You can participate in this glorious endeavor to bring the gospel to all mankind. You can live the principles of the gospel. The Lord expects this of us. The Apostle Paul commended, "Be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity" (1 Timothy 4:12). We are grateful that members of the Church for the most part are striving to live the gospel and dealing justly with their fellowmen. — Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p.338
An example of faith was … demonstrated by President David O. McKay when he requested the prayers of his counselors and the Council of the Twelve just before departing on a very important mission where he felt the need of divine assistance. Said President McKay: "Brethren, you pray for me, and I will so live that the Lord will answer your prayers through me." This suggested to us that we, too, must so live that the Lord would hear and answer our prayers in behalf of President McKay. He pledged that he would so live to obtain the blessings of the Lord as a result of these petitions on his behalf. — Delbert L. Stapley, BYU Speeches, May 5, 1964
And finally the father is to be an example of the highest Christian virtues. To walk uprightly in the admonition of the Lord requires not only patience and forebearance, but an exercise in constant practice of all the Christian virtues by each family member. Perhaps the Lord knew this when he instituted the family. A man needs the responsibility of a wife and family. He needs the responsibility of being an example of righteousness. There is wisdom in this requirement. This kind of gentle persuasion is needed to keep a father "on course" and gently guide him toward perfection. — President A. Theodore Tuttle, General Conference, October 1973
Jesus' life was the perfect example of dedication and sacrifice. He had no silver or gold to give, but he gave faith to his disciples, health to the sick, and hope to the discouraged. His life was in every respect a sacrifice for all.… Joseph Smith's life was another great example of dedication and sacrifice. While in Liberty Jail the word of the Lord came to him: ". . . if thou shouldst be cast into the pit, or into the hands of murderers, and the sentence of death passed upon thee; . . . know thou, my son, that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good." (D&C 122:7.) — Franklin D. Richards, General Conference, April 1967
As an example of service I give you the following: The Tabernacle choir began to sing over a national radio network a little more than four years ago; their program is now considered to be the outstanding radio program in the world. Why? Because they receive no other compensation for their work than the joy of service. There are 273 members, they rehearse Thursday nights, sing over the Columbia broadcasting network each Sunday morning, and for the regular Church service Sunday afternoon each week. This requires them to make three trips to the tabernacle and three home each week, a personal outlay for each, of 50 cents a week for car fare. Their average attendance is 63.56 per cent. Each Sunday they are heard from more than 80 stations with combined facilities valued in millions. The commercial value of each program period is about $10,000.00, and of the full period they have been on the air $2,500,000.00. Each Sunday they are heard not only in the United States but also in Europe where the program is relayed by short wave length, those living on the isles of the sea eagerly look forward to it. All this because of the devotion of these singers which finds expression in their faithful attendance and in song and the sweet organ music mellowed by a divine providence. — David A. Smith, General Conference, October 1933
It is interesting to me that Jesus chose a Samaritan as an example of love unfeigned for the Pharisees. They were so remarkable for their observance of the letter of the law that this teaching must have caused at least some of them to see in new ways and with new spirit the freedom to love that Christ was offering them. That is the challenge for us — to allow Christ's teachings, magnified by the Holy Spirit, to guide us to his ways of seeing and being. — Sister Aileen H. Clyde, General Conference, October 1991
The Only Begotten Son of our Father, our Savior Jesus Christ, spent His earthly ministry showing us how to love, bless, and teach all of the family of God. He taught us that not one soul should be lost. We should follow His example in loving and blessing our families and doing all we can to see that not one soul is lost. — President Patricia P. Pinegar, General Conference, April 1997
Daniel was an example of courage. As a youth he was taken into Babylon to be trained by King Nebuchadnezzar. At their peril, he and his three Hebrew companions refused to break their word of wisdom. They refused to eat the rich foods and other foods that were not good for them. (See Dan. 15-16.) Later, Daniel further demonstrated his courage by advising two kings of interpretations the Lord had revealed to him, Daniel, of manifestations which the kings had received, manifestations which portended evil for them. Daniel told the first king that he would lose his mind, and become like a beast of the field, eating grass as an ox. He told the second king that he would be cut down from the pinnacle of power. (See Dan. 2:36-45; 4:24-27; 5:26-29.) So advising these absolute monarchs evidenced great courage in this young man Daniel. He evidenced superb courage of another kind when, in defiance of the king's edict, he chose to be thrown into the lions' den rather than neglect to pray to his Father in Heaven. (See Dan. 6:7-23.) — President Marion G. Romney, General Conference, April 1978
"We ought to say in our hearts let God judge between me and thee, but as for me I will forgive." That means to say in our hearts, not just lip service. We must be willing to forgive and forget. Most of us have a natural ability to forget, especially the things we are supposed to remember. Most of us work diligently to increase our power to remember. However, in forgiving, we should increase or attempt to increase and work diligently to increase our power to forget. Peter asked Jesus: "Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? "Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, until seventy times seven." (Matt. 18:21-22.) The Lord also said: "But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you." (Ibid., 5:44.) When the adulteress was brought before Christ to be stoned, according to the law, he said: "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her." They all then slipped away, leaving the woman alone with Jesus. No accusers left, Jesus said, "Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more." Thus giving the woman the opportunity to repent and be forgiven. (John 8:6-11.) Then, finally, in his agony on the cross, showing the supreme example of forgiveness, he cried out to his Father in heaven: "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." (Luke 23:34.) — Elder Eldred G. Smith, General Conference, April 1961
"Yes, the question is, do our outward devotions translate into a Christlike life? It is not enough that we just talk of Christ, preach of Christ, or even prophesy of Christ (see 2 Ne. 25:26). We must live of Christ, for it is by our own personal, everyday living that the Savior will determine whether we are one of His true disciples, a friend." - Richard C. Edgley, "A Disciple, a Friend," Ensign, May 1998, p. 13
"What better teaching could a parent provide for a child than that of following the prophets and building a sure foundation upon Jesus Christ? The Book of Mormon prophet Jacob instructed that once they have been taught and 'obtained a hope in Christ,' we may then teach them how to earn riches so that they can use them 'to clothe the naked, and to feed the hungry.' (Jacob 2:18-19.) We must teach them all that they must do to live with Him, and the best teacher is example." - Dallas N. Archibald, "Born of Goodly Parents," Ensign, Nov. 1992, p. 26
"He calls you and me to serve Him here below and sets us to the task He would have us fulfill. The commitment is total. There is no conflict of conscience. As we follow that Man of Galilee-even the Lord Jesus Christ-our personal influence will be felt for good wherever we are, whatever our callings." - Thomas S. Monson, "Your Personal Influence," General Conference, April 2004
"Upon our shoulders lies the responsibility to keep the faith through our own generation. This 'ball' is now in our court! We of modern Israel are destined to be 'a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation' (Ex. 19:6). We know that we are children of the covenant (see Acts 3:25; 3 Ne. 20:25-26). We are remnants of the seed now to be gathered and gleaned into God's eternal garners (see Alma 26:5)." - Russell M. Nelson, "The Exodus Repeated," Ensign, July 1999, p. 13
"While his enemies gained power through fraud and deceit, Moroni empowered the Nephites by teaching them to be faithful to God (see Alma 48:7). How do we, like Captain Moroni, create places of security for those around us in these sometimes frightening and perilous times? We can begin by following the admonition found in 1 Timothy 4:12 [1 Tim. 4:12]: 'Be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.'" - Virginia U. Jensen, "Creating Places of Security," Ensign, November 1997, p. 90
"Ye are the light of the world; a city set upon a hill" (see Matt. 5:14). What does that mean? Well, a commentary on this scripture says: 'The disciples are to be the light of the world, being the representatives of Him who is the world's true Light. They are to enlighten it as its teachers, and also by the examples of their lives. They are contemplated not as individuals but as a visible society, or Church. The old city set on a hill was Jerusalem. This was shortly to be trodden under the foot of men as having lost its savour.' (J. R. Dummelow, ed., A Commentary on the Holy Bible [New York: Macmillan, 1936], p. 641.)
"Just so today, any Latter-day Saint in Church circles, in military service, in social life, or in the business community is looked upon not just as an individual, but as the visible Church today. Someone has said: 'Be careful how you act, because you may be the only standard Church work some people may ever read.'"
"The Teachings of Harold B. Lee," edited by Clyde J. Williams [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1996], p. 588
"If we as a people will walk with integrity, will be honest and moral in our actions, will put into our lives the simple and basic and wonderful principle of the Golden Rule, others will be led to inquire and learn. We shall become as a city set upon a hill whose light cannot be hid. (See Matt. 5:14.) We shall witness an ever-growing fulfillment of the promise of Isaiah: 'And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths.' (Isa. 2:3.)" - Gordon B. Hinckley, “Five Million Members—A Milestone and Not a Summit,” Ensign, May 1982, p. 45
"Each of us possesses an inner light, the light of Christ (see Moro. 7:16-19). We can affect the brightness of that light by our thoughts and actions. There is a strong suggestion in Matthew 5:16 [Matt. 5:16] that we, by controlling our thoughts and actions, can choose how we affect the lives of those around us." - LeGrand R. Curtis, "Perfection: A Daily Process," Ensign, July 1995, p. 30
"I believe The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can save the world if its members will live as saints of God should. Each time we let down in living gospel principles, someone is sure to observe our conduct and form an unfavorable opinion about us and the spiritual values of the Church. Our faithfulness gives meaning to the doctrines we teach. The Savior emphasized this statement by saying: 'Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.' (Matt. 5:16.)" - Elder Delbert L. Stapley, "Our Responsibility: To Save the World," Ensign, December 1971, p. 95
"If we are to fulfill the Lord's command to open the windows of heaven to all of our brothers and sisters, we must prepare to teach the gospel. With study of the scriptures, fasting, and prayer, we fortify our testimonies. We cultivate Christlike attributes of 'faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, brotherly kindness, godliness, charity, humility, [and] diligence.' (D&C 4:6.) Through exemplary obedience, we can 'let [our] light so shine before men, that they may see [our] good works, and glorify [our] Father which is in heaven.' (Matt. 5:16.) By keeping the commandments, we can light our gospel candle and put it 'on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.' (Matt. 5:15; emphasis added.)" - Joseph B. Wirthlin, "Windows of Light and Truth," Ensign, November 1995, p. 76
"When the Lord used the expression 'savor of men,' he was speaking of those who represent him. He was referring to those who have repented, who have been washed clean in the waters of baptism, and who have covenanted to take upon them his name and his cause. Moreover, he was speaking of those who would share by covenant his priesthood power. He was speaking of you and me.
"A world-renowned chemist told me that salt will not lose its savor with age. Savor is lost through mixture and contamination. Similarly, priesthood power does not dissipate with age; it, too, is lost through mixture and contamination....
"Flavor and quality flee a man when he contaminates his mind with unclean thoughts, desecrates his mouth by speaking less than the truth, and misapplies his strength in performing evil acts. King Benjamin cautioned, 'Watch yourselves, and your thoughts, and your words, and your deeds, and observe the commandments of God' (Mosiah 4:30)." - Carlos E. Asay, "Salt of the Earth: Savor of Men and Saviors of Men," Ensign, May 1980, p. 42
"Jesus, our Savior, was born in the lowliest of circumstances. For his baptism he was immersed in the lowest body of fresh water upon the planet. In service and suffering, he also 'descended below' all things (D&C 122:8), that he could rise above all things. Near the end of his life, he triumphantly declared, 'I have overcome the world.' (John 16:33.) 'Look unto me, and endure to the end, and ye shall live; for unto him that endureth to the end will I give eternal life.' (3 Ne. 15:9.) Scriptures tutor us at least twenty-six times** to endure to the end to attain eternal life. Then we will obtain a resurrected body—one that is incorruptible, glorified, and prepared to live in the presence of God.
"To reach your highest destiny, emulate the Savior. He proclaimed, 'What manner of men ought ye to be?... Even as I am.' (3 Ne. 27:27.) Our loftiest hope is to grow in spirit and attain 'the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children.' (Eph. 4:13–14.)" - Russell M. Nelson, "Self-Mastery," Ensign, Nov. 1985, 32
**Matt. 10:22; Matt. 24:13; Mark 13:13; 1 Ne. 13:37; 1 Ne. 22:31; 2 Ne. 9:24; 2 Ne. 31:15–16, 20; 2 Ne. 33:4; Omni 1:26; Alma 32:13, 15; Alma 38:2; 3 Ne. 15:9; 3 Ne. 27:6, 16–17; Morm. 9:29; Moro. 8:26; D&C 10:69; D&C 14:7; D&C 18:22; D&C 20:25; D&C 20:29; D&C 53:7.
"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
"Look to the Church and its leaders for counsel and direction. We have only one desire, and that is that you be happy, that your lives be challenging and satisfying, that you be saved from pitfalls of evil which could destroy you, that you will be the kind of people who will carry high the torch of eternal truth and hand it on to the generation which will succeed you.
"The truths of this gospel are everlasting and eternal. Philosophies change. Customs change. Culture changes. But with all of these changes, there are gospel fundamentals that have never changed and never will change." - Gordon B. Hinckley, "Stand True and Faithful," Ensign (CR), May 1996, p.91
"Since man's first advent on earth, God has been urging him to rise above the selfish, groveling life of the purely animal existence into the higher, more spiritual realm. After several thousand years of struggling, mankind even now but dimly recognizes the fact that the greatest of the world's leaders are those who most nearly approach the teachings of the Man of Galilee. This is psychologically sound, because the thoughts a man harbors determine the realm in which he serves. 'Be not deceived,' writes Paul to the Galatians, 'God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.' (Galatians 6:7-8.)" - David O. McKay, Conference Report, April 1951, Morning Session, p.96
"'My life is my message,' said Mahatma Gandhi. It is so with each of us. The impressions of what we are and do and feel and believe and live and teach are carried over to our children. If we depart from principles, may we reasonably expect our children not to depart?" - Richard L. Evans, Conference Report, April 1969, Afternoon Meeting, p.75
"We must always remember that though we are in the world, we must not be part of it. We just cannot follow the ways of the world. We must dare to be different. We must not be influenced by those who would call us peculiar. The Lord said to the children of Israel:
"'For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God, and the Lord hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.' (Deut. 14:2.)" - N. Eldon Tanner, "Ready to Work Long Hours," Ensign (CR), November 1976, p.73
"'Agree with thine adversary' (Matt. 5:25).
"'Love your enemies' (Matt. 5:44).
"'Judge not' (Matt. 7:1).
"'Love thy neighbour as thyself' (Matt. 22:39).
"'Condemn not' (Luke 6:37).
"'Forgive' (Luke 6:37).
"'Love one another' (John 13:34).
"Those are but a few of the scriptural instructions clearly indicating that Gods peace is not to be hoarded. Rather, it is to be shared liberally with our families, our friends, and our communities. It is to be shared with the Church as well as those who are not members of our Church. While those around us may not choose to taste the sweetness and peace of the fulness of the restored gospel for themselves, surely they will be blessed by seeing it in our lives and feeling the peace of the gospel in our presence. The message of peace will grow and expand through our example." - M. Russell Ballard, "The Peaceable Things of the Kingdom," Ensign (CR), May 2002, p.87
"It is one thing to talk about the gospel, but it is quite another to live it. It is one thing to preach about Christ, but it is another to follow in his footsteps.
"When the gospel is incorporated in the life of each one of us, it molds our decisions and determines our actions. We become models and examples who can teach others the path to follow leading to life eternal only when we live the principles of the gospel.
"In the great mission to which we have been called, to be saviors of men, may we follow the admonition of the Lord:
"'Verily I say unto you all: Arise and shine forth, that thy light may be a standard for the nations.' (D&C 115:5.)" - Angel Abrea, "The Sure Sound of the Trumpet," Ensign (CR), May 1984, p.70
"Standing as a witness in all things means all things—big things, little things, in all conversations, in jokes, in games played and books read and music listened to, in causes supported, in service rendered, in clothes worn, in friends made." - Margaret D. Nadauld, "Stand as a Witness," Ensign (CR), May 2000, p.93
"There is one responsibility that no man can evade. That is the responsibility of personal influence. The effect of your words and acts is tremendous in this world. Every moment of life you are changing to a degree the life of the whole world. Every man has an atmosphere or a radiation that is affecting every person in the world. You cannot escape it. Into the hands of every individual is given a marvelous power for good or for evil. It is simply the constant radiation of what a man really is. Every man by his mere living is radiating positive or negative qualities. Life is a state of radiation. To exist is to be the radiation of our feelings, natures, doubts, schemes, or to be the recipient of those things from somebody else. You cannot escape it. Man cannot escape for one moment the radiation of his character. You will select the qualities that you will permit to be radiated." - David O. McKay, Conference Report, October 1969, General Priesthood Meeting, p.87
"Growing up on Long Island, in New York, I understood how vital light was to those traveling in the darkness on the open sea. How dangerous is a fallen lighthouse! How devastating is a lighthouse whose light has failed!
"We who have the gift of the Holy Ghost must be true to its promptings so we can be a light to others.
"'Let your light so shine before men,' said the Lord, 'that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.' (Matt. 5:15-16.)
"We never know who may be depending on us. And, as the Savior said, 'we know not but what they will return and repent, and come unto me with full purpose of heart, and I shall heal them; and ye shall be the means of bringing salvation unto them.' (3 Ne. 18:32.)" - Robert D. Hales, "Out of Darkness into His Marvelous Light," Ensign (CR), May 2002, p.69
"Commensurate with our present condition of happiness and advancement, as a result of the blessings of the Lord upon us, we may expect to find opposition in the minds of the people of the world. It has been the history of this people from the first that as they advanced in faith and power through their obedience to the principles of the Gospel our enemies have increased in their endeavors to put down the truth and stay the progress of this work. I speak of this as a matter of history, not to throw any blame upon any individual. We know, my brethren and sisters, that the powers of evil are upon the face of the land today, as they have been ever since the organization of the Church; and they have been more manifest as the people have grown in faith and power. I saw not long ago a play represented, and in it was the character of Satan. He said, 'I rule the earth; my power is everywhere.' I thought within my own heart, how true that is, in a sense; but on further reflection I was led to exclaim in my heart, 'And the power of God is everywhere also." The same thought brought to my remembrance the sentence that "God and one good man are a majority.'" - Seymour B. Young, "Conference Report," April 1903, First Day—Morning Session, p.97
"By choosing to be in His kingdom, we separate—not isolate—ourselves from the world. Our dress will be modest, our thoughts pure, our language clean. The movies and television we watch, the music we listen to, the books, magazines, and newspapers we read will be uplifting. We will choose friends who encourage our eternal goals, and we will treat others with kindness. We will shun the vices of immorality, gambling, tobacco, liquor, and illicit drugs. Our Sunday activities will reflect the commandment of God to remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy. We will follow the example of Jesus Christ in the way we treat others. We will live to be worthy to enter the house of the Lord." - Robert D. Hales, "The Covenant of Baptism: To Be in the Kingdom and of the Kingdom," Ensign (CR), November 2000, p.6
"Our culture tends to determine what foods we like, how we dress, what constitutes polite behavior, what sports we should follow, what our taste in music should be, the importance of education, and our attitudes toward honesty. It also influences men as to the importance of recreation or religion, influences women about the priority of career or childbearing, and has a powerful effect on how we approach procreation and moral issues. All too often, we are like puppets on a string, as our culture determines what is 'cool.'
"There is, of course, a zeitgeist to which we should pay attention, and that is the ethos of the Lord, the culture of the people of God. As Peter states it, 'But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light' (1 Peter 2:9).
"It is the ethos of those who keep the Lord's commandments, walk in His ways, and 'live by every word that proceedeth forth from the mouth of God' (D&C 84:44). If that makes us peculiar, so be it." - David R. Stone, "Zion in the Midst of Babylon," CR April 2006
"We really don't know how much good we can do until we put forth the effort. Our testimonies can penetrate the hearts of others and can bring to them the blessings which will prevail in this troubled world and which will guide them to exaltation." - Thomas S. Monson, "Pioneers All," Ensign (CR), May 1997, p.93
"At the end of the day, our belief in Christ will best be reflected to others by the extent to which we practice what we preach. Elder Neal A. Maxwell has reminded us: 'Overall, the perception of us as a Church and people will improve in direct proportion to the degree to which we mirror the Master in our lives. No media effort can do as much good—over the sweep of time—as can believing, behaving, and serving members of the Church! The eloquence of such examples will be felt and seen in any culture or community.' (Address to Area Office Public Communications Directors, April 9, 1985.) " - Alexander B. Morrison, "Feed My Sheep: Leadership Ideas for Latter-day Shepherds," p.134-135
"Example is often the best teacher. Who in your family could benefit from your example—a brother, a sister, your mom or dad?" - Mary N. Cook, "Strengthen Home and Family," General Conference, 6 October 2007
"May we always remember and acknowledge that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Savior of the world, came and gave his life for you and me, and accept his teachings as the way of life and salvation, and be prepared to so live that we may be found worthy of his sacrifice as we prepare ourselves to enjoy immortality and eternal life. As we do this, we will bring glory to his name and salvation to ourselves." - N. Eldon Tanner, "The Importance of Prayer," Ensign (CR), May 1974, p.50
"Ever since the Salt Lake Temple was dedicated, we have interpreted that scripture from Isaiah, repeated again in Micah (see Micah 4:1-2), as applying to this sacred house of the Lord. And of this place, since the day of its dedication, an ever-increasing number from across the world have said in effect, 'Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, that He might teach us of His ways, that we might walk in His paths.'
"I believe and testify that it is the mission of this Church to stand as an ensign to the nations and a light to the world. We have had placed upon us a great, all-encompassing mandate from which we cannot shrink nor turn aside. We accept that mandate and are determined to fulfill it, and with the help of God we shall do it." - Gordon B. Hinckley, "An Ensign to the Nations, a Light to the World," Ensign (CR), November 2003, p.82
"My brothers and sisters, in this marvelous dispensation of the fulness of times, as we journey through mortality and face the trials and challenges of the future, may we remember the examples of these models to follow which I have referred to this morning. May we have the unfeigned humility of John the Baptist, the unquestioning obedience of Abraham, the unlimited patience of Job, the unwavering faith of Noah, the undeviating loyalty of Ruth, the unflagging determination of Nephi, the undaunted courage of the Prophet Joseph Smith, and the unfailing optimism of President Hinckley. Such will be as a fortress of strength to us throughout our lives." - Thomas S. Monson, "Models to Follow," Ensign (CR), November 2002, p.60
"Fathers, grandfathers, are we reading to our sons and grandsons the word of the Lord? Returned missionaries, do your messages and your lives inspire others to stand up and serve? Brethren, are we sufficiently in tune with the Spirit that when the Lord calls, we can hear, as did Samuel, and declare, 'Here am I?' Do we have the fortitude and the faith, whatever our callings, to serve with unflinching courage and unshakable resolve? When we do, the Lord can work His mighty miracles through us." - Thomas S. Monson, "The Priesthood in Action," Ensign (CR), November 1992, p.47
"There is no end to the good we can do, to the influence we can have with others. Let us not dwell on the critical or the negative. Let us pray for strength; let us pray for capacity and desire to assist others. Let us radiate the light of the gospel at all times and all places, that the Spirit of the Redeemer may radiate from us." - Gordon B. Hinckley, "The Need for Greater Kindness," CR April 2006
"Because we love the Lord, we should be spiritually sensitive to moments when the powerful and important truths of the gospel can be shared with others. Perhaps more importantly, however, we should seek at all times to purify ourselves and to lead such worthy lives that the Light of Christ emanates from us in all that we say and do. Our day-to-day lives should stand as immutable witness of our faith in Christ. In the words of the Apostle Paul, 'Be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.' (1 Tim. 4:12)" - M. Russell Ballard, "How Is It with Us?," Ensign (CR), May 2000, p.31
"The Lord reminds us that 'unto whom much is given much is required.' Those who bear the priesthood of God have a great responsibility to be examples of goodness to the world. We live up to these expectations when we quickly recognize the dangers and influences that tempt us to drift from the Lord’s way and when we courageously follow the promptings of the Holy Ghost to make decisive corrections that will bring us back on course." Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "A Matter of a Few Degrees," General Conference, April 2008
"Ours is the task to be fitting examples. We are strengthened by the truth that the greatest force in the world today is the power of God as it works through man. If we are on the Lord's errand, ... we are entitled to the Lord's help. Never forget that truth. That divine help, of course, is predicated upon our worthiness. Each must ask: Are my hands clean? Is my heart pure? Am I a worthy servant of the Lord?" - Thomas S. Monson, "Examples of Righteousness," General Conference, April 2008
"It was said of the Savior that He 'went about doing good . . . for God was with him.' (Acts 10:38) May we follow that perfect example. In this sometimes precarious journey through mortality, may we also follow that advice from the Apostle Paul which will help to keep us safe and on course: “Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.' (Philippians 4:8)" - Thomas S. Monson, "Looking Back and Moving Forward," General Conference, April 2008
"What does it mean to stand as a witness of God? It means we will not bow down or give in or be persuaded to do anything contrary to God’s will. It means we will risk speaking up when our knees are shaking. It means we will listen and follow the still, small voice of the Holy Ghost." - Sharon G. Larsen, "Standing with God," Ensign (CR), May 2000, p.88
"The society in which we live has many divergent viewpoints about life; and because we have been given our free agency to choose for ourselves, it is vitally important that we carefully evaluate all aspects of life before making our choices. In this process of evaluation, it is not uncommon for us, particularly in our younger years, to look to someone we admire as our ideal or our hero. It might be a parent, an athlete, a leader in the community, etc. I suggest to the young men of the Aaronic Priesthood, yes, to all young men everywhere, that the greatest hero, if you will, who has ever lived is the Savior of mankind, Jesus Christ. I also suggest that his life and teachings are just as relevant today as at any time in history." - Victor L. Brown, "Conference Report," October 1970, Third Day—Morning Meeting, p.124
"Of course we know that anyone who opposes a profitable evil or anyone who opposes a popular fallacy is certain to be deliberately misunderstood. Nevertheless every generation and every people have produced those straight-thinking minorities who have seen what they have seen and who have felt an obligation to say what they have said; and any man who sees his own generation headed for a precipice at the bottom of which lie tragedy, destruction, sorrow, and misfortune, cannot honorably remain silent. He has an obligation to speak, even though he be misunderstood, and even though false charges be levied against him. This is true at all places in the world at all times." - Richard L. Evans, "Conference Report," April 1945, Second Day—Morning Meeting, p.81
“In Timothy, we are admonished to be an example of the believers. (See 1 Tim. 4:12.) A believer is someone who follows and knows the teachings of Christ not only in his mind but also in his heart and whose actions are a witness of that belief. It isn't easy to be an example of the believers. We don't usually wake up in the morning and say, 'Today I'm going to be an example of the believers!' Yet we can say, 'Today I will be kind and thoughtful, or considerate, or honest, or whatever quality I need to work on.' And then we will try hard all day to make a conscious effort to do so. That we can do!” - Ruth B. Wright, “Be Thou an Example,” Ensign (CR), November 1991, p.90
"It is easy to despair when we see about us the moorings of society slipping. We must remember, however, that the Lord sent His Saints into the world 'to be a light unto the world, and to be the saviors of men.' (D&C 103:9.) This is a time when 'Zion must arise and put on her beautiful garments.' (D&C 82:14.) The contrast between the Church and the world will be increasingly marked in the future, which contrast, we hope, will cause the Church to be more attractive to those in the world who desire to live according to God's plan for us, His children." - Ezra Taft Benson, "May the Kingdom of God Go Forth", Ensign (CR), May 1978, p.32
“For each of us, our righteous examples may seem small, but by influence they are great. To all within your sphere of influence, ‘be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity’ (1 Tim. 4:12). Let others feel the peace and joy that gospel living brings you. Invite your friends not of our faith or less-active members over for family home evening. Bring them to church and set an example of reverence for them. Let them see that you avoid movies or television shows or Internet sites that would drive the Spirit away and thus make us less-effective instruments.” - Mary Ellen Smoot, “We Are Instruments in the Hands of God,” Ensign (CR), November 2000, p. 89
“Man needs a long vision in life that he may fulfill a pattern of eternal progression and salvation although the strains and tenseness of daily living favor short sight. Perhaps both are necessary, but the one should not crowd out the other more realistic and basic one. The man who is trying earnestly and with all his strength to catch sight of the vision of a better world, and to incorporate what he can see in the life of himself and his society, helps us to do what we could not do without his help. We can raise ourselves on the shoulders of those who have walked on higher levels. There is a profound wisdom in the saying, ‘Let us now praise famous men.’ This is what is meant by the warning of the prophets, ‘Lift up your hearts.’ Learn of the greatness and goodness of prophets and leaders in trying to follow their teachings.” - Levi Edgar Young, “Conference Report,” April 1952, Second Day—Morning Meeting, p. 54
"The Savior is counting on you to be a champion of those who need you, and they are all around you—in your school, in your neighborhood, in your family." - Joe J. Christensen, "The Savior Is Counting on You," Ensign (CR), November 1996, p. 39
"Brethren and sisters, Latter-day Saints, listen to the counsel of the Lord. What matter if we be but few? If every man at this conference, if every Latter-day Saint listening to this conference, would go out and see to it that he made of himself a center from which went out the testimony of the truth, we could accomplish miracles. Let no Latter-day Saint, who has raised his hand to sustain the prophets of the Lord, permit himself ever to depart from that instruction. Let him challenge any faultfinding and let him champion the truth." - Joseph F. Smith, "Conference Report," April 1945, Afternoon Meeting, p. 159
"Each exemplary follower of Jesus Christ can become an effective member missionary. Members and full-time missionaries may walk arm in arm in bringing the blessings of the gospel to cherished friends and neighbors. Many of them are of Israel, now being gathered as promised. This is all part of the preparation for the Second Coming of the Lord. He wants each of us truly to be an example of the believers.” - Russell M. Nelson, "Be Thou an Example of the Believers,” Ensign (CR) October 2010
The Apostle Paul used some vivid expressions to illustrate that a member of the Church must be different from the world. He commended us to “put on Christ,” “put off … the old man,” and “put on the new man.” (See Gal. 3:27;
It means that we must become like Jesus Christ. We must emulate His way of life in our lives. Of necessity, we must be “born again” (John 3:3) and put aside worldly lusts and former behavior unsuited to the Christlike character. We must seek the Holy Ghost to temper our actions. - Ezra Taft Benson, "What Manner of Men Ought We to Be?" Ensign (CR) October 1983
I testify that President Monson is not only a prophet, seer, and revelator; he is also a wonderful example of living the principle of looking up. Of all people, he could feel weighed down by his responsibilities. Instead, he exercises great faith and is filled with optimism, wisdom, and love for others. His attitude is one of “can do” and “will do.” He trusts the Lord and relies on Him for strength, and the Lord blesses him. - Carl B. Cook, "
Our lives should be examples of goodness and virtue as we try to emulate His example to the world. Good works by each of us can do credit both to the Savior and His Church. As you are engaged in doing good, being honorable and upright men and women, the Light of Christ will be reflected by your lives. - L. Tom Perry, "Perfect Love Casteth Out Fear," Ensign (CR) October 2011
Whether we descend from generations in the Church or are the first link in the generational chain, we have a responsibility to convey to our posterity a heritage of faith, manifest through our daily actions. Those who are newly converted members have a particularly great opportunity to become the pioneers for their ancestors and for their posterity. - Stephen B. Oveson, "Our Legacy," Ensign (CR) November 1999
Men and women often attempt to gain notice and approval of the group from whom they seek acceptance. Such peer pressure may cause them to do things they would not otherwise do. This is acting out of weakness, not strength. The Lord promises us through Moroni: "And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them." - James E. Faust, "The Power of Self-Mastery," Ensign (CR), May 2000, p.43
As we travel through life upon this earth, there come times when we must stand up and be counted. These are times of testing. Are we on the Lord’s side, keeping his commandments? Do we sustain our leaders and uphold them? Do we stand steadfast and unwavering? - Henry D. Taylor, "A Time of Testing," Ensign (CR) November 1971
God grant that each of us here today may so live that all among us, and with us, may see, not us, but that which is divine and comes from God. With that vision of what those who have lost their way may become, my prayer is that they may receive strength and resolution to climb higher and higher and upward and onward to that great goal of eternal life and also that I may do my part in seeking to show by example, as well as by precept, that which will be the best of which I am capable of doing. - Harold B. Lee, "Understanding Who We Are Brings Self-Respect," Ensign (CR) November 1973
With these doctrines as the foundation of our faith, can there be any doubt or disputation that we, as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, are Christian? Yet for every Christian, a simple question remains: what kind of Christians are we? In other words, how are we doing in our quest to follow Christ? - Robert D. Hales, "Being a More Christian Christian," Ensign (CR) November 2012
As followers of Jesus Christ, let us live our lives so that we can be above all things to receive the great blessings which are promised us. Being above all things is taking the higher ground and not participating in the things of the world that are going to take us away from what we are trying to accomplish in mortality. Let us live our lives above all things and enjoy the freedoms that come from knowing we are free and clear of Satan’s turbulent temptations and stormy weather. - Robert D. Hales, "Return With Honor," Ensign June 1999
Each of you will be a model of a priesthood man whether you want to be or not. You became a lighted candle when you accepted the priesthood. The Lord put you on the candlestick to light the way for everyone who surrounds you. That is especially true for those in your priesthood quorum. You can be a great model, an average one, or a bad model. You may think it doesn’t matter to you, but it does to the Lord. - Henry B. Eyring, “The Priesthood Man,” Ensign (CR) May 2014
You don’t have to be Captain Moroni to make a difference. Our Father in Heaven needs you to be who you are, in your family. He planned it that way. Your family wouldn’t be the same without you. You are very important. - Sharon G. Larsen, “Young Women—Titles of Liberty,” Ensign (CR) May 1998
Recently, I’ve been thinking how the example we set will be reflected in the conduct and lives of our children—for good or ill. For instance, I’ve been concerned about what goes through a boy’s mind when he hears his dad quarrel with or speak unkindly to his mother, or abuse her in any way. I’ve wondered where he puts his values when dad goes hunting on Sunday, or works in the yard, or goes shopping on the Sabbath. Is there a lasting impression in a boy’s heart when he hears dad criticize the bishop, the home teacher, or the Sunday School teacher—or maybe even the prophet? Though it may be ever so slight, does it have an effect? - H. Burke Peterson, “Prepare the Heart of Your Son,” Ensign (CR) November 1982
Men and women are shaped partly by those among whom they choose to live. Those to whom they look up and try to emulate also shape them. Jesus is the great Exemplar. The only way to find lasting peace is to look to Him and live. - L. Tom Perry, “Finding Lasting Peace and Building Eternal Families,” Ensign (CR) November 2014
Keep the fire of your testimony of the restored gospel and your witness of our Redeemer burning so brightly that our children can warm their hands by the fire of your faith. That is what grandfathers and grandmothers are to do! - Boyd K. Packer, “The Golden Years,” Ensign (CR) April 2003
It is very easy sometimes for Latter-day Saints to say, "What I do is my own business. If I break the Word of Wisdom a little bit, that's my business." There is no such thing as strictly private conduct. A Latter-day Saint, in a careless moment, may perform a thoughtless act which will stand in the way of someone else's accepting the gospel. I know of one little branch in the mission field that had been built up laboriously, and that little branch was all but destroyed by a careless act of a thoughtless missionary. It is well for us to take careful stock of any projected action, no matter how seemingly trivial, and ask ourselves. "If I do this, if anybody sees me do this, will it discourage his faith in the gospel of Christ?” - Joseph F. Smith, "Conference Report," October 1945, Afternoon Meeting, p. 33
Peter used uplifting terms in a prophecy regarding our day. He identified members of the Church as "a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people. The adjectives chosen, royal, and holy we recognize as elevating. But what about peculiar? A modern dictionary defines peculiar as "unusual," "eccentric," or "strange. What kind of compliment is that?…
Thus, we see that the scriptural term peculiar signifies "valued treasure," "made" or "selected by God. For us to be identified by servants of the Lord as his peculiar people is a compliment of the highest order. - Russell M. Nelson, "Children of the Covenant," Ensign (CR), May 1995, p. 32
If we will be true and faithful to our principles, committed to a life of honesty and integrity, then no king or contest or fiery furnace will be able to compromise us. For the success of the kingdom of God on earth, may we stand as witnesses for him "at all times and in all things, and in all places that [we] may be in, even until death." (Mosiah 18:9.) - Howard W. Hunter, “Standing As Witnesses of God,” Ensign (CR), May 1990, p.60
Brothers and sisters, the Lord expects us to do something. I believe we are expected to increase our own faith, shake off any possible feelings of apathy, and by the power of the Holy Ghost reaffirm our commitment and intensify our service to the Lord. Then, when we seek to clarify someone's understanding of the Church, our lives—well and faithfully lived—can serve as a magnifying glass through which others can examine the impact of gospel living. Under the light of our good example, the Spirit can enlarge understanding of the Church and its mission to all with whom we have contact. - M. Russell Ballard, "How Is It with Us?” Ensign (CR), May 2000, p.31
Do you know how important you are? Every one of you—right now—is valuable and essential in Heavenly Father’s plan of salvation. We have a work to do. We know the truth of the restored gospel. Are we ready to defend that truth? We need to live it; we need to share it. We must stand firm in our faith and lift our voices to proclaim true doctrine. – Neill F. Marriott, “Sharing Your Light,” Ensign (CR) November 2014
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