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"Even during these difficult times, members 'armed with righteousness' can do so many things. (1 Ne. 14:14.) We can have love at home, even though the love of many waxes cold in the world. (See Matt. 24:12.) We can have inner peace even though peace has been taken from the earth. (See D&C 1:35.)" - Neal A. Maxwell, "Behold, the Enemy Is Combined," Ensign, May 1993, p. 79
"Brethren of the priesthood, in your own circle, in your own home, in your own lives, you must do all you can of your own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness. Our job and your job, my job, is to look after the man behind the one in front of you. That is a little difficult for some people to figure out. And when you find out that one, and put him in line, then you are prepared to go out and search for the other ones. I pray that the Lord may help you to find out that one and put him in line, then you are prepared to go [for] others round about you, and we will be on our way to a glorious future." - Harold B. Lee, "Today's Young People," Ensign, June 1971, p. 62
"The Savior himself declared: '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' (3 Ne. 27:20; italics added).
"To deny oneself of all ungodliness is to come to Christ by ordinances and covenants to repent of any sins which prevent the Spirit of the Lord from taking precedence in our lives. To deny oneself of all ungodliness is to 'offer a sacrifice unto the Lord thy God ... , even that of a broken heart and a contrite spirit' (D&C 59:8).
"It is a willingness to forgo personal bad habits such as tobacco, alcohol, profanity, an unruly temper, and immorality—habits which cause us, the children of God, to be less than our destiny.
"I have known good men, decent men, both in and out of the Church who, because of some bad habit, prevented greater happiness and progress from occurring in their lives. One of these good men who saw the great merits of the Church, though he never joined, said to me on one occasion, with cigar in hand, 'Ezra, what is your redeeming vice?' It was the first time I had ever heard such an expression. Brothers and sisters, from the Lord's view, there are no redeeming vices—only redeeming virtues!" - Ezra Taft Benson, "This Is a Day of Sacrifice," Ensign (CR), May 1979, p.32
"Take the Lord as your guide. Do not lend a listening ear to the persuasive voice of that evil one who would entice you to depart from your standards, your home-inspired teachings, and your philosophy of life. Rather, remember that gentle and ever genuine invitation from the Redeemer, 'Come, follow me.' (Luke 18:22.) Follow Him, and you will be acting wisely and will be blessed eternally.
"Along your pathway of life you will observe that you are not the only traveler. There are others who need your help. There are feet to steady, hands to grasp, minds to encourage, hearts to inspire, and souls to save." - Thomas S. Monson, "A Time to Choose," Ensign (CR), May 1995, p.97
"What to do when adversity strikes? There is only one thing to do. Stand steady and see it through. Stay steadfast, constant, and true. The real tragedy in the whirlwinds of life comes only when we allow them to blow us off our true course.
"At these moments of crisis and challenge, some choose to abandon faith just at the time when it most needs to be embraced. Prayer is ignored at the very hour when it needs to be intensified. Virtue is carelessly tossed aside when it needs to be cherished. God is forsaken in the all-too-human yet mistaken fear that He has forsaken us.
"The truth is that our only safety, our only security, our only hope is to hold fast to that which is good. As the mists of darkness gather around us, we are only lost if we choose to let go of the iron rod, which is the word of God." - David S. Baxter, "Faith, Service, Constancy," Ensign, November 2006
"Surely if the transgressions of men continue in an upward trend, and the world becomes ripe in iniquity, the judgments of God will be poured out in great measure upon the wicked of the earth. Our only hope of heavenly protection is in establishing righteousness and humility in the hearts of men everywhere. The Lord has promised that he shall have power over his saints and shall reign in their midst. It takes real courage and purpose to live a saintly life." - Delbert L. Stapley, "Our Responsibility: To Save the World," Ensign (CR), December 1971, p.94
"If we really understood that we could not obtain happiness by walking in the paths of sin and breaking the laws of God, we should then see the folly of it, every man and every woman would see that to obtain happiness we should go to work and perform the works of righteousness, and do the will of our Father in heaven, for we shall receive at his hand all the happiness, blessing, glory, salvation, exaltation, and eternal lives, that we ever do receive either in time or eternity. (JD 4:192, January 25, 1857.)" - Wilford Woodruff, "The Discourses of Wilford Woodruff," edited by G. Homer Durham, p.259
"The Lord expects great things of His people. We are among His people. Nearly everyone here has entered the waters of baptism for the remission of his or her sins. You have been buried in the water and put away the old man, so to speak, and come out of the water with a newness of life, your sins remitted, and ready to do that which the Lord would have you do.
"What does He expect of me and you? What has He commanded us that we do? He expects us to be good men and women—men and women of honesty, men and women of integrity, men and women of faith, men and women of goodness. That is His great teaching, that we might become perfect even as He is perfect. That is one of the expectations of those who have become members of His Church and kingdom. He expects us to love Him, to worship Him, to do His will." - Messages of Inspiration from President Hinckley, LDS Church News, 1998, 06/06/98
"If we are good, we will look for and find the good in others. It is there. There is good in every man. In fact, I believe every man is superior to every other man in some thing. If you look for it, you will find it. But you can see only what you have eyes to see. It depends solely on how good you are as to whether you see good or not." - Hartman Rector, Jr., "Conference Report," October 1969, Afternoon Meeting, p.76
"It is up to us. God will facilitate, but He will not force.
"Righteous desires need to be relentless, therefore, because, said President Brigham Young, 'the men and women, who desire to obtain seats in the celestial kingdom, will find that they must battle every day' (in Journal of Discourses, 11:14). Therefore, true Christian soldiers are more than weekend warriors." - Neal A. Maxwell, "According to the Desire of [Our] Hearts," Ensign (CR), November 1996, p.21
"Someone once said, 'I don't know whether I am for it or against it, but I'm not neutral.' No one could ever accuse God of being neutral on any important subject. He is never confused. He never answers questions by saying, 'I'm all mixed up.' He is never stalemated between right and wrong. He does not belong to the apathy club. He does not vacillate or procrastinate. He hates sin, evil, and failure. Apathy, listlessness, and insensibility are not among his traits. As his children, we should always be aware of our inheritance, and constantly reaffirm it in our lives." - Sterling W. Sill, "That Ye Might Have Life," p.116
"It has been my privilege on various occasions to converse with Presidents of the United States and important men in other governments. At the close of each such occasion I have reflected on the rewarding experience of standing with confidence in the presence of an acknowledged leader. And then I have thought, what a wonderful thing, what a marvelous thing it would be to stand with confidence-unafraid and unashamed and unembarrassed-in the presence of God. This is the promise held out to every virtuous man and woman." - Gordon B. Hinckley, "Conference Report," October 1970, Second DayMorning Meeting, p.66
"The Lord said, '...if ye have desires to serve God ye are called to the work.' (D&C 4:3.) If we don't WANT to do it we can't do it. Alma said that God grants unto every man according to his desires. (See Alma 29:4.) And we ought to spend a lot more time than we ordinarily do in increasing the volume and intensity of our righteous desires." - Sterling W. Sill, "Hold Up Your Hands ," Ensign (CR), July 1973, p.102
"It is so important in this day that we each build an inner core of spirituality. As you exercise your faith and feel that spirituality grow, you will begin to feel more secure. You will feel more confident. Gradually we will come to more fully understand what it means to completely trust in our Heavenly Father and stand as a witness of God (see Mosiah 18:9). As we become righteous, problem-solving [people] of faith, we will learn to represent Him and do His work." - Janette C. Hales, "Growing Up Spiritually ," Ensign (CR), May 1994, p.96
“You too can influence the young men with whom you associate to ‘rise a little higher [and] be a little better’ (Gordon B. Hinckley, The Quest for Excellence, Ensign, Sept. 1999, 5; Liahona, Sept. 1999, 8). You can help young men prepare for and serve honorable missions. You can help them remain morally clean so they can bear their priesthood with honor. Your righteous influence in the life of a young man can have an eternal effect in not only his life but the lives of generations.” - Elaine S. Dalton, “Press Forward and Be Steadfast,” Ensign (CR), May 2003, p. 105
“Chains weigh heavily on troubled hearts and souls. They relegate us to lives of no purpose or light. They cause us to become confused and lose the spirit. We need to arise from the dust and enjoy the fresh air of righteousness. We need to move forward in patience, understanding, love, and never-ending commitment.” - Marvin J. Ashton, “Shake Off the Chains with Which Ye Are Bound,” Ensign (CR), November 1986, p. 13
“The unsatisfied yearnings of the soul will not be met by a never-ending quest for joy midst the thrills of sensation and vice. Vice never leads to virtue. Hate never points to love. Cowardice never reflects courage. Doubt never inspires faith.” - Thomas S. Monson, “Conference Report,” April 1967, Second Day—Morning Meeting, p. 57
"What can help us to strengthen our resolve to keep on the narrow path of righteousness and truth so our souls will welcome our day of judgment as a glorious day? May I offer five suggestions.
"First, the fundamental reason why the Lord has instructed us to conduct worthiness interviews in His Church is to teach us to keep the commitments we make....
"Second, in the Lord's Church, we are reminded of our sacred covenants every time we partake of the sacrament.
"Third, each time we return to the temple, we are reminded of the covenants we make when we receive our endowment.
"Fourth, in our home teaching and visiting teaching do we remember our promise to serve others?
"Fifth, the Savior Himself knew, as we should also know, that He was accountable to His Father." - Joseph B. Wirthlin, "True to the Truth," Ensign (CR), May 1997, p. 15
Many of us today are shackled by the restrictive chains of poor habits. We are bound by inferior self-images created by misconduct and indifference. We are chained by an unwillingness to change for the better. Is it any wonder, in our day as it was in Nephi’s, that God’s pleas are “awake,” “listen,” “procrastinate no longer,” “believe me,” “come back,” and “seek the straight course”? - Marvin J. Ashton, "Shake Off the Chains with Which Ye Are Bound," Ensign (CR) October 1986
If I may be so bold this morning, may I suggest “direction for deliverance”? In words of one syllable, we need to turn to God. We need to reaffirm our faith, and we need to reassert our hope. Where necessary we need to repent, and certainly we need to pray. It is the absence of spiritual fidelity that has led us to moral disarray in the twilight of the twentieth century. We have sown the wind of religious skepticism, and we are reaping the whirlwind of existential despair. - Jeffrey R. Holland, "Look to God and Live," Ensign (CR) November 1993
The powers of heaven are available to everyone through righteousness. Mormon teaches that “every thing which inviteth to do good, and to persuade to believe in Christ, is sent forth by the power and gift of Christ” (Moro. 7:16; emphasis added). - Janette Hales Beckham, "The Power of Goodness," Ensign (CR) November 1995
We are told to love Him so much that we will hunger and thirst after righteousness. (See Matt. 5:6.) Can we understand what that means? He is completely righteous. We wish to become like Him. But is our desire so deep that we actually hunger and thirst for it? - Mark E. Petersen, “Believers and Doers,” Ensign (CR) October 1982
I remember reading a story. The incident happened during the civil war, when a large committee of Christian ministers came to Washington to wait on President Abraham Lincoln. After they had performed their duties, one of the Christian ministers turned to President Lincoln, and he said, "I hope the Lord is on our side." That is what all these nations are hoping, that the Lord is on their side. And President Lincoln said, "Well, I am not much concerned about the Lord being on our side," which was quite a shock to those ministers. "I am not concerned about that, what I am most concerned about is whether we are on the Lord's side." That is what I want you to be concerned about, you men who hold the holy priesthood; you want to remember, in this great rush and hurry, not to be too much taken up with man's business, but you want to be exercised more about "our Father's business.” - Jonathan Golden Kimball, "Conference Report," October 1917, Second Meeting Outdoors, p. 134
When we live our religion, when we walk according to the light of the Spirit of God, when we purge ourselves [of] impurity and corruption, and the sweet whispering of the Spirit of the Lord pours intelligence into our bosoms, broods over us, causing peace and joy to be with us, we have then, more or less, a faint glimpse of those things that are laid up for the faithful, and it is then we feel as though we and all that we have are in the hands of the Lord and that we are ready to offer ourselves [as] a sacrifice for the accomplishment of his purposes upon the earth. - "Teachings Of Presidents Of The Church: John Taylor," p. 145
In Proverbs we are told to "ponder the path of life" (Prov. 5:6). As we ponder the path of life, we can set our path to righteousness and feel the Spirit direct us. "Feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do" (2 Ne. 32:3). - Robert D. Hales, "Healing Soul and Body," Ensign (CR), November 1998, p. 14
Wherever we have gone forth laboring to promote righteousness in the earth, God has blessed our labors, and His Spirit has attended His people in their undertakings. His servants have gone forth to the nations and have had influence and power wherever they have traveled, to an extent that was never before experienced since the organization of the Church upon the earth. And if the Saints continue to improve in their lives, as a people, this Spirit will continue to increase, and more success will attend the preaching of the Gospel. - David H. Cannon, “Conference Report,” April 1898, Fourth Day-Morning Session
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