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"Fortunately, the Lord loves us and is willing to help us learn to take 'counsel from his hand' if we sincerely desire to be a follower of righteousness." — Marion G. Romney, "Seek Not to Counsel the Lord," "Ensign," Aug. 1985, p. 3-4

"To harden the heart is to ignore or not be willing to accept counsel." — Rulon G. Craven, "Temptation," "Ensign," May 1996, p. 76

"With the help of the Lord and His doctrine, all the hurtful effects from challenges a family may meet can be understood and overcome. Whatever the needs of family members may be, we can strengthen our families as we follow the counsel given by prophets." — Robert D. Hales, "Strengthening Families: Our Sacred Duty," "Ensign," May 1999, p. 33

"The power and authority of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles extend to Christ's ordained work in all the world. He has appointed the Apostles and the Seventy to travel in all nations to build up and regulate the Church. The Lord also calls standing ministers, such as your stake president and bishop, to bless us where we are. He has affirmed the validity of his ordained representatives: 'Whether by mine [page 32] own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same' (D&C 1:38). Those in authority have no question about whose work this is and for whom we labor." — V. Dallas Merrell, "Beyond the Genius of Man," "New Era," Dec. 1993, p. 31-32

"Another fallacy is to believe that the choice to accept or not accept the counsel of prophets is no more than deciding whether to accept good advice and gain its benefits or to stay where we are. But the choice not to take prophetic counsel changes the very ground upon which we stand. It becomes more dangerous. The failure to take prophetic counsel lessens our power to take inspired counsel in the future. The best time to have decided to help Noah build the ark was the first time he asked. Each time he asked after that, each failure to respond would have lessened sensitivity to the Spirit. And so each time his request would have seemed more foolish, until the rain came. And then it was too late." — Henry B. Eyring, "Finding Safety in Counsel," "Ensign," May 1997, p. 25

"Sometimes we will receive counsel that we cannot understand or that seems not to apply to us, even after careful prayer and thought. Don't discard the counsel, but hold it close. If someone you trusted handed you what appeared to be nothing more than sand with the promise that it contained gold, you might wisely hold it in your hand awhile, shaking it gently. Every time I have done that with counsel from a prophet, after a time the gold flakes have begun to appear and I have been grateful." - Henry B. Eyring, "Finding Safety in Counsel," General Conference, April 1997

"When any of you receive a rebuke or a correction, acknowledge it at once, and say to the one who administers it, Thank you, brother; God bless you! and may the Almighty give me power to do good! I have heard men say that it was one of the greatest things in a man's favour, when the truth was told to him, to acknowledge it; and I consider it to be a strong proof of a man's honesty and of his desire to do right. I have heard men say a great many times that it was the hardest thing they ever experienced, to have to acknowledge the truth of a correction that was given to them by a servant of God. In regard to that, I will say that those who will not do it will have that light taken away from them that was previously given. The Lord will take from him that hath not that which he seemeth to have, and he will give it to him that is more worthy and more desirous to improve upon it. Let me advise you to be like the honey bee which gathers honey from every opening flower, but does not destroy the flower itself. I have heard of men who are guilty of making the most extravagant assertions, and then boasting that they never recant or take anything back. All I have to say of such men is, that, as the Lord God lives, he will make them take back everything that is not right to remain. I advise you to take reproof and correction in the spirit of meekness and humility." - Heber C. Kimball, "Journal of Discourses," 9:41


“I know of nothing that I feel is of so great value in life as to be obedient to the counsel and advice of the Lord, and of His servants in this our day.” - Heber J. Grant, “Gospel Standards: Selections from the Sermons and Writings of Heber J. Grant,” compiled by G. Homer Durham, p. 69

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