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To some, the events unfolding in the world today are frightening. This is not a time to panic, but it is definitely a time to prepare. What can we do to better prepare ourselves for that which is at our doorstep? It is simple. We need to get back to basics and "learn obedience,." When we are obedient, we follow the first principles of the gospel and place our faith in our Lord and Savior; we repent of our sins; we are baptized and receive the Holy Ghost to guide us. We read and ponder the scriptures, pray for direction in our lives, and look for ways to help others who are going through difficult times. We share the gospel with people living on earth and make it possible for saving ordinances to be performed for those who have passed beyond the veil. — Glenn L. Pace, "Spiritual Revival, " Ensign, November 1992
"To some, the events unfolding in the world today are frightening. This is not a time to panic, but it is definitely a time to prepare. What can we do to better prepare ourselves for that which is at our doorstep? It is simple. We need to get back to basics and 'learn obedience.' When we are obedient, we follow the first principles of the gospel and place our faith in our Lord and Savior; we repent of our sins; we are baptized and receive the Holy Ghost to guide us. We read and ponder the scriptures, pray for direction in our lives, and look for ways to help others who are going through difficult times. We share the gospel with people living on earth and make it possible for saving ordinances to be performed for those who have passed beyond the veil." — Glenn L. Pace, "Spiritual Revival," Ensign, Nov. 1992, p. 12
"What credibility can possibly be given to a person who mocks beliefs held sacred by another? Anyone who would resort to these attacks unwittingly discloses his or her true character--or lack of the same. As members of the Church, we are appalled by such attacks. Hopefully, however, they make us more sensitive and extra careful not to make light of the sacred beliefs of other denominations." — Glenn L. Pace, "Follow the Prophet," Ensign, May 1989, p. 26
"When we get emotionally and spiritually involved in helping a person who is in pain, a compassion enters our heart. It hurts, but the process lifts some of the pain from another. We get from the experience a finite look into the Savior's pain as He performed the infinite Atonement. Through the power of the Holy Ghost, a sanctification takes place within our souls and we become more like our Savior. We gain a better understanding of what was meant when He said, 'Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.' (Matt. 25:40.)" - Glenn L. Pace, "A Thousand Times," Ensign, November 1990, p. 10
"Part of the reason the Savior suffered in Gethsemane was so that he would have an infinite compassion for us as we experience our trials and tribulations. Through his suffering in Gethsemane, the Savior became qualified to be the perfect judge. Not one of us will be able to approach him on the Judgment Day and say, 'You don't know what it was like.' He knows the nature of our trials better than we do, for he 'descended below them all.'" - Glenn L. Pace, "Crying with the Saints," Ensign, Sept. 1988, 71
"It may be an understatement to say the Lord's warnings have begun. How are we responding to the cries for help from God's children? Do we ask, 'Why don't you be more careful?' 'Why don't you mind the Lord?' 'Our Church leaders have told you a thousand times to change your behavior.'
"Prior to discussing how we should respond, I would like to suggest, in todays vernacular, two attitude adjustments. First, we need to overcome fatalism. We know the prophecies of the future. We know the final outcome. We know the world collectively will not repent and consequently the last days will be filled with much pain and suffering. Therefore, we could throw up our hands and do nothing but pray for the end to come so the millennial reign could begin. To do so would forfeit our right to participate in the grand event we are all awaiting. We must all become players in the winding-up scene, not spectators. We must do all we can to prevent calamities, and then do everything possible to assist and comfort the victims of tragedies that do occur....
"The second attitude adjustment is to not allow ourselves to find satisfaction in calamities of the last days. Sometimes we tend to take joy in seeing the natural consequences of sin unfold. We might feel some vindication for being ignored by most of the world and persecuted and berated by others. When we see earthquakes, wars, famines, disease, poverty, and heartbreak, we may be tempted to say, 'Well, we warned them. We told them a thousand times not to engage in those activities.'
"We should take these proverbs to heart:
"'He that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.' (Prov. 17:5.)
"'Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth.' (Prov. 24:17.)" - Glenn L. Pace, "A Thousand Times," Ensign (CR), November 1990, p.8
"The wonderful thing about knowing it is true is that you know simultaneously that God the Father and Jesus Christ live and stand at the head of this Church today. I gained that knowledge when I was 11, and now I stand before you as an ordained especial witness of Jesus Christ and testify it is true. I also testify that the Lord wants you to know it is true, and He 'will [reveal] the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost' (Moroni 10:4)." - Glenn L. Pace, "Do You Know?" General Conference, April 2007
"In spite of our knowledge that wickedness never was happiness, many tears are shed by Saints who are living the gospel, while laughter seems more prominent in the lives of those living a rather worldly life. The celestial happiness we seek does not come without effort. The voguish phrase 'no pain, no gain' applies equally well to the things of the Spirit. Sometimes in the midst of trials we cry out, 'What have I done wrong to deserve this?' Often, tribulation comes into our lives not because we are doing something wrong but because of what we are doing right." - Glenn L. Pace, "Spiritual Plateaus," p. 87
Even though you have a testimony and want to do what is right, it is difficult not to be drawn to the great and spacious building. From all appearances, the people in the building seem to be having a great time. The music and laughter are deafening. You would say to me what my children have said, “They’re not really happy, huh, Dad?” as you watch them party.
They look happy and free, but don’t mistake telestial pleasure for celestial happiness and joy. Don’t mistake lack of self-control for freedom. Complete freedom without appropriate restraint makes us slaves to our appetites. Don’t envy a lesser and lower life. - Glenn L. Pace, "They're Not Really Happy," Ensign (CR) November 1987
Now, despite the humility with which I approach this call, I have full confidence in my ability to perform. This, however, is not self-confidence, but confidence in the fact that the Lord makes every man and woman equal to the assignment that he or she is given. Therefore, I state clearly but humbly, “I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.” (1 Ne. 3:7.) - Glen L. Pace, "Confidence in the Lord," Ensign (CR) May 1985
I know how much you like thrills, adventure, and excitement. Do you want excitement? I’ll give you excitement. Do you realize you are outnumbered in the world 1,000 to 1? The sons of Helaman didn’t face those odds. As the winds of popular opinion intensify and the mocking increases from those who are trying to justify their own unrighteous actions, you will be required to put on the full armor of God. You will need to fight with all of your strength to keep unspotted from the world. We plead with you to stay true—not for us, but for you. - Glenn L. Pace, “They’re Not Really Happy,” Ensign (CR) November 1987
Faithfulness to temple covenants brings an acceleration of spiritual progress. As Elder John A. Widtsoe explained, “They will attain more readily to their place in the presence of the Lord; they will increase more rapidly in every divine power; they will approach more nearly to the likeness of God; they will more completely realize their divine destiny” (Evidences and Reconciliations , 300). - Glenn L. Pace, “A Temple for West Africa,” Ensign (CR) April 2000
With all the prophecies we have seen fulfilled, what great event are we awaiting prior to saying, "Count me in"? What more do we need to see or experience before we get on the train and stay on it until we reach our destination? It is time for a spiritual revival. It is time to dig down deep within ourselves and rekindle our own light. - Glenn L. Pace, "Spiritual Revival," Ensign (CR), November 1992, p. 11
As far as person-to-person assistance is concerned, the greatest compassionate service each of us can give may be in our own neighborhoods and communities. Wherever we live in the world there is pain and sorrow all around us. We need to take more initiative as individuals in deciding how we can best be of service. - Glenn L. Pace, "A Thousand Times," Ensign (CR), November 1990, p.8
With the help of the scriptures, words of the prophets, and personal revelation, we gradually come to an awareness of our true nature and destiny. Once we grasp this reality, we can obtain the faith to move forward and overcome any obstacle standing in our way of fulfilling our foreordained destiny—including the obstacle of feelings of low self-worth. – Glenn L. Pace, “Confidence and Self-Worth,” Ensign, January 2005
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