994, p.10
"Few men and women are privileged to communicate face to face with angels as did the Prophet Joseph Smith. Such spiritual experiences are usually reserved for those who have special missions to perform or special purposes to fulfill. Nevertheless, all of God's children, including our sons and daughters, deserve the opportunity of being interviewed from time to time by loving parents who converse 'like unto angels of God' and who speak with the Holy Ghost or 'tongue of angels' (D&C 42:6; 2 Nephi 32:2)." - Carlos E. Asay, "Family Pecan Trees: Planting a Legacy of Faith at Home," p.76
"There is no balance in living on the fringes of our faith, with one foot in Zion and one foot in Babylon. We cannot be sinners part of the time and saints part of the time. We cannot be servants of the Lord one moment and people of the world the next. It won't work. It smacks of hypocrisy. Those who attempt to do so teeter on the brink of disaster. As James stated, 'A double minded man is unstable in all his ways' (James 1:8)." - Carlos E. Asay, "In the Lord's Service: A Guide to Spiritual Development," p.51
"When we search the scriptures, we sit at the feet of prophets like Abraham, Isaiah, Peter, Paul, Nephi, Moroni, and Joseph Smith. These men received revelations in a former day and have much wisdom to share with us. Their counsel may be likened to a light positioned behind us. That light helps us understand things of the past and gives us partial vision for the future." - Carlos E. Asay, "The Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood," Ensign (CR), November 1985, p.43
"Humility is a virtue. One who possesses it is teachable and amenable to instruction. You should, therefore, be humble and 'hunger and thirst after righteousness' so that your abilities may be developed, your gifts cultivated, your skills polished, and your confidence increased. In the process, you will 'be filled with the Holy Ghost' and strengthened in your calling (3 Nephi 12:6)." - Carlos E. Asay, "In the Lord's Service: A Guide to Spiritual Development," p.1
"Few of us would go astray or lose our way if we regarded the scriptures as our personal guide or compass. (See Alma 37:44.) The iron rod is the word of God, and if held to, we will not fall." - Carlos E. Asay, "Opposition to the Work of God," Ensign (CR), November 1981, p. 67
We do not become saints automatically by entering the waters of baptism. We become saints, in the true sense of the word, as we live saintly lives and cultivate Christlike attributes. Similarly, we do not become the elect of God instantaneously by receiving the priesthood. Such honor will come only so fast as we remember and perform according to the priesthood covenant. - Carlos E. Asay, "
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