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"May I suggest five beginning, essential measures that will greatly clear the channel for a daily flow of 'living water' from the very source of the spring (see John 4:7-15).

First, a daily communion involving prayer....

Second, a daily selfless service to another....

Third, a daily striving for an increased obedience and perfection in our lives....

Fourth, a daily acknowledgment of His divinity....

Fifth, a daily study of the scriptures...." — James E. Faust, "That We Might Know Thee," First Presidency Message, Ensign, January 1999

"I am thankful that the Church to which I belong preaches Christ and Him crucified, and resurrected,... the Christ that was the offspring in the flesh, as well as in the spirit, of the very Eternal Father, the Christ who is the Savior and Redeemer of mankind, beside whom there is none, beside whose name there is no name under heaven, whereby mankind may be saved." — James E. Talmage, "General Conference Reports", p. 131, April 1916

"He came to bring hope, the bring joy, to bring peace, to bring salvation; and his is the only name given under heaven whereby salvation comes.  Our Lord--the Lord Jehovah, the Lord Jesus--is our hope and our salvation.  He it is that hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.  He has redeemed us from death, hell, the devil, and endless torment." — Bruce R. McConkie, "General Conference Reports", p. 17, April 1977

"Each of us is an innkeeper who decides if there is room for Jesus!" — Neal A. Maxwell, "Ensign", November 1992, p. 66

"Jesus lifts us up in a world which so often puts people down." — Neal A. Maxwell, "A Wonderful Flood of Light", p. 115

"The world is full of people who are willing to tell us, 'Do as I say.' Surely we have no lack of advice givers on about every subject.  But we have so few who are prepared to say, 'Do as I do.'... Only Christ can be our ideal, our 'bright and morning star.' (Rev. 22:16)  Only he can say without any reservation, 'Follow me, learn of me, do the things you have seen me do.  Drink of my water and eat of my bread.  I am the way, the truth, and the life.  I am the law and the light.  Look unto me and ye shall live.  Love one another as I have loved you.' (Matt. 11:29; 16:24; John 4:13-14; 6:35, 51; 7:37; 13:34; 14:6; 3 Ne. 15:9; 27:21)" — Howard W. Hunter, "That We Might Have Joy", p. 3-4

"Patience in affliction and suffering describes the life of Christ, the great exemplar. In moments of great suffering and pain which transpired in Gethsemane, He was able to express in fervent prayer, 'O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt' (Matt. 26:39), giving us the example and a frame of reference for a life of obedience and perseverance, despite circumstances or external conditions in which we could find ourselves." — Angel Abrea, "Patience in Affliction," Ensign, May 1992, p. 26

"This same loving God also 'so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son' (John 3:16) to perform a myriad of blessings for all mankind, including the offering of His own life to atone for man. He lived His life to demonstrate that the love of our Father in Heaven and His plan, His commandments, could in fact bring inner peace and lift mankind here and hereafter." — James M. Paramore, "Love One Another," Ensign, May 1981, p. 53

"No one can criticize the Master’s instruction. His very actions gave credence to His words. He demonstrated genuine love of God by living the perfect life, by honoring the sacred mission that was His. Never was He haughty. Never was He puffed up with pride. Never was He disloyal. Ever was He humble. Ever was He sincere. Ever was He true." — Thomas S. Monson, "Strength through Obedience," Ensign, July 1996, p. 4

"During a time long past, and in a place far away, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, taught the multitudes and His disciples 'the way, the truth, and the life.' He provided counsel with His holy words. He lived an example for us with His exemplary life. On occasion the Lord would ask another this question: 'What manner of persons ought ye to be?'" — Thomas S. Monson, "Becoming Our Best Selves," Ensign, Nov. 1999, p. 18

"From the most exemplary life of all, even that of the Savior Jesus Christ, we learn perhaps the most important lesson of all. As the Savior was in the depths of suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane, he prayed that the bitter cup might pass from him, adding in meekness and lowliness of heart: 'Nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.' (Luke 22:42) A leader in the Lord’s kingdom must be meek and lowly of heart. (See Alma 37:34.)" — Spencer J. Condie, "Some Scriptural Lessons on Leadership," Ensign, May 1990, p. 28

"At the center of the Father’s plan is Jesus Christ, mankind’s Redeemer. Yet, as foreseen, many judge Jesus 'to be a thing of naught' (1 Ne. 19:9), or 'consider him' merely 'a man.' (Mosiah 3:9.) Whether others deny or delimit Jesus, for us He is our Lord and Savior! Comparatively, brothers and sisters, it matters very little what people think of us, but it matters very much what we think of Him. It matters very little, too, who others say we are; what matters is who we say Jesus is. (See Matt. 16:13–17.)" — Neal A. Maxwell, “The Great Plan of the Eternal God,” Ensign, May 1984, p. 21

"Jesus taught the same thing to the Nephites, who also lived in a difficult world. 'For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed,' he said, 'but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed [from thee]' (3 Ne. 22:10; see also 3 Ne. 22:13-14). I love that. The hills and the mountains may disappear. The seas and oceans may dry up completely. The least likely things in the world may happen, but 'my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed [from thee].' After all, he has, he reminds us, 'graven thee upon the palms of my hands' (1 Ne. 21:16). Considering the incomprehensible cost of the Crucifixion, Christ is not going to turn his back on us now." - Jeffrey R. Holland, "Come unto Me," Ensign, Apr. 1998, p. 19

"Of Him who delivered each of us from endless death, even Jesus Christ, I testify that He is a teacher of truth-but He is more than a teacher. He is the Exemplar of the perfect life-but He is more than an exemplar. He is the Great Physician-but He is more than a physician. He who rescued the 'lost battalion' of mankind is the literal Savior of the world, the Son of God, the Prince of Peace, the Holy One of Israel-even the risen Lord-who declared, 'I am the first and the last; I am he who liveth, I am he who was slain; I am your advocate with the Father.' (D&C 110:4.) " - Thomas S. Monson, "Today Determines Tomorrow," Ensign, Nov. 1998, p. 51

"Do we remember the question posed by one Pontius Pilate as he spoke to those who would shed the blood of Jesus and thus end His mortal life? 'What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified.' (Matt. 27:22.) And so He was. The question each of us must answer is the same: What shall I do with Jesus? He Himself has provided us the answer: 'Follow me, and do the things which ye have seen me do.' (2 Ne. 31:12.)" - Thomas S. Monson, "Christ at Bethesda's Pool," Ensign, Nov. 1996, p. 17

"But how is that possible? How can Jesus Christ be both the Father and the Son? It really isn't as complicated as it sounds. Though He is the Son of God, He is the head of the Church, which is the family of believers. When we are spiritually born again, we are adopted into His family. He becomes our Father or leader. To further explain this concept of Jesus also being our 'Father,' let me use an analogy and say that seven of my premortal spirit brothers and sisters were born to my wife, Barbara, and me. We are therefore their premortal spiritual brother and sister and also their earthly physical father and mother. Similarly, Christ is our spiritual Elder Brother and the Son of God, but He is also our Father or leader and our God. King Benjamin taught his faithful followers that 'because of the covenant which ye have made [through the baptism of fire, or spiritual rebirth] ye shall be called the children of Christ, his sons, and his daughters; for behold, this day he hath spiritually begotten you; for ye say that your hearts are changed through faith on his name; therefore, ye are born of him and have become his sons and his daughters' (Mosiah 5:7)." - M. Russell Ballard, "Building Bridges of Understanding," Ensign, June 1998, pp. 66-67

"Learn of your Savior. Jesus Christ suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane more than you can comprehend. Willingly and lovingly, He took upon Himself not only our sins but the pains, sicknesses, and sufferings of all mankind. (See Alma 7:11-12.) He suffered similarly on the cross, where He gave His life to pay the penalty for our sins if we will repent. And then in His ultimate triumph, He was resurrected and broke the bands of death, making the Resurrection available to all." - Joseph B. Wirthlin, "Growing into the Priesthood," Ensign, November 1999, p. 40

"In spite of life's tribulations and as fearful as some of our prospects are, I testify that there is help for the journey. There is the Bread of Eternal Life and the Well of Living Water. Christ has overcome the world-our world-and His gift to us is peace now and exaltation in the world to come. (See D&C 59:23.) Our fundamental requirement is to have faith in Him and follow Him-always. When He bids us to walk in His way and by His light, it is because He has walked this way before us, and He has made it safe for our own travel here. He knows where the sharp stones and stumbling blocks lie hidden and where thorns and thistles are the most severe. He knows where the path is perilous, and He knows which way to go when the road forks and nightfall comes. He knows all this, as Alma says in the Book of Mormon, because He has suffered 'pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind..., that he may know... how to succor his people according to their infirmities.' (Alma 7:11-12.) To succor means to 'run to.' I testify that in my fears and in my infirmities the Savior has surely run to me. I will never be able to thank Him enough for such personal kindness and such loving care." - Jeffrey R. Holland, "He Hath Filled the Hungry with Good Things," Ensign, November 1997, p. 66

"Through the years I, like you, have experienced pressures and disappointments that would have crushed me had I not been able to draw upon a source of wisdom and strength far greater than my own. He has never forgotten or forsaken me, and I have come to know for myself that Jesus is the Christ and that this is His Church. With Ammon I say, '[For] who can glory too much in the Lord? Yea, who can say too much of his great power, and of his mercy... ? Behold,... I cannot say the smallest part which I feel' (Alma 26:16). I testify that in this, the twilight of the dispensation of the fulness of times, when Lucifer is working overtime to jeopardize our journey home and to separate us from the Savior's atoning power, the only answer for any of us is Jesus Christ." - Sheri L. Dew, "Our Only Chance," Ensign, May 1999, p. 67

"The Lord is the ultimate caregiver. We must surrender ourselves to the Lord. In doing so, we give up whatever is causing our pain and turn everything over to Him. 'Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee' (Ps. 55:22). 'And then may God grant unto you that your burdens may be light, through the joy of his Son' (Alma 33:23). Through faith and trust in the Lord and obedience to His counsel, we make ourselves eligible to be partakers of the Atonement of Jesus Christ so that one day we may return to live with Him." - Robert D. Hales, "Healing Soul and Body," Ensign, November 1998, pp. 16-17

"No other single influence has had so great an impact on this earth as the life of Jesus the Christ. We cannot conceive of our lives without his teachings. Without him we would be lost in a mirage of beliefs and worships, born in fear and darkness where the sensual and materialistic hold sway. We are far short of the goal he set for us, but we must never lose sight of it; nor must we forget that our great climb toward the light, toward perfection, would not be possible except for his teachings, his life, his death, and his resurrection." - Ezra Taft Benson, "Life Is Eternal," Ensign, June 1971, p. 34

"Jesus set the pattern for us in his invitation, 'Come, follow me.' I think it is significant our Savior Jesus Christ declared, 'He that hath seen me hath seen the Father,' rather than 'He that hath heard me hath heard the Father.' The example bore witness. The life was the sermon. The life was the way." - Marvin J. Ashton, "You Can Get There From Here," Ensign, Dec. 1971, p. 101

"I like the thought, 'Before Easter, there must be a cross.' And many have heavy crosses to bear. With the birth of the Babe in Bethlehem, there emerged a great endowment-a power stronger than weapons, a wealth more lasting than the coins of Caesar. He may come to us as one unknown, without a name, as by the lakeside He came to those men who knew Him not. He speaks to us the same words, 'Follow thou me,' and sets us to the task which He has to fulfill for our time. He commands, and to those who obey Him, whether they be wise or simple, He will reveal Himself in the toils, the conflicts, the sufferings that they shall pass through in His fellowship; and they shall learn in their own experience who He is." - Thomas S. Monson, "What He Would Have Us Do," Ensign, May 1994, p. 91

"God the Father has given Jesus Christ a name above all others, so that eventually every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is the Christ. He is the way, the truth, and the light, and no one can come back into the presence of our Father in heaven except through him. Christ is God the Son and possesses every virtue in its perfection. Therefore, the only measure of true greatness is how close a man can become like Jesus. That man is greatest who is most like Christ, and those who love him most will be most like him.

"How, then, does a man imitate God, follow his steps, and walk as he walked, which we are commanded to do? We must study the life of Christ, learn his commandments, and do them. God has promised that to follow this course will lead a man to an abundant life and a fullness of joy and the peace and rest which those who are heavy-burdened long for. To learn of Christ necessitates the study of the scriptures and the testimonies of those who know him. We come to know him through prayer and the inspiration and revelation that God has promised to those who keep his commandments." - Ezra Taft Benson, "Listen to a Prophet's Voice," Ensign, Jan. 1973, 57

>"Those who will receive the Lord Jesus Christ as the source of their salvation will always lie down in green pastures, no matter how barren and bleak the winter has been. And the waters of their refreshment will always be still waters, no matter how turbulent the storms of life. In walking His path of righteousness, our souls will be forever restored; and though that path may for us, as it did for Him, lead through the very valley of the shadow of death, yet we will fear no evil. The rod of His priesthood and the staff of His Spirit will always comfort us. And when we hunger and thirst in the effort, He will prepare a veritable feast before us, a table spread even in the presence of our enemies—contemporary enemies—which might include fear or family worries, sickness or personal sorrow of a hundred different kinds. In a crowning act of compassion at such a supper He anoints our head with oil and administers a blessing of strength to our soul. Our cup runneth over with His kindness, and our tears runneth over with joy. We weep to know that such goodness and mercy shall follow us all the days of our life, and that we will, if we desire it, dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (See Ps. 23.) - Jeffrey R. Holland, "He Hath Filled the Hungry with Good Things," Ensign, Nov. 1997, p. 66

"While we honor and revere Joseph Smith as the Prophet of the Restoration and seek to emulate his qualities of character, we adore and worship the Savior. That adoration is shown at each sacrament service when we covenant to take upon us the name of Jesus Christ, to always remember him, and to keep the commandments which he has given to us, that we may always have his Spirit to be with us. (See Moro. 4:3.)

"The supernal status of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and the preeminent place which he occupies in the eternal scheme of things cause us to stand in awe at what has been called the condescension of Christ, meaning his willingness to step down from his exalted place and to go forth, as the scripture says, 'suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind;... that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities,... that he might blot out their transgressions according to the power of his deliverance.' (Alma 7:11–13.)" - Francis M. Gibbons, "The Savior and Joseph Smith—Alike Yet Unlike," Ensign, May 1991, 33

"Now, the most important principle I can share: Anchor your life in Jesus Christ, your Redeemer. Make your Eternal Father and his Beloved Son the most important priority in your life—more important than life itself, more important than a beloved companion or children or anyone on earth. Make their will your central desire. Then all that you need for happiness will come to you." - Richard G. Scott, "The Power of Correct Principles," Ensign, May 1993, 34

"Before we can successfully undertake a personal search for Jesus, we must first prepare time for him in our lives and room for him in our hearts. In these busy days there are many who have time for golf, time for shopping, time for work, time for play, but no time for Christ.

"Lovely homes dot the land and provide rooms for eating, rooms for sleeping, playrooms, sewing rooms, television rooms, but no room for Christ.

"Do we get a pang of conscience as we recall his own words, '...foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head'? (Matt. 8:20.) Or do we flush with embarrassment when we remember, 'And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn'? (Luke 2:7.) No room. No room. No room. Ever has it been.

"As we undertake our personal search for Jesus, aided and guided by the principle of prayer, it is fundamental that we have a clear concept of him whom we seek. The shepherds of old did seek Jesus the child. But we seek Jesus the Christ, our older Brother, our Mediator with the Father, our Redeemer, the Author of our salvation him who was in the beginning with the Father, him who took upon himself the sins of the world and so willingly died that we might forever live. This is the Jesus whom we seek." - Thomas S. Monson, "Conference Report," October 1965, Afternoon Meeting 143

"What is our Heavenly Father's work and glory? It is 'to bring to pass [our] immortality and eternal life.' (Moses 1:39.) The work of salvation goes on despite imperfect circumstances and imperfect faith. 'I am come that they might have life,' the Savior explained, 'and that they might have it more abundantly.' (John 10:10.) His task was not only to give life to the dead, miraculous though that was, but to give increased life to those living with less than flourishing faith, less than vibrant hope, less than burning charity.

"He accepts our imperfections even as he challenges us to rise above them. He loves us even when we are not very lovable. He rewards even a struggling faith with miracles." - Chieko N. Okazaki, "Aloha!" [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1995], p. 9

"When the Savior came upon the earth he had two great missions; one was to work out the Messiahship, the atonement for the fall, and the fulfillment of the law; the other was the work which he did among his brethren and sisters in the flesh by way of relieving their sufferings, and again by teaching to them the great spiritual facts out of which by observance may come eternal life. He left as a heritage to those who should come after him in his Church the carrying on of those two great things work for the relief of the ills and the sufferings of humanity, and the teaching of the spiritual truths which should bring us back into the presence of our Heavenly Father." - J. Reuben Clark, Jr., "Conference Report," April 1937, First Day—Morning Meeting, p.21

"Jesus Christ is our loving Savior. He is not some distant person in robes and sandals. He understands about the carburetor in our car, about ACT and SAT tests for our high-school senior, about a missionary cautiously trying tofu for the first time. We can share our whole lives with him. He doesn't want to see only the pretty, peaceful parts or the  sections  when we have a good day. Are there parts of our lives that we try to shove into the closet or sweep under the carpet when we pray or when we think we're trying to be righteous? I want to tell you that Jesus wants our whole hearts. He knows our whole lives. He's been through worse experiences than anything we have in our past. Do you remember when he told Joseph Smith in Liberty Jail: 'The Son of Man hath descended below them all. Art thou greater than he?' (D&C 122:5-8)" - Chieko N. Okazaki, "Disciples," p.93

"Jehovah said to the prophet Isaiah that in building the kingdom of God on earth, a 'stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation' would be used. (Isaiah 28:16.) He was, of course, speaking of himself. Paul used that same imagery in declaring that Jesus was the chief cornerstone, that basic block around which a foundation of apostles and prophets would be laid and onto which the Church of God would be built. (Ephesians 2:20.) Peter noted that builders of lesser vision simply shoved him aside in favor of less substantial material. (See Acts 4:11.) The tragic irony is that to most, he was not a building stone at all, but rather a mere stumbling block, a huge boulder obstructing the journey toward death. (See 1 Corinthians 1:23.)

"We must be wiser than this. Helaman pleaded with his sons as prophets and patriarchs plead today: 'Remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind; yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.' (Helaman 5:12.) Everyone will be tempered and tried. The sun will rise on the evil as well as the good, and the rains will descend on the just as well as the unjust. (Matthew 5:45.) But a life built on a firm foundation will endure." - Jeffrey R. Holland, However Long and Hard the Road, p.23-24

"As Jesus approached that fateful hour when he would give himself as the supreme sacrifice for all mankind, he asked those who challenged him, 'What think ye of Christ?' (Matt. 22:42). I have pondered many times that searching inquiry as it applies to my life and to all of us in this time of history. I wonder, as the register of our lives is indelibly written, and from which we will be judged, what that heavenly record will say of us in this generation of time. Do we fully accept him as the only begotten Son of God sent to earth to redeem the world? King Benjamin, as Nephi recorded, so testified.

"We read from Helaman:

"'O remember, remember, my sons, the words which king Benjamin spake unto his people; yea, remember that there is no other way nor means whereby man can be saved, only through the atoning blood of Jesus Christ, who shall come; yea, remember that he cometh to redeem the world' (Hel. 5:9)." - Douglas H. Smith, "What Think Ye of Christ?," Ensign (CR), May 1988, p.26

"Yes, the Lord [has] indeed risen. He appeared to Mary; He was seen by Cephas, or Peter, then by His brethren of the Twelve. He was seen by Joseph Smith, who declared: 'This is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives! For we saw him, even on the right hand of God.' (D&C 76:22-23.)

"Our Mediator, our Redeemer, our Brother, our Advocate with the Father died for our sins and the sins of all mankind. The Atonement of Jesus Christ is the foreordained but voluntary act of the Only Begotten Son of God. He offered His life as a redeeming ransom for us all.

"His mission, His ministry among men, His teachings of truth, His acts of mercy, His unwavering love for us prompts our gratitude and warms our hearts." - Thomas S. Monson, "They Showed the Way," Ensign (CR), May 1997, p.50

"Let the Savior be your 'lead' in life. He has said, 'I am ... the Rock of Heaven ... ; whoso cometh in at the gate and climbeth up by me shall never fall.' (Moses 7:53.) The Redeemer will safely lead you over the most difficult obstacles of life. His laws are absolutely secure anchors of protection that dispel fear and assure success in an otherwise dangerous world. Such a life will certainly provide you peace and happiness." - Richard G. Scott, "The Atonement Can Secure Your Peace and Happiness," Ensign, November 2006

"Since Jesus is at the very center of it all, we must make Him and His ways the light by which we steer and the light that we hold up to others. To proceed in any other way is to proceed with less light-much less light. Life is too filled with perplexities and variables for one to prevail without the guiding light of the gospel. The wisdom of men, by itself, is simply not adequate for all circumstances. Too many unintended, unforeseen, and undesired consequences flow from even the most sincere but erroneous efforts. The Spirit can teach of things as they really are, not just as we otherwise imperfectly perceive them." - Neal A. Maxwell, "Wherefore, Ye Must Press Forward," p.28

"As the world could not overcome Him in the meridian of time, so the world cannot do without Him in our time, and neither can we. His purpose is 'to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.' (Moses 1:39) Hence, He came to the Prophet Joseph Smith, restored the priesthood, reestablished His Church, and again proclaimed the plan of redemption." - Keith B. McMullin, "Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee," Ensign (CR), May 2004, p.33

"To 'come unto Christ, and be perfected in Him' (Moroni 10:32) means moving toward Him, becoming more like Him, step by step. Delaying will not lessen the vast distance to be traveled. Procrastinating will not bring the emergence of new alternatives. All the anxiety and energy expended in milling about does not move us one inch forward on the path of discipleship. (See Joel 3:14.)" - Neal A. Maxwell, "Men and Women of Christ," p.100

"The great challenge of our lives is usually not meditating on what we once were or wishing on what we may yet become, but rather living in the present moment as God would have us live. Fortunately, Christ can be in that moment for each of us since 'all things are present' before him (
D&C 38:2) and 'time only is measured unto men' (Alma 40:8)." - Jeffrey R. Holland, "However Long and Hard the Road," p.18

"Christ, we know, had a great interest in human beings of every description, and great love for them. He companied with little children, sought out the sinner; he summoned men to follow him from the fishing boat and the counting table. So conscious was he of individuals that in the midst of the multitude he felt the woman's touch of his robe. He memorialized in a magnificent parable the selfless consideration of a despised Samaritan toward another human being in need. He enfolded the ninety and nine and went seeking the lost one. Our purpose is to follow him." - Marion D. Hanks, "Conference Report," October 1970, Second Day—Morning Meeting, p.57

"With awe we contemplate the perfection of this Firstborn of God, his power, his glory. Ours is more than the simple act of worship as an end. We testify that his purpose and mission are to make it possible for us to come into his presence, be like him, and share his honor and his glory forever. He said, '...this is my work and my glory-to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.' (
Moses 1:39.)" - S. Dilworth Young, "Conference Report," April 1969, Afternoon Meeting, p.78

"My declaration is that this is precisely what the gospel of Jesus Christ offers us, especially in times of need. There is help. There is happiness. There really is light at the end of the tunnel. It is the Light of the World, the Bright and Morning Star, the 'light that is endless, that can never be darkened.' (See
John 8:12; Rev. 22:16; Mosiah 16:9.) It is the very Son of God Himself. In loving praise far beyond Romeos reach, we say, 'What light through yonder window breaks?' (See William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, act 2, scene 2, lines 2-3.) It is the return of hope, and Jesus is the Sun. To any who may be struggling to see that light and find that hope, I say: Hold on. Keep trying. God loves you. Things will improve. Christ comes to you in His "more excellent ministry" with a future of 'better promises.' He is your 'high priest of good things to come.'" - Jeffrey R. Holland, "An High Priest of Good Things to Come," Ensign (CR), November 1999, p.36

"This is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We are Christians. We know additional details about the Saviors role in the premortal existence before we came here: we have new information about His part in the creation of the world under the direction of our Father; we can identify Him as Jehovah of the Old Testament, communicating with the prophets of Israel. We have the Book of Mormon, which is another testament of Jesus Christ, which has great illuminating doctrines and information about the Savior. Our modern prophets have given revealed explanations, doctrines, light, and knowledge on the Christ as the Redeemer to whom we look for the remission of our sins. We have a wealth of information of tremendous value to all Christian churches. We do not diminish or tear down the faith others have in Christ, but seek only to share with them our additional knowledge of the Lamb, the Shepherd, the Holy One of Israel (see Ps. 71:22)for their benefit and salvation." - Robert E. Wells, "Be a Friend, a Servant, a Son of the Savior," Ensign (CR), November 1982, p.69

"As we engage our faith and commit our energy to draw closer to Jesus Christ, we begin to understand more fully who He really is. As we seek Him diligently, we gain a deep and abiding testimony of His matchless love, His perfect life and example, and the blessings of His great atoning sacrifice. As we draw nearer to Him, we truly begin to find Him and to recognize Him as the Creator of the earth, the Redeemer of mankind, the Only Begotten of the Father, the King of kings, the Prince of Peace.
"The deeper we seek, the more we begin to appreciate His role as the Great Jehovah of the Old Testament and the Holy Messiah of the New Testament. We begin to understand more fully His eternal message of salvation and exaltation. We find that He continues to beckon us to come and follow Him, that His teachings are certain and are as applicable today as they were throughout all previous generations of time. We begin to know, with more profound appreciation, what occurred in Gethsemane and on Calvary. Although He was erroneously convicted and sentenced, He gave His life willingly; and in fulfillment of His own prophetic words, He was resurrected on the third day. This priceless gift brings immortality to all and eternal life to the obedient and faithful." - Craig C. Christensen, "Seek, and Ye Shall Find," Ensign (CR), May 2003, p.33

"This is what the law of Moses is all about. The law itself was given so that men might believe in Christ and know that salvation comes in and through his atoning sacrifice and in no other way. Every principle, every precept, every doctrinal teaching, every rite, ordinance, and performance, every word and actall that appertained to, was revealed in, and grew out of the ministry of Moses, and all the prophets who followed himall of it was designed and prepared to enable men to believe in Christ, to submit to his laws, and to gain the full blessings of that atonement which he alone could accomplish." - Bruce R. McConkie, "The Promised Messiah: The First Coming of Christ," p.435

"Jesus said, 'Without me ye can do nothing.' I testify that that is God's truth. Christ is everything to us and we are to 'abide' in Him permanently, unyieldingly, steadfastly, forever. For the fruit of the gospel to blossom and bless our lives, we must be firmly attached to Him, the Savior of us all, and to this His Church, which bears His holy name. He is the vine that is our true source of strength and the only source of eternal life. In Him we not only will endure but also will prevail and triumph in this holy cause that will never fail us." - Jeffrey R. Holland, "Abide in Me", Ensign (CR), May 2004, p.30

"Who was this Man of sorrows, acquainted with grief? Who is the King of glory, this Lord of hosts? He is our Master. He is our Savior. He is the Son of God. He is the Author of our Salvation. He beckons, 'Follow me.' He instructs, 'Go, and do thou likewise.' He pleads, 'Keep my commandments.'

"Let us follow Him. Let us emulate His example. Let us obey His word. By so doing, we give to Him the divine gift of gratitude." - Thomas S. Monson, "Finding Joy in the Journey," General Conference, October 2008

"In this day of mad rush and strife; when noise and glitter influence the human mind; this mighty rushing to and fro; this clash of many strifes; this feverish hastening towards some unknown goal; Jesus Christ gives the intelligible answer in revealing the infinite possibilities of the human soul. The leaven of his doctrine is ever working in the social body of which we are part, and his influence leads the van in every forward movement for the welfare of mankind. It is a plain fact of history that the influence of Jesus Christ upon the world has opened up vast tracks of spiritual opportunity of which the wisest men have never dreamed. He has uplifted and enriched the common life; he has filled the soul with immortal hope. He has brought peace to the desolate heart; he has made the quest for truth a divine adventure. He has made known the abiding joy of service for others; and most of all he has justified the upward reach of man, as he struggles from lower to higher things, which shows that Christ brings life and light into the hearts of men." - Levi Edgar Young, "Conference Report," April 1930, Afternoon Meeting, p.158

"If we desire to learn the ideal life to lead among our fellowmen, we can find a perfect example in the life of Jesus. Whatsoever our noble desires, our lofty aspirations, our ideals in any phase of life, we can look to Christ and find perfection. So, in seeking a standard for moral manhood, we need only to go to the Man of Nazareth and in him find embodied all virtues that go to make the perfect man." -  David O. McKay, "Conference Report," April 1968, First Day—Morning Meeting, p.7


“It is our mission, perhaps the most fundamental purpose of Our work, to bear constant testimony of Jesus the Christ. We must never permit to enter into our thoughts and certainly not into our teachings, the idea that he was merely a great teacher, a great philosopher, the builder of a great system of ethics. It is our duty, day after day, year in and year out, always to declare that Jesus of Nazareth was the Christ who brought redemption to the world and to all the inhabitants thereof.” - J. Reuben Clark, Jr., “Conference Report,” October 1955, Afternoon Meeting, p. 24

"When our Savior in humility came upon earth, the people said, 'Who are you, that you should claim to be the Son of God? We know your father; he is Joseph, the carpenter. We know your mother; she is Mary. We have Moses and Abraham for our prophets, and we have no need of a man like you to come and speak to us in the name of the Lord.' He went among them and ministered to the sick, healed the afflicted, unstopped the ears of the deaf, restored the blind to sight, cleansed the leper by His magic touch, raised the dead to life. Then they said He performed these wondrous works by the power of Beelzebub. Yet He was indeed the Son of God. He labored among them in love and kindness; but they cast His name out as evil. They even cast reproach upon the city from which He came, and said, 'Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?' But He was the Son of God, and He did have the right to speak in the name of the Father. The truths He brought to the earth came from the Father; and though they nailed Him to the cross, though they placed upon His head the platted crown of thorns, and put the mock scepter in His hands, though they spilled His blood with the cruel spear, yet the word that He delivered to them was the word of the Lord, and He was indeed the Son of God." - George A. Smith, "Conference Report," April 1904, Third Day—Morning Session, p. 97

"Use your ingenuity, your strength, your might to resolve your challenges. Do all you can do and then leave the rest to the Lord. President Howard W. Hunter said: 'If our lives and our faith are centered on Jesus Christ and his restored gospel, nothing can ever go permanently wrong. On the other hand, if our lives are not centered on the Savior and his teachings, no other success can ever be permanently right.'" - Joseph B. Wirthlin, "Finding a Safe Harbor," Ensign (CR), May 2000, p. 59

"As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we need to place unreserved confidence in the Lord Jesus Christ, whom we accept as the Son of God. Until the world accepts Him as the Savior of mankind, lives His teachings, and looks to Him as the Way, the Truth, and the Life in all phases of our lives, we shall continue in our anxiety about the future and our ability to cope with the challenges that mortality brings to each of us." - Ezra Taft Benson, Jesus Christ:Our Savior and Redeemer, Ensign (CR), November 1983, p.6)

"I know He lives. I know He loves us. I know we can feel His love here and now. I know His voice is one of perfect mildness which penetrates to our very center. I know He smiles and is filled with compassion and love. I know He is full of gentleness, kindness, mercy, and desire to help. I love Him with all my heart. I testify that when we are ready, His pure love instantly moves across time and space, reaches down, and pulls us up from the depths of any tumultuous sea of darkness, sin, sorrow, death, or despair we may find ourselves in and brings us into the light and life and love of eternity." - John H. Groberg, "The Power of God's Love," Ensign (CR), November 2004, p. 9

"If one were to count all the times the various names and titles of Jesus are used in scripture—Lord, Savior, Redeemer, Messiah, God, the Lamb, Jesus, Alpha and Omega, the Son of Man, Christ, Master, and dozens more—the total would approach some twenty-five thousand usages in the four standard works. That averages about ten uses per page of scripture! Surely that says something about the central role he plays in our lives and in the destiny of all mankind. - Gerald N. Lund, "Jesus Christ, Key to the Plan of Salvation," p. 2

"For those who eschew evil and live good lives, who strive for a brighter day and keep the commandments of God, things can get better and better even in the face of tragedy. The Savior showed us the way. From Gethsemane, the cross, and the tomb, He rose triumphant, bringing life and hope to us all. He bids us, 'Come, follow me.'" - Keith B. McMullin, "Our Path of Duty," Ensign (CR) May 2010

"Jesus Christ lives. He is our Savior, our Redeemer. He is a glorious, resurrected being. He has the capacity to communicate love that is so powerful, so overwhelming as to surpass the capacity of the human tongue to express adequately. He gave His life to break the bonds of death. His Atonement made fully active the plan of happiness of His Father in Heaven.

"Jesus administers the balance between justice and mercy conditioned upon our obedience to His gospel. He is the light for all mankind. He is the fountain of all truth. He fulfills all of His promises. All who obey His commandments will earn the most glorious blessings imaginable." - Richard G. Scott, "He Lives! All Glory to His Name!" Ensign (CR) May 2010

"Like Nephi of old, 'we believe in Christ, we … look forward with steadfastness unto Christ. … We are made alive in Christ because of our faith. … We talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ. … We … look forward unto that life which is in Christ.' (2 Ne. 25:24–27.) Can anyone doubt that we are Christians in the full sense of the word?" - Robert E. Wells, "Be a Friend, a Servant, a Son of the Savior," Ensign (CR) October 1982

As we endeavor to understand what it means to have the light of life, which is a most important aid to discovering our identity, we must of necessity know who Jesus is. From the holy scriptures, we are told who he is—the Son of God, referred to as the Only Begotten of the Father in the flesh. He was born of Mary. He is our Redeemer through whom repentance and forgiveness of sin are made possible. He it is who was condemned to die and even while hanging on the cross forgave his executioners. He is the same who rose from the tomb and by that act broke the bonds of death for all mankind, establishing the resurrection. This is the same Jesus who guides his church in these latter days, which church carries his name, even The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. - Victor L. Brown, "Finding One's Identity," Ensign (CR) April 1983

We know that Savior to be the Lord Jesus Christ. From many, many experiences over my lifetime, I can truly testify to you that He truly is our Savior; and if the Father is approached in prayer, as His Son has commanded us, doors will open to help us move forward without fear in life. That all men everywhere may come to realize and know the significance of Jesus the Christ, the One chosen before the foundation of the world, is my faith and witness. - G. Homer Durham, "Jesus the Christ: the Words and Their Meaning," Ensign (CR) April 1984

We take the name of Christ upon us in the waters of baptism. We renew the effect of that baptism each week as we partake of the sacrament, signifying our willingness to take His name upon us and promising always to remember Him (see D&C 20:77, 79).

Do we realize how blessed we are to take upon us the name of God’s Beloved and Only Begotten Son? Do we understand how significant that is? The Savior’s name is the only name under heaven by which man can be saved (see 2 Nephi 31:21). - M. Russell Ballard, "The Importance of a Name," Ensign (CR) October 2011

“What think ye of Christ?” (Matthew 22:42). With those words Jesus confounded the Pharisees of His day. With those same words I ask my fellow Latter-day Saints and other Christians what you really believe about Jesus Christ and what you are doing because of that belief. - Dallin H. Oaks, "Teachings of Jesus," Ensign (CR) October 2011

Jesus did not retire to some corner of the universe for a well-earned vacation after performing the great Atonement, but He has remained constantly vigilant and vigorous, personally mindful of all of us. - Neal A. Maxwell, "One More Strain of Praise," p.42

And yet each person today also has an invitation to “come unto Christ” (Moro. 10:32), to become His sons and daughters through a spiritual rebirth. In a different way, we may feel the print of the nails in His hands and feet and thrust our hand into His side by experiencing the cleansing and refining power of the Atonement. The Savior knows each of us intimately through His experience in the garden and on the cross. Alma states that He took upon Himself our pains, afflictions, temptations, sicknesses, and infirmities, that He might know how to succor us (see Alma 7:11–12). Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles has pointed out that the word succor in old French means literally “to run to.” He suggested that “even as [Christ] calls us to come to him … , he is unfailingly running to help us.” - Merrill J. Bateman, "Becoming a Disciple of Christ," Ensign, April 2006

Out of Nazareth and down through the generations of time come his excellent example, his welcome words, his divine deeds. They inspire patience to endure affliction, strength to bear grief, courage to face death, and confidence to meet life. In this world of chaos, of trial, of uncertainty, never has our need for such divine guidance been greater. - Thomas S. Monson, "Can Any Good Come from Nazareth?" Liahona, April 1989

Jesus asked the Pharisees, “What think ye of Christ?” In the final assessment, our personal discipleship will not be judged by friends or foes. Rather, as Paul said, “We shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.” At that day the important question for each of us will be, “What thinks Christ of me?” - Neil L. Andersen, "What Thinks Christ of Me?" Ensign (CR) May 2012

I am filled with wonder at the love my Savior Jesus Christ showed by descending from the heavenly mansions and coming to a world where the majority rejected His message, and even though they did not have the power to take His life, they condemned Him to death. Christ paid for my sins, for my illnesses, afflictions, and sorrows. His pain was indescribable; Luke only makes mention that “his sweat was as it were great drops of blood” (Luke 22:44). - Enrique R. Falabella, "Why Are We Member of the Only True Church?" Ensign (CR) November 2007

There is only one way provided by the Lord for man to gain salvation and eternal life in the kingdom of God and that is by and through the living, personal Jesus Christ, and by knowing and living his commandments. We cannot obtain salvation and eternal life by worshiping fake Christs or by living the doctrines and commandments of men. - Bernard P. Brockbank, "The Living Christ," Ensign (CR) May 1977

Our most important message, which we are both divinely commissioned and commanded to take everywhere in the world, is that there is a Savior. He lived in the meridian of time. He atoned for our sins, was crucified, and was resurrected. That matchless message, which we proclaim with authority from God, is the real reason this Church grows as it does. - L. Whitney Clayton, "The Time Shall Come," Ensign (CR) November 2011 

Jesus foretold that in our day there would be false Christs and false prophets, meaning that false religions bearing his name would arise, and that false doctrines and false teachers would be everywhere.

Amid it all may we raise the one voice which echoes the mind and will and voice of the Lord. Our voice is one which testifies of a true and living Christ; it is one which says that the Lord Jesus has revealed himself and his gospel anew in modern times; it is a voice which invites all men to come to Him who died on Calvary, and to live his laws as he has given them to modern prophets. - Bruce R. McConkie, "Come, Know the Lord Jesus," Ensign (CR) May 1977

Without Christ there can be no fulness of joy.

In our premortal state, we shouted for joy as the plan of salvation was revealed to us. (See Job 38:7.)

It was there our elder brother Jesus, the firstborn in the spirit of our Father’s children, volunteered to redeem us from our sins. He became our foreordained Savior, the Lamb “slain from the foundation of the world.” (Moses 7:47.)

Thanks be to God the Son for the offering of Himself. And thanks be to God the Father that He sent Him. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son.” (John 3:16.) - Ezra Taft Benson, "Joy in Christ," Ensign October 1986

When I think of the Savior, I often picture Him with hands outstretched, reaching out to comfort, heal, bless, and love. And He always talked with, never down to, people. He loved the humble and the meek and walked among them, ministering to them and offering hope and salvation. - Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “You Are My Hands,” Ensign (CR) May 2010

The Savior is not dependent on food or water or oxygen or any other substance or power or person for life. Both as Jehovah and Messiah, He is the great I Am, the self-existing God. He simply is and ever will be.

By His Atonement and Resurrection, Jesus Christ has overcome all aspects of the Fall. Physical death will be temporary, and even spiritual death has an end, in that all come back into the presence of God, at least temporarily, to be judged. We can have ultimate trust and confidence in His power to overcome all else and grant us everlasting life. - D. Todd Christofferson, “The Resurrection of Jesus Christ,” Ensign (CR) May 2014

The greatest miracle ever performed by Jesus was not in controlling the angry sea but in disciplining his own will. His sinless life is the highest manifestation of excellence ever known in the world. Jesus did not need to do a single evil thing in order to find out that it was wrong. The life of Christ was pure, good. His ledger showed all gains and no losses. There were no destructive injuries to be repaired and no restitutions to be made. - Sterling W. Sill, "Conference Report," October 1964, Third Day—Morning Meeting, p. 113

"Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world!" (John 1:29.) How poor indeed would be our lives without the influence of his teachings and his matchless example. The lessons of the turning of the other cheek, going the second mile, the return of the prodigal, and scores of other incomparable teachings have filtered down the ages to become the catalyst to bring kindness and mercy out of much of man's inhumanity to man. - Gordon B. Hinckley, "Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley," p. 59

History furnishes no parallel to the power and influence of Jesus the Christ. In all the achievements of the nineteen centuries since his death, nothing has been produced to challenge this preeminence. In this marvelous day when study of physical forces has seemed to bring knowledge about them almost to its very pinnacle, there is in all our learning, physical or metaphysical, mystical or philosophical, nothing to grip the hearts of men as they have been gripped by the compelling power of the Man of Galilee. "Whence hath this man his power?” - Albert E. Bowen, "Conference Report," April 1947, Afternoon Meeting, p. 106

How reassuring are the Savior’s words: “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” Of Him I testify. He is our Savior and Redeemer, our Advocate with the Father. He is our Exemplar and our strength. He is “the light which shineth in darkness.” That each of us within the sound of my voice may pledge to follow Him, thus becoming a shining light to the world, is my prayer in His holy name, even Jesus Christ the Lord, amen. - Thomas S. Monson, “Be An Example and A Light,” Ensign (CR) November 2015

I am grateful today for my affiliation with a people who have a firm conviction that God lives, that Jesus is the Christ; and I bear witness to you that the story of the babe born in the manger at Bethlehem is not a myth of the past, but that Jesus, the Son of God was born of Mary into mortality; that he lived among men; that he died upon the cross and was resurrected; that he actually and truly lives today; and that he is a personal being and is the Savior of the world. - Howard W. Hunter, "The Teachings of Howard W. Hunter," edited by Clyde J. Williams, p.4

The crux of our message is that Jesus of Nazareth is Christ the Lord, the Redeemer of all mankind, the Savior of the Christians and the Messiah of the Jews. We affirm most solemnly that this same Jesus was the literal begotten Son of God, born of Mary, and that without him there is no Savior. - Mark E. Petersen, "Hear Ye Him!" Ensign (CR), November 1975, p.63

Today is Easter—a day designated to solemnize the bodily resurrection of the Savior of the world. As members of His restored church, it is imperative that we do our utmost to expand our understanding of His premortal commission, His earthly ministry, His unjust crucifixion, the agony of His suffering, His final sacrifice, and His resurrection. Each of us is profoundly indebted to Him, for we were purchased by the shedding of His own precious blood. We are surely obligated to follow His admonition, to believe on His name, and to testify of Him and His word. - David B. Haight, "Jesus of Nazareth," Ensign (CR), May 1994, p.75

Our Savior, the Good Shepherd, knows and loves us. He knows and loves you.

He knows when you are lost, and He knows where you are. He knows your grief. Your silent pleadings. Your fears. Your tears.

It matters not how you became lost—whether because of your own poor choices or because of circumstances beyond your control.

What matters is that you are His child. And He loves you. He loves His children. - Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "He Will Place You on His Shoulders and Carry You Home,” Ensign (CR) May 2016

The mortal ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ was comparatively brief. He lived only thirty-three years, and His ministry was only three years. But in those three years He taught the human family everything that is necessary to receive all of the blessings our Father in Heaven has in store for His children. He concluded His mortal ministry with the single most compassionate and significant service in the history of the world: the Atonement. - M. Russell Ballard, “Restored Truth,” Ensign (CR), November 1994, p.65

In sunshine and in shadow we look to Him, and He is there to assure and smile upon us. – Gordon B. Hinckley, “We Look to Christ,” Ensign (CR) May 2002

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