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The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Purity


(8/30/04)
"When you are pure in your heart, when you desire that which is good, true, and beautiful, then you can avoid the pitfalls of life. If you build your foundation upon the 'rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ,' then the devil 'shall have no power over you.' (Hel. 5:12.)" - Jack H. Goaslind, "Yagottawanna," Ensign, May 1991, p. 47

(10/18/05)
"What a privilege and a blessing to be a small part of this great work! With that heritage, however, comes a great responsibility. The Lord needs messengers to match his message. He needs those who are able to wield the mighty and eternal influence that he has placed in their hands. In Section 88, where the Lord speaks of hastening his work, he gives to the laborers of his kingdom a commandment to 'prepare yourselves, and sanctify yourselves; yea, purify your hearts, and cleanse your hands and your feet before me, that I may make you clean' (D&C 88:74)." - David B. Haight, "A Light unto the World," p.68

1/29/06
"Just as clean wires, properly connected, are required to carry electrical power, so clean hands and pure hearts are required to carry priesthood power. Filth and grime slow or prevent the flow of electrical power. Unclean thoughts and actions interfere with individual priesthood power. When we are humble, clean, and pure of hand, heart, and mind, nothing righteous is impossible. An ancient Oriental saying declares, 'If a man lives a pure life, nothing can destroy him.'" - John H. Groberg, "Priesthood Power," Ensign (CR), May 2001, p.43

9/18/06
"When one extends mercy to others, he develops purity of heart. The Savior said, 'Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.' (Matt. 5:8.) The dictionary has twenty-two different definitions for the word see, one of which is to understand. When one develops purity of heart, he will come to understand God. As one develops an understanding of God, he comes to know Him. The Savior said, addressing the Father, 'And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.' (John 17:3.)" - Royden G. Derrick, "The Way to Perfection," Ensign (CR), May 1989, p.76

12/10/07
"We are in a period in the world's history of very great disturbance, when action is intense, when change is continuous. I glory in that, because I believe that action means purification. The Prophet Joseph, in one of his revelations to the Church, asks this question, or at least the Lord asks it through him: 'How long can rolling waters remain impure?' It is the stagnant waters that breed miasmas, and that become dangerous to the health of communities. The glorious stream that dashes down the mountain gorge and flows over precipices in waterfalls, and then goes rushing down the rapids. broken into spray, kissed by the sunlight and purified by its exposure to the air, in its great race for the ocean-such waters quickly purify themselves; and so do peoples, so does a world in commotion, in intense action. It means for the world cleansing, purification; it means a march of progress. And we want to keep this in mind, that back of all the turmoil and commotion that comes with this war period in which we live. God stands, and his law obtains. We want to possess our souls in absolute confidence that we live under law, and that law operates in the midst of destructive forces as well as in the operation of constructive forces. In my own reflections, I have come to avery happy state of mind. In the midst of all this strife, I have learned to remember that God lives in his universe, that he is everywhere present with widely diffused influence and power, upholding all things, and that destructive forces will not go beyond what his wisdom shall decree to be their bounds." - Brigham H. Roberts., "Conference Report," October 1917, Outdoor Meeting, p.101

11/5/08
"I truly believe that one virtuous young woman or young man, led by the Spirit, can change the world, but in order to do so, we must return to virtue. We must engage in strict training. As the marathon runner Juma Ikanga said after winning the New York Marathon, 'The will to win is nothing without the will to prepare.' Now is the time to prepare by exercising more self-discipline. Now is the time to become 'more fit for the kingdom.' Now is the time to set our course and focus on the finish. A return to virtue must begin individually in our hearts and in our homes." - Elaine S. Dalton, "A Return to Virtue," General Conference, October 2008


11/19/08
"The Lord is refining His people, and has us in the crucible, to deal with us, and refine us, and prepare us that He may get away the dross from us, and that we may become pure and holy, acceptable before Him; for He has said, by the mouth of His prophets, that the day shall come when a man shall be more precious than fine gold.  We would think if we had a lump of gold as large as the smallest man among us that it was very precious.  If then, when the Lord has tried us and found that we will not sin against Him, but will walk with Him, sanctify ourselves, purge away our dross, and we become more precious than fine gold, how supremely precious a man will be in the eyes of God, and in the estimation of his brethren!" - Franklin D. Richards, General Conference, Sunday Morning, April 3rd, 1892


2/1/09
"Holiness is the strength of the soul. It comes by faith and through obedience to God's laws and ordinances. God then purifies the heart by faith, and the heart becomes purged from that which is profane and unworthy. When holiness is achieved by conforming to God's will, one knows intuitively that which is wrong and that which is right before the Lord. Holiness speaks when there is silence, encouraging that which is good or reproving that which is wrong." - President James E. Faust, Standing in Holy Places, Ensign (CR), April 2005


9/17/09
“The Savior taught, ‘And blessed are all the pure in heart, for they shall see God’ (3 Nephi 12:8). The promises of the gospel are uplifting and ennobling, even exalting. We receive those promises by covenants which are conditioned on our living lives of purity and morality. When we live right and seek to purify our hearts, we draw closer to God and the Spirit. The condition of our heart determines how much evidence of divinity we see in the world now and qualifies us for the eventual realization of the promise that the pure ‘shall see God.’ Ours is a quest for purity.” - L. Whitney Clayton, “Blessed Are All the Pure in Heart,” (CR) October 2007


11/27/11
During the past few years a number of resources have been set in place in the Church to help us. New editions of the scriptures have been published—are we taking advantage of them? More temples are located closer to our people—are we going to the house of the Lord more frequently? The consolidated meeting schedule was set up—are we taking advantage of the increased time with our families? A special home evening manual was provided—are we using it? A new hymnal has just been published—are we singing more songs of the heart? (See D&C 25:12.) And so the list goes on and on. We have received much help. We don’t need changed programs now as much as we need changed people! - Ezra Taft Benson, "Cleansing the Inner Vessel," Ensign (CR) April 1986


9/1/12
The secret to cleansing our spirit of whatever the impurity is not very complicated. It begins with prayer every morning and ends with prayer every night. This is the most important step I know in the cleansing process. It may simply be a prayer for strength to turn from bad habits—remembering that all prayers are not answered the next day. With this step in place, I have seen hundreds of miracles take place. Without it, there is continued frustration, unhappiness, ineffectiveness, and despair. - H. Burke Peterson, "Purify Our Minds and Spirits," Ensign (CR) November 1980


7/17/13
Inscribed on each temple are the words “Holiness to the Lord.” That statement designates both the temple and its purposes as holy. Those who enter the temple are also to bear the attribute of holiness. It may be easier to ascribe holiness to a building than it is to a people. We can acquire holiness only by enduring and persistent personal effort. - Russell M. Nelson, "Personal Preparation for Temple Blessings," Ensign (CR) May 2001


7/22/14
The Savior taught, “And blessed are all the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (3 Nephi 12:8). The promises of the gospel are uplifting and ennobling, even exalting. We receive those promises by covenants which are conditioned on our living lives of purity and morality. When we live right and seek to purify our hearts, we draw closer to God and the Spirit. The condition of our heart determines how much evidence of divinity we see in the world now and qualifies us for the eventual realization of the promise that the pure “shall see God.” Ours is a quest for purity. - L. Whitney Clayton, “Blessed Are All the Pure in Heart,” Ensign (CR) November 2007


9/22/14
Oh, brethren, please don’t sell your precious priesthood birthright for a mess of X- or R-rated pottage. Remember, the sand castles we build on the beaches of mortality, no matter how elaborate, will eventually be washed away by the tide. Only purity of hand, heart, and mind will allow us to tap into the ultimate power of the priesthood to truly bless others and eventually be able to build eternal mansions more beautiful and lasting than we can presently imagine. -
John H. Groberg, “Priesthood Power,” Ensign (CR) May 2001 


 
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