The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Listening

"As you develop your capacity to love unconditionally, remember that listening is a part of showing love.  If your home is a home where children are listened to, even when what they say doesn't seem important or you don't feel you have time, then you are preparing hearts.  Can we listen openly to a shocking experience without going into a state of shock ourselves, or without an immediate verbal overreaction? We all know there is a time to talk and a time to listen.  To listen with patience to a young peer son's reasons for getting home late bring you undying gratitude. Remember, you can listen to understand, not necessarily to agree.  Ofttimes we do our best teaching when we listen.  Husband and wife relationships are nourished and strengthened as we listen to each other more.  Hearts are softened." — H. Burke Peterson, Preparing The Heart, General Conference, April 1990

"On the other hand, I urge you children to be patient with your parents. If they seem to be out of touch on such vital issues as dating, clothing styles, modern music, and use of family cars, listen to them anyway. They have the experience that you lack. Very few, if any, of the challenges and temptations you face are new to them. If you think they know nothing about the vital issues I just mentioned, take a good look at their high school and college yearbooks. Most important, they love you and will do anything they can to help you be truly happy." — Joseph B. Wirthlin, Patience, a Key to Happiness, General Conference, April 1987

"Parents, would you draw near to each member of your family? Learn to communicate with God and with one another. Hold family prayer each morning and evening; have individual prayer. Teach your children to "listen" when they pray. Learn to listen to your children. It is often true that 90 percent of our help comes from listening only. Learn to ponder. Take time to meditate." — A. Theodore Tuttle, Improvement Era, June 1970, p.81

"Are you enjoying the warmth and security and love of your parents? Do you counsel with them? Are you sharing precious experiences with them? Do you listen to them? When you return home can they see and feel and hear of your love for them? Are you too big to hug and kiss them now? Remember, one day they will be gone." — Robert B. Harbertson, "Families", BYU Speeches of the Year, 2 June 1985

"In all things there is a priority of importance. ... And one of our urgent opportunities is to respond to a child when he earnestly asks — remembering that they don't always ask, that they aren't always teachable, that they won't always listen. And often we have to take them on their terms, at their times, and not always on our terms, and at our times. But if we respond to them with sincere attention and sincere concern, they will likely continue to come to us and ask. And if they find they can trust us with their trivial questions, they may later trust us with the more weighty ones." Richard L. Evans, Thoughts for One Hundred Days, 5 vols., Salt Lake City: Publishers Press, 1972, 5:114-15

"Carefully listen to learn from the Lord through the still small voice-the Holy Spirit-which leads to truth. (See 1 Kgs. 19:12; 1 Ne. 17:45; D&C 85:6.) Listen to learn by studying scriptures that record His holy mind and will. (See John 5:39; Alma 14:1; Alma 33:2.) Listen to learn in prayer, for He will answer the humble who truly seek Him. (See Mosiah 9:18; Mosiah 23:10; Alma 9:26; D&C 19:23; D&C 112:10; Abr. 2:19; JS-H, footnote, para. 5, p. 59.)" - Russell M. Nelson, "Listen to Learn," Ensign, May 1991, pp. 24-25

"As we are learning to discern the promptings of the Spirit, there are so many distractions. At one time President Ezra Taft Benson reminded us that 'the world shouts louder than the whisperings of the Holy Ghost' ('Beware of Pride,' Ensign, May 1989, 5). Each of us has to learn to be sensitive and to listen to the whisper." - Janette Hales Beckham, "Making Faith a Reality," Ensign, Nov. 1997, 75

"I think things do not happen by chance. I think they happen by appointment, under the plans of God. I think he governs and rules, and that he whispers to those who will listen to him. And to those who listen to him, and respond, he confides his Holy Spirit, and he gives them a power and a strength that is not of man, but comes from Him." - Samuel O. Bennion, "Conference Report," April 1938, Afternoon Meeting, p.60

“We do not need greater prophets. We need listening ears. We need hearts that are sufficiently pure that we can feel their words. We need souls that will commit to the keeping of our covenants.” - L. Aldin Porter, “The Revelations of Heaven,” Ensign (CR), November 1994, p. 62

But I tell you this: God cares about you. He will listen, and He will answer your personal questions. The answers to your prayers will come in His own way and in His own time, and therefore, you need to learn to listen to His voice. God wants you to find your way back to Him, and the Savior is the way. God wants you to learn of His Son, Jesus Christ, and experience the profound peace and joy that come from following the path of divine discipleship. - Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Receiving a Testimony of Light and Truth,” Ensign (CR) November 2014

The LDS Daily WOOL Home Page