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"In the early years of the Restoration, new members gathered to create Zion. Zion was both a place and purpose-a spirit. We no longer gather in the same way. Our branches and wards are now our Zion. But they take on the spirit of Zion only when members care for one another. Sadly, we sometimes hear of women and men who have had their feelings hurt and become alienated by other Church members. If you are on either side of this dilemma-the offender or the one who has been offended-seek forgiveness; see your own part in the fault. Remember Christ's admonition to us: 'I say unto you, be one; and if ye are not one ye are not mine' (D&C 38:27)." - Kathleen H. Hughes, "What Greater Goodness Can We Know: Christlike Friends," General Conference, April 2005

"The scope of our work can seem daunting, but as my recently baptized grandson can quickly tell you, a covenant is a two-way promise. We all know the scriptural teaching that where much is given much is required. (D&C 82:3.) Remember, though, that where much is required, much is also given. When we covenant with God and keep those covenants, all things are made possible. He gives us what we need to do His work." - Kathleen H. Hughes, "In Covenant with Him," Ensign (CR), November 2003, p.108

"Spirituality through prayer and study. Service to others. Generous tithes and offerings. These are not new principles. These are some of the 'small things' that are prerequisites to that which is great. In the verse that follows, we learn what the Lord requires of us. He requires 'the heart and a willing mind' (D&C 64:34; emphasis added). It is our hearts and our minds that must be made new. We each have our failings, our weaknesses, our less-than-perfect attitudes. The Lord asks us to open ourselves to Him, holding nothing back. He says to us, seek not 'thine own life'; seek 'my will, and to keep my commandments' (Hel. 10:4). The newness of heart comes when we do and give all we can, then offer our heart and will to the Father. As we do this, our Father promises us that our lives now and in eternity will be abundant. We need not fear.
" - Kathleen H. Hughes, "Out of Small Things," Ensign (CR), November 2004, p.109

“One of those small things, I have learned, is that I must find the time to fill my own spiritual reservoir each day. It's tempting to make a massive list of my failings and then to work at them, as a friend of mine says, as though I am ‘killing snakes.’ Self-improvement may seem a kind of work project, but it is—at heart—a change of heart. When we women struggle to keep up with life-raising children, providing necessities, attending school, dealing with issues of age or ill health-our own spirituality often ends up at the bottom of our long ‘to do’ lists.” - Kathleen H. Hughes, “Out of Small Things,” Ensign (CR), November 2004, p. 109

"Do we feel about friendship as the Prophet Joseph did? Do we turn our good feelings into practical assistance? God knows the needs of His children, and He often works through us, prompting us to help one another. When we act on such promptings, we tread on holy ground, for we are allowed the opportunity to serve as an agent of God in answering a prayer." - Kathleen H. Hughes, "What Greater Goodness Can We Know: Christlike Friends," Ensign (CR), April 2005

Christ’s promise is simple and sublime: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27). Brothers and sisters, turmoil is raging all about us. Economies are in distress; families are struggling; we are living in, as President Hinckley has said, “perilous times” (“The Times in Which We Live,” Ensign, Nov. 2001, 72; Liahona, Jan. 2002, 83). But the living waters still offer peace and joy. When we live righteously, when we have done all we can do, one of the gifts we receive is confidence. The Lord tells us, “Be still and know that I am God” (D&C 101:16). In the midst of chaos, we must pause. We must listen for the Spirit that tells us, “All is well!” (“Come, Come, Ye Saints,” Hymns, no. 30) just as the early Saints had to do. There is cause to be concerned, but there is greater reason to be at peace. - Kathleen H. Hughes, “Blessed by Living Water,” Ensign (CR) May 2003

I, like many of you, have had numerous callings in the Church. Some have been easier for me than others, but I have tried to magnify each one. But does the phrase “magnify your calling” ever make you nervous? It has worried me! Recently I read a talk in which President Thomas S. Monson said on the subject: “And how does one magnify a calling? Simply by performing the service that pertains to it” (“Priesthood Power,” Liahona, Jan. 2000, 60; Ensign, Nov. 1999, 51). - Kathleen H. Hughes, “Out of Small Things,” Ensign (CR) November 2004

As we study and ponder, we are entitled to the promptings of the Spirit, and as we grow more attentive to these promptings, we come to recognize each day the workings of the Lord in our lives. We will find Him, as Elder Neal A. Maxwell stated, “in the details of our lives” (“Becoming a Disciple,” Ensign, June 1996, 19). And when that recognition comes, we feel His peace and recognize that we are truly encircled in the arms of His love. - Kathleen H. Hughes, “Remembering the Lord’s Love,” Ensign (CR) October 2006

My prayer for each of us is that we will remember when the Lord has spoken His peace to us and has encircled us in the arms of His love. And just as important, will you, if you haven’t felt that love for a while, seek to see it and feel it as you go about the ordinary tasks of your life. As you do this, over the days and months and years of your life, the memories of those interactions with the Lord will become sweet gifts to open a second time—or many times—to bolster you when life is difficult. - Kathleen H. Hughes, “Remembering the Lord’s Love,” Ensign (CR) October 2006

Throughout the Doctrine and Covenants the Lord admonishes us to care for each other and to give of our temporal resources to build the kingdom of God. In fact, our willingness to do this is one of the prerequisites for the Lord's returning to the earth (see Daniel H. Ludlow, A Companion to Your Study of the Doctrine and Covenants, 2 vols. [1978], 2:46). Though each of our circumstances may differ, it is important for us to give all that we can. The Lord has seldom required individuals to give all, but it is important for Him to know that we would and could do it, if asked (see Bruce R. McConkie, "Obedience, Consecration, and Sacrifice," Ensign, May 1975, 50). - Kathleen H. Hughes, "Out of Small Things," Ensign (CR), November 2004, p. 109

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