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"The command 'Be ye... perfect' (Matt. 5:48) is not one that can be executed overnight, or even by the end of mortality. It takes much, much longer to overcome all our mortal weaknesses, doing 'all we can do,' so that by grace we may be saved and attain (see 2 Ne. 25:23) godhood. Christ's resurrection, which assures our own immortality, provides us time to at least seriously attempt to pursue the goal of perfection. Had he not been resurrected, or if the Resurrection had applied to him only and not to the rest of God's offspring, there would be no hope for us mere mortals. Even if we subscribed to the possibility of becoming perfect in mortality, there would be nothing we could do about it. The pathway to perfection is just too long, the time to walk it exceeding whatever our allotted years in mortality may be." - Alexander B. Morrison, "I Am the Resurrection and the Life," Ensign, Apr. 1995, p. 42

"The great struggle of life is to overcome the natural man, with his carnality and selfishness, and to become a Saint of God through the Atonement of Christ. It is not a struggle once won forever finished, but a battle that must be engaged every day that we live. As Nephi said, 'If ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.' (2 Nephi 31:20; italics added.) - Alexander B. Morrison, "Visions of Zion" [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1993], p. 20

"In the final analysis, then, we show our devotion to Christ, and best express our discipleship, by the way in which we live and serve Him. The symbol of Jesus and His place in our hearts must be a life given fully to His service, to loving and caring; to an unstinting commitment to Christ and His cause; to a spiritual rebirth that produces a 'mighty change' in our hearts and prepares us to receive 'his image in [our] countenances' (Alma 5:13-14)." - Alexander B. Morrison, "For This Cause Came I into the World," Ensign, November 1999, p. 27

"The fire of faith and testimony soon falters if it is not fed. Few who have drifted far away have experienced the frequent referral to gospel principles that is needed to drive essential truths into the soul to the extent that behavior begins to change. Few are familiar with the scriptures, those powerful witnesses of Christ. (See John 5:39.) Their knowledge of the saving and redeeming truths found in the Book of Mormon is especially deficient. In a word, most require conversion. We have found that without conversion, activation is fleeting and superficial. These perceptive words from Alma 23:6 say it best: 'As many as believed, or... were brought to the knowledge of the truth... and were converted unto the Lord, never did fall away.'" - Alexander B. Morrison, "Fire Where Once Were Ashes," Ensign, August 1990, p. 10

"In summary, then, finding, bringing back, and caring for lost sheep and lambs are tasks of supernal significance assigned by the Good Shepherd to faithful under-shepherds. In the accomplishment of these tasks is found some of the richest joy of work in the Master's cause. How thrilling it is to assist in brushing away the ashes of apathy, indifference, even antagonism, to reveal and revive the still-flickering flame of faith. Those so involved can exult with Ammon: 'Yea, my heart is brim with joy, and I will rejoice in my God.' (Alma 26:11.)" - Alexander B. Morrison, "Fire Where Once Were Ashes," Ensign, August 1990, p. 11

"Perhaps those who call themselves Christian and harp on what they claim are inconsistencies in our history and doctrine need to be reminded that Christianity itself rests upon very meager historic evidence. The miracles of Christ, including His resurrection and atonement, the details of His life and preachings, simply are not recorded in the secular histories available to Christian and non-Christian alike. Similarly, all Christians must wrestle with the fact that the teachings and records found in the New Testament (which, by the way, display their own internal minor inconsistencies) were written by friends and followers of Jesus, not by objective historians. None of this should be of inordinate concern to any of us, Mormon or non- Mormon. The validity of the Christian message rests on spiritual, rather than secular, foundations.

"Yet we must not dwell too long on those who are our professional detractors, who make a living (often a very  good living!) by criticizing the Mormons. They will always be with us and will be dealt with in the Lord's good time and in His way. They will not have any appreciable impact on the work, 'for the eternal purposes of the Lord shall roll on, until all his promises shall be fulfilled.' (Mormon  8:22.) Elder Marvin J. Ashton has wisely reminded us that 'no religion, group, or individual can prosper over an extended period of time with fault-finding as their foundation.' (Ensign, November 1982, p. 63.)" - Alexander B. Morrison, "Feed My Sheep: Leadership Ideas for Latter-day Shepherds," p.133

"At the end of the day, our belief  in Christ will best be reflected to others by the extent to which we practice what we preach. Elder Neal A. Maxwell  has reminded us: 'Overall, the perception of us as a  Church and people will improve in direct proportion to  the degree to which we mirror the Master in our lives. No  media effort can do as much good—over the sweep of  time—as can believing, behaving, and serving members of  the Church! The eloquence of such examples will be felt  and seen in any culture or community.' (Address to Area  Office Public Communications Directors, April 9, 1985.) " - Alexander B. Morrison, "Feed My Sheep: Leadership Ideas for Latter-day Shepherds," p.134-135

The lesson is clear: if we do not constantly receive the spiritual nourishment needed daily, we will soon—as individuals and societies—be in dire straits, bereft of God’s protection, cut off from the healing influences of the Spirit. Just as one who is weakened by malnutrition soon may fall prey to infectious disease, so, too will we, if spiritually weakened, be ready prey for the adversary and his legions of dupes and devils. - Alexander B. Morrison, "Nourish the Flock of Christ," Ensign (CR) May 1992

Whenever I think of the shepherd's loving and caring efforts on behalf of the one, I'm reminded of the Savior's deep and abiding love for each of us. Oh, how He rejoices when a lost soul is found by a faithful undershepherd and then is tenderly and lovingly brought home again! "The worth of souls is great in the sight of God." (D&C 18:10.) -
Alexander B. Morrison, "Nourish the Flock of Christ," Ensign (CR), May 1992, p.13

To faithful souls who labor in His service, in whatever calling, Jesus gives the blessing of acting as His undershepherds, charged with nourishing the sheep of His pasture and the lambs of His fold. How do wise undershepherds fulfill that sacred responsibility with honor and energy, striving always to be true and faithful to the trust reposed in them? The scriptures provide the guidelines within which faithful servants carry out sacred tasks. - Alexander B. Morrison, "Nourish the Flock of Christ," Ensign (CR) May 1992

Faithful servants nourish by focusing on the individual. God loves us one by one. How eloquently the Savior taught that lesson in the masterful parable of the lost sheep found in Luke 15. The parable tells of a shepherd who was prepared to leave the main flock of sheep—the ninety and nine—and go out into the wilderness in search of the one straggler which was lost. -
Alexander B. Morrison, "Nourish the Flock of Christ," Ensign (CR), May 1992, p. 13 

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