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"When temptation besets us, we experience pain of conscience. A sensitive conscience is the evidence of a healthy spirit. The pain or guilt we feel is the spirit's reaction to temptation, imperfection, or sin. Conscience is the companion of every traveler (see Moro. 7:16-19); it can also make the trip very uncomfortable, since 'all have sinned' and 'the Lord cannot look upon sin with the least degree of allowance' (Rom. 3:23; D&C 1:31). Thanks be to God for this supernal gift, for it can lead us to repentance and peace of conscience (see Mosiah 4:1-3)." - Keith B. McMullin, "Welcome Home," Ensign, May 1999, p. 80

"Jesus, the very thought of Thee fills my heart with inexpressible joy. It controls every part of my being. My life, my loves, my ambitions are molded, enlivened, and given purpose because I know that Thou art the Christ, the Holy One." - Keith B. McMullin, "Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee," General Conference, April 2004

"Heavenly Father knew the grave dangers we would face on our journey through life, but He remains resolute in His desire to have each and every one of His children return home. Therefore, He gave us time-time to work out our mistakes, time to overcome our sins, time to prepare for reunion. 'There was a space granted unto man in which he might repent; therefore this life became a probationary state; a time to prepare to meet God' (Alma 12:24)." - Keith B. McMullin, "Welcome Home," Ensign, May 1999, p. 80

"As the world could not overcome Him in the meridian of time, so the world cannot do without Him in our time, and neither can we. His purpose is 'to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.' (Moses 1:39) Hence, He came to the Prophet Joseph Smith, restored the priesthood, reestablished His Church, and again proclaimed the plan of redemption." - Keith B. McMullin, "Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee," Ensign (CR), May 2004, p.33

"Worldly lusts lose their allure as the holy sacrament assumes its proper place in our lives. This covenant enables the faithful to keep themselves unspotted from the world. (D&C 59:9)" - Keith B. McMullin, "An Invitation with Promise," Ensign (CR), May 2001, p.61

"The doctrine of the Second Coming of the Messiah provides one of the great incentives to prepare and live right. Heavenly Father knows that promised rewards encourage His children to do works of righteousness and promised penalties create a dread of doing evil. Such are the revelations pertaining to the Second Coming of our Lord. (See Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 3 vols. (1966–73), 1:677–78.)" - Keith B. McMullin, "Lay Up in Store," General Conference, April 2007

"It is with great reverence and awe that I bear witness of the Lord Jesus Christ. In doing so, I am reminded how careful we must be in the use of His name. While His influence, teachings, and deliverance endear Him to us, we would do well not to speak of Him as though He were the friend next door." - Keith B. McMullin, "God Loves and Helps All of His Children," (CR) October 2008

"For those who eschew evil and live good lives, who strive for a brighter day and keep the commandments of God, things can get better and better even in the face of tragedy. The Savior showed us the way. From Gethsemane, the cross, and the tomb, He rose triumphant, bringing life and hope to us all. He bids us, 'Come, follow me.'" - Keith B. McMullin, "Our Path of Duty," Ensign (CR) May 2010

Duty, properly carried out, determines the destiny of peoples and nations. So fundamental is the principle of duty that priesthood bearers are admonished, “Wherefore, now let every man learn his duty, and to act in the office in which he is appointed, in all diligence.” - Keith B. McMullin, "The Power of the Aaronic Priesthood," Ensign (CR) October 2011

Decide now that whatever your pursuit in life, you will do better than your best. Leaving a legacy is an outgrowth of attitude. It emerges as we rise above ourselves. - Keith B. McMullin, "Signposts for Your Future," New Era, January 2000

Prayer offers each of us the privilege of divine guidance in a troubled world. God, our Heavenly Father, desires that His children speak with Him. Take time to pray. Go to Him in humility, in faith, and in the sacred name of Jesus Christ.  He hears. He knows. He answers. “For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened” (Matt. 7:8). God be thanked for the precious and wondrous gift of prayer. - Keith B. McMullin, "Words of Jesus: Prayer," Ensign, January 2003

Strength and resiliency come by righteous living. One is not righteous who is a saint on Sunday and a slacker the remainder of the week. Unchecked appetites are destructive and cause men to “trifle … with sacred things.” President Brigham Young taught, “The sin that will cleave to all the posterity of Adam and Eve is, that they have not done as well as they knew how.” - Keith B. McMullin, “Be Prepared … Be Ye Strong from Henceforth,” Ensign (CR) November 2005

It is true that in this life we are only as free as our mortal circumstances allow. We may not be able to stay the course of war in distant lands or with our puny arm hold back the tempests that rage or run freely when our body is imprisoned by failing health. But it is verily true that such things do not ultimately control our personal world. We do! - Keith B. McMullin, “Be Prepared… Be Ye Strong from Henceforth,” Ensign (CR) November 2005

Mortal life is like unto the traveler on a homeward journey. The miles seem long, the minutes slow, the events of the day protracted and tedious. Eventually, however, familiar scenes come into view. They may be hills or valleys, country landscapes or towering buildings, a teeming thoroughfare or a quiet neighborhood street. Whatever the scene, its familiarity quickens the traveler's step, invigorates his wearied soul, and restores sweet feelings of anticipation and peace. At long last, he is home again. - Keith B. McMullin, "Welcome Home," Ensign (CR), May 1999, p. 79

The ancient prophet Enoch labored many years to bring his people to this state of righteousness. Like our day, they also lived in a time of wickedness, wars, and bloodshed. But the righteous people responded. “And the Lord called his people Zion, because they were of one heart and one mind,and dwelt in righteousness; and there was no poor among them.”

Take special note of the word because in this scripture. Zion is established and flourishes because of the God-inspired lives and labors of its citizens. Zion comes not as a gift but because virtuous covenant people are drawn together and build it. – Keith B. McMullin, “Come to Zion! Come to Zion!” Ensign (CR) November 2002

This Jesus, who is called Christ, wrought out a perfect atonement for all mankind by His incomparable life, His suffering in Gethsemane, the shedding of His blood, His death upon the cross, and His glorious Resurrection. He conquered the grave, and because of Him, so will we. – Keith B. McMullin, “Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee,” Ensign (CR) May 2004

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