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The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Conference Clippings April 2000

"The building of this structure (the new Conference Center) has been a bold undertaking. We worried about it. We prayed about it. We listened for the whisperings of the Spirit concerning it. And only when we felt the confirming voice of the Lord did we determine to go forward." — President Gordon B. Hinckley, "To All the World in Testimony," 1 April 2000

"Think on it carefully. When facing Perdition himself, the Lord drew upon scriptures for protection."

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"We need not live in fear of the future. We have every reason to rejoice and little reason to fear. If we follow the promptings of the Spirit, we will be safe, whatever the future holds. We will be shown what to do." — Pres. Boyd K. Packer, "The Cloven Tongues of Fire," 1 April 2000

"Knowing about the Savior is a natural part of our religious education. Knowing the Savior requires personal obedience, prayer, a closeness to the Spirit, and revelation." — Elder Harold G. Hillam, "Future Leaders," 1 April 2000

"We each long to have the 'once upon a time' of our lives filled with so much happiness that it becomes the 'happily ever after' of our hopes and dreams. We are living in our 'once upon a time.'... It is living the gospel of Jesus Christ that is our guarantee of living 'happily ever after.'" — Sis. Coleen K. Menlove, "Living Happily Ever After," 1 April 2000

"What a comfort to know that all who have been disadvantaged in life from birth defects, from mortal injuries, from disease, or from the natural deterioration of old age will be resurrected in 'proper and perfect frame.'"

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"The assurance of resurrection gives us the strength and perspective to endure the mortal challenges faced by each of us and by those we love, such things as the physical, mental, or emotional deficiencies we bring with us at birth or acquire during mortal life. Because of the resurrection, we know that these mortal deficiencies are only temporary!"

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"The assurance that the resurrection will include an opportunity to be with our family members--husband, wife, parents, brothers and sisters, children, and grandchildren--is a powerful encouragement for us to fulfill our family responsibilities in mortality. It helps us live together in love in this life in anticipation of joyful reunions and associations in the next." - and, finally - "The assurance of immortality also helps us bear the mortal separations involved in the death of our loved ones. Every one of us has wept at a death, grieved through a funeral, or stood in pain at a graveside. I am surely one who has. We should all praise God for the assured resurrection that makes our mortal separations temporary and gives us the hope and strength to carry on." — Elder Dallin H. Oaks, "Resurrection," 1 April 2000

"Now comes the challenge to prevent the scientific, technical, and intellectual from stifling the spiritual enlightenment in our lives. As someone once said, 'The greatest of undeveloped resources [in our country] is faith; the greatest of unused power is prayer.' Technology may help us communicate with each other and the world, but not with God." — Pres. James E. Faust, "The Shield of Faith," 1 April 2000

"But the bricks and mortar and the continued expansion of technology will only bring the messages to us. One challenge remains the same from the time of King Benjamin to the time of President Grant to today--that is, the challenge of each individual and family, through personal and collective study, to internalize the messages of the gospel of our Lord and Savior. Salvation is not in facilities or technology, but in the word. Only in the power of the word will it impact our lives and help us to live closer to our Father in Heaven." — Elder L. Tom Perry, "Thou Shalt Give Heed unto All His Words," 1 April 2000

"My whole life has been enriched by experiences of the temple. Our parents would take us to Temple Square in Salt Lake City on a regular basis. They would point to the temple and tell us that they were married there and because of that we would always be together as a family. What comfort that brought to a little boy whose biggest fear was that his parents might die. Now what comfort it brings to a grown man whose parents have passed on to the other side." — Elder Glenn L. Pace, "A Temple for West Africa," 1 April 2000

"When we understand the great plan of happiness, we are gaining an eternal perspective, and the commandments, ordinances, covenants, and the experiences, trials, and tribulations can be seen in their true and eternal light. Remember, however, that Satan will dim the brightness of hope and eternal perspective by the dark, compelling urgency of now." — Elder Jay E. Jensen, "Keep an Eternal Perspective," 1 April 2000

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"God has promised that the Holy Ghost will testify to each of us that sacred truths have been restored and that Joseph Smith was called by God to be a special witness of Christ and His gospel. We may come to know the truth of all things God has revealed, through the power of the Holy Ghost." — Elder Gary J. Coleman, "Are You Still Here?" 1 April 2000

"Because we love the Lord, we should be spiritually sensitive to moments when the powerful and important truths of the gospel can be shared with others. Perhaps more importantly, however, we should seek at all times to purify ourselves and to lead such worthy lives that the Light of Christ emanates from us in all that we say and do. Our day-to-day lives should stand as immutable witness of our faith in Christ." — Elder M. Russell Ballard, "How Is It with Us?" 1 April 2000

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"I would hope and pray that in our own families, all of us, that we would have a desire to be a strong link in our own family chain, in our posterity, so that the eternal blessings that are part of the gospel, the blessings of the temple and the eternities, will be taught to our families in such a way that they will go on and on forever to affect many, many people. Be sure that those links are strong in your chain and that you pass the testimony that you have, the devotion that you have to future generations." — Elder David B. Haight, "Faith, Devotion, and Gratitude," 1 April 2000

"...President Hinckley warns us, 'God will hold us accountable if we neglect His daughters.'"

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"Brethren, as we honor womanhood, each daughter of God will be encouraged to do likewise." — Elder Richard G. Scott, "The Sanctity of Womanhood," 1 April 2000

"The priesthood isn't something we take off during the week and put on for Sunday. It is a 24-7 privilege and blessing--that is, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week." — Bishop H. David Burton, "Honoring the Priesthood," 1 April 2000

"In your study of the scriptures, have you noted how many times the phrase "believing that ye shall receive" accompanies the commandment of praying and asking? In the process of asking for knowledge, we have to exercise faith--believing before receiving." — Elder Angel Abrea, "Your Own Personal Testimony," 1 April 2000

"Self-mastery is a challenge for every individual. Only we can control our appetites and passions. Self-mastery cannot be bought by money or fame. It is the ultimate test of our character. It requires climbing out of the deep valleys of our lives and scaling our own Mount Everests." — Pres. James E. Faust, "The Power of Self-Mastery," 1 April 2000

"Should there be anyone who feels he is too weak to change the onward and downward course of his life, or should there be those who fail to resolve to do better because of that greatest of fears, the fear of failure, there is no more comforting assurance to be had than the words of the Lord: 'My grace,' said He, 'is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.' (Ether 12:27)" — Pres. Thomas S. Monson, "Your Eternal Voyage," 1 April 2000

"Such is the wonder of this priesthood. Wealth is not a factor. Education is not a factor. The honors of men are not a factor. The controlling factor is acceptability unto the Lord." — Pres. Gordon B. Hinckley, "The Stake President," 1 April 2000

"'Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing; and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God.' (D&C 88:119) Where could any of us locate a more suitable blueprint whereby he or she could wisely and properly build a house to personally occupy throughout eternity? In a very real sense, we are builders of eternal houses. We are apprentices to the trade--not skilled craftsmen. We need divine help if we are to build successfully." — Pres. Thomas S. Monson, "Your Eternal Home," 2 April 2000

"Today Jesus the Christ stands at the right hand of our Heavenly Father. Do you suppose that today He is any less inclined to aid those who suffer, who are sick, or who appeal to the Father in prayer for succor? Be of good cheer. The Man of Galilee, the Creator, the Son of the Living God will not forget nor forsake those whose hearts are drawn to Him. I testify that the Man who suffered for mankind, who committed His life to healing the sick and comforting the disconsolate, is mindful of your sufferings, doubts, and heartaches." — Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, "Finding a Safe Harbor," 2 April 2000

"To you wonderful sisters who find yourselves as widows, please know that God loves you. You are the choice among the choice.... At some period in God's timetable, you will join your eternal companion and serve together, forever, in the great work in the spirit world." — Elder Earl C. Tingey, "The Widows of Zion," 2 April 2000

"I believe that we carve souls--our own and others--every day. Let's determine now to make those souls pure and chaste. Create homes filled with love and serenity. Relieve suffering. Create enduring testimonies of eternal truths in ourselves and others." — Pres. Mary Ellen Smoot, "We Are Creators," 2 April 2000

"Because you are called by Jesus Christ to His service, you may go forward with great confidence. First, you may be assured that He knows you and your capacity to grow. He has prepared you. Calls will stretch you, often at the start and always over their course, but He will give you the Holy Ghost to be your companion. The Holy Ghost will tell you what to do when your own abilities and efforts are not enough (see John 14:26)." — Elder Henry B. Eyring, "Watch Over and Strengthen," 2 April 2000

"I have seen much of ugliness in this world. Most of it is the work of man. But I think I have seen much more of beauty. I marvel at the majestic works of the Creator. How magnificent they are. And they are all the work of the Son of God." — President Gordon B. Hinckley, "My Testimony," 2 April 2000

"Performance is what matters, not the size of the stage. The Sea of Galilee, only 13 miles by 7, was nevertheless large enough to provide the disciples with a vital experience involving faith and walking on the water (see Matt. 14:22­33). The wind was boisterous and frightening! Even so, compare the size of those Galilean swells and the length of that storm with what Nephi and party had to endure on the vast ocean! (see 1 Ne. 18:13­21). Yet both episodes provided the needed learning experiences. Of course, I should be careful about comparisons involving excesses of water, realizing Noah is in the historical audience!" — Elder Neal A. Maxwell, "Content with the Things Allotted unto Us," 2 April 2000

"We are still being blessed by that love from God and by the faithfulness of our spiritual and literal progenitors down through a thousand generations. May we do as much with the blessings we have been given as they did out of the deprivations so many of them faced. In such abundance may we never 'forget the Lord' nor 'go after other gods,' but always be 'an holy people unto the Lord.' If we do so, those that hunger and thirst for the word of the Lord will continue to come 'as doves to [our] windows.' They will come seeking peace and growth and salvation. If we live our religion they will find all of that and more." — Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, "As Doves to Our Windows," 2 April 2000

"Before we came to this earth, our Heavenly Father gently and peacefully placed in our bosoms 'the love of God.' In Heavenly Father's eyes, you are a very special child." — Elder Yoshihiko Kikuchi, "Heavenly Father Has a Special Plan," 2 April 2000

"It was President Harold B. Lee who said that the turning of the hearts of the children to their fathers and the fathers to the children was not only a commission to do work for the dead, but it also applied to the living and the importance of keeping those family relationships intact in this life." — Elder Loren C. Dunn, "Because My Father Sent Me," 2 April 2000

"A time-tested, heaven-inspired solution to knowing the truth about the Book of Mormon or other matters is set forth by Moroni, the last Book of Mormon prophet. He said: 'And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things" (Moro. 10:4­5). My father-in-law, myself, and millions of others have put Moroni's declaration and promise to the test and found that these things are true. My sincere promise is that you can do as Moroni has prompted and experience the same rewarding result." — Elder John B. Dickson, "A Brief Introduction to the Church," 2 April 2000

"As beneficiaries of the divine Creation, what shall we do? We should care for the earth, be wise stewards over it, and preserve it for future generations. And we are to love and care for one another. We are to be creators in our own right--builders of an individual faith in God, faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and faith in His Church. We are to build families and be sealed in holy temples. We are to build the Church and kingdom of God upon the earth. We are to prepare for our own divine destiny--glory, immortality, and eternal lives. These supernal blessings can all be ours, through our faithfulness." — Elder Russell M. Nelson, "The Creation," 2 April 2000

"Let us study the ways of the Lord, reading His life and teachings in the sacred scripture He has given us. Let us take a little time to meditate, to think of what we can do to improve our lives and to become better examples of what a Latter-day Saint should be." — President Gordon B. Hinckley, "A Time of New Beginnings," 2 April 2000

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