The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Elaine Cannon

"Spiritual maturity is understanding that we cannot blame anybody else for our actions. Some factors may make it harder for us to perform according to God’s plan for us, but being accountable for how we use our agency means being answerable for our own behavior." — Elaine Cannon, "Agency and Accountability," "Ensign," Nov. 1983, p. 88–89

"In stormy seasons it helps immensely to read the scriptures reverently and prayerfully, pondering them for understanding. It helps in times of calmness to read with thanksgiving for blessings and peace. As you read, the plain and precious truths become known to you, mysteries unfold, wisdom floods your being." — Elaine Cannon, "Adversity," [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1987], p. 127

"'Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God,'" said Jesus to his Apostles shortly before he picked up the cross to walk to his crucifixion. Then he prayed for them--out loud--so that they could hear him. 'This is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou has sent.' (John 14:117:3.) These promises from God can comfort and sustain us through any kind of demand upon our soul. When we turn to God in prayer--with a needful spirit and a contrite heart and a desire to learn, we will feel the Spirit, the healing." - Elaine Cannon, "Adversity," [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1987], p. 51

We are tested to see if God can trust us. We are tested that we may gain experience and be far more compassionate and effective in helping others, in doing the work of the Lord. We are tested that we may draw close to God and know that he is. - Elaine Cannon, “Adversity,” p. 120

We must raise up a generation that is prepared to make wise choices, to stand and to withstand. We must raise up people who will desire to make the holy covenants and keep them, and learn the word of God and share it. - Elaine A. Cannon, "A Generation Prepared to Make Wise Choices," Ensign (CR) May 1984

A special friend of mine was left with the burden of being a single parent, not by her choice. One day she was particularly desperate for help. She was very much in need of comfort and direction. And yet she felt so alone: her parents were away on a mission, the bishop was busy, her home teacher was out of town. And finally, tear weary, she turned to the scriptures and read the beloved words "Draw near unto me and I will draw near unto you." (D&C 88:63.) Here she found her answer. She prayed and she was helped. It was wonderful. It worked! - Elaine Cannon, “Reach for Joy,” Ensign (CR), May 1982, p.95

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