The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Doctrine

"We should become thoroughly acquainted with the doctrines of daily life, of honesty, of integrity, of virtue; labor with all earnestness and faithfulness to build up the Kingdom of God, and vie with each other in seeking to accomplish the purposes of the Lord; not waste our time in speculation, in unsound and questionable doctrine, or in any foolish and unprofitable contention or argument.  Let us entertain correct doctrine--doctrine that will recommend itself to the hearts of the Latter-day Saints, and which we have proved to be right and acceptable to 
the Lord." 

Elder Francis M. Lyman 
"Collected Discourses," Vol.1, May 19, 1889 

"We should follow Paul's counsel to the Ephesians: 'Be no more... tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine.' The winds of false doctrine that are blowing today both outside and a few within the Church are far more dangerous to the ultimate salvation of mankind than are earthquakes, hurricanes, typhoons, volcanic eruptions, and other natural disasters. These winds can uproot people if their roots are not firmly anchored to the Rock of our salvation, which is the teachings and the gospel of Jesus Christ." 

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin 
"Deep Roots" 
General Conference, October 1994 

"One's intentions may be of the purest kind. The sincerity may be total and complete. Nevertheless, pure intentions and heartfelt sincerity do not give members of the Church authority to declare doctrine which is not sustained by the living prophets. While we are members of the Church, we are not authorized to publicly declare our speculations as doctrine nor to extend doctrinal positions to other conclusions based upon the reasoning of men and women, even by the brightest and most well-read among us.  The prophets are not only called to receive the doctrine and direct the ordinances through the keys they hold. They are also responsible to keep the saving doctrine pure so that people can hear and feel that doctrine in its sure and certain form." 

Elder L. Aldin Porter  
"Ensign," Nov. 1994, page 63 

"We live in the midst of a swirling storm of sin. The rains of evil and the winds of false doctrine and the floods of carnality beat upon every house.... If we are founded upon a rock, the gates of hell shall not prevail against us. As long as we remain in our house of faith, we shall be preserved when the rains of evil fall, when the winds of false doctrine blow, and when the floods of carnality beat upon us." 

Elder Bruce R. McConkie 
"Upon This Rock" 
General Conference, April 1981 

"'Do you,' President Young asked, 'think that people will obey the truth  because it is true unless they love it?  No, they will not.' (JD 7,  [June 7, 1858].)  Thus knowing gospel truths and doctrines is profoundly  important, but we must also come to love them.  When we love them, they  will move us and help our desires and outward works to become more  holy." 

Elder Neal A. Maxwell 
General Conference, October 1996

"A religious doctrine, to mean something to anyone, must have the solid foundation of being true. If it is built on myth, superstition, supposition, imagination, or on the commandments of men, it will not have substance. We may be concerned today with the decline of morality and integrity in our modern society, but when the ideas of faith become principles without works instead of a living fountain, when religion is only membership in a church for status purposes, what else can be expected? It is time for all mankind to ask of God, since he is our Creator, 'What do you require of us?' The answer to that question has been given. Jesus taught what his Father taught—that 'all men... must repent, or they can in nowise inherit the kingdom of God, for no unclean thing can dwell there.' (Moses 6:57.) He taught the plan of salvation and encouraged mankind to 'Come, follow me.' (Luke 18:22.) He said, 'My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.' (John 7:16)" - John H. Vandenberg, "To Cleanse Our Souls," Ensign (CR), November 1975, p.42

“What seems to help cement parental teachings and values in place in children's lives is a firm belief in Deity. When this belief becomes part of their very souls, they have inner strength. So, of all that is important to be taught, what should parents teach? The scriptures tell us that parents are to teach their children ‘faith in Christ the Son of the living God, and of baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost,’ and ‘the doctrine of repentance.’ (D&C 68:25.) These truths must be taught in the home. They cannot be taught in the public schools, nor will they be fostered by the government or by society. Of course, Church programs can help, but the most effective teaching takes place in the home." - James E. Faust, “The Greatest Challenge in the World—Good Parenting,” Ensign (CR), November 1990, p. 32

The word of God is the doctrine taught by Jesus Christ and by His prophets. Alma knew that words of doctrine had great power. They can open the minds of people to see spiritual things not visible to the natural eye. And they can open the heart to feelings of the love of God and a love for truth. - Henry B. Eyring, “The Power of Teaching Doctrine,” Ensign (CR) May 1999

Enhancing our exposure to doctrine and its principles will make us priesthood holders with deep-rooted gospel values. We will be better prepared to face the tremors that will come without warning, when least expected. As priesthood holders, we will feel the promise made to the prophet Jeremiah extended to us: “For, behold, I have made thee this day a defenced city, and an iron pillar, and brasen walls against the whole land” (Jeremiah 1:18). - Walter F. González, “Today Is the Time,” Ensign (CR) October 2007

The challenge of evil with its inevitable confusion tends to make the relevance of Christ's life and message more apparent and the application of his divine teachings more urgent. - Hugh B. Brown, Conference Report, April 1959, Afternoon Meeting, p. 112

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