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"Well, Christ's love can be tough. What is he trying to do with us? In his best-seller, The Road Less Traveled (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1978), Dr. M. Scott Peck said that no matter how much we may pussyfoot around it, all who ask the question 'What is God's love leading to?' come to a single terrifying conclusion: God wants us to become like himself. We are being prepared for godhood, and it hurts; it hurts abominably, but there is peace." — John K. Carmack, "Upheld by the Prayers of the Church," General Conference, April 1984

"Also, we need to use more fully the gifts of the Spirit, all of which operate through faith. These gifts are available to us today. Even the ultimate power--to raise the dead--is occasionally exercised by those of great faith. The sick are healed, the blind see, the lame walk, and evil spirits are cast out--all through faith and priesthood power in combination. I feel we do not enjoy enough spiritual gifts in our priesthood callings." — John K. Carmack, "Faith Yields Priesthood Power," Ensign, May 1993, p. 43

"Moroni taught the great principle that the Lord has allowed all of us to have weaknesses, but he added that the Lord will show us our weaknesses if we humble ourselves and come to Him. Then he added the crowning thought that those weaknesses can become our strengths as we overcome them. (See Ether 12:27.) This is true of low self-esteem. With the Lord's help we can overcome that serious impediment." - John K. Carmack, "To My Single Friends," Ensign, Mar. 1989, p. 31

My testimony is built on the firm convictions that the Book of Mormon is true and Jesus is our Savior. This spiritual foundation has helped me weather the storms of challenge and doubt. I started reading the Book of Mormon in my youth and have continued, learning and drinking its spirit with every study." - John K. Carmack, "United in Love and Testimony," Ensign (CR), May 2001, p.76

"Perhaps it is time that we humble ourselves and overcome the obstacles to faith, and then become converted as Peter did. Why go through life with two candlepower when more than four hundred watts are available? The tasks are so great! How can we possibly take the gospel to all the world and redeem the dead at the same time? I don't know, but the power and energy to do so must and will come by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ." - John K. Carmack, "Faith Yields Priesthood Power," Ensign (CR), May 1993, p. 41

May I suggest to all of the Church, and particularly to you young people and you missionaries throughout the world, don’t neglect those early morning prayers to our Heavenly Father. Through those prayers, you reach him, and through that, you can have peace.

“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” (Heb. 4:15.) - John K. Carmack, "Upheld by the Prayers of the Church," Ensign (CR) April 1984

Tolerant humans are slow to anger and quick to forgive. Whether or not their antagonist forgives them in turn, they freely forgive, leaving judgment to God. They know that not all problems can be solved and are willing to walk away from situations without bitterness or recrimination. This does not mean that they lack intelligence, judgment, or backbone, or that they handle their affairs loosely and without regard to their families' well-being, but rather that their action results from a Christ-like character trait. -
John K. Carmack, "Tolerance: Principles, Practices, Obstacles, Limit," p.50


Jesus explained, “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.) In other words, as you try it you can know it is true. This requires the faith to try, but it yields spiritual evidence. To the disciple who tries the experiment will come conviction, knowledge, and light. As the disciple continues, he receives “more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day.” (D&C 50:24.) – John K. Carmack, “The Soils and Roots of Testimony,” Ensign (CR) November 1988

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