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"We have been assured that in this last dispensation of the fulness of times there will be no universal apostasy. When the Lo rd appears again in his glory, he will find a people who will have remained faithful and who will be ready to receive him and join with him in the completion of his work. But the fact that there will not be a complete apostasy in this last dispensation does not mean all who have received the gospel and become members of the Church will remain faithful. Prophetic references to our own day, in fact, seem to indicate that there will be many who have known the truth and have tasted of the Lord's goodness who will then allow themselves to be tempted away from the course the Lord has marked out for them." ‚€” Dean L. Larson, "Likening The Scriptures Unto Us," BYU Speeches of the Year, 3 Feb 1991

"Prayer as a means of changing the hearts of national leaders? Of course! We cannot underestimate the power that is opened to us when all of us-in family prayers, in private prayers, in our meetings-combine our faith to plead with the Lord to help bring about righteous purposes here on earth. In fact, the Book of Mormon contains eloquent testimony of the power of prayer to open wide the doors that seem irrevocably locked." - Dean L. Larsen, "Prayer: The Missionary Tool in Everyone's Hands," Ensign, Oct. 1977, p. 38

"It seems, then, that the Lord uses the faith of his righteous children as a vehicle by which he accomplishes much of his work. This principle cannot be reduced to a simple equation; nevertheless, it is interesting to observe how the Lord responds to faith and how miraculous powers are brought to bear as the Lord's people exercise their faith in righteousness." - Dean L. Larsen, "Prayer: The Missionary Tool in Everyone's Hands," Ensign, Oct. 1977, p. 38

"When we can look outside ourselves with the same intensity of concern and desire that Enos did and offer up prayers of faith on behalf of brothers and sisters in nations now closed to us, then perhaps the doors will be opened-even by miraculous means, if necessary." - Dean L. Larsen, "Prayer: The Missionary Tool in Everyone's Hands," Ensign, October 1977, p. 38

As we contemplate the challenge of living faithful, happy, fulfilling lives in the "perilous times" spoken of by the Apostle Paul (see 2 Tim. 3:1), we must draw upon all of the spiritual powers available to us. The temple is a principal source for the renewal of these powers. Heavenly Father will not fail in his promises to us if we do all that we can do to keep open the conduit of spiritual strength that is available to us. The temple will play an increasingly important role in this regard. - Dean L. Larsen, "The Importance of the Temple for Living Members," Ensign, Apr. 1993, p. 12

"If righteousness is judged primarily by the degree to which one responds to programmed activity, then a condition develops within which opportunities for progress decline. The resulting tragedy affects the mortal potential of man and has a profound effect on his eternal possibilities as well.

"Programmed behavior cannot produce the level of spiritual development required to qualify one for eternal life. A necessary range of freedom and self-determination is essential to one's spiritual development. With an understanding of correct principles and an intrinsic desire to apply them, one must be motivated within himself to do many good things of his own free will; for, as the revelation says, the power is in him wherein he is an agent unto himself (see D&C 58:27-28)." - Dean L. Larsen, "Self-Accountability and Human Progress," Ensign, May 1980, p. 77

"The Lord has made it clear that each of us has a responsibility to exert an influence for good in the lives of those who share this mortal experience with us. We cannot live in isolation from others and still fulfill the purpose of our existence. Our actions, our words, our thoughts, and our values will inevitably affect the souls of those whose lives brush against ours. If fact, the Lord himself said that this influence may continue to reverberate long after we have departed, even to the ensuing generations. (See Mosiah 13:13.) This is an awesome prospect. When we contemplate the power we have for perpetrating both good and evil in the lives of others, we have good reason to search for careful understanding of this power." - Dean L. Larsen, "Let Your Light So Shine," Ensign, Sept. 1981, 21

"From a careful review of the Lord's own methods in teaching and influencing others, it appears that he has always been greatly concerned about helping people to become accountable. His teaching is designed to give both knowledge and understanding. He has set a perfect example. And he has always honored the agency of men. When it has been necessary for him to reprove and correct, he has done so openly and directly, but always with the intent to help and to lift‚€”never to bring honor or attention to himself, nor to bring lock-step, blind obedience to his will. The Lord does not exercise unrighteous dominion.

"Following this pattern, it would seem that we must use every opportunity that comes to us to share with others the truths we have about life and its purpose. The Lord's charge to Ezekiel that we referred to earlier is evidence of this. Additionally, we must continue to encourage and guide and assist with patience and meekness, not to serve our own needs nor our own objectives, but with an eye single to the glory of the Lord and the blessing of his children." - Dean L. Larsen, "Let Your Light So Shine," Ensign, Sept. 1981, 24

"It is not enough for us to know what is right and to believe it is good. We must be willing to stand up and be counted. We must be willing to act in accordance with what we believe under all circumstances. It is of little value for us to believe one way if we behave contrary to that belief in our private actions or in our public performance." - Dean L. Larsen, "Faith, Courage, and Making Choices," Ensign (CR), November 1978, p.34

You have come to the earth when the foundation has been laid for this great work. The gospel has been restored for the last time. The Church has been established in almost every part of the world. The stage is set for the final dramatic scenes to be enacted. You will be the principal players. You are among the last laborers in the vineyard. This is the yoke that is set upon your necks. This is the service for which you are chosen. - Dean L. Larsen, "A Royal Generation," Ensign (CR), May 1983, p. 33

The Savior attempted to impress his questioners with the fact that the real power in the kingdom of God is not represented in outwardly observable things. Its strength is in the quality of the lives of its members. It is in the depth of their purity, their charity, their faith, their integrity, and their devotion to truth. This great lesson escaped the perception of the Pharisees. It has significance for us today. - Dean L. Larsen, "The Strength of the Kingdom Is Within," Ensign (CR) October 1981

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

In today's complicated world with its diversity of demands and sometimes distracting voices, it is so important for us to keep our eyes upon the basic things that matter most and that will have the greatest eternal consequence for us. - Dean L. Larson, "Looking beyond the Mark," Ensign (CR) November 1987

In this time of impressive Church growth, it is well for us to look within our own souls to assess our individual spiritual vital signs. Too frequently Latter-day Saints of all ages yield to the temptation to explore and sample forbidden things of the world. Often this is not done with the intent to embrace these things permanently, but with the knowing decision to indulge in them momentarily, as though they hold a value of some kind too important or too exciting to pass by. While some recover from these excursions, an increasingly large number of tragedies occur that bring a blight and a despair into many lives. - Dean L. Larsen, "The Strength of the Kingdom Is Within," Ensign (CR), November 1981, p.25

In this difficult environment we will be expected to steer our own course in an upward direction. As President Kimball has warned us, it will neither be acceptable nor safe to remain on the plateaus where our present conduct has kept us. Abrupt downward forces, represented by increasing wickedness in the world, can only be offset by forces that move correspondingly upward. Our lives must be better than they have ever been before. - Dean L. Larson, “A Royal Generation,” Ensign (CR) April 1983

When we understand what is right and what is wrong, we are in a position to exercise our freedom in making choices. In so doing, we must stand accountable for our decisions, and we cannot escape the inevitable consequences of these choices. Such freedom to exercise moral agency is essential in an environment where people have the highest prospects for progress and development. - Dean L. Larson, “Self-Accountability and Human Progress,” Ensign (CR) April 1980

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