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The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - By Their Fruits

"When it comes to a test of the various seed stores, the various agricultural departments, etc., it is not in the catalogues, it is not in the pictures they paint, but it is in the seed that they furnish. So, too, in the various churches, it is not the virtues they proclaim that you can judge by. It is in the seed of eternal truth that they are able to implant; and I feel certain, my friends, that if you will get down to these seed truths and then apply your reason and see what the result will be, you can determine fairly well what the fruit of any system may be." - John G. McQuarrie, "Conference Report," April 1909, Outdoor Meeting., p.50

"May I suggest a formula for bringing forth good fruit and helping one to gain eternal salvation? (1) have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and in yourself, (2) study eternal truths, (3) ponder and pray for understanding, (4) strive to incorporate principles of truth into daily living, (5) exercise integrity in all that you do, and (6) strive to do everything you do to a standard of excellence." - 
Royden G. Derrick, "By Their Fruits Ye Shall Know Them", Ensign (CR), November 1984, p.61

"A man's works should agree with his faith; if he has faith to sustain his words, if he has faith to sustain his deeds, his works should correspond with his faith. I must be right in my faith, to be right in my works. If the tree is bitter, the fruit will also be bitter; or in other words, the tree is known by its fruits, and faith by its works. If a man's works are good, his faith is also good; if his works are bad, we infer that his faith is bad also, and very just inferences too. All men should be judged by their works; this is a correct criterion to judge every person by. Many of the Latter-day Saints have correct faith and correct works, while some profess to have correct faith, but exhibit by their works that their faith is actually not good. How can I tell whether your faith is good or not? I can only judge of it by your works." - Jedediah M. Grant, "Journal of Discourses," 26 vols., 2:273

Those who receive the gospel are expected to manifest its fruits in their lives, not only for their own benefit and blessing, but for the purpose of drawing others to the truth. - Dean L. Larsen, "By Their Fruits Ye Shall Know Them," Ensign (CR) October 1985

When we really follow Christ in his true restored church, it will be manifested in our lives. The fruit will follow. The Holy Ghost will lead us to make uncomfortable decisions, to develop true love and faith by learning to sacrifice and to discipline ourselves. Our abilities will grow and will bring satisfaction and joy and happiness. Through the instrument of an ongoing communication with our Heavenly Father—a constant prayer in our hearts for direction in the many little decisions in our lives—we feel the softness of the yoke of Christ… -
F. Enzio Busche, "Do We All Believe in the Same God?" Ensign (CR), May 1980, p. 27

That day is now here. Opposition has been and will be the lot of the Saints of the kingdom in any age. The finger of scorn has been pointed at us in the past, and we may expect it in the future. We also expect to see men in high places defend the Church; there will also be "pharaohs" who know neither Joseph nor his brethren. The seed planted and watered in 1830 has now matured to a fully grown tree for all to see. Some will seek the refuge of its shade in the heat of the day, but none will be neutral in their appraisal of its fruit. - Ezra Taft Benson, "A Marvelous Work and a Wonder," Ensign (CR), May 1980, p. 32

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