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"If we could feel or were sensitive even in the slightest to the matchless love of our Savior and his willingness to suffer for our individual sins, we would cease procrastination and 'clean the slate,' and repent of all our transgressions." — David B. Haight, "Our Lord and Savior," "Ensign," May 1988, page 23

"The evidence is overwhelming and the need so critical for a strong bond of respect and admiration in our homes. The trend is growing more acute daily. Latter-day Saint parents must analyze the foundation on which their homes are being built, for the rains of evil are descending. Parents must prayerfully prepare for their particular family needs." — "A Foundation Whereon Men Cannot Fall," General Conference, April 1972

"The transformation of once-mighty man-made empires with such speed and determination has released new springs of faith and hope in the hearts of hundreds of millions of oppressed souls. Where there was despair, now the bright light of freedom shines forth. This only could have happened in such a miraculous way by the intervening hand of the Almighty. Truly, 'the Lord is able to do all things.'" — General Conference, April 1990

"Regular temple attendance is one of the simplest ways you can bless those who are waiting in the spirit world. If you live near a temple, partake of the opportunity to go often and regularly. If you live some distance from a temple, plan excursions so that you, too, might be uplifted and edified through this most satisfying and much-needed labor of love." — "Personal Temple Worship," General Conference, April 1993

"Our most valuable worship experience in the sacrament meeting is the sacred ordinance of the sacrament, for it provides the opportunity to focus our minds and hearts upon the Savior and His sacrifice." — "The Sacrament—And The Sacrifice," General Conference, October 1989

"If we could feel or were sensitive even in the slightest to the matchless love of our Savior and His willingness to suffer for our individual sins, we would cease procrastination and 'clean the slate' and repent of all of our transgressions." — General Conference, April 1988

"The work we have been assigned to do has been placed by the Almighty in the hands of a fearless leader. By your sustaining with uplifted hands, you have pledged to follow our prophet. He is the mouthpiece of the Lord." — General Conference, October 1980

"You young men are the protectors of your sisters and of the girls with whom you associate. Your duty to them and to yourself is to be morally clean and sexually pure before the Lord. Movies and television scenes often imply moral cleanliness is old fashioned and not in tune with this modern world, but commandments cut into the stone tablets by the finger of God have not changed. The Lord declared, 'Thou shalt not... commit adultery,' and later added, 'nor do anything like unto it.' (D&C 59:6.) The commandments are clear and understandable and uncompromising." — David B. Haight, "A Time for Preparation," "Ensign," Nov. 1991, p. 38

"The Book of Mormon substantiates the Bible in its teachings of the Savior, speaks of Christ more than any other subject, and teaches that our Savior is the Redeemer and Atoner of mankind, constantly emphasizing that he is the central figure in God's plan of salvation. This divine record makes converts to its message and to his Church, which teaches it." — David B. Haight, "Joseph Smith: The Prophet (audio link)," Brigham Young University 1985-86 Devotional and Fireside Speeches

"One reason for the decline in moral values is that the world has invented a new, constantly changing, and undependable standard of moral conduct referred to as 'situational ethics.' Now individuals define good and evil as being adjustable according to each situation; this is in direct contrast to the proclaimed God-given absolute standard: 'Thou shalt not!'—as in 'Thou shalt not steal' (Exodus 20:15)." -- David B. Haight, "A Light unto the World," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1997], p. 162

"As I think of the world that I knew when I was young, the basics that we talk about were in place then. With all of the things that I've seen happen since I've lived upon the earth, nothing has come along to change the basics. We now have the great ability to communicate as rapidly as we do and in the various ways that we do. We can travel faster--through the air, in automobiles, and so on--but the basics, the eternal principles, haven't changed a bit." - David B. Haight, "The Basics Have Not Changed," General Conference, April 1997

"Tomorrow is Easter! Christians everywhere will commemorate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though the anniversary date may not be accurate, the Easter season should inspire us to study and reflect upon the infinite and eternal atonement of Christ-'the firstfruits of them that slept' (1 Cor. 15:20). The resurrection of Jesus from the tomb is the most glorious of all messages to mankind." - David B. Haight, "Our Lord and Savior," Ensign, May 1988, p. 22

"It is incumbent upon the members of the Church who have had the gift of religious freedom to share this knowledge and testimony with the peoples of the world. Do not underestimate the profound influence-politically and socially-of the principles of the restored gospel upon all of mankind." - David B. Haight, "Filling the Whole Earth," Ensign, May 1990, p. 24

"What a privilege and a blessing to be a small part of this great work! With that heritage, however, comes a great responsibility. The Lord needs messengers to match his message. He needs those who are able to wield the mighty and eternal influence that he has placed in their hands. In Section 88, where the Lord speaks of hastening his work, he gives to the laborers of his kingdom a commandment to 'prepare yourselves, and sanctify yourselves; yea, purify your hearts, and cleanse your hands and your feet before me, that I may make you clean' (D&C 88:74)." - David B. Haight, "A Light unto the World," p.68

"The Lord has placed in our hands the divine power and authority to act in all things, to preach the gospel and perform the ordinances of salvation by which men are sealed up into eternal life. You are different from the rest of the world." - David B. Haight, "The Responsibility of Young Aaronic Priesthood Bearers," Ensign (CR), May 1981, p.40

"Revelations to Joseph Smith expand mans knowledge that Jesus Christ was crucified to save the world from sin, that through his act of redemption all mankind will be resurrected from the grave and given the possibility of eternal life if obedient to gospel principles.

"We are taught further enlightenment on Jesus' statement 'In my Fathers house are many mansions' (John 14:2). We learn not only of the degrees of glory and those eligible, but that man should strive for the highest heaven which is available, and is reachable only through obedience to all of God's commandments. President George Albert Smith said: 'One of the beautiful things to me in the Gospel of Jesus Christ is that it brings us all to a common level. It is not necessary for a man to be a president of a stake, or a member of the Quorum of the Twelve, in order to attain a high place in the celestial kingdom. The humblest member of the Church, if he keeps the commandments of God, will obtain an exaltation just as much as any other man in the celestial kingdom. The beauty of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is that it makes us all equal. ... As we keep the commandments of the Lord ... we have equal opportunities for exaltation' (in Conference Report, Oct. 1933, p. 25)." - David B. Haight, "Joseph Smith the Prophet," Ensign (CR), November 1979, p.22

"'If a single man achieves the highest kind of love,' wrote Mahatma Gandhi, 'it will be sufficient to neutralize the hate of millions.' (Hermann Hagedorn, Prophet in the Wilderness: The Story of Albert Schweitzer, New York: MacMillan Co., 1948, title page.)

"God does not love us because we are lovable, have a pleasing personality or a good sense of humor, or at rare times show exceptional kindness. In spite of who we are and what we have done, God wants to pour out His love on us, for the unlovable are also precious unto Him." - David B. Haight, "Love All," Ensign (CR), November 1982, p.10

"Elder John A. Widtsoe made this remarkable statement: 'When the history of human thought shall be written from the point of view of temple worship, it may well be found that temples and the work done in them have been the dominating influence in shaping human thought from the beginning of the race. Even today,' he continued, 'political controversies are as nothing in determining the temper of a people, as compared with religious sentiments and convictions, especially as practiced in the temples of the people.' ("Temple Worship," p. 52.)

"The salvation of our Heavenly Fathers children from Adam and Eve to the present generation is the most important work in time and eternity. Our joy—or our disappointment—in the eternities may hinge on our willing participation in this great latter-day work." - David B. Haight, "Personal Temple Worship," Ensign (CR), May 1993, p.23

"A person who has developed spirituality may suffer deeply and know frustration; but yet he is able to continue in showing forth kindness and love because of a power that rises up from his spiritual base that governs his actions and urges him to speak with a new tongue (2 Ne. 31:14), as Nephi said, and to be his best despite obstacles and setbacks." - David B. Haight, "Our Lord and Savior," Ensign (CR), May 1988, p.21

"The Apostle Paul was fearless and never wavered in his testimony of Jesus. His faith and determination lifted him from being a tentmaker to become a teacher, a missionary, leader, and organizer of Christian branches. He most certainly wasn't a ‘sissy’ nor weak. People of great faith know what is right and do it. They have uncompromised determination and commitment and are capable of enduring pressure or hardship. Paul knew what was right, and you know what is right. When you take courage like Paul and do what you know is right, nothing will stop your progress but yourself." - David B. Haight, “A Time for Preparation,” Ensign (CR), November 1991, p.36

“God accomplishes His purposes heart to heart. The prophet Nephi helps us to understand this: ‘It is the love of God, which sheddeth itself abroad in the hearts of the children of men; wherefore, it is the most desirable above all things.’ (1 Ne. 11:22.)

“The depth and magnitude of God's love for all of His children is emphasized in the writings of John: ‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.’ (John 3:16.)” - David B. Haight, “Love All,” Ensign (CR), November 1982, p. 10

“One of the most important lessons I have learned is that our capacity as children of God becomes what it has to be. We should never minimize or underestimate our ability to deal with challenges placed before us. The size or complexity of challenges need not be a cause for alarm or despair. Human potentiality is perhaps the most squandered resource on earth, and possibly the least tapped.” - David B. Haight, “My Neighbor—My Brother!,” Ensign (CR), May 1987, p. 59

"In the hearts of all mankind, of whatever race or station in life, there are inexpressible longings for something they do not now possess. This longing is implanted in man by a loving Creator.

"It is God’s design that this longing of the human heart should lead to the one who alone is able to satisfy it. That fulness is found only in Jesus the Christ, the Son of our Eternal Father in Heaven. Paul declared, “For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell.” (Col. 1:19.)" - David B. Haight, "Jesus Is Our Savior," Ensign (CR) April 1982

He did not limit or say “all who are perfect come unto me” or just the rich, or just the poor, or just the healthy, or those without sin, or those who pray the longest, or just the sick. His invitation is to all: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest,” comfort, peace; “for my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

His plea to all is to love God, love His children, keep His commandments, and believe that Jesus is the Christ, born of God. (See 1 Jn. 5:1–3.) - David B. Haight, "People to People," Ensign (CR) October 1981

Besides loving God, we are commanded to do what to many is a more difficult commandment—to love all, even enemies, and to go beyond the barriers of race or class or family relationships. It is easier, of course, to be kind to those who are kind to us—the usual standard of friendly reciprocity.

Then are we not commanded to cultivate genuine fellowship and even a kinship with every human being on earth? Whom would you bar from your circle? We might deny ourselves a nearness to our Savior because of our prejudices of neighborhood or possessions or race—attitudes that Christ would surely condemn. Love has no boundary, no limitation of good will. -
David B. Haight, "Love All," Ensign (CR) October 1982

Young men are sowers. Young women are sowers. Who trains and guides these sowers? Who points out to them which is the right grain to place in the sower’s bag? Who teaches them how to place the sower’s bag on their shoulders? Who teaches the young sower going out into the field for the first time whether the season is right, or how far to scatter the seed? Hopefully, a caring father, a loving mother, teachers and quorums, or other loved ones will guide their footsteps. - David B. Haight, "Become a Star Thrower," Ensign (CR) October 1983

So I would say to all of you here this morning, I hope you could develop a strong feeling in your own families—and with you personally—about not wanting to become a weak link in the chain of your family and of your ancestors. I encourage you also to be a strong link for your posterity. Do not be the weak link. Wouldn’t that be a terrible thing to do? To think of that long chain and of all that work that needs to be done in the saving of souls and of the precious work that needs to be done, wouldn’t it be sad if you were the one who was the weak link that caused your descendants not to be able to be part of that strong linkage. - David B. Haight, "Be a Strong Link," Ensign (CR) November 2000

The Savior’s analogy of the lost sheep vividly portrays the concern he has for all, but especially those that might stray. The Savior’s mission is to try to save all. The shepherd leaves the ninety-and-nine pastured safely and goes into the mountains to seek that one that has strayed. “When he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.” (Luke 15:5–6.) Can’t you somehow feel the Savior’s concern to account for everyone. - David B. Haight, "Feed the Flock," Ensign (CR) May 1975

I testify that each of us, as followers of the Savior and members of his Church, can realize life while we live it, through service to our fellowman, devotion to our families, and adherence to the commandments of God. Shortly before he died, Sir Winston Churchill was invited to stand before the student body of a prestigious preparatory school in England. This was all that he had to say: "Never forsake the things that you know to be true. Never, never, never, never." May that blessing be ours. - David B. Haight, "A Light unto the World," p.153

The evidence is overwhelming and the need so critical for a strong bond of respect and admiration in our homes. The trend is growing more acute daily. Latter-day Saint parents must analyze the foundation on which their homes are being built, for the rains of evil are descending. Parents must prayerfully prepare for their particular family needs. - David B. Haight, “A Foundation Whereon Men Cannot Fall,” Ensign (CR) May 1972

In the hearts of all mankind, of whatever race or station in life, there are inexpressible longings for something they do not now possess. This longing is implanted by a concerned Creator.

A loving Heavenly Father’s design is that this longing of the human heart should lead to the One who alone can satisfy it—even Jesus of Nazareth, who was foreordained in the Grand Council before the earth was created. - David B. Haight, “Jesus of Nazareth,” Ensign (CR) May 1994

Brothers and sisters, live the commandments. Do what is right. Take advantage of this great opportunity in your life to live it well, to be good, to have good works, and to influence other people for good. The gospel is true. I hope that every day of my life I might be able to do some good and to encourage somebody to live a better life and to understand what has been restored to the earth. - David B. Haight, “Live the Commandments,” Ensign (CR) May 1998

Each of the ordinances of the Lord’s house bears witness “of Him who triumphed o’er the grave”—of the reality of His atonement and His resurrection. We are taught of immortality and eternal life, which are realities for us through His atonement. We are blessed by covenants and ordinances to prepare us to eventually reenter His divine presence. - David B.Haight, “Come to the House of the Lord,” Ensign (CR) April 1992

As covenant children of God, we have been promised that if we are faithful, we will prevail over the enemies of his work. By our faithfulness and righteousness, the evil influences of wicked and designing men and women will be subdued. - David B. Haight, “The Keys of the Kingdom,” Ensign (CR) October 1980

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

In Thornton Wilder's play Our Town, a young woman dies and discovers that she has the opportunity to live one day of her life over again. She chooses her twelfth birthday. When the day begins, her first reaction is an intense desire to savor every moment. "I can't look at everything hard enough," she says. Then to her sorrow she sees that the members of her family are not experiencing life with any of the intensity she felt. In desperation, she says to her mother (who cannot, of course, hear her), "Let's just sit and look at one another." And later she says, "Oh, earth, you're too wonderful for anybody to realize you. Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it?" - David B. Haight, “A Light unto the World,” p.153

We see the light of the gospel continuing to dawn like a gentle new day upon previous intolerable darkness. It continues to spread out into new frontiers, confirming the revelation to Joseph the Prophet that “the voice of the Lord is unto all men, and there is none to escape” (D&C 1:2) and all hearts shall be penetrated. – David B. Haight, “Our Lord and Savior,” Ensign (CR) May 1988

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