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"A testimony is a priceless gift from God. But even though a person may receive a witness through the Holy Ghost, there is no guarantee that this testimony will remain steadfast unless the person exerts constant effort to keep that testimony alive. Testimonies gained may be lost through carelessness, indifference, and/or neglect.
"Testimonies need to be nourished and fed. President Lee wisely counseled: 'If we are not reading the scriptures daily, our testimonies are growing thinner, our spirituality isn't increasing in depth.' (Seminar for Regional Representatives of the Twelve, December 12, 1970.)" - Henry D. Taylor, "Man Cannot Endure on Borrowed Light," Ensign, June 1971, p. 109
"Like the Savior, we will all have our Gethsemane. And although the road may be rough at times, if we will hold fast to the rod of iron, spoken of by Lehi, it will lead us through the mist of darkness. If we will not be dissuaded by the mocking voices of the world or lose our way and fall into the river or wander in strange roads, we will pass the challenging test of life that Abraham foresaw.
"All the effort and struggle and sorrow will be well worth it, for we will earn the greatest of all gifts, the gift of eternal life." - Henry D. Taylor, "A Time of Testing," Ensign, Dec. 1971, p. 44
"As Jesus went about doing good, he healed the sick, caused the lame to walk the blind to see, and the deaf to hear. He cleansed the lepers and cast out evil spirits. He raised the dead and gave comfort, hope, and encouragement to the sorrowing. He inspired the transgressor to forsake unrighteous ways. He touched the hearts of people, helping them to see and understand the value of the inner life. He motivated them to noble actions. Because of his teachings they were able to comprehend in greater measure the value of their souls in the sight of God the Father. He pointed out the goodness of our Heavenly Father to them. He planted in men's souls the seeds of divine love. Then he suffered his life to be taken, that we, his brothers and sisters, might gain salvation and eternal life. What a wonderful life of service; of doing good!" - Henry D. Taylor, "Conference Report," April 1962, Afternoon Meeting, p.27
“[The] first revelation, often referred to as ‘the First Vision,’ had a far-reaching effect. First, it was a flat contradiction of the assumption that revelation had ceased and that God no longer communicated with man. Second, it reaffirmed the truth that man indeed was created in the image and after the likeness of God. Third, it left no doubt and verified that the Father and the Son are two separate and distinct persons, being one only in unity of purpose and of will.” - Henry D. Taylor, “Revelation,” Ensign (CR), May 1978, p. 38
“We have been admonished to ‘Love the Lord thy God, with all thy heart, might, mind and strength.’ (See Luke 10:27.) And with this love also goes a deep respect and reverence for him. Jesus recognized this truth when he taught his disciples how to pray. As he addressed the Father in prayer, he said: ‘. . . Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.’ (Matt. 6:9.) When Jesus regarded the name of the Lord as ‘hallowed,’ can we do less? Should we in any manner profane that hallowed name?
“When the Prophet Moses received the Ten Commandments midst the thunderings and lightnings of Mt. Sinai, the Lord proclaimed: ‘Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.’ (Deut. 5:11; Exod. 20:7.)
“Moses, too, knew by revelation that the name of God is hallowed. And yet, everyday, we hear thoughtless, uncouth, irreverent persons violate this commandment as they blaspheme the name of our Heavenly Father in profane oaths.” - Henry D. Taylor, “Conference Report,” April 1964, Afternoon Meeting, p. 88
“Every member of the Church is entitled to know that God our Heavenly Father lives; that he is not dead. He is also entitled to know that our elder brother, Jesus Christ, is the Savior and Redeemer of the world, and that he has opened the door for us, that we, through our individual acts, may receive salvation and exaltation and dwell once again in the presence of our Heavenly Father. This assurance and witness must be earnestly sought. Heber C. Kimball, a counselor to President Brigham Young, warned the Saints in 1856 that many trials would come to test their faith; that the time would come that no man or woman would be able to endure on borrowed light. Each must gain a personal knowledge of the truth and be guided by the light within himself.” - Henry D. Taylor, “Man Cannot Endure on Borrowed Light,” Ensign (CR), June 1971, p. 108
As we travel through life upon this earth, there come times when we must stand up and be counted. These are times of testing. Are we on the Lord’s side, keeping his commandments? Do we sustain our leaders and uphold them? Do we stand steadfast and unwavering? - Henry D. Taylor, "A Time of Testing," Ensign (CR) November 1971
Joseph Smith, the Prophet, was tried as few other men have been tried. From that day when he testified to the world that he had been blessed by a personal visitation from God, our Heavenly Father, and his Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, all the evil forces of the adversary seem to have been turned loose upon him.
Slandered, maligned, tarred and feathered, unjustly cast into prisons, subjected to inhuman treatment and humiliation, his soul was deeply tried….
Joseph Smith was true, faithful, and unwavering to the trust placed in him. - Henry D. Taylor, "A Time of Testing," Ensign (CR) December 1971
Every member of the Church is entitled to know that God our Heavenly Father lives; that he is not dead. He is also entitled to know that our elder brother, Jesus Christ, is the Savior and Redeemer of the world, and that he has opened the door for us, that we, through our individual acts, may receive salvation and exaltation and dwell once again in the presence of our Heavenly Father. This assurance and witness must be earnestly sought. - Henry D. Taylor, “Man Cannot Endure on Borrowed Light,” Ensign (CR) May 1971
While man is struggling to achieve security and independence, he should also realize that happiness and joy can be his. The Prophet Lehi, speaking under the inspiration of the Lord, taught his sons that "men are, that they might have joy." (2 Ne. 2:25.) This joy could come from performing unselfish acts for others, a life filled with love for fellowmen, the rewards that come from honest toil, from a home where love and kindness abide, the peace and tranquility that come from observing the commandments of the Lord. - Henry D. Taylor, "Conference Report," April 1968, Afternoon Meeting, p. 32
Frequently we hear the expression "I can't afford to pay tithing." Persons who make such statements have not yet learned thatthey can't afford not to pay tithing. There are many members who from experience can and do testify that nine-tenths carefully planned, budgeted, andspent wisely, with the blessings of the Lord, will go much farther than ten-tenths spent haphazardly without planning and without the Lord's blessings.- Henry D. Taylor, “I Will … Pour You Out a Blessing,” Ensign (CR), May 1974, p.107
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