"The person who obtains meekness and lowliness of heart and who enjoys the company of the Holy Ghost will have no desire to offend or hurt others, nor will he feel affected by any offenses received from others. He will treat his spouse and children with love and respect and will have good relationships with everyone he associates with. In occupying positions of leadership in the Church, he will apply the same principles as he does in the home, showing that there is no difference between the person he is when within the walls of his own home and the person he is in his relationship with the members of the Church." - Francisco J. Viñas, "Applying the Simple and Plain Gospel Principles in the FamilyGeneral Conference, April 2004
"President Wilford Woodruff declared: 'The Lord has a great many principles in store for us, and the greatest principles which he has for us are the most simple and plain. The first principles of the gospel which lead us unto eternal life are the simplest and yet none are more glorious or important unto us' (Remarks, Deseret News, 1 Apr. 1857, 27).
"It is precisely because these principles are plain and simple that many times they are not considered when there are challenges to face that affect family life. At times we have the tendency to think that the more serious the problem, the bigger and more complex the solution should be. That idea can lead us, for example, to seek help from people or institutions outside the home when in reality the most effective solution will come by applying the glorious principles of the gospel in our homes in the small actions and duties of everyday life. The scriptures remind us 'that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass' (Alma 37:6)."- Francisco J. Vias, "Applying the Simple and Plain Gospel Principles in the Family," Ensign (CR), May 2004, p.38
"Samuel the Lamanite prophet taught that 'whosoever repenteth not is hewn down and cast into the fire; and there cometh upon them again a spiritual death, yea, a second death, for they are cut off again as to things pertaining to righteousness' (Helaman 14:18).
"The tragedy of dying as to things that are spiritual has a greater impact for those who 'have been once enlightened by the Spirit of God, and have had great knowledge of things pertaining to righteousness, and then have fallen away into sin and transgression[;] they become more hardened, and thus their state becomes worse than though they had never known these things' (Alma 24:30).
"As parents and leaders we need to watch over our members and families, helping them to stay away from those things that could lead them to a spiritual death. We also seek to rescue those who are now dead as to the things that are spiritual and help them to 'be born again; yea, born of God, changed from their carnal and fallen state, to a state of righteousness, being redeemed of God, becoming his sons and daughters' (Mosiah 27:25)." - Francisco J. Viñas, "Things Pertaining to Righteousness," Ensign (CR) May 2010
That faith that causes us to cleave unto every good thing comes by hearing the word of God (see Rom. 10:17), and this word is heard with more power in family home evening lessons and in family scripture study. There is no better place to build faith than in the home, where the lessons and practical applications are realized and lived day to day. - Francisco J. Viñas, "Applying the Simple and Plain Gospel Principles in the Family," Ensign (CR), May 2004, p. 38
The pleasing word of God invites us to use the power of the Atonement of Christ to apply it to ourselves and become reconciled with His will—and not with the will of the devil and the flesh—so we, through His grace, can be saved (see 2 Nephi 10:24–25). - Francisco J. Viñas, “The Pleasing Word of God,” Ensign (CR) November 2015
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