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"If you ask the Lord for help, he will give you strength, power, and ability to overcome Lucifer and withstand his efforts, and thus you will be strengthened and made more perfect. We must seek the Lord's help in prayer.
"The Lord has made no promise to those who try to go it alone. As soon as you think you can lick the devil alone, on your own, without the Lord's help, you have lost the battle before you start." - Eldred G. Smith, "Decisions," Ensign, Dec. 1971, p. 46
"Many of us say, 'I believe,' but can we say as Job did, 'I know.' Can we say we know that God lives, and that Jesus is the Christ, and that Joseph Smith is a true prophet of God, and that the gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored in this, the latter day? This is the question that we have to answer, and the gospel of Jesus Christ gives us the answer thereto. Through the tempering process of life we may become strengthened even to perfection, as we conquer and endure to the end, that we too may have a testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ." - Eldred G. Smith, "Conference Report," October 1958, Afternoon Meeting, p.24
“Are you teaching your children to keep the Word of Wisdom only because it is a good health habit, or are you teaching them that by not keeping the Word of Wisdom they are not eligible to receive the knowledge and understanding to comprehend the laws of godliness, and so will be deprived of the opportunity to receive the power of the priesthood, and then not be permitted to enter the temple and thereby lose all the blessings of increase for all eternity? That is quite a price to pay, I would say. We are told they will become ministering angels, and in worlds without end shall have no increase. (See D. & C. 132:15-18.)” - Eldred G. Smith, “Conference Report,” October 1948, Afternoon Meeting, p. 93
Many think that any problem will be answered by the Lord for us, either through prayer or a priesthood blessing. Some young people want the Lord to tell them what subjects they should study, which school they should attend, which profession to follow, and which job offer they should take. True, much help may be received through prayer or a blessing, but the final decision is yours.
I have come to believe that the Lord is not so concerned about what we study or what profession we follow as long as it is an honest living. He is concerned about our immortality and eternal life—or exaltation. - Eldred G. Smith, "Decision," Ensign (CR) May 1978
Do you, at this time, have unkind feelings or less than love in your heart for a friend, a neighbor, or any of God's children? Try doing something extra nice for that person, and keep it up until all the bitterness has gone from your heart. - Eldred G. Smith, “Peace," Ensign (CR), July 1972, p.117
He says, "ask," "seek," and "knock." It's as if he were standing there with outstretched hands, waiting for us to reach out and take them. If we do not reach out, he cannot help. - Eldred G. Smith, “Conference Report,” October 1967, Afternoon Meeting, p.82
He took upon himself the sins of all who shall repent, and gave his life that all might live. He brought about the resurrection for all. Do you realize that the creation of this earth, and all the work of Jesus and the prophets since the very beginning, was for you—that you might have immortality and eternal life—just as much as for anyone else? - Eldred G. Smith, “Who Is Jesus?” Ensign (CR), May 1976, p.67
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