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The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - The Natural Man

"When we use these sacred words, 'in the name of Jesus Christ,' they are much more than a way to get out of a prayer or out of a testimony or out of a talk. We are on holy ground, brothers and sisters. We are using a name most sublime, most holy, and most wonderful-the very name of the Son of God. We are now able to come unto the Father through His Beloved Son. What power and reassurance and peace come when we really pray in His name. This conclusion to the prayer may, in many ways, be the most important part of the prayer. We can appeal to the Father through His victorious Son with confidence that our prayers will be heard. We can ask and receive, we can seek and find and subsequently find the open door." - L. Edward Brown, "Pray unto the Father in My Name," General Conference, April 1997

“The natural inclination of man is to rely solely upon himself and to ignore the purpose of his existence as well as his relationship to God who is his spiritual father. If man will recognize his divine origin, he will then realize his Heavenly Father will not leave him alone to grope in darkness of mind and spirit, but will make available a power to influence him in right paths and into standards of good behavior. The Holy Ghost is that power.” - Delbert L. Stapley, “Conference Report,” October 1966, Third Day–Morning Meeting, p. 114

“Burdens provide opportunities to practice virtues that contribute to eventual perfection. They invite us to yield ‘to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and [put] off the natural man and [become] a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and [become] as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon [us], even as a child doth submit to his father.’ Thus burdens become blessings, though often such blessings are well disguised and may require time, effort, and faith to accept and understand.” – L. Clayton Whitney, “That Your Burdens May Be Light,” Ensign, November 2009

Why would God command us to beware? He knows that Satan is an actual being who seeks to drag down our souls into the gulf of misery. God also knows that lurking within priesthood holders is a “natural man” “prone to wander.” Thus, prophets invite us to “put off the old man” and “put on Christ” through faith, repentance, saving ordinances, and daily gospel living. -
Anthony D. Perkins, “Beware Concerning Yourselves,” Ensign (CR) November 2012

People who speak of their private lives as a thing apart from their professions would well remember this sentence from Stanford University's Dr. David Starr Jordan: "There is no real excellence in all this world," he said, "which can be separated from right living." (The University and the Common Man.) -
Richard L. Evans, "Conference Report," April 1969, Afternoon Meeting, p. 74

The only way we can know God is to live as he lives, to think as he thinks, and to experience what he experiences. Interpreted in this light, we are brought face to face with the powerful Mormon doctrine which declares that "As man is God once was, and as God is man may be." It is positively true that the growth, the eternal progression, for which life offers opportunities reach their culminating point in a life patterned after that of Jesus; therefore, it is the purpose of life to live as the Savior taught us to live and as he himself lived. - Milton R. Hunter, "Conference Report," October 1945, Afternoon Meeting, p. 111

My brethren and sisters, it is religion that must solve the problems of our civilization today, and if we do not go back to God and the religion of the Master, our western civilization is destined to be destroyed. Religion at its best has supplied, and it can now supply, "the motives, faiths, insights, hopes, convictions, by which men inwardly come to terms with themselves and with their fellow men." We must come to a new spiritual ascendency over our baser selves. To achieve peace in this world of ours, this will have to be done. - Levi Edgar Young, "Conference Report," October 1936, Second Day-Morning Meeting, p.67

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