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"Brethren and sisters, study the scriptures. They contain great life-lessons. They are the repository of the Lord’s message in our day. You will develop a deep and abiding spirituality by communing with the Lord through them. We know much about our Heavenly Father because he has revealed much about himself to us. These revelations are recorded in the standard works. Make it a daily habit to study each day. Set goals. In a short time you can read the standard works of the Church." — A. Theodore Tuttle, "News of the Church," "Ensign," Oct. 1974, p. 88

"Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins is an essential covenant to make with the Lord. Faith and repentance precede this ordinance. Confirmation and the gift of the Holy Ghost follow baptism. Acceptance of these first principles and ordinances may obtain for us a remission of our sins and assure our salvation. In the ordinance of the sacrament, we regularly renew this and other covenants, and by complying with our part of the covenant, we receive the Spirit of the Lord to be with us." — A. Theodore Tuttle, "Covenants, Ordinances, and Service," Ensign, May 1984, p. 25

"When one hears the still small voice of the Spirit testifying that Jesus is the Christ, this kind of knowledge, for that person, is as valid as a mountain of so-called "scientific" evidence. That person really knows a truth. It affects his whole being. It affects all other kinds of knowledge that he may have." - A. Theodore Tuttle, "General Conference Reports," April 1966, p. 144

"We know that it is not a popular thing to teach that a backwoods boy from Vermont, reared in New England and trained on the frontier, was a prophet. But, popular or not, it is a fact! Joseph Smith was a prophet, and all of the calumny and aspersion to the contrary cannot controvert that fact. Anyone who has concern for the welfare of his eternal soul should give attention to this message. Every man who has lived since the days of Joseph Smith is subject to accepting him as a prophet of God in order to enter into our Heavenly Father's presence." - A. Theodore Tuttle, "The Message of the Restoration," Ensign, June 1971, p. 70

"The trials through which today's young people are passing-ease and luxury-may be the most severe test of any age. Brothers and sisters, stay close to your own! Guide them safely! These are perilous times. Give increased attention. Give increased effort." - A. Theodore Tuttle, "The Things That Matter Most," Ensign, Dec. 1971, p. 90

"Once you complete your four generations, you are not finished. Continue to search out all of your ancestral lines. The four-generation project becomes a platform for launching further research. In fact, this is one place where you move forward by reaching backward! 'It is our duty,' counseled Elder John A. Widtsoe, 'to secure as complete genealogies as possible, to discover our fathers and mothers back to the last generation, to connect, if it may be possible, with Adam, our first father upon the earth-a duty which we cannot escape' ('Genealogical Activities in Europe,' Utah Genealogical and Historical Magazine, July 1931, p. 104)." - A. Theodore Tuttle, "Eternal Links That Bind," Ensign, May 1980, p. 40

"In the midst of the turmoil we presently face, how would you like to have someone take you by the hand as it were and lift you up and guide you? How would you like to hear a prophet's voice give continued heaven-inspired guidance? How would you like to belong to a divinely organized church that provides a family-oriented program to help you teach your family correctly? Where is a family that could not use this kind of assistance today?" - A. Theodore Tuttle, "Conference Report," April 1969, Third Day, Morning Meeting, p.125

“You may make the winning touchdown, cross the finish line first, swish down the mountain on perfect powder, drive "a beauty" to the left-field stands, or pitch a no-hitter. You may do and thrill to many things. But you will experience few feelings equal to the quiet, even tearful moment when you record in your diary: “Today we baptized Mr. and Mrs. Brown and all their children. They are a fantastic family!’” - A. Theodore Tuttle, “Your Mission Preparation,” Ensign (CR), November 1974, p. 71

"The training for covenants, for ordinances, and for service belongs in the home. If these are paramount in the minds of the parents, the youth will be prepared. And they will not, because of this, miss any essential training for their careers." -
A. Theodore Tuttle, "Covenants, Ordinances, and Service," Ensign (CR), May 1984, p. 23

"If we were to speak of the very center of spiritual strength in the Church, surely it must be the sacred ordinances of the temple of the Lord.

"It is not generally known that almost the first words of the Lord to the Prophet Joseph—the intent of the gathering and building up of the Church—and almost the last words of the Lord to the Prophet pertained to temple work." -
A. Theodore Tuttle, "The First and the Last Words," Ensign (CR) April 1982

It is an easy thing to believe in the dead prophets. Many people do. For some mysterious reason there is an aura of credibility about them. It is not so with the prophet who lives among us, who must meet life’s everyday challenges. But it is a great thing to believe in the living prophets. Our salvation is contingent upon our belief in a living prophet and adherence to his word. He alone has the right to revelation for the whole Church. His words, above those of any other man, ought to be esteemed and considered by the Church as well as by the world. One day this truth will be understood. -
A. Theodore Tuttle, "What Is a Living Prophet?" Ensign (CR) June 1973

The Lord fixed families to give parents more influence on children than all other agencies combined. There is safety in this arrangement. It provides parents the privilege, the awesome privilege, of molding the life and character of a child, even though outside agencies have influence. - A. Theodore Tuttle, "Therefore I Was Taught," Ensign (CR) November 1979

In a lonely world, brotherhood in the Church really means something. Everyone needs to be loved. Everyone needs to be needed. Everyone has some kind of talent and wants to use it. Somehow in the magic of this marvelous organization you can find your place and make your contribution. When you serve, you find purpose to life. The Church hath need of every member. - A. Theodore Tuttle, “Come Drink the Living Water,” Ensign (CR) April 1975

A friend of mine told me this experience: A financially successful man came home from work one day and said, “Dear, there has got to be more to life than just getting up, going to work, making money, watching TV, eating and sleeping, and then doing it all over again! We have all the money we need. Why doesn’t this satisfy us? Somehow we are missing the purpose of life. What is our dilemma? Could it be possible that it is religion we are missing?” In the conversation that followed, his wife mentioned the Mormons. After serious investigation they soon found satisfying answers to their questions and joined the Church. - A. Theodore Tuttle, “Come Drink the Living Water,” Ensign (CR) April 1975

Eliminate more of the worldly commercial entertainment now channeled into your home. In its place, learn the simple arts and develop individual skills. There is great virtue in training your boys to use building tools and your girls to use homemaking tools. This develops creativity, talent, and initiative. It gives expression to individual talents and encourages thrift and industry. - A. Theodore Tuttle, Conference Report, April 1970, Afternoon Meeting, p. 87

We believe and obey a revelation from God. It says “wine or strong drink … is not good. … Tobacco is not for the body, … hot drinks (meaning tea and coffee) are not for the body.” (D&C 89:5–9.) Obedience to this law qualifies us to receive the promised blessings: we shall receive health, wisdom, strength, and protection. (See D&C 89:18–21.) We do not worry. We have an inner peace and quietude. Even knowing the calamities we may face, we know we will have the promised blessings and protection of the Lord. – A. Theodore Tuttle, “Come Drink the Living Water,” Ensign (CR) May 1975

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