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"If you, our youth, feel alone, remember there are millions of you in the Church now. Tens of thousands of you at this moment serve missions. You are a visible example, a testimony of the Restoration, even to those who will not listen to your message. Wherever you are—in school, at work or play, in the military—you are never alone.
"Now words can be used as weapons against you. If they throw the word diversity at you, grab hold of it and say, 'I am already diverse, and I intend to stay diverse.' If the word is tolerance, grab that one, too, saying, 'I expect you to be tolerant of my lifestyle—obedience, integrity, abstinence, repentance.' If the word is choice, tell them you choose good, old-fashioned morality. You choose to be a worthy husband or wife, a worthy parent.
"The whole Church may stand alone in defense of these standards. But we are not the first. Moroni, the last of his people, said: 'I even remain alone. ... I fulfil the commandment of my father.' (Morm. 8:3.) Do not be afraid. (See 2 Tim. 1:7; D&C 68:6.)" - Boyd K. Packer, "The Standard of Truth Has Been Erected," Ensign (CR), November 2003, p.24
“The fierce flames, the fervent heat, the burning fires of the Second Coming that destroy the wicked shall also cleanse the righteous. When we say that the wicked and ungodly shall be consumed; when we say that only the righteous shall abide the day; when we say that there shall be an entire separation between the righteous and the wicked in that day–we must take into account the fact that there are no perfect men. All men fall short of divine standards; none attain the high state of excellence manifest in the life of the Lord Jesus; even the most faithful saints commit sin and live in some degree after the manner of the world. But such worldly works as remain with the righteous shall be burned so that the saints themselves may be saved. Let us take this comforting assurance from the inspired writings of one of our apostolic colleagues of old.
“Paul said: ‘Other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.’ Our house of salvation must be built on Christ. He is our Savior, our Redeemer, our Advocate, our Mediator. He brought life and immortality to light through his gospel. He alone makes salvation possible; we are saved by his goodness and grace, provided we keep his commandments.” - Bruce R. McConkie, “The Millennial Messiah: The Second Coming of the Son of Man,” p. 543
"Much of my life is lived among those who are not of my faith, men and women of graciousness and sincerity and goodwill, whom I love and respect, worldwide. I have never been embarrassed by the standards of the Church. But I'm sure we would all lose the respect of many men, indeed of all men, if we were not true to our own faith and convictions. We disappoint our friends when we depart from our own principles." - Richard L. Evans, "Conference Report," October 1966, Second Day-Morning Meeting, p. 57
"Be careful to go to places where there is a good environment, where you won’t be faced with temptation.
"A wise father said to his son, 'If you ever find yourself in a place where you shouldn’t ought to be, get out!' Good advice for all of us." - Thomas S. Monson, Preparation Brings Blessings," Ensign (CR) May 2010
Our code of conduct is definitive; it is not negotiable. It is found not only in the Ten Commandments but also in the Sermon on the Mount, given to us by the Savior when He walked upon the earth. It is found throughout His teachings. It is found in the words of modern revelation. -
I want to stand firm and fearless, not weakening—for weakness implies pressure from without—but radiating strength and charity truly from within; offensively—not defensively—enthusiastically, sweetly, faithfully, everlasting in harmony with the Lord. - F. Burton Howard, “Be One with the Prophet,” Ensign (CR) November 1978
A person can never be a good judge without the gospel of Jesus Christ as a reference. The gospel has a long and successful record of guiding people to happiness. Some of the world’s ideas leave mankind adrift to try to define their own standards. Because of this, we hear phrases like “a new morality.” This phrase is deceptive! The standards of morality are eternal and have not changed; neither should we try to discover a new interpretation of them. For the youth these standards are written in the pamphlet For the Strength of Youth. These standards are clearly aligned with the gospel of Jesus Christ and are intended to continue through adult life. Perhaps it would be good for us as adults to study and apply this pamphlet to our lives. - Gregory A. Schwitzer, “Developing Good Judgment and Not Judging Others,” Ensign (CR) May 2010
Parents now are concerned about the moral and spiritual diseases. These can have terrible complications when standards and values are abandoned. We must all take protective measures. - Boyd K. Packer, “Do Not Fear,” Ensign, April 2004
Young women, choose you this day whom you will serve. (See Josh. 24:15.) Choose to be obedient, not disobedient; choose to be self-disciplined, not self-indulgent. Shun temptation; listen to counsel; don't follow the crowd in fashion and fad. Choose to follow the words of the scriptures and living prophets without compromise or complaint. We need young women who will not yield to unrighteous peer pressure or submit to immoral activities. We need young women who will maintain their purity, whose actions are the same as their beliefs, who can say with Job, "Till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me." (Job 27:5.) - Ardeth G. Kapp, "Stand for Truth and Righteousness," Ensign (CR), November 1988, p. 93
My young brothers and sisters, seek for the knowledge and faith that saves. Choose your companions well, and be a person sought out by others as a proper companion. Hold high the standards and ideals of the gospel. Do not follow the crowd; they can be wrong and often are. Do not waver or settle for anything less than you are worthy and entitled to receive. To compromise is to give up something—and to give up something is to lose. - Delbert L. Stapley, "Conference Report," October 1969, Afternoon Meeting, p. 45
When we were children, a line on the ground had special significance. Whenever boyhood tempers caused disagreement, the time-honored solution called for a line on the ground. The antagonists stood on opposite sides of the line, attempting to act as intimidating as possible. Someone would say, "Step over the line and you'll be sorry," though they usually didn't say it in those genteel words. In those moments I learned the great value of a line on the ground and the consequences of stepping over it. In the years that have followed, I have come to understand that figurative lines on the ground are placed there by a loving Heavenly Father who seeks to protect us from Lucifer's army. - Cree-L Kofford, "Your Name Is Safe in Our Home," Ensign (CR), May 1999, p.81
If you desire to make a difference in the world, you must be different from the world. - Elaine S. Dalton, “Now is the Time to Arise and Shine,” Ensign (CR) May 2012
The time is here for you to stand up for what you know is right. You must judge right from wrong. No longer can you be complacent or go with the flow or wonder what to do. You must decide now which path you will follow and which answer you will give. Decide well in advance, before the pressure is on, what you stand for. - Margaret D. Nadauld, "Stand as a Witness," Ensign (CR), May 2000, p.93
The ability to stand by one's principles, to live with integrity and faith according to one's belief—that is what matters, that is the difference between a contribution and a commitment. That devotion to true principle—in our individual lives, in our homes and families, and in all places where we meet and influence other people—that devotion is what God is ultimately requesting of us. - Howard W. Hunter, “Standing As Witnesses of God,” Ensign (CR), May 1990, p.60
Solid, permanent progress can only take place in the days ahead if deception is avoided, no matter how advantageous it may seem to yield or compromise basic principles of conduct. - Marvin J. Ashton, “A Pattern in All Things,” Ensign (CR), November 1990, p.20
From the President of the Church to the newest deacon, we are responsible to the Lord. We are to be true and faithful and live by every principle and doctrine that He has given to us. We cannot compromise a revelation or a commandment committed to our charge. He trusts us to “build up the kingdom of God, and to establish his righteousness.” – Russell M. Nelson, “Personal Priesthood Responsibility,” Ensign (CR) November 2003
The Brethren of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles are disciples who stand in holy places. They are not moved or swayed by changing times from what has been established as true in all prior generations. The standards of the Church are firm and true. They are for your safety and eternal security. When you commit to live them, you are measured against time-proven standards that are approved by God. - Earl C. Tingey, “For the Strength of Youth,” Ensign (CR), May 2004, p.49
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