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"There is a great host of Aaronic Priesthood bearers who would give away all their sins, they would give away all that the world would offer, and they would give away their riches, if they but knew that he was there. Our solemn responsibility today is to help these Aaronic Priesthood bearers understand and know the great callings, know that God does live, which I testify he does, and that we have living prophets upon the earth." — "A Challenge To The Priesthood," General Conference, April 1972

"Death, divorce, transgression, loneliness, and despair drive us to Gethsemane s garden. The Masters outstretched arms are open to receive all. The parable of the prodigal son is beautiful. It demonstrates charity. His love and compassion are eternally surrounding every soul who walks the earth. Every man, woman, or youth who returns home after a prodigal journey or an inactive period will find the Savior waiting with open arms. His atoning act will satisfy justice and extend mercy to all who will 'come unto him.' (See D&C 18:11.) All who are active have someone close who may he inactive, indifferent, or clothed in transgression's soiled robes. They need the sweet, abiding love of a compassionate parent or loving brother or sister. Jesus will bless every member of the Church who will go out and bring someone back." — "However Faint The Light May Glow," General Conference, October 1982

"Ezekiel said that the fathers have eaten sour grapes and it hath set the children's teeth on edge. (See Ezek. 18:2.) Paraphrasing President Lee's statement, 'The greatest teaching we will ever do is within the walls of our own home.' We have a sacred trust to teach our children the principles of truth; but equally important is to love and care in following the way of the Master." — "The Impact Teacher," General Conference, October 1976

"Benjamin Franklin said, 'I think that talents for the education of the youth are the gift of God; and that he on whom they are bestowed, whenever a way is opened for use of them, is as strongly called as if he heard a voice from heaven.' And President Harold B. Lee related: 'Someone asked a great opera singer who had a large family which of her children was her favorite. Her reply revealed the depth of her true motherhood: 'My favorite child is the one who is sick until he gets well or the one who is absent until he returns.'' (In Church News, 13 June 1964, p. 14.) This same great depth of caring ought to be the motivating force behind every bishop and every adviser." — "Called As If He Heard a Voice From Heaven," General Conference, October 1983

"I believe that the scriptures have every dimension of life that we can cleave unto and find a pattern for living, if we will just go back to the scriptures and study them and learn of them." — "The Sure Word Of God," General Conference, October 1972

"Come to a church which tithes its members. As the Prophet Joseph said, a church that does not have the power to call upon its members to sacrifice everything does not have the power to save them. Come and pay your tithes and offerings; and, as the Lord has promised, he will open up the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing that you have not room to receive. (Malachi 3:8-10.)" - Vaughn J. Featherstone, "Commitment," p. 103

"We, as Latter-day Saints, should resolve to hold high our modern-day 'title of liberty' in memory of our God and our religion, our fathers and our mothers, our flag, and our country (see Alma 46:12, 36). We can honor through our lives the thousands who died crossing the plains and in the valleys and settlements. The spiritual values for which they died should ever be lodged in our hearts. We will carry the torch of faith which they bequeathed to us to light the way for those who follow." - Vaughn J Featherstone, "Following in Their Footsteps," Ensign, July 1997, p. 10

"I think it is time we should all awaken. Our concern isn't about the flames of freedom which burn so brightly in our generation; the concern is that in the upcoming generation the fire has never been kindled. Our youth have never known anything but criticism of the United States of America. We need some faithful, free-loving patriots who will issue forth a clear, loud trumpet call. Remember Paul's counsel: 'For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare... to the battle?' (1 Cor. 14:8.) Freedom ought to ring in the heart of every Latter-day Saint regardless of his country." - Vaughn J. Featherstone, "But Watchman, What of the Night?" Ensign, November 1975, p. 8

"Not too long ago a young wife spoke at her husband's funeral and said, 'We came to realize that unimportant things really are unimportant. When the spirit is sick, there can be no true healing, no matter how strong the physical body. If the spirit is well, then physical impairment is unimportant, regardless of the effects of a debilitating disease.'

"The Lord has provided the way whereby our spiritual sicknesses can be healed. In the first chapter of Isaiah, verse 18, we read, 'Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.'

"And, again in the Doctrine and Covenants, 'Nevertheless, he that repents and does the commandments of the Lord shall be forgiven' (D&C 1:32).

"Also, 'Behold, he who has repented of his sins, the same is forgiven, and I, the Lord, remember them no more' (D&C 58:42).

"For one to be forgiven of sin, the Lord requires that he come unto him, mourn over his sins, forsake the sins, be teachable, forgive others, and confess." - Vaughn J. Featherstone, "Forgive Them, I Pray Thee," Ensign (CR), November 1980, p.29

"My wife and I have seven children, six sons and a daughter. Each one of our children has been taught to pray as soon as he or she was old enough to kneel. Some of the sweetest prayers ever offered in our home have been those of our children. Many times we as adults forget how teachable children are, and how much they can learn if we give them guidance and encouragement. Sometimes parents are overly permissive or too lax in their teaching, thinking their children do not comprehend. They comprehend more than we would suppose. They can be taught to pray at a very early age." - Vaughn J. Featherstone, "Teaching Our Children to Pray," "Prayer," p. 89

As a young boy going to Primary, I was taught to pray. I did not know how to pray, but I accepted the fact that I should pray. Somehow in my young mind I felt to memorize the Lord's Prayer. Once it was memorized, I used His prayer as though it were mine. At night I would go out on our front porch, then look heavenward and say the Lord's Prayer. If I didn't feel that I was spiritual enough or that my prayer had gotten through, I would simply say it again.

"One night I felt I was really praying and that the Lord's Prayer had become mine. All I did was add four additional words, something that multitudes of others have done. As I closed the Lord's Prayer, I said, 'For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever' and then added the words, 'and forever and ever, amen.' I suppose it was a feeling of reverence for God that I was offering in my young mind by adding 'and forever and ever.'

"Thank goodness for prayers that lift us upward even when we are unskilled and untrained but reverent." - Vaughn J. Featherstone, "The Incomparable Christ: Our Master and Model," p.54

“What a wonderful heritage we could leave to our youth if we could just kindle in them the fires of freedom that our fathers kindled in us. I love this great land; I honor the great founding fathers; I'm proud to be an American. I cannot sing ‘America’ without tears coming to my eyes and without chills running up and down my back. When I stand with my hand over my heart and sing our national anthem, I'm so proud I can hardly stand it. When I think of all the noble men who gave their lives for this land, then I feel a sacred resolve well up within me and I know that we must stand fast.” - Vaughn J. Featherstone, “But Watchman, What of the Night?,” Ensign (CR), November 1975, p. 7

One of the most Christlike acts any leader can perform is to go out after the sheep. Elder Harold B. Lee said, “One’s love is measured by how much he gives, not how much he gets.” (Excerpts from an address by Elder Harold B. Lee at the Venturer-Explorer Department, pamphlet, 1968, n.p.) - Vaughn J. Featherstone, "Called As If He Heard a Voice from Heaven," Ensign (CR) October 1983

A word to adults and parents. Elder Bruce R. McConkie’s father counseled that when we violate any commandment, however small, our youth may choose to violate a commandment later on in life perhaps 10 times or 100 times worse and justify it on the basis of the small commandment we broke. - Vaughn J. Featherstone, “One Link Still Holds,” Ensign (CR) October 1999

Christmas season with gifts of self, love, time, service, means, and the gift of all. I pray with all my heart that every member of this kingdom will feel the warmth of the Lord's loving arms, that every soul will feel the protection of his love. I pray that we will be endowed with his Spirit. Please God, bless all those who are heavy hearted and despairing, those who have been abused or hurt, to feel the safety of the gospel net. - Vaughn J. Featherstone, "More Purity Give Me," p.170

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