"Elder Howard W. Hunter of the Council of the Twelve said that the Savior defined His gospel, as He taught the Nephites. 'The gospel is often referred to as the good news, or glad tidings of salvation,' Elder Hunter said. 'The plan of salvation, therefore, is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.'"—The Church News, Conference Issues 1970-1987, p.14
"We note, from the scripture that I have read, that this gospel is eternal. It is everlasting; it is unchangeable; it is today what it was yesterday, and will always continue to be the same. There are many churches upon the face of the earth; there are many systems that are called the gospel of Jesus Christ, but I should like to analyze this morning, for a few brief moments, this word. I shall refer you to the definition of the gospel as given by Paul in his epistle to the Roman Saints. He says, 'For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.' So that we see in this gospel as established very distinctly two things: it is eternal, and it is the power of God unto the salvation of all men who will believe it. And the Savior said, 'He that believes on me, the work that I do he will do also.' So that true brief implies, not a lip confession, but works that will harmonize our lives with the principles, the ordinances, the teachings of the gospel, and the commandments of our Father in heaven. An article of our faith states. 'We believe that through the atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel.'"—Rey L. Pratt, Conference Report, October 1923, p.103
"I would recommend the companionship of the Holy Ghost to you because you need to be sanctified, to be made pure or spotless, in order to get back into the presence of our Heavenly Father. The shortest definition of the gospel in all scripture is the one given by the resurrected Jesus Christ in the Book of Mormon where He explains this role of the Holy Ghost:
'Now this is the commandment: Repent, all ye ends of the earth, and come unto me and be baptized in my name, that ye may be sanctified by the reception of the Holy Ghost, that ye may stand spotless before me at the last day. Verily, verily, I say unto you, this is my gospel; . . . (3 Nephi 27:20-21.)'"—Dr. Daniel H. Ludlow, BYU Speeches, November 12, 1963, p.9
"Now if it is essential to receive the gospel in order to receive the Christ, what follows? To answer this we must understand and define the gospel. Is the gospel itself anything more than the sum total of the Savior's divine attributes and qualities? I think that all who give careful consideration to the scriptures and the works of the Master will agree that it is."—Stephen L Richards, Conference Report, April 1959, p.52
"The Book of Mormon and other Latter-day Saint scriptures define the term gospel precisely as the way or means by which an individual can come to Christ. In these scriptures the gospel or doctrine of Christ is the teaching that if people will (1) believe in Christ, (2) repent of their sins, and (3) submit to baptism in water as a witness of their willingness to take his name upon them and keep his commandments, he will (4) pour out his Spirit upon them and cleanse them of their sins. All who receive this baptism of fire and of the Holy Ghost and (5) endure to the end in faith, hope, and charity will (6) be found guiltless at the last day and enter into the kingdom of God (Alma 7: 14-16, 24-25)."—Noel B. Reynolds; BYU Studies Vol. 31, No. 3, pg.31
"President John Taylor, in his definition of Mormonism, said: 'The everlasting Gospel, made known in the last days, is nothing more nor less than the ancient religion restored. It is the commencement of the 'restitution of all things' spoken of by all the holy prophets since the world was.'"—Hugh B. Brown, The Abundant Life, p.94
"In the 133rd section of the Doctrine and Covenants, the Lord defined 'the fulness of his gospel' as 'his everlasting covenant' (D&C 133:57). By accepting membership in the Church, through baptism and the laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost, a person enters into a covenant with the Lord to obey and live by all the requirements of the gospel. The Lord's promise, conditioned upon such obedience, is the gift of eternal life."—Caring For The Poor--A Covenantal Obligation, President Marion G. Romney, General Conference, October 1978
"For anyone seeking the courage to repent and change, I remind you that the Church is not a monastery for the isolation of perfect people. It is more like a hospital provided for those who wish to get well. Do whatever you have to do to come into the fold and be blessed. For some of you that is simply to live with greater faith, to believe more. For some of you it does mean to repent-right here. Today. For some of you it means to be baptized and come into the body and fellowship of Christ. For virtually all of us it means to live more by the promptings and promises of the Holy Ghost and to 'press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men.' (2 Ne. 31:20)" - Jeffrey R. Holland, "Come unto Me," Ensign, Apr. 1998, pp. 18-19
"We must take a positive approach to our religion and literally make it a way of life, a plan of daily action. We must reform ourselves day by day along gospel lines, for this is the time of our probation and it is now that we must prepare to meet our God. (See Alma 34:32.)" - Mark E. Petersen, "We Believe in Being Honest," Ensign, May 1982, pp. 15-16
"We are engaged in the Lord's work; this is his church; he is the author of the plan of salvation; it is his gospel which we have received by the opening of the heavens in this day; and our desire and whole purpose in life should be to believe the truths he has revealed and to conform our lives to them. No person in or out of the Church should believe any doctrine, advocate any practice, or support any cause that is not in harmony with the divine will. Our sole objective where the truths of salvation are concerned should be to find out what the Lord has revealed and then to believe and act accordingly." - Joseph Fielding Smith, "Out of the Darkness," Ensign, June 1971, p. 2
"If there is any one thing most needed in this time of tumult and frustration, when men and women and youth and young adults are desperately seeking for answers to the problems which afflict mankind, it is an 'iron rod' as a safe guide along the straight path on the way to eternal life, amidst the strange and devious roadways that would eventually lead to destruction and to the ruin of all that is 'virtuous, lovely, or of good report.'" - Harold B. Lee, "The Iron Rod," Ensign, June 1971, p. 7
"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
"'...when the times of the Gentiles is come in, a light shall break forth among them that sit in darkness, and it shall be the fulness of my gospel;
"But they receive it not; for they perceive not the light, and they turn their hearts from me because of the precepts of men.' (D&C 45:28-29.)
"The fulfillment of this prediction is painfully evident today. The large majority to whom the gospel has been taken reject it. It is because of this rejection, and not because there is no guiding light, that this generation has been and, unless it reverses its course, will continue to be unable to avoid the calamities foreseen and foretold by Jesus. For, said he, in that generation-that is, in which the gospel is preached-'they perceive not the light' (the Gospel of Jesus Christ) and 'turn their hearts from me.'" - Marion G. Romney, "The Light Shineth," Ensign, Dec. 1971, p. 75-76
"It is no easy matter to live the gospel as we should. But unless we do, we cannot receive the blessings. It is no easy matter to become perfect in anything. Perfection requires devotion, long-suffering, persistence, willingness to sacrifice, and constant concentration. Imperfection can produce only further imperfection.
"Could you sisters bake a good cake if you did not follow the recipe? Could you brethren build a house or a highway, or make a clock, or send a man to the moon if you ignored the formula provided for such achievements? Could you become a doctor if you did not follow the prescribed course in a medical school? Could you become an engineer if you ignored the principles of engineering?
"Then can we expect to achieve perfection like that of Almighty God if we fail to follow the course He lays out for us?
"The gospel will do us little good if we do not live it." - Mark E. Petersen, "Believers and Doers," Ensign, Nov. 1982, 18
"We can live in the kingdom of God and be stereotyped 'Mormons,' but to accomplish this, we have to live and increase in wisdom, knowledge, patience, perseverance, and all the gifts and graces of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, for it will take all the perseverance, and all the faith and patience that we can command to live the Gospel of Christ." - Ezra T. Benson, "Journal of Discourses," 26 vols. [London: Latter-day Saints' Book Depot, 1854-1886], 3:76
"Almost like children, we fret over our fuel shortages and other inconveniences. We resent restrictions upon our pleasure-seeking activities. Why don’t we admit like grown men and women that a rejection of God is at the very root of all of our troubles? Why do we refuse to wake up to the facts in our situation? Why must we blindly plunge on into catastrophe?
"Should we not take right and proper steps to overcome our conflicts, our crimes, and all of our corruptions?
"There is but one sure and certain way: return to God! And that must include a sincere acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ, with full obedience to his precepts." - Mark E. Petersen, “O America, America,” Ensign, Nov. 1979, 14
"In the midst of the turmoil we presently face, how would you like to have someone take you by the hand as it were and lift you up and guide you? How would you like to hear a prophet's voice give continued heaven-inspired guidance? How would you like to belong to a divinely organized church that provides a family-oriented program to help you teach your family correctly? Where is a family that could not use this kind of assistance today?" - A. Theodore Tuttle, "Conference Report," April 1969, Third Day, Morning Meeting, p.125
"Therefore we say to all the world, if you want health, live the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ; if you want wealth, if you want that which is necessary to sustain life and to secure the necessary comforts of life, obey the laws of the gospel, pay tithing to the Lord. If you would solve the great problems of society, apply the gospel of Jesus Christ. If you would understand government, if you would create and train citizens who will make a great government, live the gospel of Jesus Christ, for a good citizen in the Church of God is a good citizen in any good government on the face of the earth. If you want happiness, if you want that great joy that comes into the hearts of those who know the truth, if you want contentment, peace of mind, opportunity for service, live the gospel of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Master." - Stephen L Richards, "Conference Report," April 1920, Third Overflow Meeting, p.100
"Our religion is 'not weight, it is wings.' It can carry us through the dark times, the bitter cup. It will be with us in the fiery furnace and the deep pit. It will accompany us to the hospital room and to the place of bereavement. It can guarantee us the presence of a Captain on the rough voyage. It is, in short, not the path to easy disposition of problems, but the comforting assurance of the eternal light, by which we may see, and the eternal warmth, which we may feel. 'The Lord is good: Blessed is the man that trusteth in him.' (Ps. 34:8.)" - Marion D. Hanks, "Trust in the Lord," Ensign (CR), May 1975, p.12
"There has never been such a dire day as this. Iniquity abounds; all the perversions and evils of Sodom have their devotees. And the revealed word assures us that conditions will get worse, not better, until the coming of the Son of Man.
"It is because of the evils and ills which cover the earth, because men have strayed from the Lord's ordinances and broken his everlasting covenant, because many walk in the ways of the world and are carnal, sensual, and devilish that the Lord has given us a message to deliver to our fellowmen.
"'Wherefore, I the Lord, knowing the calamity which should come upon the inhabitants of the earth,' he said, 'called upon my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., and spake unto him from heaven, and gave him commandments.' (D&C 1:17.)
"What then is our message for all men? It is the message of the Restoration. It is the glad tidings that a gracious God had restored the fulness of his everlasting gospel. It is the hallowed word that all men may be saved by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel." - Bruce R. McConkie, "Who Hath Believed Our Report?," Ensign (CR), November 1981, p.46
"What the members of the Church possess is a pearl of great price, yet sometimes this priceless gem is so familiar to us that we do not appreciate its true value. While it is true that we should not cast our pearls before swine, this does not mean we should not share them with people who will appreciate their value. One of the greatest side benefits of missionary work is watching the great value that others who have not previously heard about our beliefs attach to them. There is a great benefit in seeing ones treasures through someone else's eyes. My concern is that we often take for granted the unique and valuable blessings that we have of membership in the Lords Church, and in such a state of under appreciation we are more likely to be complacent about our Church membership and are less valiant contributors to building a community of Saints." - L. Tom Perry, "Building a Community of Saints," Ensign (CR), May 2001, p.35
"I like to think of our lives as like a wagon wheel. We can divide our activities into areas, such as the areas between the spokes. In one area we devote our time to making a living; another area to our home; another area to our political and civic life; another area might even be our recreational life. I like to think of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, the great Church of God as the heart, the center, the hub of the wheel, and from that central source and hub comes the strength and the power and the oil and the grease that smooth out and make us joyous and happy, and integrate the whole life. Only so far, of course, as we put these teachings of Christ into operation in our homes, into our business and into all of our pursuits, are we doing our full duty and are we growing. That is why we are so anxious to have the spirit of God with us at all times. That is why we come together so frequently, to sing, to commune and to pray, and partake of the sacrament, in order that we might always have those influence near us, that the same may bless us in the work that is before us." - Franklin L. West, "Conference Report," April 1945, Evening Meeting, p.117
"The present-day world is threatened by agencies of destruction. Darkness of mind, hearts shaken by impulses of selfishness, the prevalence of error, evil, ignorance of that which is the right and the wrong, corruption, sin, and wickedness, all these and more, now, as in the historic past, constitute the means by which human society could destroy itself. That such may not come to pass is the ardent hope of all who seek righteousness as their way of life. Their seeking will not be in vain if they turn to '...the kingdom of God and his righteousness...' (Matt. 6:33.) for a realization of their aspirations. All that the kingdom represents is opposed to the destructive forces which I have enumerated. The righteous, we are told, will inherit the earth. That condition will only be attained when the kingdom of God, through its saving power will triumph over evil and wickedness." - Delbert L. Stapley, Conference Report, April 1964, Afternoon Meeting, p.136
"We must take a positive approach to our religion and literally make it a way of life, a plan of daily action. We must reform ourselves day by day along gospel lines, for this is the time of our probation and it is now that we must prepare to meet our God. (See Alma 34:32.)" - Mark E. Petersen, "We Believe in Being Honest," Ensign (CR), May 1982, p.14
"Now Latter-day Saints, what shall we do, conditions being what they are? Shall we compromise our principles and standards, give up the struggle against sin and evil and let life move on more smoothly in this sinful world? No, never. Our faith is immovably based upon truth and reality—a living, personal God, who through Joseph Smith and his associates, set up his Church, gave it principles, laws, standards, and his priesthood (authority to act for him), thus qualifying it to work for him and his righteous ways for the good, benefit, and blessing of his children. But we need more faith in these realities, more devotion to the cause which we are privileged to represent, stronger wills to resist the allurements of evil, and more persistent, unselfish efforts to live righteously every day. I repeat, our religion is a very practical thing, for it must enter into every phase of our daily lives if we would live in harmony with its teachings and receive the rewards of obedience." - Joseph F. Merrill, "Conference Report," April 1949, First Day—Morning Session, p.29
"We marvel at the numerous and varied discoveries that are achieved in the laboratories of industry, in universities of learning, and through private research. If man would concentrate the same degree of research in the laboratory of his soul, he would discover life's purpose and God's way to attain eternal life. This should be man's greatest and most important goal." - Delbert L. Stapley, "Conference Report," October 1966, Third Day—Morning Meeting, p.112
"This 'religion'—with its powers, with the keys, with the ordinances and principles of salvation—has been on this earth from the very beginning. Indeed, the plan was laid in the heavens before the foundations of this earth were laid. It is an everlasting covenant. It is the gospel which did not begin with the coming of the Savior upon the earth, and we accept the challenge and ours is the proud and great responsibility to teach this to the nations of the earth, that down through time the priesthood—the power of God on earth—the saving ordinances of the gospel have been on the earth. It is true that in the past dispensations of the gospel, the organization of the Church in the completeness with which we have it today has not been here upon the earth. Today in the dispensation of the fulness of times we have all that has been given in any other dispensation plus things which have been hidden from all other dispensations, revealed to us in this, the dispensation of the fulness of times." - "The Teachings of Harold B. Lee," edited by Clyde J. Williams, p.374
"Let's imagine that you are terribly hungry when you are ushered into a room full of banquet tables spread with many kinds of food. You are allowed to choose which foods to eat....
"What is on the Lord's table? Love, good fun, uplifting music, peaceful prayer, scriptures, smiles, learning, happy talk, warm hugs, good friends, and service to others. This is where eternal joy can be found. That's why in Primary you repeat the motto, 'I Will Follow God's Plan for Me.' Although you will have disappointing days, and discouragement and sorrow along with the good, if you follow God's plan, you will be feasting at the table of the Lord where the spiritual satisfaction is far greater and lasts longer than the physical satisfaction of food." - Michaelene P. Grassli, "Follow Him," Ensign (CR), November 1989, p.92
"Men who by search and research discover the truths of the kingdom of heaven may have to abandon many of their cherished traditions and even their theories of imperfect philosophy and science if they would possess the pearl of great price, God's kingdom which, with its standards, principles, ideals, and holy ordinances is the gospel plan of life, salvation, exaltation, and glory." - Delbert L. Stapley, "Conference Report," October 1965, First Day—Morning Meeting, p.13
"Peace and good tidings; good tidings and peace. These are among the ultimate blessings that the gospel of Jesus Christ brings a troubled world and the troubled people who live in it, solutions to personal struggles and human sinfulness, a source of strength for days of weariness and hours of genuine despair. This entire general conference and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints which convenes it declare that it is the Only Begotten Son of God Himself who gives us this help and this hope. Such assurance is as 'firm as the mountains around us.' (See “Carry On,” Hymns, no. 255.)" - Jeffrey R. Holland, "The Peaceable Things of the Kingdom," Ensign (CR), November 1996, p.82
"The cure for our ills, I say again, is religion. The outstanding need of the hour is the unselfishness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Men must learn to love one another. I pray for that day when every man shall know every other man for every man's name will be brother. Under such conditions we shall unitedly support the weak, and all will live in accordance with the words of the Master. Every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is the Christ and all the world will know that if those who lack wisdom will ask of God it shall be given unto them. May this happy day come soon...." - Richard R. Lyman, "Conference Report," April 1933, Second Day—Morning Meeting, p.55
"To me, and I am sure to you, God's plan is like a superhighway. This superhighway is built on solid rock; it is built well above the fog-shrouded valleys; and it is built well above the swamps of infidelity, selfishness, and immorality. The Lord himself has said, 'I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.' (John 8:12.)" - Robert L. Simpson, "Conference Report," April 1965, Afternoon Meeting, p.133
"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
"When we look at the marvelous growth of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and read the prophecies of the Prophet of God who was chosen to open this last dispensation, it seems to me that it leaves no room to doubt that the hand of God has been over this people from the day the Church was organized up to the present time. It is true that we have been tried and tempted; it is true we have been persecuted, and all manner of falsehoods have been circulated against us, and retailed and wholesaled the world over; but let me say to you, be faithful to the God that has watched over this people and to His commandments, and just as sure as we have increased to what we are today, just so sure will the little stone that was cut out of the mountain without hands roll forth and fill the whole earth, as the Prophet of God foretold. The time is not far distant when men and women from among this people will be wanted all over the world. I want to testify to you today that this people, who have been chosen of God, will yet teach the world the way of life, and the only way to get back into the presence of God. The world may not believe it, and they may hold out against it as long as it is possible; but the word has been spoken that this people, governed by the revelations of the Almighty, shall yet be a light unto the world and teach them the way back unto eternal life." - Reed Smoot, "Conference Report," April 1902, Afternoon Session, p.24 - 25
"A man will never be saved in unbelief. The Gospel is not the power of God unto salvation to the unbeliever, but it is destined to save all who believe and obey it. You Latter-day Saints who believe, if you continue in the way of righteousness, shall be redeemed by the blood of Christ and saved and exalted with Him on the right hand of the Father, just as sure as He lives. The purpose of the Gospel is to save us from our sins and our weaknesses, through repentance. How often do the Saints pray, 'O Father, forgive our sins; overlook our weaknesses, our shortcomings, and our imperfections.' The Lord has given the Gospel for that very purpose. It is the mission of the Gospel to save us from these sins." - Hyrum M. Smith, "Conference Report," April 1904, Afternoon Session, p.97
“It is not enough to know that God lives, that Jesus Christ is our Savior, and that the gospel is true. We must take the high road by acting upon that knowledge. It is not enough to know that President Gordon B. Hinckley is God's prophet. We must put his teachings to work in our lives. It is not enough to have a calling. We must fulfill our responsibilities. The things taught in this conference are not just to fill our minds. They are to motivate and guide our actions.” - Dallin H. Oaks, “Be Not Deceived,” Ensign (CR), November 2004, p. 43
“The gospel of Jesus Christ can resolve those inner conflicts and bring inner peace and outer peace as well. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the most valuable, the most needed message by the world today. It is the answer to the problems that grow out of man’s selfishness and greed, where such a high percentage of the problems arise. The gospel teaches us to build rather than to destroy, to help people to give of themselves in unselfish service to others rather than being on the receiving end of things most of the time.” - William H. Bennett, “Conference Report,” October 1970, Afternoon Meeting, p. 148
"If we were to search for the best definition of what is contained in the gospel of Jesus Christ, we could hardly do better than look to the Lord Jesus Christ's definition of what his gospel is. We read from 3 Nephi 27, beginning with verse 13, 'Behold I have given unto you my gospel, and this is the gospel which I have given unto you—that I came into the world to do the will of my Father, because my Father sent me.' [3 Ne. 27:13] I presume we—you and I—also came into this world to do the will of the Father because our Father sent us, too. We have not been sent to do precisely the same thing that Jesus Christ was sent to do, but it is vitally important to us that we also do the will of the Father." - Hartman Rector, Jr., "The Gospel," Ensign (CR), November 1985, p. 74
"It is no different today from what it was in the days of Peter and Paul, the apostles of old. Paul told the Romans that 'the gospel of (Jesus) Christ:... is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth;...' (Romans 1:16.) Incorporated in this term salvation is not only the spiritual but also the temporal phase of our lives. We cannot disassociate mortal man from the eternal spirit of man within him. It is, therefore, through obedience to the laws of God that we will find the answer to our questions, whether they be domestic, political, social, economic, or spiritual." - Henry D. Moyle, "Conference Report," April 1963, Second Day—Morning Meeting, p. 44
"The outlook for the world is not encouraging, but we know what the answer is. There is only one answer, and that is the gospel of Jesus Christ. Peace must come from the heart. Men's hearts must change, and righteousness must rule in the lives of the people of the world before peace can come. May God hasten the day." - Ezra Taft Benson, "Conference Report," April 1947, Afternoon Meeting, p. 157
"In this world of confusion and rushing, temporal progress, we need to return to the simplicity of Christ. We need to love, honor, and worship him. To acquire spirituality and have its influence in our lives, we cannot become confused and misdirected by the twisted teachings of the modernist. We need to study the simple fundamentals of the truths taught by the Master and eliminate the controversial. Our faith in God needs to be real and not speculative. The restored gospel of Jesus Christ can be a dynamic, moving influence, and true acceptance gives us a meaningful, religious experience. One of the great strengths of the Mormon religion is this translation of belief into daily thinking and conduct. This replaces turmoil and confusion with peace and tranquility. - Howard W. Hunter, "Conference Report," October 1970, Third Day—Morning Meeting, p. 132
woman knows that she does not have enough time, energy, or opportunity
to take care of all of the people or do all of the worthy things her
heart yearns to do. Life is not calm for most women, and each day seems
to require the accomplishment of a million things, most of which are
important. A good woman must constantly resist alluring and deceptive
messages from many sources telling her that she is entitled to more time
away from her responsibilities and that she deserves a life of greater
ease and independence. But with personal revelation, she can prioritize
correctly and navigate this life confidently." - Julie B. Beck, "And
upon the Handmaids in Those Days Will I Pour Out My Spirit," Ensign (CR)
"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 gospel of Jesus Christ is true. It is the greatest joy, the only pure joy, we have in this life. As we embrace it and all things we hold dear—families, loved ones—all else is wrapped in that great package of love from a Father on high who loves us." - Clinton L. Cutler, "The Greatest Joy," 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
The gospel is so very simple when we understand it properly. It is always right, it is always good, it is always uplifting. Obedience to gospel principles brings forth joy and happiness. Disobedience has a day of reckoning and will only bring forth heartache, misery, strife, and unhappiness. - L. Tom Perry, "
Now a final word. Enjoy your membership in the Church. Where else in all the world can you find such a society? Enjoy your activity. When I was a missionary in London fifty years ago, my companion and I would shake hands in the morning and say to one another, “Life is good.” Life in the service of the Lord is good. It is beautiful. It is rewarding. -
This work of the Lord is indeed great and marvelous, but it moves forward essentially unnoticed by many of mankind’s political, cultural, and academic leaders. It progresses one heart and one family at a time, silently and unobtrusively, its sacred message blessing people everywhere. - L. Whitney Clayton, "The Time Shall Come," Ensign (CR) October 2011
We have a sacred responsibility to fulfill the threefold mission of the Church—first, to teach the gospel to the world; second, to strengthen the membership of the Church wherever they may be; third, to move forward the work of salvation for the dead. - Ezra Taft Benson, "A Sacred Responsibility," Ensign (CR) April 1986
Some have come to think of activity in the Church as the ultimate goal. Therein lies a danger. It is possible to be active in the Church and less active in the gospel. Let me stress: activity in the Church is a highly desirable goal; however, it is insufficient. Activity in the Church is an outward indication of our spiritual desire. If we attend our meetings, hold and fulfill Church responsibilities, and serve others, it is publicly observed.
By contrast, the things of the gospel are usually less visible and more difficult to measure, but they are of greater eternal importance. For example, how much faith do we really have? How repentant are we? How meaningful are the ordinances in our lives? How focused are we on our covenants? - Donald L. Hallstrom, "Converted to His Gospel through His Church," Ensign (CR) May 2012
The plan for a useful and successful life is contained in the gospel of Jesus Christ, given to us by the Redeemer of mankind, whose atoning sacrifice augments the plan and makes it possible for us to return to the presence of God our Heavenly Father. - Alvin R. Dyer, "The Last Dispensation," Ensign (CR) May 1972
He wants us to become acquainted with his gospel, to test it, to prove it, to participate in it, and to use it as a base on which to make our decisions. This is that men might base their choices on truth. When reason is joined with truth, there is convincing logic that sets up the path in our hearts that leads upward and onward to a nobler life. - John H. Vandenberg, "The Agency of Man," Ensign (CR) April 1973
The fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ brings great comfort in stressing times of mortality. It brings light where there is darkness and a calming influence where there is turmoil. It gives eternal hope where there is mortal despair. It is more than just beautiful doctrine. It is a reality in our lives that if we can be obedient and obtain the eternal rewards that God grants us, if we will draw nigh unto Him and embrace the eternal doctrine, we will be blessed. - Robert D. Hales, "The Eternal Family," Ensign (CR) November 1996
And finally, let us deepen our faith in our Lord, Jesus Christ. Let us take upon ourselves His name and commit each single day to walk anew in the path of discipleship. Let our works make our faith perfect. Through discipleship we may be perfected one step at a time by serving our family, our fellowmen, and God. - Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "The Joy of the Priesthood," Ensign (CR) November 2012
But a warning is sounded for us. It behooves us to be alert and to listen and flee from the evil for our eternal lives. Without help we cannot stand against it. We must flee to high ground or cling fast to that which can keep us from being swept away. That to which we must cling for safety is the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is our protection from whatever force the evil one can muster. - Spencer W. Kimball, "Hold Fast to the Iron Rod," Ensign (CR) November 1978
This Gospel is a Gospel of work, of service to God and our fellowmen, from beginning to end. It is not sufficient that we be simply good, or that we ourselves embrace the principles and ordinances of the Gospel, but we are to teach them to others and administer the ordinances thereof to those who are prepared to receive them, all things being done in proper order. - George F. Richards, Conference Report, October 1933, Afternoon Meeting, p.117
Virtuous and godly principles the principles of the gospel will, in the end, come off triumphant; and they will sustain and preserve any people who practice them, whether they are popular or not in the estimation of the world. All who embrace the principles of the gospel of Christ will be saved by them. He that abides a law will be preserved by it. Any man who abides the law of the gospel will be saved and receive exaltation and glory by it. - "The Discourses of Wilford Woodruff," edited by G. Homer Durham, p.21
Both the gospel of Jesus Christ and the church of Jesus Christ are true and divine, and there is an essential relationship between them that is significant and very important. Understanding the proper relationship between the gospel and the Church will prevent confusion, misplaced priorities, and failed expectations and will lead to the realization of gospel goals through happy, fulfilling participation in the Church. Such understanding will avoid possible disaffection and will result in great personal blessings. - Ronald E. Poelman, "The Gospel and the Church," Ensign (CR) November 1984
Gospel concepts as taught by the Savior are sometimes difficult for the mind of mortal man. You see, God’s ways are not man’s ways, and all of us need to learn that lesson well. I suppose some of what we have been talking about here today is involved in the divine truth that “the first shall be last, and that the last shall be first.” (D&C 29:30.) There could be many surprises in the hereafter as we look up ahead and exclaim in our amazement, “But he was only a home teacher.” You know and I know that if he was the kind of home teacher that the handbook talks about and if he lived worthily, that man could likely stand eligible to inherit all that the Father has. And there is no greater blessing than that. - Robert L. Simpson, “The Lord’s Support System,” Ensign (CR) November 1976
The gospel of Jesus Christ is not a checklist of things to do; rather, it lives in our hearts. The gospel “is not weight; it is wings.” It carries us. - Jean A. Stevens, “Fear Not; I Am with Thee,” Ensign (CR) May 2014
Throughout my life I have been blessed by the doctrine and teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ. As taught in the scriptures and by the leaders and teachers of this Church, the gospel has been a light to my path and the impetus for my temporal and spiritual progress. As Brigham Young taught, the gospel laws “teach men to be truthful, honest, chaste, sober, industrious, frugal and to love and practice every good word and work, … they elevate and ennoble man, [and] if fully obeyed, [they] bring health and strength to the body, clearness to the perceptions, power to the reasoning faculties as well as salvation to the soul.” - Dallin H. Oaks, “The Gospel in Our Lives,” Ensign (CR) May 2002
To the world I say: These are the last days. They are days of trouble and sorrow and desolation. They are days when Satan dwells in the hearts of ungodly men, when iniquity abounds, and when the signs of the times are being shown forth.
And there is no cure for the ills of the world except the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Our hope for peace, for temporal and spiritual prosperity, and for an eventual inheritance in the kingdom of God is found only in and through the restored gospel. There is no work that any of us can engage in that is as important as preaching the gospel and building up the Church and kingdom of God on earth. - Joseph Fielding Smith, “Counsel to the Saints and to the World,” Ensign (CR) May 1972
The Savior clearly taught that His gospel, first and foremost, is His atoning sacrifice. His gospel is also an invitation to receive the blessings of the Atonement through faith in Christ, repentance, baptism, receiving the Holy Ghost, and enduring faithfully to the end. - Daniel K. Judd, “Nourished by the Good Word of God,” Ensign (CR) October 2007
To marvel at the wonders of the gospel is a sign of faith. It is to recognize the hand of the Lord in our lives and in everything around us. Our amazement also produces spiritual strength. It gives us the energy to remain anchored in our faith and to engage ourselves in the work of salvation. - Gérald Caussé, “Is It Still Wonderful to You?” Ensign (CR) April 2015
Now, if I understand my religion aright, if I understand the Scriptures and the operations of the Spirit of God, we have got, as a people, to come to this—let us know the will of God, and we will do it, no matter where it strikes, what interest it may come in contact with, or whose views it may overturn. That is my idea of "Mormonism," as I have learned it. I consider that God is at the helm. - Brigham Young, "Journal of Discourses," 26 vols., 18:283
These things are true and your eyes can see them, whether you believe them or not has nothing to do with it. I will tell you that if this work had not been of God, and God had not borne testimony to the preaching of the Elders, we might have preached until we had been as old as Methuselah and we could not have gathered the people from almost every nation under heaven as we have done, according to the predictions of the ancient Prophets contained in the Bible. But the Lord has never disappointed anybody so far as his work is concerned. It did not stop after the death of Joseph, and it never will on account of the death of any man, Prophet, Apostle or any other man, for it is in the hands of God, and he has decreed that it shall stand for ever, and that it shall extend until its dominion becomes universal. - Wilford Woodruff, "Journal of Discourses," 26 vols., 17:192
The mission, the message of the Church is to all mankind, and will bless and lift the lives of all who will be partakers of it. And we come to you with concern for the temporal and eternal salvation of every soul—to the weary, the wandering, the lost and the lonely, the sick and the sorrowing; those discouraged and despondent, those who have lost loved ones, those looking for something to hold to in life. Oh, it is there. May our Father help you find it. - Richard L. Evans, "Conference Report," April 1970, First Day—Morning Meeting, p. 17
If one believes that all roads lead to heaven or that there are no particular requirements for salvation, he or she will see no need for proclaiming the gospel or for ordinances and covenants in redeeming either the living or the dead. But we speak not just of immortality but also of eternal life, and for that the gospel path and gospel covenants are essential. And the Savior needs a church to make them available to all of God’s children—both the living and the dead. - D. Todd Christofferson, “Why the Church,” Ensign (CR) November 2015
We believe that God still speaks to his people on the earth today, and that the Church is being led by a prophet of God … through whom the Lord speaks. The gospel message is sweet, it is a message of peace and goodwill, it is the one and only thing that will bring peace to the world, and it offers salvation and exaltation to all who will accept it. - N. Eldon Tanner, "The Contributions of the Prophet Joseph Smith," Ensign (CR), November 1979, p.50
We converted a very prominent banker not long ago, and when I attended one of the conferences at which he was present, I asked him if he would like to say a few words in the conference. He stood up and said something like this: "Mormonism is not only a religion, it is a way of life." And why should it not be a way of life? It is not just a Sunday religion. It is a religion that enters into our lives until the first thing in the life of a Latter-day Saint is to serve the Lord and honor his priesthood, where every man can bear the priesthood of God and help to build the kingdom of God in the earth. I thank the Lord for such a Church as that. - Legrand Richards, "Conference Report," April 1962, Second Day-Morning Meeting, p.42
The first great message of this latter-day work has been with respect to God, and my testimony to you is, my brethren and sisters, that the great need of the world today is a correct understanding of God. This world is in turmoil and strife. The old paths seem insufficient. Men are seeking new ways to solve new problems. They are looking for safe principles or guides which they can apply to these new problems and test proposed new solutions. The only path to peace and happiness is through the proper knowledge of God, including his plan of salvation; and therein, and therein only, will the nations of the world find what they are seeking today. - John A. Widtsoe, "Conference Report," October 1921, Afternoon Session, p.49
Every seeker after truth should searchingly and honestly ask himself or herself this question: Am I attempting to climb heavenward by some other path than the one marked out by the Redeemer and Savior of men? - Delbert L. Stapley, Conference Report, April 1958, Afternoon Meeting, p.112
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
We believe that this Church is more than just a good place to go on Sundays and learn how to be a good person. It is more than just a lovely Christian social club where we can associate with people of good moral standing. It is not just a great set of ideas that parents can teach their children at home so they will be responsible, nice people. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is infinitely more than all of these things. - Bonnie L. Oscarson, “Do I Believe?” Ensign (CR) May 2016
It is delightful to know that in an age when churches are being tested and tried and shaken, and doubt and uncertainty are developing, here there is strength, here there is power, here there is solidity; and in the most enlightened age that the world has ever known for this Church to be making its most rapid progress, surely is hopeful. - Melvin J. Ballard, “Conference Report,” October 1929, First Day-Morning Meeting, p.48
Never before in all my life have I been so grateful that I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as I am today. My heart swells with blessings for the faithful in Israel, for the faithful Latter-day Saints, for God's blessings are upon the people of this Church. The Lord has blessed the leaders of Israel. He has blessed the people of Israel who have entered the fold of Christ. He has blessed the Church in all its ramifications throughout the world, and I pray that he will continue to bless the Church and those whom he has called to lead and direct its affairs upon the earth. - Hyrum G. Smith, “Conference Report,” April 1918, Second Day-Morning Session, p.53
But most of all, think of how you felt when for the first time you believed and understood that you are truly a child of God; that Jesus Christ willingly suffered for your sins so that you may be clean again; that priesthood power is real and can bind you to your loved ones for time and for all eternity; that there is a living prophet on the earth today. Isn’t that wonderful and amazing? – Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Oh How Great the Plan of Our God!” Ensign (CR) November 2016
We see the light of the gospel continuing to dawn like a gentle new day upon previous intolerable darkness. It continues to spread out into new frontiers, confirming the revelation to Joseph the Prophet that “the voice of the Lord is unto all men, and there is none to escape” (D&C 1:2) and all hearts shall be penetrated. – David B. Haight, “Our Lord and Savior,” Ensign (CR) May 1988
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