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"...will you make a commitment tonight to make a habit of reading your letters from home—your scriptures—more frequently? If you will ask your Heavenly Father in daily prayers to help you understand the messages and find answers to your problems or questions, and if you will strive to keep the commandments, you can have the spirit of the Holy Ghost to teach you and to open your mind more than you would ever have thought possible. These are special messages that are there for you for your individual needs at this particular time in your life." — Ardeth G. Kapp, "The Holy Scriptures: Letters from Home," "Ensign," Nov. 1985, p. 94

"The scriptures become personal messages to us when we liken them unto ourselves. (1 Nephi 19:23.)" — Ardeth Greene Kapp, "The Joy of the Journey," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1992], p. 127

"If a person chooses to set aside the things of the Spirit while pursuing only academic endeavors, the outcome is predictable. For those who choose to row with only one oar for an extended period of time, one set of muscles is strengthened while the others become atrophied. At a later date, as graduates with degrees, such individuals may stack their acquired academic knowledge against the thin threads of a faith that has been weakened through neglect. Their spiritual strength may have remained at or retrogressed to an elementary school level. And when they endeavor to make judgments of things of the Spirit that come only by faith, the great reservoir of truth into which they could have dipped will be shallow, discolored, or stagnant." — Ardeth Greene Kapp, "I Walk by Faith," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1987], p. 98-99

"In time and when our hearts are full and we know not that for which we should pray, the Spirit will make intercession for us even without the words. (See Romans 8:26.) Our feelings, our desires are heard through our prayers." — Ardeth Greene Kapp, "The Joy of the Journey," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1992], p. 127

"Any time we seem to be wavering in our trust in the Lord-not for what he can do, but for what he will do-closer examination may reveal that our lack of trust is not directed toward our Father in Heaven or his Son Jesus Christ as much as toward ourselves. Yet in our individual responsibility and agency to do our part, we are not left alone. We are constantly coached and encouraged to ask for what we need and to remember what we have received. Have you noticed how many times in the scriptures we are counseled to remember, remember?" — Ardeth Greene Kapp, "Rejoice! His Promises Are Sure," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1997], p. 7-8

"Someday, maybe years after the trial of our faith, we will receive a witness that our decisions were right. (See Ether 12:6.) But until then, those who try to live in tune with the promptings of the Spirit must exercise no small degree of faith and courage in following that Spirit." - Ardeth G. Kapp, "Just the Two of Us-for Now," Ensign, Feb. 1989, p. 22

"You and I..., all of us, have the sacrament, a holy priesthood ordinance that helps remind us of the atonement of the Savior. It helps us keep focused on our daily progress toward exaltation. It is a precious and sacred reminder, not just on Sunday, but on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday; spring, summer, and fall; when we're on the mountain peaks of our lives and also in the valleys. What is true for... you and me is that our Savior loves us very much." - Ardeth G. Kapp, "Taking Upon Us His Name," New Era, April 1982, p. 42

"The Lord tests us and tries us. He tests all of His saints. There is no question that the harder the test, the higher the reward for passing it. Abraham laid all that he had on the altar, thus proving himself worthy of exaltation. Our Father knows where we are on the path, and He knows when it is enough and when to provide the ram. We never walk alone. Because He loves us, He will not deprive us of the growth that comes from our tests, however hard they may be. It is comforting to know that He will never test any of us beyond our ability to withstand. We know that 'there hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.' (1 Corinthians 10:13.)" - Ardeth Greene Kapp, "My Neighbor, My Sister, My Friend" [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1990], p. 171

"We live in one of the most critical periods of all time. The powers of evil are fighting against truth and righteousness, and the battle is reaching a climax. Someday the war between good and evil will be won-a permanent victory for good. But right now each one of you can fight for the right on your own battlefield by making right choices about what you will do and what you won't do as you learn to listen to the promptings of the Spirit. Once you make your decision to do what is right, you don't have to fight the battle with every temptation that presents itself every day. You simply take a stand and say to yourself, 'I will do this; I won't do that.' And Satan will have to turn elsewhere to find his followers." - Ardeth G. Kapp, "Stand for Truth and Righteousness," Ensign, Nov. 1988, p. 94

"It is our faith in the importance of making covenants with God and coming to understand our immense possibilities that the temple, the house of the Lord, becomes the focus for all that really matters. In the temple we participate in ordinances and covenants that span the distance between heaven and earth. They prepare us to one day return to Gods presence and enjoy the blessings of eternal families and eternal life." - Ardeth G. Kapp, "A Mighty Force for Righteousness," Ensign (CR), May 1992, p.78

"When we can draw from the past, we don't have to retest every decision or experience. We can turn to our storehouse of memory over and over again and relive precious moments that can sustain, comfort, and protect us against uncertainty and faltering faith.

"When Oliver Cowdery began his labors as scribe in the translation of the Book of Mormon, the Lord spoke to him through Joseph Smith as follows: 'Behold, thou art Oliver, and I have spoken unto thee because of thy desires; therefore treasure up these words in thy heart. Be faithful and diligent in keeping the commandments of God, and I will encircle thee in the arms of my love.' Then he added: 'Verily, verily, I say unto you, if you desire a further witness, cast your mind upon the night that you cried unto me in your heart, that you might know concerning the truth of these things. Did I not speak peace to your mind concerning the matter? What greater witness can you have than from God?' (D&C 6:20, 22-23). The Lord seems to be telling him to remember. 'Remember, Oliver, what I told you before. Treasure those memories, draw strength from them, and never, ever forget.' He says to each of us, 'Remember those times when I spoke peace to your mind.'" - Ardeth Greene Kapp, "Rejoice! His Promises Are Sure," p.84-85

"Will we ever find a high mountain, a burning bush, and hear a voice in our minds and in our hearts? Will God speak to us? Indeed he will—he wants to. He is beckoning to each of us: 'Draw near unto me and I will draw near unto you; seek me diligently and ye shall find me; ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you' (D&C 88:63). Could there be a message more inviting, more welcoming? He continues with an admonition accompanied by a remarkable and soul-stirring promise: 'Therefore, sanctify yourselves that your minds become single to God, and the days will come that you shall see him; for he will unveil his face unto you, and it shall be in his own time, and in his own way, and according to his own will' (D&C 88:68). This speaks to my heart as though it were a welcome-home message. God is our Father. We are his children, and one day we shall see him and be with him." - Ardeth Greene Kapp, "Rejoice! His Promises Are Sure," p.12

"Our thoughts, our words, our deeds make us what we are. King Benjamin, after his important address to the people gathered at the temple, summarized his concerns for them: 'If ye do not watch yourselves, and your thoughts, and your words, and your deeds, and observe the commandments of God, and continue in the faith of what ye have heard concerning the coming of our Lord, even unto the end of your lives, ye must perish. And now, O man, remember, and perish not' (Mosiah 4:30).

"I believe that to perish is to have the Spirit withdrawn, to bear the burden of darkness and despair. If our whole bodies are to be filled with light (see D&C 88:67), we must 'cast away [our] idle thoughts' (D&C 88:69). The Lord counsels, 'Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not' (D&C 6:36). Our doubts and our fears can imprison us and hold us hostage. We must exchange them for messages that free us—messages of faith, not fear." - Ardeth Greene Kapp, "Rejoice! His Promises Are Sure," p.101-102

"We are all travelers for a time on this planet earth. One day we shall return to that dwelling place we knew before, and there rejoice in the memories of our journey and the experiences of this earth life—experiences some of which have taken us to the very mountain peaks of our lives and others into deep valleys as we have been tried and tested along the way, all for the purpose that we might be prepared to receive the glory the Lord has for us when we return. Sometimes we must trudge along in faith not knowing the answers for a time, but always knowing there is a divine plan and a purpose, and feeling the assurance of a loving Father in heaven. With this knowledge, we realize that the tests we are called upon to endure are for our growth, not to consume us but to refine us, not to discourage us but to enlighten us, and not to defeat us but to redeem us." - Ardeth Greene Kapp, "My Neighbor, My Sister, My Friend," p.ix

"The evils of our day will increase, even as the wicked armies of Pharaoh threatened the children of Israel in the time of Moses. But with faith in God, striving together in righteousness, we of all people have reason to take heart and rejoice. With our eyes fixed on heaven, we’ll watch the Red Sea part." - Ardeth G. Kapp, "Young Women Striving Together," Ensign (CR), November 1984, p.96

“When we give all that we have, the Lord will take it and bless it and magnify it and pass it, and there will be enough and to spare. It is only when we withhold what we have that we deprive ourselves of the promised blessing of grace, which our Bible Dictionary defines as ‘an enabling power that allows men and women to lay hold on eternal life and exaltation after they have expended their own best efforts.’ When we do our best, it is enough, and the Lord will make up the difference.” - Ardeth Greene Kapp, “My Neighbor, My Sister, My Friend,” p. 62

“The power of a mother’s prayers should never be underestimated. President Heber J. Grant said of his mother, ‘So near to the Lord would she get in her prayers that they were a wonderful inspiration to me from childhood to manhood’ (Arrington and Madsen, Mothers of the Prophets, p. 109). President Ezra Taft Benson explained his feelings, ‘When your mother prays with such fervor, night after night, you think twice before you do something to disappoint her’ (Ibid., p. 197). One of our elders said, ‘When I came on my mission, I saw a statue of a lady kneeling and praying. I've never forgotten that. I know that my mom has been on her knees every day for me.’ He did not doubt his mother knew her Father in Heaven!” - Ardeth Greene Kapp, “What Latter-day Stripling Warriors Learn from Their Mothers,” p. 65

“If you will ask your Heavenly Father in daily prayers to help you understand the messages and find answers to your problems or questions, and if you will strive to keep the commandments, you can have the spirit of the Holy Ghost to teach you and to open your mind more than you would ever have thought possible. These are special messages that are there for you for your individual needs at this particular time in your life.” - Ardeth G. Kapp, “The Holy Scriptures: Letters from Home,” Ensign (CR), November 1985, p. 93

With daily prayer, scripture study, and our feet firmly planted on the road to the celestial kingdom, we have a “perfect brightness of hope” (2 Ne. 31:20). There will be some steep climbs ahead, but our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has covenanted and promised to climb with each of us every step of the way. Think of it! - Ardeth G. Kapp, "A Time for Hope," Ensign (CR) November 1986

All individuals are what they are and where they are by a composite of choices that direct their lives each day. The responsibility of directing is not only for our own lives, but also for others who may be looking for the light. As we build a seaworthy ship and then sail a true course, many sails will navigate safely through troubled waters into the peaceful harbor because of the unflickering light radiating from the bow of our craft. - Ardeth Greene Kapp, "My Neighbor, My Sister, My Friend," p. 81

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

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