The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - James E. Faust

"Freedom and liberty are precious gifts that come to us when we are obedient to the laws of God and the whisperings of the Spirit. If we are to avoid destruction, which was the fate of President McKay's horse Dandy and his companion, fences or guardrails must be built beyond which we cannot go. The fences which we must stay within are the principles of revealed truth. Obedience to them makes us truly free to reach the potential and the glory which our Heavenly Father has in store for us." — "Obedience: the Path to Freedom," General Conference, April 1999

"In hard times we have a chance to reevaluate and reorder our priorities in life. We learn what is most important to us. The way is open to strengthen faith and testimony." — James E. Faust, "Reach Up For The Light," p. 80

"It is always appropriate in all family relationships to ask, 'What would Jesus do?'" — "Happiness Is Having a Father Who Cares," General Conference, October 1973

"I strongly counsel all who have membership in this church to follow the teachings and counsel of those who now have the keys as prophets, seers, and revelators. They are the ones who will inspire us to deal with the vicissitudes of our time." — "The Keys That Never Rust," General Conference, October 1994

"Many who think that life is unfair do not see things within the larger vision of what the Savior did for us through the Atonement and the Resurrection. Each of us has times of agony, heart-break, and despair when we must, like Job, reach deep down inside to the bedrock of our faith. The depth of our belief in the Resurrection and the Atonement of the Savior will, I believe, determine the measure of courage and purpose with which we meet life's challenges." — "Woman Why Weepest Thou," General Conference, October 1996

"Many years of listening to the tribulations of man have persuaded me that the satisfaction of all desires is completely counterproductive to happiness. Instant and unrestrained gratification is the shortest and most direct route to unhappiness." — "Brigham Young University Speeches of the Year," 1974, p. 319

"The dispensation of divine truth in which we now live, in distinction from previous dispensations, will not be destroyed by apostasy." — "The Prophetic Voice," General Conference, April 1996

"The best counsel I ever received about staying away from the edge came when, as a young married man, President Harold B. Lee called me to be a member of a bishopric. He said, 'From now on, you must not only avoid evil, but also the appearance of evil.' He did not interpret that counsel. That was left to my conscience." — "Acting for Ourselves and Not Being Acted Upon," General Conference, October 1995

"One of the advantages of having lived a long time is that you can often remember when you had it worse. I am grateful to have lived long enough to have known some of the blessings of adversity. My memory goes back to the Great Depression, when we had certain values burned into our souls. One of these values was gratitude for what we had because we had so little. We had to learn provident living in order to survive. Rather than create in us a spirit of envy or anger for what we did not have, it developed in many a spirit of gratitude for the meager, simple things with which we were blessed, like hot homemade bread and oatmeal cereal and many other things." — James E. Faust, "Gratitude As a Saving Principle," Ensign, Dec. 1996, p. 2

"Believing involves faith and good works. We cannot be passive; we must actively avoid evil. This means that we do not trifle with sacred things. Families in this day and time should not only avoid evil but avoid the very appearance of evil. To combat these influences families must have family prayer, family home evening, and family scripture study." — James E. Faust, "Pioneers of the Future: 'Be Not Afraid, Only Believe,'" Ensign, Nov. 1997, p. 45

"I have some fear, however, that some members consider guidelines and procedures to be as important as the timeless, immutable laws of the gospel, such as 'Thou shalt not commit adultery.' Rather than some legalistic definition of adultery, the Savior's more enlightened direction is that the thought is father to the deed: he that 'looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.'" — James E. Faust, "The Weightier Matters of the Law: Judgment, Mercy, and Faith," "Ensign," Nov. 1997, p. 53-54

"In my lifetime, there have been very few occasions when I questioned the wisdom and inspiration given by key priesthood leaders. I have always tried to follow their counsel, whether I agreed with it or not. I have come to know that most of the time they were in tune with the Spirit and I was not. The safe course is to sustain our priesthood leaders and let God judge their actions." — James E. Faust, "Power of the Priesthood," Ensign, May 1997, p. 42

"A very encouraging portion of the ninth article of faith we have been considering is its conclusion, 'We believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.' Elder Boyd K. Packer, now Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, stated: 'Revelation is a continuous principle in the Church. In one sense the Church is still being organized. As light and knowledge are given, as prophecies are fulfilled and more intelligence is received, another step forward can be taken' (The Holy Temple [1980], 137)." — James E. Faust, "Continuing Revelation," Ensign, Aug. 1996, p. 6

"I warn you of a pervasive false doctrine. For want of a better name, I call it 'premeditated repentance,' by which I mean consciously sinning with the forethought that afterward repentance will permit the enjoyment of the full blessings of the gospel, such as temple marriage or a mission. In an increasingly wicked society, it is harder to toy with evil without becoming contaminated." — James E. Faust, "Finding Light in a Dark World," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1995], p. 105-106

"In my opinion, members of the Church have the most effective cure for our decaying family life. It is for men, women, and children to honor and respect the divine roles of both fathers and mothers in the home. In so doing, mutual respect and appreciation among the members of the Church will be fostered by the righteousness found there. In this way the great sealing keys restored by Elijah, spoken of by Malachi, might operate 'to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the children to the fathers, lest the whole earth be smitten with a curse.' (D&C 110:15; see also Mal. 4:6.)" - James E. Faust, "General Conference Reports," April 1993

"We can have a certain testimony that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and Redeemer of mankind, and that Joseph Smith was a prophet commissioned to restore the Church in our day and time without having a complete understanding of all gospel principles. But when you pick up a stick you pick up both ends. And so it is with the gospel. As members of the Church we need to accept all of it. Even limited spiritual assurance of some of the aspects of the gospel is a blessing, and in time the other elements of which you are uncertain can come through faith and obedience." - James E. Faust, "Lord, I Believe; Help Thou Mine Unbelief," General Conference, 4 October 2003

"The process of finding our ancestors one by one can be challenging but also exciting and rewarding. We often feel spiritual guidance as we go to the sources which identify them. Because this is a very spiritual work, we can expect help from the other side of the veil. We feel a pull from our relatives who are waiting for us to find them so their ordinance work can be done. This is a Christlike service because we are doing something for them that they cannot do for themselves." - James E. Faust, "The Phenomenon That Is You," General Conference, 4 October 2003

"What is the significance of the words of the Prophet Joseph that we will 'build temples to the Most High'? Why were all of these temples built at such cost and sacrifice? Why are they still being built at an ever-increasing pace? It is because the deepest questions of our existence are answered in the temple. These answers tell us where we came from, why we are here, where we may go, and how we may cope with the matter of death. This life makes no logical sense unless we think in terms of the eternities. The transcendent blessings of life and eternity are received within the sacred walls of the temple. The Savior's supernal gift to mankind gave us the opportunity for eternal life, but eternal life without our loved ones would be bleak." - James E. Faust, "Eternity Lies Before Us," General Conference, April 1997

"We all enjoy giving and receiving presents. But there is a difference between presents and gifts. The true gifts may be part of ourselves-giving of the riches of the heart and mind-and therefore more enduring and of far greater worth than presents bought at the store.... The message of this season that is applicable throughout the year lies not in the receiving of earthly presents and treasures but in the forsaking of selfishness and greed and in going forward, seeking and enjoying the gifts of the Spirit, which Paul said are 'love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law' (Gal. 5:22-23)." - James E. Faust, "A Christmas with No Presents," Ensign, December 2001

"At the heart of the message of the Savior of the world is a single, glorious, wonderful, still largely untried concept. In its simplest terms the message is that we should seek to overcome the selfishness we all seem to be born with, that we should overcome human nature and think of others before self. We should think of God and serve Him, and think of others and serve them." - James E. Faust, "A Pattern of Love," Ensign, December 1999

"Brethren, we must never let the great powers of the holy priesthood of God lie dormant in us. We are bound together in the greatest cause and the most sacred work in all the world. To exercise these great powers, we must be clean in thought and action. We must do nothing which would impair the full exercise of this transcendent power." - James E. Faust, "Power of the Priesthood," General Conference, April 1997

"We need not become paralyzed with fear of Satan's power. He can have no power over us unless we permit it. He is really a coward, and if we stand firm, he will retreat. The Apostle James counseled: 'Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.' (James 4:7.) And Nephi states that 'he hath no power over the hearts' of people who are righteous. (1 Ne. 22:26.)" - James E. Faust, "Serving the Lord and Resisting the Devil," Ensign, Sept. 1995, p. 6

"The first part of the ninth article of faith states, 'We believe all that God has revealed.' Through the ages, God's messages to His children generally have been revealed through prophets. Amos tells us, 'Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets' (Amos 3:7). These are the prophetic oracles who have tuned in over the centuries to the 'celestial transmitting station,' with a responsibility to relay the Lord's word to others. The principal qualifications of a prophet in any age are not wealth, title, position, physical stature, scholarship, or intellectual attainment. The two qualifications are, first, a prophet must be called as such by God and ordained by one known to have legal and spiritual authority (see D&C 42:11), and second, he must receive and declare revelation from God. No man knows the ways of God except they be revealed unto him (see Jacob 4:8)." - James E. Faust, "Continuing Revelation," Ensign, Aug. 1996, p. 4

"All scriptures are one in that they testify of Jesus. Jacob, a Book of Mormon prophet, reminds us that 'none of the prophets have written, nor prophesied, save they have spoken concerning this Christ.' (Jacob 7:11.) Speaking of the scriptures, the Psalmist said, 'Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.' (Ps. 119:105.)" - James E. Faust, "The Keystone of Our Religion," Ensign, Nov. 1983, pp. 10-11

"Why is it so necessary to follow those who have the keys of the priesthood? That principle has guided this church and its people since the beginning, and it is a principle of revelation. Among the members of the Church have been the living oracles of God, who have held the keys to direct this holy work. Without prophets, seers, and revelators, the Church and the kingdom of God cannot grow and prosper." - James E. Faust, "The Keys That Never Rust," Ensign, Nov. 1994, p. 73

"In one of the most classic confrontations in the Bible, the Lord asked Cain, 'Where is Abel thy brother?' Cain answered, 'Am I my brother's keeper?' (Gen. 4:9). I put to each of us that same query: Are we our brother's keeper? King Benjamin taught, 'Ye will teach them to love one another, and to serve one another' (Mosiah 4:15). One of the great transcending principles that we teach in the Church is that we're trying to meet the needs of others. We talk frequently about service. Why? The needs of the Saints aren't any different from those of anyone else, because we're just people, and our needs are, above all else, primarily spiritual. Elder Marion D. Hanks once said to a celebrated psychiatrist, 'In a word, tell me what you do for people.' The psychiatrist said, 'In a word, what I do for people is to try to convince them that God loves them.' Love is the first great need. How do we know that? Because the Lord said so. The first commandment is to love God and serve him, and the second is like unto it: love our fellowmen and serve them (see Matt. 22:37-39). So we know that one of the first principles of the gospel has to be service." - James E. Faust, "Go Bring Them In from the Plains," Ensign, July 1997, p. 2

"In this life we have to make many choices. Some are very important choices. Some are not. Many of our choices are between good and evil. The choices we make, however, determine to a large extent our happiness or our unhappiness, because we have to live with the consequences of our choices. Making perfect choices all of the time is not possible. It just doesn't happen. But it is possible to make good choices we can live with and grow from. When God's children live worthy of divine guidance they can become 'free forever, knowing good from evil; to act for themselves and not to be acted upon.' (2 Ne. 2:26)" - James E. Faust, "Choices," General Conference, April 2004

"My first radio was a crystal set. It was hard to tune to the frequency of a particular radio station. I had to literally scratch the receiving wire whisker over the top of the rough crystal to find the right pinpoint, a little valley or peak on the crystal where the signal was received. Just a millimeter off on either side of that point and I would lose the signal and get scratchy static. Over time, with patience and perseverance, good eyesight, and a steady hand, I learned to find the signal point on the crystal without too much difficulty. So it is with inspiration. We must attune ourselves to the inspiration from God and tune out the scratchy static. We have to work at being tuned in. Most of us need a long time to become tuned in. When I was a newly called General Authority, President Marion G. Romney, who was in his 70s at the time, told us, 'I know when I am working under the Spirit and when I am not.' To be able to recognize when one is being guided by the Spirit is a supernal gift." - James E. Faust, "Did You Get the Right Message?" General Conference, April 2004

"The unfailing source of our hope is that we are sons and daughters of God and that His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, saved us from death. How can we know that Jesus truly is our Savior and Redeemer? In human terms His reality is almost undefinable, but His presence can be known unequivocally by the Spirit if we continually seek to live under the shadow of His influence. In the Book of Mormon we read the account of Aaron expounding the gospel to Lamoni's father. He told him, 'If thou wilt bow down before God . and call on his name in faith, believing that ye shall receive, then shalt thou receive the hope which thou desirest.' (Alma 22:16.) The old king followed this to the letter and received a witness of the truth that Aaron had imparted. As a result, he and all his household were converted and came to know the Lord." - James E. Faust, "Hope, an Anchor of the Soul," Ensign, November 1999, p. 60

"The fact that some members do not have functioning traditional families is no reason to move in a direction that would diminish or abandon family activities among those who can and should foster them. With the increased onslaught of forces that cause families to disintegrate, we ought to dig in our heels to preserve all that is great and good in the family. We are reminded that in times of tribulations, the Nephites were not fighting for a political cause, such as monarchy or power; rather, they 'were inspired by a better cause.' For 'they were fighting for their homes and their liberties, their wives and their children, and their all, yea, for their rites of worship and their church.' (Alma 43:45.)" - James E. Faust, "Where Is the Church?" Ensign, August 1990, p. 66

"Generally, those children who make the decision and have the resolve to abstain from drugs, alcohol, and illicit sex are those who have adopted and internalized the strong values of their homes as lived by their parents. In times of difficult decisions they are most likely to follow the teachings of their parents rather than the example of their peers or the sophistries of the media which glamorize alcohol consumption, illicit sex, infidelity, dishonesty, and other vices. They are like Helaman's two thousand young men who "had been taught by their mothers, that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them" from death. 'And they rehearsed... the words of their mothers, saying: We do not doubt our mothers knew it.' (Alma 56:47-48.)" - James E. Faust, "The Greatest Challenge in the World-Good Parenting," Ensign, November 1990, p. 34

"Someone once said, 'If you come to a fork in the road, take it.' But it doesn't work that way. The Savior said, 'No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.' (Matt 6:24.) Today many of us are trying to serve two masters-the Lord and our own selfish interests-without offending the devil. The influence of God, our Eternal Father, urges us, pleads us, and inspires us to follow him. In contrast the power of Satan urges us to disbelieve and disregard God's commandments." - James E. Faust, "Serving the Lord and Resisting the Devil," Ensign, September 1995, p. 2

"If performed in the right spirit, there is no higher worship than the unpurchased service to another soul of whatever faith, belief, or social stratum. The Savior of the world said it simply, 'Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me' (Matt. 25:40)." - James E. Faust, "A Second Birth," Ensign, June 1998, p. 5

"True disciples are those who go beyond simply believing. They act out their belief. Said the Savior, 'If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself' (John 7:17). Disciples follow the Divine Master. Their actions speak in symphonic harmony with their beliefs. They know who they are. They know what God expects of them. They mirror inner peace and certainty concerning the mission and resurrection of Christ. They hunger and thirst after righteousness. They know they are here on this earth for a purpose. They understand life after death. They believe that the transcendent event in the ministry of the Christ was the Atonement, culminating in the Resurrection." - James E. Faust, "In the Strength of the Lord: The Life and Teachings of James E. Faust," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1999], p. 290-291

"Joseph Smith has given us not only the message of the divine Restoration but also the practical how-to steps to obtain personal and divine communication. The young Joseph tells us of the confusion in his life. Said he, 'I was laboring under... extreme difficulties' (JS-H 1:11
). He was driven to the scriptures to seek guidance, which he found in the epistle of James: 'If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God' (James 1:5). The young Joseph said, 'At length I came to the conclusion that I must either remain in darkness and confusion, or else I must do as James directs, that is, ask of God' (JS-H 1:13). Joseph no doubt also read the following words given by James: 'But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed' (James 1:6). Joseph knelt to offer up the desire of his heart. Then came a wrestling and darkness. This was followed by the light of the divine message. The answer and the instruction were complete and full. Is not this the instruction, the how-to we need to obtain divine answers to the confusion and to the vexatious problems in our lives?" - James E. Faust, "He Restoreth My Soul," Ensign, October 1997, p. 2

"How do revelation and inspiration operate? Each person has a built-in 'receiving set' which, when fine-tuned, can be a receiver of divine communications. Said Job, 'There is a spirit in man: and... the Almighty giveth them understanding' (Job 32:8). It is possible, like Nephi, to be led completely by the Spirit, 'not knowing beforehand' that which should be done (see 1 Ne. 4:6).

"How is inspiration received? Enos stated, 'And while I was thus struggling in the spirit, behold, the voice of the Lord came into my mind' (Enos 1:10). One does not necessarily hear an audible voice. The spirit of revelation comes by divine confirmation. 'I will tell you in your mind and in your heart, by the Holy Ghost, which shall come upon you and which shall dwell in your heart,' says the Lord in the Doctrine and Covenants (D&C 8:2)." - James E. Faust, "Communion with the Holy Spirit," Ensign, May 1980, p. 14

"In the Talmud we read that he who saves one life is as if he had saved an entire world. Since the beginning of man, God has taught of an absolute respect for human life. From the very first moment of one's being until the last breath of his life, there is a veneration for life, which includes those in being but not yet born. One wise teacher tells us, 'One human life is as precious as a million lives, for each is infinite in value.' (Rabbi Immanuel Jacobovits.)" - James E. Faust, "To Reach Even unto You" [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1980], p. 68

"Success is usually earned by persevering and not becoming discouraged when we encounter challenges. Paul Harvey, the famous news analyst and author, once said: 'Someday I hope to enjoy enough of what the world calls success so that someone will ask me, "What's the secret of it?" I shall say simply this: "I get up when I fall down." (Quoted in Marvin J. Ashton, in Conference Report, Oct. 1981, p. 126)" - James E. Faust, "Perseverance," General Conference, April 2005

"We unavoidably stand in so many unholy places and are subjected to so much that is vulgar, profane, and destructive of the Spirit of the Lord that I encourage our Saints all over the world, wherever possible, to strive to stand more often in holy places. Our most holy places are our sacred temples. Within them is a feeling of sacred comfort. We should seek to be worthy to take our families to the temple to be sealed together for eternity. We should also search for the records of our kindred dead so that they too can be sealed to us in one of the temples. We must strive for holiness by being 'an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.' (1 Timothy 4:12.) In this way we can maintain and strengthen our own individual relationship with our God." - James E. Faust, "Standing in Holy Places," General Conference, April 2005

"Great temporal and spiritual strength flows from following those who have the keys of the kingdom of God in our time. Personal strength and power result from obedience to eternal principles taught by the living legates of the Lord. May the Spirit of God rest upon us as we follow the living oracles." - James E. Faust, "The Keys That Never Rust," Ensign, Nov. 1994, 74

"I was born with partial color-blindness. I have learned to love all of the people in the countries where I have been as a missionary, soldier, or General Authority, regardless of the color of their skins. I hope to be a disciple after the manner and example of President Kimball and the others in their love for all, and especially for the humble, the downtrodden, the poor, the afflicted, the needy, and the poor in spirit. I am mindful that if we forget these, we can in no way be his disciples." - James E. Faust, "Response to the Call," Ensign, Nov. 1978, 20

"Some time ago I held in my hand my mother's copy of her favorite book. It was a timeworn copy of the Book of Mormon. Almost every page was marked; in spite of tender handling, some of the leaves were dog-eared, and the cover was worn thin. No one had to tell her that one can get closer to God by reading the Book of Mormon than by any other book. She was already there. She had read it, studied it, prayed over it, and taught from it. As a young man I held her book in my hands and tried to see, through her eyes, the great truths of the Book of Mormon to which she so readily testified and which she so greatly loved....

"However, the Book of Mormon did not yield its profound message to me as an unearned legacy. I question whether one can acquire an understanding of this great book except through singleness of mind and strong purpose of heart. We must ask not only if it is true, but also do it in the name of Christ.

"I can now see more clearly through the eyes of my own understanding what my mother could see in her precious old worn-out copy of the Book of Mormon. I pray that we may live in such a way as to merit and gain a testimony of and abide by the great truths of the Book of Mormon. I testify that the keystone of our religion is solidly in place, bearing the weight of truth as it moves through all the earth." - James E. Faust, "We Add Our Witness," Ensign, Mar. 1989, 7

"Many who think that life is unfair do not see things within the larger vision of what the Savior did for us through the Atonement and the Resurrection. Each of us has at times agony, heartbreak, and despair when we must, like Job, reach deep down inside to the bedrock of our own faith. The depth of our belief in the Resurrection and the Atonement of the Savior will, I believe, determine the measure of courage and purpose with which we meet life’s challenges." - James E. Faust, "Woman, Why Weepest Thou?" Ensign, Nov. 1996, 52

"The requirements for temple attendance do not change from place to place. Where a temple is available, priesthood authority gives no greater or lesser blessings in one place than another. Temple worship is a perfect example of our unity as Church members. All of us answer the same questions of worthiness to enter the temple. In the temple, all the men dress alike. All the women dress alike. We leave the cares of the world behind us as we enter the temple. Everyone receives the same blessings. All make the same covenants. All are equal before the Lord. Yet within our spiritual unity there is wide room for everyone's individuality and expression. In that setting, all are heirs to the kingdom of God. President Howard W. Hunter said it well: 'The key to a unified church is a unified soul, one that is at peace with itself and not given to inner conflicts and tensions.' ("That We Might Have Joy" (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1994), p. 50.)" - James E. Faust, "Finding Light in a Dark World" [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1995], p. 36-37

"As societies as a whole have decayed and lost their moral identity and so many homes are broken, the best hope is to turn greater attention and effort to the teaching of the next generation—our children. In order to do this, we must first reinforce the primary teachers of children. Chief among these are the parents and other family members, and the best environment should be in the home. Somehow, some way, we must try harder to make our homes stronger so that they will stand as sanctuaries against the unwholesome, pervasive moral dry rot around us. Harmony, happiness, peace, and love in the home can help give children the required inner strength to cope with life's challenges." - James E. Faust, "The Greatest Challenge in the World—Good Parenting," Ensign (CR), November 1990, p.32

"The most difficult of all challenges given to us is, 'I would that ye should be perfect even as I, or your Father who is in heaven is perfect.' (3 Ne. 12:48.) Perfection is an eternal goal. While we cannot be perfect in mortality, striving for it is a commandment, which ultimately, through the Atonement, we can keep." - James E. Faust, "This Is Our Day," Ensign (CR), May 1999, p.17

"In our desire to be broad-minded, to be accepted, to be liked and admired, let us not trifle with the doctrines and the covenants which have been revealed to us, nor with the pronouncements of those who have been given the keys of the kingdom of God on earth. For all of us, the words of Joshua ring with increasing relevance. 'Choose you this day whom ye will serve; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord' (Josh. 24:15)." - James E. Faust, "Keeping Covenants and Honoring the Priesthood," Ensign (CR), November 1993, p.36

"To stay on the right track, we must honor and sustain those who hold the presiding priesthood keys. We are reminded that many are 'called, but few are chosen.' (D&C 121:34.) When are we chosen? We are chosen by the Lord only when we have done our best to move this holy work forward through our consecrated efforts and talents. Our efforts must always be guided by the righteous principles set forth by the Lord in the 121st section of the Doctrine and Covenants..." - James E. Faust, "I Believe I Can, I Knew I Could," Ensign (CR), November 2002, p.49

"Many prayers are spoken while we are on our knees. The Savior knelt as He prayed to the Father in the Garden of Gethsemane. (See Luke 22:41.) But silent prayers of the heart also reach to heaven. We sing, 'Prayer is the souls sincere desire, Uttered or unexpressed.' (Hymns, no. 145.) Sincere prayers come from the heart. Indeed, sincerity requires that we draw from the earnest feelings of our hearts when we pray rather than using vain repetitions or pretentious affectations such as those condemned by the Savior in the parable of the Pharisee and the publican. (See Luke 18:10-14.) Our prayers then truly become the 'song of the heart' and a 'prayer,' (D&C 25:12.) not only reaching God but touching the hearts of others as well." - James E. Faust, "The Lifeline of Prayer," Ensign (CR), May 2002, p.59

"We are told that 'many are called, but few are chosen.' (D&C 121:40.) One who is chosen is one who is the object of divine favor.... [H]ow may we be chosen? We may be chosen only when we are chosen by God. 'Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it [to] you.' (John 15:16.) This happens only when the heart and soul are transformed, when we have striven with all our heart, might, mind, and soul to keep all of the commandments of God." - James E. Faust, "Power of the Priesthood," Ensign (CR), May 1997, p.41

"We must try harder to be a holy people. We live in the fulness of times. So much has been restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith. This places upon us a special relationship to the Lord. We are the beneficiaries, guardians, and caretakers of these responsibilities under the delegation, authority, and direction of President Hinckley, who holds all the keys. As children of the Lord we should strive every day to rise to a higher level of personal righteousness in all of our actions. We need to guard constantly against all of Satan's influences." - James E. Faust, "Standing in Holy Places," Ensign (CR), April 2005

"Through the ages, God's messages to his children generally have been revealed through prophets. Amos tells us, 'Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.' (Amos 3:7.) These are the prophetic oracles who have tuned in over the centuries to the 'celestial transmitting station,' with a responsibility to relay the Lord's word to others. The principal qualifications of a prophet in any age are not wealth, title, position, physical stature, scholarship, or intellectual attainment. The two qualifications are that a prophet must be called as such by God, by open prophecy, and ordained by one known to have legal and spiritual authority, and he must receive and declare revelation from God. (See D&C 42:11.) No man knows the ways of God except they be revealed unto him. (See Jacob 4:8.)" - James E. Faust, "Continuous Revelation," Ensign (CR), November 1989, p.8

"In the celestial glory, we are told, 'God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain.' (Rev. 21:4.) Then faith and hope will replace heartache, disappointment, torment, anguish, and despair, and the Lord will give us strength, as Alma says, 'that we should suffer no manner of afflictions, save it were swallowed up in the joy of Christ.' (Alma 31:38.) Of this I have a testimony, and I so declare it in the name of Jesus Christ, amen." - James E. Faust, "Spiritual Healing," Ensign (CR), May 1992, p.6

"How should those who bear the priesthood treat their wives and the other women in their family? Our wives need to be cherished. They need to hear their husbands call them blessed, and the children need to hear their fathers generously praise their mothers (see Prov. 31:28). The Lord values his daughters just as much as he does his sons. In marriage, neither is superior; each has a different primary and divine responsibility. Chief among these different responsibilities for wives is the calling of motherhood. I firmly believe that our dear faithful sisters enjoy a special spiritual enrichment which is inherent in their natures." - James E. Faust, "Keeping Covenants and Honoring the Priesthood," Ensign (CR), November 1993, p.36

"The gift of the Holy Ghost comes after one repents and becomes worthy. It is received after baptism by the laying on of hands by those who have the authority. On the day of Pentecost, Peter instructed those who had previously been touched spiritually by the Holy Ghost, 'Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.' (Acts 2:38.) Those possessing the gift of the Holy Ghost can come to a greater light and testimony. The Holy Ghost bears witness of the truth and impresses upon the soul the reality of God the Father and the son Jesus Christ so deeply that no earthly power or authority can separate him from that knowledge. (See 2 Ne. 31:18.)" - James E. Faust, "The Gift of the Holy Ghost—A Sure Compass," Ensign (CR), May 1989, p.31

"I believe that earthly crowns such as power, the love of money, the preoccupation with material things, the honors of men are a crown of thorns because they are based upon obtaining and receiving rather than giving. So selfishness can make what we think is a noble crown into a crown of thorns beyond our power to endure. When I first started my professional career, one of the senior members in our office asked another senior member for some help on a legal matter. The other man who was asked to help was gifted and able but also selfish. He replied, 'What's in it for me.' The 'what's in it for me?' philosophy is basically what's wrong with the world. It is surely one of the sharpest points in a crown of thorns." - James E. Faust, "A Crown of Thorns, a Crown of Glory," Ensign (CR), May 1991, p.68

"What is discipleship? It is primarily obedience to the Savior. Discipleship includes many things. It is chastity. It is tithing. It is family home evening. It is keeping all the commandments. It is forsaking anything that is not good for us. Everything in life has a price. Considering the Savior's great promise for peace in this life and eternal life in the life to come, discipleship is a price worth paying. It is a price we cannot afford not to pay. By measure, the requirements of discipleship are much, much less than the promised blessings." - James E. Faust, "Discipleship," Ensign, November 2006

"Our most important spiritual nutrient is a testimony that God is our Eternal Father, that Jesus is our Savior and Redeemer, and that the Holy Ghost is our Comforter. This testimony is confirmed to us by the gift of the Holy Ghost. From this testimony we derive the spiritual nutrients of faith and trust in God, which bring forth the blessings of heaven. Spiritual nutrients come to us from various sources..." - James E. Faust, "Spiritual Nutrients," Ensign, November 2006

"There is a defense mechanism to discern between good and evil. It is called conscience. It is our spirits natural response to the pain of sin, just like pain in our flesh is our body's natural response to a wound—even a small sliver. Conscience strengthens through use. Paul told the Hebrews, 'But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.' (Heb. 5:14.) Those who have not exercised their conscience have their conscience 'seared with a hot iron.' (1 Tim. 4:2.) A sensitive conscience is a sign of a healthy spirit." - James E. Faust, "A Crown of Thorns, a Crown of Glory," Ensign (CR), May 1991, p.68

"We are all accountable for our actions. My experience as a lawyer taught me that those who follow a life of crime frequently blame their father or mother or society when they are imprisoned. Yet they willfully chose to act 'contrary to the nature of God' and consequently are 'in a state contrary to the nature of happiness.' (Alma 41:11.) Some of them even claim, 'The devil made me do it!' The truth in that statement is that the devil entices us to do evil.(See Moroni 7:12.) The falsehood is because we have agency. The devil can't make us do anything we choose not to do. (See James 1:12–15; 4:7.)

"Snares and pitfalls can come to all of us, whether in our youth, middle age, or old age. As someone once observed, 'In youth we run into difficulties; in old age difficulties run into us.' (Josh Billings, in Evan Esar, ed., Dictionary of Humorous Quotations (1962), 36.) The increased permissiveness of our society will require us to hold very tightly to the iron rod of righteousness in order to receive the blessings and protection of the Lord. There is great danger in trifling with Satan's temptations. We will need to guard against all forms of evil all of the days of our lives." - James E. Faust, "Message to My Grandsons," General Conference, April 2007

"Let us remember that we need to forgive to be forgiven. In the words of one of my favorite hymns, 'Oh, forgive as thou wouldst be e'en forgiven now by me.' ("Reverently and Meekly Now," Hymns, no. 185.) With all my heart and soul, I believe in the healing power that can come to us as we follow the counsel of the Savior "to forgive all men.' (D&C 64:10.)" - James E. Faust, "The Healing Power of Forgiveness," General Conference, April 2007

"We also need to prepare our own seedbed of faith. To do this we need to plow the soil through daily humble prayer, asking for strength and forgiveness. We need to harrow the soil by overcoming our feelings of pride. We need to prepare the seedbed by keeping the commandments to the best of our ability. We need to be honest with the Lord in the payment of our tithing and our other offerings. We need to be worthy and able to call forth the great powers of the priesthood to bless ourselves, our families, and others for whom we have responsibility. There is no better place for the spiritual seeds of our faith to be nurtured than within the hallowed sanctuaries of our temples and in our homes." - James E. Faust, "Of Seeds and Soils," Ensign (CR), November 1999, p.46

8/10/07 (on the day of his passing)
 "My beloved brothers and sisters and friends, I have lived a long time. As I look back over my life, I recognize one source of singular strength and blessing. It is my testimony and knowledge that Jesus is the Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of all mankind. I am profoundly grateful that all of my life I have had a simple faith that Jesus is the Christ. That witness has been confirmed to me hundreds of times. It is the crowning knowledge of my soul. It is the spiritual light of my being. It is the cornerstone of my life." - James E. Faust, "
A Growing Testimony," Ensign (CR), November 2000, p.53

"Today many people are obsessed with the Y2K problem and worry about the date coming up right because of the way computers measure time. As someone once said about time: '[It] changes with time: in youth, time marches on; in middle age, time flies; and in old age, time runs out.' (Evan Esar, comp., '20,000 Quips and Quotes' (1995), 812.) We have come to rely on electronics for much of our daily work, and we are naturally concerned about the need to reprogram computers to move into the next century. While some glitches may occur, I am optimistic that no great catastrophic computer breakdown will disrupt society as we move into the next century. I have a far greater fear of the disruption of the traditional values of society.

"Indeed, I am more concerned about the failure of our moral computers of honesty, integrity, decency, civility, and sexual purity. How many people today are truly incorruptible? So many get caught up in waves of popular issues and tides of rhetoric. This breakdown of moral values is happening because we are separating the teachings of God from personal conduct. An honorable man or woman will personally commit to live up to certain self-imposed expectations, with no need of an outside check or control. I would hope that we can load our moral computers with three elements of integrity: dealing justly with oneself, dealing justly with others, and recognizing the law of the harvest." - James E. Faust, "
This Is Our Day," Ensign (CR), May 1999, p.17

"We are bombarded on all sides by a vast number of messages we don't want or need. More information is generated in a single day than we can absorb in a lifetime. To fully enjoy life, all of us must find our own breathing space and peace of mind. How can we do this? There is only one answer. We must rise above the evil that encroaches upon us. We must follow the counsel of the Lord, who said, 'It is my will, that all they who call on my name, and worship me according to mine everlasting gospel, should gather together, and stand in holy places.' (
D&C 101:22.)" - James E. Faust, "Standing in Holy Places," Ensign (CR), May 2005

"This is not a passive life. The word of God constantly sets before us images of vigor and action and power, which image under his benign guidance can be directed and controlled. 'Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?' Paul asked the Romans. (
Romans 9:21.) Thomas E. McKay, speaking of his brother David O. McKay, said, 'As children, we swam in the cold streams around Huntsville. David would be the first in the chilling water and shout to the rest of us standing fearfully on the bank, 'Come on in, the water is fine.' ' There comes a time when we must jump in the cold water no matter how foreboding." - James E. Faust, "To Reach Even unto You," p.44

"The gap between what is popular and what is righteous is widening. As prophesied by Isaiah, many today 'call evil good, and good evil.' (
Isa. 5:20.) Revelations from the prophets of God are not like offerings at the cafeteria, some to be selected and others disregarded. We are greatly indebted to the Prophet Joseph Smith for the many great revelations which came through him. He was without peer in restoring spiritual knowledge. (See D&C 135:3.)" - James E. Faust, "Lord, I Believe; Help Thou Mine Unbelief," Ensign (CR), November 2003, p.19

As the Prophet Joseph indicated, this is our day and time. I believe the future holds greater blessings for mankind than ever before. I rejoice in this great outpouring of spiritual knowledge, when 'the earth [is being] filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.' (Hab. 2:14.) Knowledge and intelligence are dropping 'as the gentle rain from heaven' (William Shakespeare, 'The Merchant of Venice,' act 4, scene 1, 185. See also Deut. 32:2.) to bless all of our lives. We should seize every opportunity to move forward in faith, looking beyond the year 2000 into a future bright with hope, acknowledging that all good gifts come by divine providence. With such increased knowledge comes a higher responsibility. If we work hard, wisely manage our personal stewardships, and live providently, the Lord will prosper us in our use of this heightened knowledge to advance His holy work." - James E. Faust, "This Is Our Day," Ensign (CR), May 1999, p.17

"We long for the ultimate blessing of the Atonementto become one with Him, to be in His divine presence, to be called individually by name as He warmly welcomes us home with a radiant smile, beckoning us with open arms to be enfolded in His boundless love. (See Alma 26:15; Morm. 5:11; Morm. 6:17; Moses 7:63.) How gloriously sublime this experience will be if we can feel worthy enough to be in His presence! The free gift of His great atoning sacrifice for each of us is the only way we can be exalted enough to stand before Him and see Him face-to-face. The overwhelming message of the Atonement is the perfect love the Savior has for each and all of us. It is a love which is full of mercy, patience, grace, equity, long-suffering, and, above all, forgiving." - James E. Faust, "The Atonement: Our Greatest Hope," Ensign (CR), November 2001, p.18

"The Lord entrusts all of His servants, including every priesthood holder, with spiritual talents. The Lord, who endows us with these talents, tells us: 'I believe you can. I believe you can.' While we are not all equal in experience, aptitude, and strength, we have different opportunities to employ these spiritual gifts, and we will all be accountable for the use of the gifts and opportunities given to us." - James E. Faust, "I Believe I Can, I Knew I Could," Ensign (CR), November 2002, p.49

"President Harold B. Lee once said, 'Most men do not set priorities to guide them in allocating their time and most men forget that the first priority should be to maintain their own spiritual and physical strength; then comes their family; then the Church, and then their professions, and all need time.' In giving time to his children, a father should be able to demonstrate that he has enough love for his children to commend as well as discipline them. Children want and need discipline. As they approach some dangers, they are silently pleading, 'Don't let me do it.' President McKay said that if we do not adequately discipline our children, society will discipline them in a way we may not like. Wise discipline reinforces the dimensions of eternal love. This reinforcement can bring great security and stability into their lives." - James E. Faust, "To Reach Even unto You," p.59

"We do not prove our love for the Savior only by doing 'some great thing.' If the prophet personally asked you to go on a mission to some strange and exotic place, would you go? You would probably make every effort to go. But what about paying tithing? What about doing your home teaching? We show our love for the Savior by doing the many small acts of faith, devotion, and kindness to others that define our character." - James E. Faust, “Some Great Thing”, Ensign (CR), November 2001, p.46

"I believe the Spirit of the Holy Ghost is the greatest guarantor of inward peace in our unstable world. It can be more mind-expanding and can make us have a better sense of well-being than any chemical or other earthly substance. It will calm nerves; it will breathe peace to our souls. This Comforter can be with us as we seek to improve. It can function as a source of revelation to warn us of impending danger and also help keep us from making mistakes. It can enhance our natural senses so that we can see more clearly, hear more keenly, and remember what we should remember. It is a way of maximizing our happiness." - James E. Faust, "The Gift of the Holy GhostA Sure Compass," Ensign (CR), May 1989, p.31

"I hope we can all be like the 'Little Engine That Could.' It wasn't very big, had only been used for switching cars, and had never been over a mountain, but it was willing. That little engine hooked on to the stranded train, chugged up to the top of the mountain, and puffed down the mountain, saying, 'I thought I could.' Each of us must climb mountains that we have never climbed before." - James E. Faust, "I Believe I Can, I Knew I Could," Ensign (CR), November 2002, p.49

"Holiness is the strength of the soul. It comes by faith and through obedience to God's laws and ordinances. God then purifies the heart by faith, and the heart becomes purged from that which is profane and unworthy. When holiness is achieved by conforming to God's will, one knows intuitively that which is wrong and that which is right before the Lord. Holiness speaks when there is silence, encouraging that which is good or reproving that which is wrong." - President James E. Faust, Standing in Holy Places, Ensign (CR), April 2005

"What does it mean to be the seed of Abraham? Scripturally it has a deeper meaning than being his literal descendants. The Lord made a covenant with Abraham, the great patriarch, that all nations would be blessed through him.25 Any man or woman can claim the blessings of Abraham. They become his seed and heirs to the promised blessings by accepting the gospel, being baptized, entering into temple marriage, being faithful in keeping their covenants, and helping to carry the gospel to all the nations of the earth." - James E. Faust, "The Key of the Knowledge of God," Ensign (CR), November 2004, p.52

"Aside from the economic tides which run in the affairs of nations, financial hard times can befall any of us at any time. There is no guarantee against personal hard financial times. Financial difficulty may result from several kinds of misfortunes, including all types of natural disasters such as floods, fires, and earthquakes. Accidents and illness can produce unexpected and staggering medical and hospital bills. The misfortunes of other members of our own family may require our help. Unemployment and inflation can quickly wipe away hard-earned savings.

"Economic stress can involve personal challenges. Discouragement and frustration are frequent companions to misfortune. Economic problems occasionally put a strain on family relationships. They often require us to do without things we feel we want or need. What can be a calamity for one can be an opportunity for another. Shakespeare, speaking through Duke Senior, said,

Sweet are the uses of adversity;
Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,
Wears yet a precious jewel in his head.
(As You Like It, act 2, sc. 1, lines 12-14.)

"The lasting effects of economic challenges are often determined by our attitude toward life. One writer said, 'Out of the same substances one stomach will extract nourishment, and another poison; and so the same disappointments in life will chasten and refine one man's spirit and embitter another's.' (William Matthews, Webster's Encyclopedia of Dictionaries, New American Edition, Ottenheimer Publishers, Inc., p. 864.)
" - James E. Faust, "The Blessings We Receive As We Meet the Challenges of Economic Stress," Ensign (CR), November 1982, p.87

"The word for disciple and the word for discipline both come from the same Latin root—discipulus, which means pupil. It emphasizes practice or exercise. Self-discipline and self-control are consistent and permanent characteristics of the followers of Jesus, as exemplified by Peter, James, and John, who indeed ‘forsook all, and followed him.’" - James E. Faust, Discipleship , CR October 2006

“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

“Many modern professors of human behavior advocate as a cure to an afflicted conscience that we simply ignore the unwanted messages. They suggest that we change the standard to fit the circumstances so that there is no longer a conflict, thus easing the conscience. The followers of the divine Christ cannot subscribe to this evil and perverse philosophy with impunity. For the troubled conscience in conflict with right and wrong, the only permanent help is to change the behavior and follow a repentant path.” - James E. Faust, “Unwanted Messages,” Ensign (CR), November 1986, p. 8

“The requirement that we should love the Lord above fish, bank accounts, automobiles, fine clothing, stocks, bonds, certificates of deposit, or any other possession is total; it is absolute. The first commandment given unto the ancient Israelites was ‘Thou shalt have no other gods before me.’ The Savior Himself amplified this command when He told the lawyer who asked Him which was the greatest commandment, ‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength.’” -  James E. Faust, “Them That Honour Me I Will Honour,” Ensign (CR), May 2001, p. 45

“We have the great privilege of partaking of the sacrament, the Lord’s Supper. Renewing our baptismal covenants as we partake of the sacrament protects us against all manner of evil. As we worthily partake of the sanctified bread and water in remembrance of the Savior’s sacrifice, we witness unto God the Father that we are willing to take upon us the name of His Son and always remember Him and to keep His commandments which He has given us. If we do these things, we will always have His Spirit to be with us. If we partake of the sacrament regularly and are faithful to these covenants, the law will be in our inward parts and written in our hearts.” - James E. Faust, “Search Me, O God, and Know My Heart,” Ensign (CR), May 1998, p. 17

“How can Christian belief and morality translate more completely into Christian action? Does our commitment fall short of being a consecration? The doubting Thomas wanted to believe; he believed part way. It is my firm persuasion that building self-esteem sufficiently to forsake all evil requires a consecration to the saving principles and ordinances of the gospel under divine priesthood authority. It must be consecration to simple, basic Christian principles, including honesty to self and others, forgetting of self, integrity of thought and action. The principles of the restored gospel are so plain, so clear, so compassionate, so endowed with beauty, so graced with love unfeigned, as to be imprinted with the indisputable impress of the Savior himself.” - James E. Faust, “The Dignity of Self,” Ensign (CR), May 1981, p. 8

“I was taught more about the spirit of tithing by President Henry D. Moyle, who lived in my ward when I was serving as a young bishop. One tithing settlement, President Moyle came in and declared, ‘Bishop, this is a full tithe and a little bit more, because that's the way we have been blessed.’” - James E. Faust, “Opening the Windows of Heaven,” Ensign (CR), November 1998, p. 54

“This morning I bear witness of the importance of prayer. Access to our Creator through our Savior is surely one of the great privileges and blessings of our lives. I have learned from countless personal experiences that great is the power of prayer. No earthly authority can separate us from direct access to our Creator. There can never be a mechanical or electronic failure when we pray. There is no limit on the number of times or how long we can pray each day. There is no quota of how many needs we wish to pray for in each prayer. We do not need to go through secretaries or make an appointment to reach the throne of grace. He is reachable at any time and any place.” - James E. Faust, “The Lifeline of Prayer,” Ensign (CR), May 2002, p. 59

"If we are constantly aware of the seeds of divinity in us, it will help us rise above earthly challenges and difficulties. Brigham Young said: 'When I look upon the faces of intelligent beings I look upon the image of the God I serve. There are none but what have a certain portion of divinity within them; and though we are clothed with bodies which are in the image of our God, yet this mortality shrinks before that portion of divinity which we inherit from our Father.' Being aware of our divine heritage will help men young and old to grow and magnify the divinity which is within them and within all of us." - James E. Faust, "Them That Honour Me I Will Honour," Ensign (CR), May 2001, p. 45

"In order to strengthen the father in his position, I make two simple suggestions: first, sustain and respect the father in his position; second, give him love, understanding, and some appreciation for his efforts." - James E. Faust, "Happiness Is Having a Father Who Cares," Ensign (CR), January 1974, p. 22

"What is success? Is it money? Is it achievement? Is it fame? Is it position? Is it dominion? The prophet Micah defined success as follows: 'He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?' (Micah 6:8.)" - James E. Faust, "Integrity, the Mother of Many Virtues," Ensign (CR) April 1982

The results of a century and a half of this church offer great authentication to the truthfulness of Joseph Smith’s story. The work of this church moves forward in an astonishing way. The great body of the Latter-day Saints remain faithful to their testimonies of Joseph Smith and his work. Since Joseph’s day, millions have accepted by faith and have had confirmed by the Holy Spirit that Joseph’s account of seeing the Father and the Son is true and that he restored to earth the pure gospel of Jesus Christ. - James E. Faust, "The Expanding Inheritance from Joseph Smith," Ensign (CR) October 1981

Among the assaults on families are the attacks on our faith, for which parents should prepare their children. Some of it is coming from apostates who had testimonies and now seem unable to leave the Church alone. One, complaining of Church policy, was heard to say: “I am so mad: if I had been paying my tithing I would quit.” Persecution is not new to the devoted followers of Christ. More recently, however, the anger and venom of our enemies seems to be increasing. Brigham Young said, “We never began to build a temple without the bells of hell beginning to ring.” (Discourses of Brigham Young, sel. John A. Widtsoe, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1973, p. 410.) With twenty-two temples under construction or in the planning stage, there seems to be a lot of bells to be rung. - James E. Faust, "Enriching Family Life," Ensign (CR) April 1983

How people handle their earthly riches is among the great tests they have in life. - James E. Faust, "Unwanted Messages," Ensign (CR) October 1986

We can all see by the candle of inspiration, which is the Spirit of the Holy Ghost. It will light our way out of darkness and difficulty. The most sure way to come out of darkness and into the light is through communication with our Heavenly Father by the process known as divine revelation. President Wilford Woodruff (1807–98) declared, “Whenever the Lord had a people on the earth that He acknowledged as such, that people were led by revelation.”   The inspiration of God is available to all who worthily seek the divine guidance of the Holy Spirit. This is particularly true of those who have received the gift of the Holy Ghost. - James E. Faust, "Put Life in Your Life," Liahona, June 2007

Spiritual nutrients, which keep us spiritually healthy, can lose their potency and strength if we do not live worthy of the divine guidance we need. The Savior has told us: "Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men." We need to keep our minds and bodies clean from all forms of addiction and pollution. We would never choose to eat spoiled or contaminated food. In the same selective way, we should be careful not to read or view anything that is not in good taste. Much of the spiritual pollution that comes into our lives comes through the Internet, computer games, television shows and movies that are highly suggestive of or graphically portray humanity's baser attributes. Because we live in such an environment, we need to increase our spiritual strength. - James E. Faust, "Spiritual Nutrients," Ensign, (CR) October 2006

I have learned that selfishness has more to do with how we feel about our possessions than how much we have. The poet Wordsworth said, “The world is too much with us; late and soon, / Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers.”  A poor man can be selfish and a rich man generous, but a person obsessed only with getting will have a hard time finding peace in this life. - James E. Faust, "What's in It for Me?" Ensign (CR) November 2002

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

Here then is a great truth. In the pain, the agony, and the heroic endeavors of life, we pass through a refiner’s fire, and the insignificant and the unimportant in our lives can melt away like dross and make our faith bright, intact, and strong. In this way the divine image can be mirrored from the soul. It is part of the purging toll exacted of some to become acquainted with God. In the agonies of life, we seem to listen better to the faint, godly whisperings of the Divine Shepherd. - James E. Faust, "The Refiner's Fire," Ensign (CR) May 1979

There is a distinction between immortality, or eternal existence, and eternal life, which is to have a place in the presence of God. Through the grace of Jesus Christ, immortality comes to all men, just or unjust, righteous or wicked. However, eternal life is “the greatest of all the gifts of God.” (D&C 14:7.) We obtain this great gift, according to the Lord, “if you keep my commandments and endure to the end.” If we so endure, the promise is, “you shall have eternal life.” (D&C 14:7.) - James E. Faust, "The Supernal Gift of the Atonement," Ensign (CR) November 1988

Shakespeare, speaking through Duke Senior, said,

Sweet are the uses of adversity;
Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,
Wears yet a precious jewel in his head.

The lasting effects of economic challenges are often determined by our attitude toward life. One writer said, “Out of the same substances one stomach will extract nourishment, and another poison; and so the same disappointments in life will chasten and refine one man’s spirit and embitter another’s.” (William Matthews, Webster’s Encyclopedia of Dictionaries, New American Edition, Ottenheimer Publishers, Inc., p. 864.) - James E. Faust, "The Blessings We Receive As We Meet the Challenges of Economic Stress," Ensign (CR) November 1982

I urge all who have not yet received these greatest of all blessings within the walls of the temple to do whatever may be necessary to qualify to receive them. To those who have received these blessings, I invite you to prepare yourselves to savor again the experience of being within the sacred premises of the holy temples of God and have the visions of life eternal open again to your hearts, minds, and souls. - James E. Faust, "Eternity Lies Before Us," Ensign (CR) May 1997

We are not only to avoid evil, not only to do good but, most importantly, to do the things of greatest worth. We are to focus on the inward things of the heart, which we know and value intuitively but often neglect for that which is trivial, superficial, or prideful. - James E. Faust, "The Weightier Matters of the Law: Judgment, Mercy, and Faith," Ensign (CR) November 1997

Someway, somehow, we must find the healing influence that brings solace to the soul. Where is this balm? Where is the compensating relief so desperately needed to help us survive in the world’s pressures? The onsetting comfort in large measure can come through increased communion with the Spirit of God. This can bring spiritual healing. - James E. Faust, "Spiritual Healing," Ensign (CR) May 1992

Only as we seek to be purged of selfishness and of concern for recognition and wealth can we find some sweet relief from the anxieties, hurts, pains, miseries, and concerns of this world. In this manner, as President J. Reuben Clark said, we can bring “to flower and fruitage the latent richness of the spirit.” God can not only help us find a sublime and everlasting joy and contentment, but He will change us so that we can become heirs of the kingdom of God. - James E. Faust, "Heirs to the Kingdom of God," Ensign (CR) May 1995

Many believe that the transcendent answers to life’s questions lie in the test tube, in the laboratories, in the equations, and in the telescopes. This theocracy of science leaves out the ultimate answer to the overarching question, “Why?” Knowing cause and effect is fascinating but does not explain why we are here, where we came from, and where we are going. As Albert Einstein said, “I shall never believe that God plays dice with the world.” - James E. Faust, "The Shield of Faith," Ensign (CR) May 2000

So how can we recognize inspiration when it comes? Enos stated, “While I was thus struggling in the spirit, behold, the voice of the Lord came into my mind.” The voice of the spirit of revelation is not necessarily audible, but it gives us divine confirmation through our thoughts and feelings. As we are told in the Doctrine and Covenants, “I will tell you in your mind and in your heart, by the Holy Ghost, which shall come upon you and which shall dwell in your heart.” We must cultivate our sensitivity to that divine voice. - James E. Faust, "Did You Get the Right Message?" Ensign (CR) May 2004

I believe that few things in life deserve one’s complete confidence. I testify that the Church is worthy of our full trust. There is no inconsistency between truth and faith. I know that everyone who sincerely and righteously seeks to know this can have it spiritually confirmed. May we open up our minds, hearts, and spirits to the divine source of truth. May we reach above ourselves and beyond our mundane concerns and become heirs to the knowledge of all truth and to the abundant life promised by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. - James E. Faust, "The Abundant Life," Ensign (CR) November 1985

In terms of modern communication, crystal radio sets helped us emerge from the dark ages of communication. With advanced technology, cellular phones are used for much of the communication in our time. Occasionally, however, we find dead spots where the signal coming to a cell phone fails. This can happen when the cell phone user is in a tunnel or a canyon or when there is other interference.

So it is with divine communication. The still, small voice, though still and small, is very powerful. It “whispereth through and pierceth all things.” But like my old crystal set, the message may be there but we fail to pick it up. Perhaps something in our lives prevents us from hearing the message because we are “past feeling.” We often put ourselves in spiritual dead spots—places and situations that block out divine messages. Some of these dead spots include anger, pornography, transgression, selfishness, and other situations that offend the Spirit. - James E. Faust, "Did You Get the Right Message?" Ensign (CR) May 2004

Some of us are too content with what we may already be doing. We stand back in the “eat, drink, and be merry” mode when opportunities for growth and development abound. We miss opportunities to build up the kingdom of God because we have the passive notion that someone else will take care of it. The Lord tells us that He will give more to those who are willing. They will be magnified in their efforts, like the little blue engine as it pulled the train up the mountain. But to those who say, “We have enough, from them shall be taken away even that which they have.” - James E. Faust, “I Believe I Can, I Knew I Could,” Ensign (CR) November 2002

We must recognize that our natural gifts and abilities are limited, but when augmented by inspiration and guidance of the Holy Ghost, our potential increases manyfold. You need help from a power beyond your own to do something extraordinarily useful. You young men can have opportunities and receive blessings beyond your wildest dreams and expectations. Your future may not hold fame or fortune, but it can be something far more lasting and fulfilling. Remember that what we do in life echoes in eternity. - James E. Faust, “It Can’t Happen to Me,” Ensign (CR) May 2002

There have always been two great competing forces in the world. These began before the world was created. These opposing forces are the forces of good and evil. Between these two powerful forces each of us is caught in a tug of war. In simple terms, that which is good comes from God, and that which is evil comes from the devil. You can’t have it both ways and find true happiness; some have tried, but in the long run all have failed. If any of you young men think you can have it both ways, you are only deceiving yourselves. It doesn’t work that way. It never has. It never will. - James E. Faust, “The Devil’s Throat,” Ensign (CR) May 2003

When God placed man on the earth, prayer became the lifeline between mankind and God. Thus, in Adam’s generation, men began “to call upon the name of the Lord.” Through all generations since that time, prayer has filled a very important human need. Each of us has problems that we cannot solve and weaknesses that we cannot conquer without reaching out through prayer to a higher source of strength. That source is the God of heaven to whom we pray in the name of Jesus Christ. As we pray we should think of our Father in Heaven as possessing all knowledge, understanding, love, and compassion. - James E. Faust, “The Lifeline of Prayer,” Ensign (CR) May 2002

I think we will witness increasing evidence of Satan’s power as the kingdom of God grows stronger. I believe Satan’s ever-expanding efforts are some proof of the truthfulness of this work. In the future the opposition will be both more subtle and more open. It will be masked in greater sophistication and cunning, but it will also be more blatant. We will need greater spirituality to perceive all of the forms of evil and greater strength to resist it. But the disappointments and setbacks to the work of God will be temporary, for the work will go forward (see D&C 65:2). - James E. Faust, “The Great Imitator,” Ensign (CR) November 1987

Into every life there come the painful, despairing days of adversity and buffeting. There seems to be a full measure of anguish, sorrow, and often heartbreak for everyone, including those who earnestly seek to do right and be faithful. The thorns that prick, that stick in the flesh, that hurt, often change lives which seem robbed of significance and hope. This change comes about through a refining process which often seems cruel and hard. In this way the soul can become like soft clay in the hands of the Master in building lives of faith, usefulness, beauty, and strength. For some, the refiner’s fire causes a loss of belief and faith in God, but those with eternal perspective understand that such refining is part of the perfection process. - James E. Faust, “The Refiner’s Fire,” Ensign (CR) May 1979

To those who believe but wish their belief to be strengthened, I urge you to walk in faith and trust in God. Spiritual knowledge always requires an exercise of faith. We acquire a testimony of the principles of the gospel by obediently trying to live them. Said the Savior, “If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine.” A testimony of the efficacy of prayer comes through humble and sincere prayer. A testimony of tithing comes by paying tithing. Do not let your private doubts separate you from the divine source of knowledge. Prayerfully go forward, humbly seeking eternal light, and your unbelief will be dispelled. I testify that if you continue in the purposeful process of searching for and accepting spiritual light, truth, and knowledge, it will surely come. By going forward in faith, you will find that your faith will increase. Like a good seed, if it is not cast out by your unbelief, it will swell within your breast. - James E. Faust, “Lord, I Believe; Help Thou Mine Unbelief,” Ensign (CR) October 2003

I now turn to mastery of our own private thoughts. In this realm, conscience is the only referee that can blow the whistle when we get out of control. If not bridled, our thoughts can run wild. Our minds are a part of us that really require discipline and control. I believe reading the scriptures is the best washing machine for unclean or uncontrolled thoughts. For those who are eligible and worthy, the sanctity of the holy temple can lift our thoughts above the earthy. - James E. Faust, “The Power of Self-Mastery,” Ensign (CR) April 2000

However, true religion is not looking primarily for weaknesses, faults, and errors. It is the spirit of strengthening and overlooking faults even as we would wish our own faults to be overlooked. When we focus our entire attention on what may be wrong rather than what is right, we miss the sublime beauty and essence of the sweet gospel of the Master. - James E. Faust, "The Weightier Matters of the Law: Judgment, Mercy, and Faith,” Ensign (CR) October 1997

Brigham Young counseled that unless we ourselves are prepared for the day of the Lord’s vengeance when the wicked will be consumed, we should not be too anxious for the Lord to hasten his work. Said he rather, “Let our anxiety be centered upon this one thing, the sanctification of our own hearts, the purifying of our own affections” (in Journal of Discourses, 9:3). - James E. Faust, “Unwanted Messages,” Ensign (CR) October 1986

Since virtue and faith too often do not readily trade in the marketplace, some may feel that they can live by whatever standards their whim or fancy suggest. In a value-free society—free of morals, free of standards—many also live free of feelings of self-worth, self-respect, and dignity. Far too many young people, and older ones, too, fail to realize, as the motto of the city of Nottingham, England, affirms: Vivet post funera virtus (“Virtue lives on after death”). - James E. Faust, “The Dignity of Self,” Ensign (CR) April 1981

In the intellectual approach to human worth, the values of faith in God and virtuous behavior cannot be quantitatively proven or measured, and so faith and virtue are often rejected by many as worthless. This is a route destined to failure because it does not take into account the powerful importance of the subjective things we can know but not measure. For instance, I love my wife and family, and I feel their love for me. You cannot measure how deep our feelings of love are for each other, but that love is very real to us. Pain is also difficult to measure, but it is real. The same is true of faith in God. We can know of his existence without being able to quantitatively measure it. Paul states, "The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God." (Rom. 8:16.) - James E. Faust, "The Dignity of Self," Ensign (CR), May 1981, p. 8

Peace in this life is based upon faith and testimony. We can all find hope from our personal prayers and gain comfort from the scriptures. Priesthood blessings lift us and sustain us. Hope also comes from direct personal revelation, to which we are entitled if we are worthy. We also have the security of living in a time when a prophet who holds and exercises all of the keys of God's kingdom is on the earth. - James E. Faust, "Hope, an Anchor of the Soul," Ensign (CR), November 1999, p. 59

We have much reason to hope. Joy can be ours if we are willing to sacrifice all for the Lord. Then we can look forward to the infinitely priceless possibility of overcoming all the challenges of this life. Then we will be with the Savior forever and, as President Brigham Young also said, "anticipate enjoying the glory, excellency and exaltation which God has prepared for the faithful." - James E. Faust, "Where Do I Make My Stand?", Ensign (CR), November 2004, p.18

President Spencer W. Kimball taught us to "make one-time decisions to do right." He made important decisions early in his life so that he did not have to perpetually remake those decisions. He said, "We can push some things away from us once and have done with them … without having to brood and redecide a hundred times what it is we will do and what we will not do.” - James E. Faust, "We Seek After These Things," Ensign (CR), May 1998, p.43

If you take each challenge one step at a time, with faith in every footstep, your strength and understanding will increase. You cannot foresee all of the turns and twists ahead. My counsel to you is to follow the direction of the Savior of the world: "Be not afraid, only believe.” - James E. Faust, "Pioneers of the Future: 'Be Not Afraid, Only Believe’," Ensign (CR), November 1997, p.42

Members of the Church are to seek after loveliness. We do not seek a veneer painted on by a worldly brush but the pure, innate beauty that God has planted in our souls. We should seek after those things that endow higher thoughts and finer impulses. - James E. Faust, "We Seek After These Things," Ensign (CR), May 1998, p.43

It is my firm belief, after many years of close observation, that those who honestly pay their tithes and offerings do prosper and get along better in almost every way. It is my testimony that in discharging this debt to the Lord, one enjoys great personal satisfaction. Unfortunately this great satisfaction will be known only by those who have the faith and strength to keep this commandment. - James E. Faust, "Responsibility for Welfare Rests with Me and My Family," Ensign (CR), May 1986, p.20

As the humble servants of God—the General Authorities, the missionaries, and others—travel throughout the world, we are compelled to ask: What can we do for the peoples of the earth? What can we give that no one else can? What can justify the great expenditure of effort, time, and means to “go … into all the world,” as the Savior commanded. We cannot change the economy of countries. We do not seek to change governments. The answer is simple. We can offer the hope promised by the Savior: "Peace in this world, and eternal life in the world to come." - James E. Faust, “Heirs to the Kingdom of God,” Ensign (CR), May 1995, p.61

Some of you are well on your way to successfully meeting some of your goals in life. We are proud of you. My father once told me that he thought he would have it made when he graduated from law school. He said that really in a sense his graduation was only the beginning of greater challenges. We do not have it made, nor will we be free from worldly challenges in this life. - James E. Faust, “Message to My Grandsons,” Ensign (CR) April 2007

Honesty is a very important part of character. We have all seen men who think they are not accountable to the laws of men or of God. They seem to feel that the rules of human conduct do not apply to them. A popular philosophy is “What can I get away with?” As someone once said, “The difference between a moral man and a man of honor is that the latter regrets a discreditable act even when it has worked.” - James E. Faust, "We Seek After These Things", Ensign (CR), May 1998, p.43)

As President Boyd K. Packer has said, “If you don't know where to start, start with yourself. If you don't know what records to get, and how to get them, start with what you have.” You will learn about the phenomenon that is you. It can be more fascinating than any movie you might see or any computer game you might play. - James E. Faust, “The Phenomenon That Is You,” Ensign (CR), November 2003, p.53

If we can find forgiveness in our hearts for those who have caused us hurt and injury, we will rise to a higher level of self-esteem and well-being. Some recent studies show that people who are taught to forgive become "less angry, more hopeful, less depressed, less anxious and less stressed," which leads to greater physical well-being. Another of these studies concludes "that forgiveness . . . is a liberating gift [that]people can give to themselves." - James E. Faust, “The Healing Power of Forgiveness,” Ensign (CR) May 2007

A priesthood blessing is sacred. It can be a holy and inspired statement of our wants and needs. If we are in tune spiritually, we can receive a confirming witness of the truth of the promised blessings. Priesthood blessings can help us in the small and great decisions of our lives. If, through our priesthood blessings, we could perceive only a small part of the person God intends us to be, we would lose our fear and never doubt again. -
James E. Faust, “Priesthood Blessings,” Ensign (CR), November 1995, p.62

The dignity of self is greatly enhanced by looking upward in the search for holiness. Like the giant trees, we should reach up for the light. The most important source of light we can come to know is the gift of the Holy Ghost. It is the source of inner strength and peace. -
James E. Faust, “The Dignity of Self,” Ensign (CR), May 1981, p.8

President Brigham Young said he recollected many times the Prophet Joseph Smith saying that he "had to pray all the time, exercise faith,live his religion, and magnify his calling, to obtain the manifestations of the Lord, and to keep him steadfast in the faith." All of us may expect some challenges to our faith. These challenges may come in different ways. You may not always like the counsel that the Church leaders give to you. They are not trying to be popular. They are trying to help us avoid the calamities and disappointments that come through disobedience to God's laws. - James E. Faust, “Called and Chosen,” Ensign (CR) November 2005

The priesthood of God is a shield. It is a shield against the evils of the world. That shield needs to be kept clean; otherwise, our vision of our purpose and the dangers around us will be limited. The cleansing agent is personal righteousness, but not all will pay the price to keep their shields clean. The Lord said, “For many are called, but few are chosen.” We are called when hands are laid upon our heads and we are given the priesthood, but we are not chosen until we have demonstrated to God our righteousness, our faithfulness, and our commitment. – James E. Faust, “Called and Chosen,” Ensign (CR) November 2005

I believe the Lord has brought forth special spirits who were reserved from before the world was to be strong and valiant in this difficult time of the world’s history. Upon you young men [and young women] will soon rest the future of the kingdom of God on earth. In your time, the challenges and opportunities will be greater than ever before. –
James E. Faust, “Acting for Ourselves and Not Being Acted Upon,” Ensign (CR) November 1995

It has been almost two thousand years since the wondrous occasion when death was conquered. We still do not know how the Savior was able to take upon Himself and bear our transgressions, our foolishness, our grief, our sorrows, and our burdens. It was indefinable and unfathomable. It was almost unbearable. The indescribable agony was so great in Gethsemane that “his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” (Luke 22:44.) The haunting cry on the cross, in a loud voice in His native Aramaic, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Mark 15:34) gives but a mere glimpse of His suffering and humiliation. One cannot help wondering how many of those drops of precious blood each of us may be responsible for. – James E. Faust, “The Supernal Gift of the Atonement,” Ensign (CR) November 1988

The Savior gives us a profound key by which we can cope with and even surmount the debilitating forces of the world. Said the Savior, “I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.” This grand key then is that, regardless of the saturation of wickedness around us, we must stay free from the evil of the world. The Savior’s prayer both commands us to avoid evil and proffers divine help to do so. Through this effort we become one with our Lord. The prayer of the Savior in Gethsemane was, “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.” – James E. Faust, “Woman, Why Weepest Thou?” Ensign (CR) November 1996

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