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"In the genius of the gospel plan, there ultimately only has to be one witness, but that witness must be you. The testimony of others may initiate and nourish the desire for faith and testimony, but eventually every individual must find out for himself. None can permanently endure on borrowed light.
"The restored gospel is not truer today than when a solitary boy walked out of the Sacred Grove in 1820. Truth has never been dependent on the number who embrace it. When Joseph left the grove, there was only one man on earth who knew the truth about God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. It is necessary, however, that each find out for himself and carry that burning testimony into the next life." - Douglas L. Callister, "Knowing What We Know," General Conference, 7 October 2007
"A spiritual-minded man is observant of the beauty in the world around him. As the earth was organized, the Lord saw that 'it was good.' Then, 'It was very good.' (Gen. 1:4, 31.) It pleases our Father in Heaven when we, also, pause to note the beauty of our environment, which we will naturally do as we become more spiritually sensitive. Our awareness of grand music, literature, and sublime art is often a natural product of spiritual maturity. In poetic allusion to the theophany of Moses and the burning bush, Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote, 'Earth's crammed with heaven, And every common bush afire with God; And only he who sees takes off his shoes.' (In John Bartlett, "Familiar Quotations," 11th ed. (1937), 4)" - Douglas L. Callister, "Seeking the Spirit of God," Ensign (CR), November 2000, p.30
As an evidence of increased spirituality we become more selective in what we read. J. Reuben Clark said, “My rule now is, never read anything that is not worth remembering.” Thomas Jefferson always read something ennobling just before he retired, “whereon to ruminate in the intervals of sleep.” - Douglas L. Callister, “Seeking the Spirit of God,” Ensign (CR) October 2000
In the genius of the gospel plan, there ultimately only has to be one witness, but that witness must be you. The testimony of others may initiate and nourish the desire for faith and testimony, but eventually every individual must find out for himself. None can permanently endure on borrowed light. - Douglas L. Callister, "Knowing That We Know,” Ensign (CR) October 2007
As we seek the Spirit, our scripture reading becomes more reflective. We rediscover the virtue of slow reading. There is more reading aloud as, perhaps, the scriptures were meant to be read. Brigham Young said: "All I have to do is … keep my spirit, feelings and conscience like a sheet of blank paper, and let the spirit and power of God write upon it what he pleases. When he writes, I will read; but if I read before he writes, I am very likely to be wrong.” - Douglas L. Callister, "Seeking the Spirit of God," Ensign (CR), November 2000, p.30
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