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"The Lord has promised to heal our broken hearts and 'to set at liberty them that are bruised' (
Luke 4:18 ); to give power to the faint, to heal the wounded soul, and to turn our weakness into strength (see Isa. 40:29 ; Jacob 2:8 ; Ether 12:27 ); to take upon Him our pains and sicknesses, to blot out our transgressions if we repent, and loose the bands of death (see Alma 7:11-13 ). He promised that if we will build our lives upon His rock, the devil will have no power over us (see Hel. 5:12 ). And He has vowed that He will never leave us or forsake us (see Heb. 13:5 ). There is simply no mortal equivalent. Not in terms of commitment, power, or love. He is our only chance." - Sheri L. Dew, " Our Only Chance ," Ensign, May 1999, p. 67

"Left to his own devices, the natural man inevitably succumbs to Satan (see
Mosiah 3:19 ), who abandons his prey once he lures them from the straight and narrow path. But the Savior will guide those who follow Him all the way home. Lehi's family endured an intense wilderness experience designed to teach, test, and sanctify them. Likewise, the path from our former home to eternal life runs right through this earthly wilderness, where we may expect similar challenges and difficulties. But in our journey we are not alone, for the Lord's promise to Lehi is the same to us: 'I will prepare the way before you [and] inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments ye shall be led towards the promised land.... After ye have arrived... ye shall know that... I, the Lord, did deliver you' ( 1 Ne. 17:13-14 )." - Sheri L. Dew, " Our Only Chance ," Ensign, May 1999, p. 66-67

"The Savior's Atonement is stunningly inclusive! 'For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive' (
1 Cor. 15:22 ; emphasis added). Come one, come all, the Lord has invited. The gospel of Jesus Christ is for every man and woman, boy and girl. He doesn't change the rules for the rich or the poor, the married or unmarried, the Portuguese or the Chinese. The gospel is for every one of us, and the spiritual requirements and rewards are universal. In matters pertaining to salvation, 'all are alike unto God' ( 2 Ne. 26:33 ; emphasis added). The Lord's motives stand in stark contrast to those of Lucifer, who is obsessed with attempting to make us feel less than who we are as sons and daughters of God. He despises a consecrated people and delights at obscuring our vision and enticing us away from the path that leads back to our heavenly home." - Sheri L. Dew, " Our Only Chance ," Ensign, May 1999, p. 66

"Through the years I, like you, have experienced pressures and disappointments that would have crushed me had I not been able to draw upon a source of wisdom and strength far greater than my own. He has never forgotten or forsaken me, and I have come to know for myself that Jesus is the Christ and that this is His Church. With Ammon I say, '[For] who can glory too much in the Lord? Yea, who can say too much of his great power, and of his mercy... ? Behold,... I cannot say the smallest part which I feel' (
Alma 26:16 ). I testify that in this, the twilight of the dispensation of the fulness of times, when Lucifer is working overtime to jeopardize our journey home and to separate us from the Savior's atoning power, the only answer for any of us is Jesus Christ." - Sheri L. Dew, " Our Only Chance ," Ensign, May 1999, p. 67

"It is by letting the world go and coming unto Christ that we increasingly live as women of God. We were born for eternal glory. Just as faithful men were foreordained to hold the priesthood, we were foreordained to be women of God. We are women of faith, virtue, vision, and charity who rejoice in motherhood and in womanhood and in the family. We are not panicked about perfection, but we are working to become more pure. And we know that in the strength of the Lord we can do all righteous things because we have immersed ourselves in His gospel (see
Alma 26:12 ). I repeat, we cannot be women of the world, for we are latter-day women of God. As President Kimball taught, 'No greater recognition can come to [us] in this world than to be known as [women] of God' (' The Role of Righteous Women ,' Ensign, November 1979, p. 102)." - Sheri L. Dew, " We Are Women of God ," Ensign, November 1999, p. 99

"The Lord revealed the remedy for such spiritual disaster when He counseled Emma Smith to 'lay aside the things of this world, and seek for the things of a better' (
D&C 25:10 ). And Christ provided the pattern, declaring prior to Gethsemane, 'I have overcome the world' ( John 16:33 ; emphasis added). The only way that we may overcome the world is by coming unto Christ. And coming unto Christ means walking away from the world. It means placing Christ and Christ only at the center of our lives so that the vanities and philosophies of men lose their addictive appeal. Satan is the god of Babylon, or this world. Christ is the God of Israel, and His Atonement gives us power to overcome the world. 'If you expect glory, intelligence and endless lives,' said President Joseph F. Smith, 'let the world go' (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph F. Smith [1998], 243; emphasis added)." - Sheri L. Dew, " We Are Women of God ," Ensign, Nov. 1999, p. 98

"There are many ways to draw near, seek, ask, and knock. If, for example, your prayers offered to Heavenly Father in the name of Christ have become a little casual, would you recommit yourself to meaningful prayer, offered in unrushed solitude and with a repentant heart? If you have not yet come to appreciate the peace and the power of temple worship, would you partake of the ordinances of the house of the Lord as often as your circumstances allow? If you have not yet found that immersion in the scriptures increases your sensitivity to the Spirit, would you consider incorporating the word of God into your life more consistently? Tonight would be a wonderful time to begin." - Sheri L. Dew, "
Are You the Woman I Think You Are? " Ensign, Nov. 1997, 92

"The pain of loneliness seems to be part of the mortal experience. But the Lord in His mercy has made it so that we need never deal with the challenges of mortality alone.

"I was thinking about this recently as I sat through a meeting where the speaker seemed preoccupied with how hard it is to live the gospel. By the end of the meeting, I was depressed. He had made living the gospel seem like a sentence to life on the rock pile. It's not living the gospel that's hard. Its life that's hard. Its picking up the pieces when covenants have been compromised or values violated that's hard. The gospel is the Good News that provides us the tools to cope with the mistakes, the heartaches, the disappointments we can expect to experience here." - Sheri L. Dew, "
We Are Not Alone ," Ensign (CR), November 1998, p.94

"If we live on the Lord's side of the line, Lucifer cannot come there to influence us. What an offer of safety and security in a world that Lucifer has turned into enemy-occupied territory; a world where his enticements are more provocative and enslaving than ever; a world where he will resort to any tactic to lure us to his side of the line where we are no longer under the influence and protection of the Holy Ghost. Fortunately, Satan can't make us do anything. The Prophet Joseph said: 'As well might the devil seek to dethrone Jehovah, as overthrow an innocent soul that resists everything which is evil' (History of the Church, 4:605)." - Sheri L. Dew, "No Doubt About It"

"The adversary is delighted when we act like sightseers, meaning those who are hearers rather than doers of the word (see
James 1:22 ), or shoppers, meaning those preoccupied with the vain things of this world that suffocate our spirits. Satan baits us with perishable pleasures and preoccupations—our bank accounts, our wardrobes, even our waistlines—for he knows that where our treasure is, there will our hearts be also (see Matt. 6:21 ). Unfortunately, it is easy to let the blinding glare of the adversary's enticements distract us from the light of Christ. 'For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?' ( Matt. 16:26 ).

"Prophets have admonished us to forsake the world and turn our hearts to Jesus Christ, who promised us, 'In this world your joy is not full, but in me your joy is full' (D&C
101:36; emphasis added). Said President Spencer W. Kimball, 'If we insist on spending all our time and resources building up ... a worldly kingdom, that is exactly what we will inherit' (' The False Gods We Worship ,' Ensign, June 1976, 6). How often are we so focused on pursuing the so-called good life that we lose sight of eternal life? It is the fatal spiritual equivalent of selling our birthright for a mess of pottage." - Sheri L. Dew, " We Are Women of God ," Ensign (CR), November 1999, p.97

"If we don't have a clear sense of our identity and purpose, we are much more vulnerable to Lucifer. He of course knows this and accordingly attempts to blur our vision. He lies. He shades and obliterates truth. He makes evil look good and good look unenlightened and unsophisticated. Make no mistake about it: Lucifer will do anything to derail, disappoint, dishearten, discourage, and deceive us—and particularly those who have made and are seeking to keep sacred covenants. His motives are entirely self-centered, selfish, destructive, and evil." - Sheri L. Dew, "No Doubt About It"

"By and large, the men and women of this Church are bright and capable. But none of us is that smart. None of us is resilient enough to tango with the adversary. We can never match his cunning or his talent for deception and diversion. He will outsmart, outmaneuver, and outlast us every time we willingly consent to a duel. Lucifer is like the ultimate carnival barker: 'Step right up. Come on in. Don't miss the greatest show on earth.' But as soon as he has you inside his tent, he will leave you to twist in agony and isolation and darkness." - Sheri L. Dew, "No Doubt About It"

The Holy Ghost enlarges our minds, our hearts, and our understanding; helps us subdue weaknesses and resist temptation; inspires humility and repentance; guides and protects us in miraculous ways; and gifts us with wisdom, divine encouragement, peace of mind, a desire to change, and the ability to differentiate between the philosophies of men and revealed truth. The Holy Ghost is the minister and messenger of the Father and the Son, and He testifies of both Their glorious, global reality and Their connection to us personally. Without the presence of the Spirit, it is impossible to comprehend our personal mission or to have the reassurance that our course is right. - Sheri L. Dew, "We Are Not Alone," Ensign (CR) November 1998

This is a day when the adversary has launched an all-out attack against womanhood, because he knows—he absolutely knows—that the influence of a righteous woman is enormous and that it spans generations. He would have us be disinterested in marriage and motherhood, confused by the world’s view of men and women, too harried by the pace of life to really live the gospel and to let it penetrate our souls. At all costs, he wants to keep us at arm’s length from Jesus Christ. For if we don’t come unto Christ, meaning that we never turn our lives over to Him, we will go through our probation here on our own rather than experiencing what the Savior promised when He said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28). - Sheri L. Dew, “Are You the Woman I Think You Are?” Ensign (CR) November 1997

We have our problems and we have them aplenty. Little by little, one misdeed, one deception, one self-centered act, one person at a time, the character of the American people is being reshaped. Thus, if we are to change society, we must change ourselves. For one person can make a difference. It was one woman, the Jewish Queen Esther, who ignored personal danger, spoke truth, and saved a people. Surely the words Mordecai spoke to her apply to us all: "Who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" (Esther 4:14). - Sheri L. Dew, "No One Can Take Your Place”

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