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"May God bless you as a generation with a continuing sense of impending rendezvous with tasks you know not of yet, but for which you must be prepared. I see you as a generation fitted before you came here, measured for the challenges to be given to you. I plead with you to determine to settle in spiritually, by moving along in the pathway to becoming true believers in Christ." — Neal A. Maxwell, "True Believers," "New Era," Apr. 1994, p. 24

"During an informal fireside address held with a group of adult Latter-day Saints, the leader directing the discussion invited participation by asking the question: 'How can you tell if someone is converted to Jesus Christ?' For forty-five minutes those in attendance made numerous suggestions in response to this question, and the leader carefully wrote down each answer on a large blackboard. All of the comments were thoughtful and appropriate. But after a time, this great teacher erased everything he had written. Then, acknowledging that all of the comments had been worthwhile and appreciated, he taught a vital principle: 'The best and most clear indicator that we are progressing spiritually and coming unto Christ is the way we treat other people.'" — Marvin J. Ashton, "The Tongue Can Be a Sharp Sword," "Ensign," May 1992, p. 20

"I have no doubt that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as an institution can meet the challenge of entering into the year 2000. Growth in membership, the number of new temples, and the inspired organization are all in place to move with strength into the next century. Having the images of technology in our minds is commendable, but in order to move forward spiritually we need to have the Savior's image in our countenances and in our hearts." — James E. Faust, "This Is Our Day," "Ensign," May 1999, p. 18

"The Lord does not want His church to become root bound and stagnant." — Marvin J. Ashton, "Progress through Change," "Ensign," Nov. 1979, p. 61

"Somehow, some of us get it in our heads that if we are not making great, dramatic leaps forward spiritually, we are not progressing. Actually, for most of us, the challenge of living the gospel is that progress comes in almost imperceptible increments. It is very seldom that we can look back over one day and see great progress. Becoming like God takes years and years of striving, and trying again." — Gerald N. Lund, "I Have A Question," "Ensign," Aug. 1986, p. 41

"Apathy, or the 'all is well' (2 Ne. 28:21) syndrome, is another snare to be avoided. 'The peril of this century,' declared Elder David O. McKay (later, President of the Church) when he was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, 'is spiritual apathy.' (Conference Report, Oct. 1907, p. 62.) This spiritual apathy, complacency, and procrastination all lead to spiritual weakness and leave us dangerously susceptible to the ravages of temptation and sin. Failure to actively seek righteousness can cost us our exaltation as surely as choosing wickedness." - Clyde J. Williams, "A Shield against Evil," Ensign, Jan. 1996, pp. 30-31

"The Lord has often used mountaintops as sanctuaries. In Old Testament times, when temples were not available the Lord used mountaintops as sacred places in which to reveal truths to his prophets. Likewise, the New Testament and the Book of Mormon describe sacred mountaintops where God revealed truths to his servants. Joseph Smith, kneeling in the Sacred Grove, was figuratively kneeling at the top of a great spiritual mountain.

"Today the Lord provides us with ample space which, in a personal way, becomes our own spiritual mountaintop where we receive truth and inspiration. Searching the scriptures, for example, can answer many of the questions of our day by lifting our spirits to clarifying heights. Further, the world is dotted with holy temples which we may enter to receive instruction and inspiration and to perform sacred ordinances. Conferences such as this one, reports of the prophetic utterances of our beloved leaders, our own sacrament meetings and stake conferences—all provide rich, fulfilling opportunities to hear the truth and allow it to sink deep into our souls." - Jack H Goaslind, "Spiritual Mountaintops," Ensign, Nov. 1995, 9

"Sometimes we may feel that our spiritual edge has grown dull. On some very trying days, we may even feel that God has forgotten us, has left us alone in our confusion and concern. But that feeling is no more justified for the older ones among us than it is for the younger and less experienced. God knows and loves us all. We are, every one of us, his daughters and his sons, and whatever life's lessons may have brought us, the promise is still true: 'If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him' (James 1:5)." - Howard W. Hunter, "The Teachings of Howard W. Hunter," edited by Clyde J. Williams [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1997], p. 85

"It would seem of the utmost importance that thinking people everywhere should conscientiously reflect upon their spiritual assets. Man is a dual being, spiritual and physical. Whether it be an individual or a nation, he or it cannot achieve permanent success or happiness without spirituality. Paul said: 'For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.' (Rom. 8:6.)" - Joseph Anderson, "Strength of the Spirit," Ensign (CR), May 1974, p.9

"The generation of spiritual light comes from daily spiritual pedaling. It comes from praying, studying the scriptures, fasting, and serving—from living the gospel and obeying the commandments. 'He that keepeth his commandments receiveth truth and light,' (D&C 93:28) said the Lord, 'and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day.' (D&C 50:24) My brothers and sisters, that perfect day will be when we will stand in the presence of God the Father and Jesus Christ." - Robert D. Hales, "Out of Darkness into His Marvelous Light," Ensign (CR), May 2002, p.69

"The Lord, who knows all that through which we will pass, will help us to overcome in our 'small moment' of time (D&C 122:4). If we are settled, we will 'endure it well' (D&C 121:8) and 'hold fast' (1 Thes. 5:21). Endured righteously, 'all these things shall give [us] experience, and shall be for [our] good' (D&C 122:7). 'Think it not strange' when disciples are called upon to pass through 'the fiery trial,' said Peter (1 Pet. 4:12).

"Even so, the Saints of God, as prophesied, will eventually 'cry unto the Lord day and night until deliverance comes' (Prophetic Sayings of Heber C. Kimball, n.p., n.d., p. 6).

"The spiritually settled will finally overcome, and the glorious promise is, 'To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne' (Rev. 3:21)." - Neal A. Maxwell, "Overcome... Even As I Also Overcame," Ensign (CR), May 1987, p.70

"So let us look at ourselves. For the Church, the scriptures suggest both an accelerated sifting and accelerated spiritual and numerical growth—with all this preceding the time when the people of God will be 'armed with righteousness'—not weapons—and when the Lord's glory will be poured out upon them (1 Ne. 14:14; see also 1 Pet. 4:17; D&C 112:25). The Lord is determined to have a tried, pure, and proven people (see D&C 100:16; D&C 101:4; D&C 136:31), and 'there is nothing that the Lord thy God shall take in his heart to do but what he will do it' (Abr. 3:17).

"How can we, as individual members of the Church, survive spiritually if we do not honor our covenants? How can we survive spiritually if we break outright the covenants made at the time of baptism or in the holy temples? How can we be on the Lord's side during the 'great division' if we mirror the world's materialism and selfishness (see 2 Ne. 30:10)?" - Neal A. Maxwell, "For I Will Lead You Along," Ensign (CR), May 1988, p.7

"It matters not what position we may occupy in the Church or out of it. No man is so safe that he may boast of his own strength, but only as God shall be our strength and come to our rescue, and then shorten the days, will we be able to overcome, and finally gain the victory; at least, that is the way I read the holy scripture. And what is the equipment? Can, you, then, or can I, or can any human soul in all the world, combat and overcome the temptations of the present day in and of ourselves without being properly equipped for that great struggle? I answer 'No, we cannot.' We need the help of God. We need the companionship of His Holy Spirit. Without these we cannot succeed." - Rulon S. Wells, Conference Report, April 1922, Third Day—Morning Session, p.142

"Our most important spiritual nutrient is a testimony that God is our Eternal Father, that Jesus is our Savior and Redeemer, and that the Holy Ghost is our Comforter. This testimony is confirmed to us by the gift of the Holy Ghost. From this testimony we derive the spiritual nutrients of faith and trust in God, which bring forth the blessings of heaven. Spiritual nutrients come to us from various sources..." - James E. Faust, "Spiritual Nutrients," Ensign, November 2006

"So, first of all, we believe in Christ. And the test as to whether we believe in him is whether we believe his words and whether we believe those whom he hath sent—the Apostles and prophets of all the ages (D&C 1:38; 84:36). And then, having believed, we have the obligation of conforming to the truths that we have thus learned (Mosiah 4:10; Matt. 7:21). If we do conform we begin to grow in spiritual graces. We add to our faith virtue, and to our virtue knowledge, and to knowledge temperance and patience and godliness and all of the other attributes and characteristics that are written in the revelations (2 Pet. 1:5). So step by step and degree by degree we begin to become like God our Heavenly Father." - Bruce R. McConkie, "Sermons and Writings of Bruce R. McConkie," p.52

"Our thoughts, our words, our deeds make us what we are. King Benjamin, after his important address to the people gathered at the temple, summarized his concerns for them: 'If ye do not watch yourselves, and your thoughts, and your words, and your deeds, and observe the commandments of God, and continue in the faith of what ye have heard concerning the coming of our Lord, even unto the end of your lives, ye must perish. And now, O man, remember, and perish not' (Mosiah 4:30).

"I believe that to perish is to have the Spirit withdrawn, to bear the burden of darkness and despair. If our whole bodies are to be filled with light (see D&C 88:67), we must 'cast away [our] idle thoughts' (D&C 88:69). The Lord counsels, 'Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not' (D&C 6:36). Our doubts and our fears can imprison us and hold us hostage. We must exchange them for messages that free us—messages of faith, not fear." - Ardeth Greene Kapp, "Rejoice! His Promises Are Sure," p.101-102

"I never regard the message of Christ as being harsh. Sometimes it sounds a little harsh and rigorous, but I never regard it as being harsh. I always regard the message of Christ as being kindly, persuasive, forgiving and loving. I can't picture our Lord and Savior in any atmosphere other than that of love and kindness. I have always regarded the condemnations and penalties of which we sometimes speak as being largely in the nature of deprivations and retardations in our progress, for we are told, in what seems to me to be the very genius of the Gospel according to modern revelation—in the vision of the glories—that every one is to receive even more than he anticipates, but that the highest and the most perfect and the lovely blessings of the future are in store for those who live the Christly life upon which those blessings are predicated." - Stephen L. Richards, "Conference Report," October 1935, Third Day—Morning Meeting, p.97

"Thirty years' experience has taught me that every moment of my life must be holiness to the Lord, resulting from equity, justice, mercy, and uprightness in all my actions, which is the only course by which I can preserve the Spirit of the Almighty to myself." - "Discourses of Brigham Young," selected and arranged by John A. Widtsoe, p.267

"A person who has developed spirituality may suffer deeply and know frustration; but yet he is able to continue in showing forth kindness and love because of a power that rises up from his spiritual base that governs his actions and urges him to speak with a new tongue (2 Ne. 31:14), as Nephi said, and to be his best despite obstacles and setbacks." - David B. Haight, "Our Lord and Savior," Ensign (CR), May 1988, p.21

"The Lord has given us a beautiful plan about how we can return to Him, but the completion of our mortal journey requires spiritual fuel. We want to emulate the five wise virgins, who had stored sufficient fuel to accompany the bridegroom when he came (see Matthew 25:6–10). What is required to maintain a sufficient store of spiritual fuel? We must acquire knowledge of God’s eternal plan and our role in it, and then by living righteously, surrendering our will to the will of the Lord, we receive the promised blessings." - L. Tom Perry, "Let Him Do It With Simplicity," General Conference, October 2008

"Our spiritual journey is the process of a lifetime. We do not know everything in the beginning or even along the way. Our conversion comes step-by-step, line upon line. We first build a foundation of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We treasure the principles and ordinances of repentance, baptism, and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. We include a continuing commitment to prayer, a willingness to be obedient, and an ongoing witness of the Book of Mormon. (The Book of Mormon is powerful spiritual nourishment.)

"We then remain steady and patient as we progress through mortality. At times, the Lord’s answer will be, 'You don’t know everything, but you know enough'—enough to keep the commandments and to do what is right." - Neil L. Andersen, "You Know Enough," General Conference, October 2008

"Spiritual security will always depend upon how one lives, not where one lives. Saints in every land have equal claim upon the blessings of the Lord." - Russell M. Nelson, "The Gathering of Scattered Israel," CR October 2006

"Looking at vegetable life, we see plants that grow in darkness. They are pale; they possess not the beauty of those that grow in open sunlight. When I was a youth, I remember being sent into the cellar late in the spring to sprout some potatoes. Every sprout was reaching out for that ray of sunlight that came through a little aperture! And yet we go through life and see God's highest creation, man, turning his back on the light, and not as the potato sprout struggling therefore. I wonder if we are magnifying our calling and are growing toward the light in a desire to be warmed by Christ's love? I wonder if we know just who we are? If we do, let us be obedient unto every commandment of the Lord our Father." - Walter P. Monson, "Conference Report," April 1917, Outdoor Meeting, p.103

“In the  revelations  to the Prophet Joseph Smith, this matter is made very clear. Man is engaged in an eternal journey. Life on earth is but an episode in everlasting life. Therefore, all things that touch this eternal traveler belong to the plan under which he is moving forward. The distinction between things spiritual and temporal vanishes; they become merged, as the palm and back of the hand, as the warp and woof of the cloth. Man’s physical concerns acquire a spiritual value; and his spiritual activities have temporal counterparts. ‘Wherefore, verily I say unto you that all things unto me are spiritual, and not at any time have I given unto you a law which was temporal ... for my commandments are spiritual; they are not natural nor temporal, neither carnal nor sensual’ (D. & C. 29:34, 35). This makes the Word of Wisdom, tithing, prayer, or temple work, principles alike of spiritual essence. In that sense, the Church never departs from spiritual teachings.” - John A. Widtsoe, “Evidences and Reconciliations,” p. 279

“Our most fundamental doctrines impel us to improve, individually and collectively. We counsel one with another. We pray together and in secret. We acknowledge our weaknesses, search scriptures, and ponder course adjustments. We receive the righteous benefits from heavenly-inspired gifts of science, technology, and art. We correlate, correct, and realign, bringing all truth we are capable of receiving to harmonize our lives and the leadership and organization of this work with the teachings and perfect example of our leader, Jesus Christ.” - V. Dallas Merrell, “Power of the Church Rooted in Christ,” Ensign (CR), May 1993, p. 28

“One of those small things, I have learned, is that I must find the time to fill my own spiritual reservoir each day. It's tempting to make a massive list of my failings and then to work at them, as a friend of mine says, as though I am ‘killing snakes.’ Self-improvement may seem a kind of work project, but it is—at heart—a change of heart. When we women struggle to keep up with life-raising children, providing necessities, attending school, dealing with issues of age or ill health-our own spirituality often ends up at the bottom of our long ‘to do’ lists.” - Kathleen H. Hughes, “Out of Small Things,” Ensign (CR), November 2004, p. 109

“I have learned that where there is a prayerful heart, a hungering after righteousness, a forsaking of sins, and obedience to the commandments of God, the Lord pours out more and more light until one finally has power to pierce the heavenly veil and to know more than man knows. Such a person has a priceless promise that one day he will see the Lord's face and know that he is (see D&C 93:1).” – “The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball,” edited by Edward L. Kimball, p. 73

“I believe that men and women ought to prepare themselves—that they ought to know something about the gospel of Christ, and why they are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or ‘Mormons,’ as we are commonly called in the world, we ought to take advantage of opportunities that are offered us from time to time to learn more of the gospel and to become acquainted with the truths contained therein. It is just as necessary for us to learn the words of life that will bring us spiritual glory and exaltation as it is to labor hard for temporal things. We need the temporal things of life as taught in this Church, but we ought not to let the spiritual side of life go undeveloped. I believe that men and women can be led and are led too much into the ways of money-making and accumulating of means, to the expense, often, of their own spiritual welfare.” - Samuel O. Bennion, “Conference Report,” April 1918, Second Day—Morning Session, p. 43

"Where do we stand with the Lord? Are we happy with our own spirituality? Do we like what we see? Is the Holy Ghost our companion in life? Do we recognize the promptings of the Holy Spirit? The answers to these and other similar self-examination questions may help us to diagnose any spiritual illness which we may have." - Malcolm S. Jeppsen, "A Divine Prescription for Spiritual Healing," Ensign (CR), May 1994, p. 17

"By involvement [in the Church] we not only contribute service, but we accelerate our own spirituality by building a deepened and more direct personal relationship with our Father in Heaven. We are matured spiritually, so that even when some individuals in the Church fail or disappoint us, we are not dismayed. We must not overlook the significance of the Lord's revelation as contained in the Doctrine and Covenants, section 4: 'Lo, he that thrusteth in his sickle with his might, the same layeth up in store that he perisheth not, but bringeth salvation to his soul' (D&C 4:4). No one ever sets out to save someone else's soul without improving his own spiritual standing." - Harold B. Lee, "The Teachings of Harold B. Lee," edited by Clyde J. Williams, p. 179

"There is a means by which we can measure our progress to meet [the Second Coming]. If the breach is daily widening between ourselves and the world, as it is between the community of the Saints and the world, then we may be assured that our progress is certain, however slow. On the opposite hand, if our feelings and affections, our appetites and desires, are in unison with the world around us and freely fraternize with them, if our faith and our actions are cold and barren of good fruit, we should do well to examine ourselves. (Oct. 5, 1861, MS 23:645-46)." - George Q. Cannon, "Gospel Truth: Discourses and Writings of President George Q. Cannon," selected, arranged, and edited by Jerreld L. Newquist, p. 51

"As we concentrate on pleasing the Lord rather than others and continue to work hard, doing the things we don't know how to do yet, we will experience personal growth. We will increase our confidence in Heavenly Father and his Son, Jesus Christ. This faith assures us that in the end, we will not only survive but we will know great joy and happiness." - Virginia H. Pearce, "Fear," Ensign (CR), November 1992, p. 90

"To those who are within the sound of my voice this day and who have already entered the wicker basket of their spiritual balloon through baptism into the kingdom of God but who are just sitting there, waiting inactively for things to happen, cut the cords that hold you back from lift-off.

"To those who are quietly drifting at the same elevation with little upward mobility, take a close look at the ballast that prevents you from going to a higher level of performance. Make a decision and remove the restraining weight from your spiritual flight.

"I give you a solemn promise that if you do this, you will enjoy a feeling of spiritual euphoria because you will elevate yourself." - Jacob de Jager, "Climbing to Higher Spirituality," Ensign (CR), May 1983, p. 75

"Samuel the Lamanite prophet taught that 'whosoever repenteth not is hewn down and cast into the fire; and there cometh upon them again a spiritual death, yea, a second death, for they are cut off again as to things pertaining to righteousness' (Helaman 14:18).

"The tragedy of dying as to things that are spiritual has a greater impact for those who 'have been once enlightened by the Spirit of God, and have had great knowledge of things pertaining to righteousness, and then have fallen away into sin and transgression[;] they become more hardened, and thus their state becomes worse than though they had never known these things' (Alma 24:30).

"As parents and leaders we need to watch over our members and families, helping them to stay away from those things that could lead them to a spiritual death. We also seek to rescue those who are now dead as to the things that are spiritual and help them to 'be born again; yea, born of God, changed from their carnal and fallen state, to a state of righteousness, being redeemed of God, becoming his sons and daughters' (Mosiah 27:25)." - Francisco J. Viñas, "Things Pertaining to Righteousness," Ensign (CR) May 2010

The lesson is clear: if we do not constantly receive the spiritual nourishment needed daily, we will soon—as individuals and societies—be in dire straits, bereft of God’s protection, cut off from the healing influences of the Spirit. Just as one who is weakened by malnutrition soon may fall prey to infectious disease, so, too will we, if spiritually weakened, be ready prey for the adversary and his legions of dupes and devils. - Alexander B. Morrison, "Nourish the Flock of Christ," Ensign (CR) May 1992

Obedience to God’s commandments and our personal integrity and adherence to commitments provide the needed nutrients for fertile spiritual soil. It should be obvious to all of us that evil influences such as filthy language, immodest clothing and appearance, and pornography are bitter poisons that kill the soil and halt the spiritually subtle process of receiving help from heaven “line upon line, precept upon precept.” There can be no shortcut around the law of the harvest; truly, we reap what we sow (see Galatians 6:7). - David A. Bednar, "Line upon Line, Precept upon Precept (2 Nephi 28:30)," From a Brigham Young University–Idaho devotional given on September 11, 2001

I believe that each of us needs a spiritual checkup just about as often as we need a physical checkup; that each of us, the young, and the rest of us, needs to make an appraisal of himself as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ, and as the head of a family, or as a member of a family, from time to time to determine the degree of our fidelity and our allegiance and adherence to the accepted rules and doctrines of the Church. - Elray L. Christiansen, Conference Report, October 1959, Afternoon Meeting, p.68

There are three distinct things needed in the world today as forces to spiritualize humanity. First, a revival and adherence to the Ten Commandments given to Moses on Mount Sinai; the second is a renewal of faith in God the eternal father, and his son Jesus Christ; and the third a divine knowledge that in this day and age of the world the gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has been restored by revelation. The priesthood, sacred in its gift, divine in its influence, and spiritual in its character, has been given to man directly by the power of God. These are the three great truths that must be taught to the human race. - Levi Edgar Young, Conference Report, October 1927, Afternoon Meeting, p.77

In this time of impressive Church growth, it is well for us to look within our own souls to assess our individual spiritual vital signs. Too frequently Latter-day Saints of all ages yield to the temptation to explore and sample forbidden things of the world. Often this is not done with the intent to embrace these things permanently, but with the knowing decision to indulge in them momentarily, as though they hold a value of some kind too important or too exciting to pass by. While some recover from these excursions, an increasingly large number of tragedies occur that bring a blight and a despair into many lives. - Dean L. Larsen, "The Strength of the Kingdom Is Within," Ensign (CR), November 1981, p.25

In a similar way, we can create lift in our spiritual life. When the force that is pushing us heavenward is greater than the temptations and distress that drag us downward, we can ascend and soar into the realm of the Spirit. - Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "Prayer and the Blue Horizon," Ensign, June 2009

But what? What is it that needs our personal attention? As I read and ponder the scriptures and carefully consider the Lord’s counsel to His followers in every dispensation of time, it appears to me that the most important thing every one of us can do is to examine our own commitment and devotion to the Lord Jesus Christ. We must carefully guard against spiritual apathy and work to maintain the full measure of our loving loyalty to the Lord. - M. Russell Ballard, “How Is It with Us?” Ensign (CR) May 2000

Perhaps you’re aware of things in your life that are threatening to slow or stop your spiritual progress. If so, follow this scriptural counsel: “Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.” - Gary E. Stevenson, “Your Four Minutes,” Ensign (CR) May 2014

How do we develop spiritual capital and reserves? We need to make an investment in time studying the scriptures and the words of our living prophets; an investment in more meaningful communication with our Father in Heaven; an investment in service to others; an investment in unconditional, unselfish love of others; an investment in missionary labor, which lays up in store blessings and forgiveness of our sins; an investment in being wiser parents and more obedient children; an investment in doubling our performance in every calling. These investments will provide such spiritual capital and reserves that the Lord can truly trust us to overcome the temptations and frustrations of the world. - Robert E. Wells, “The Cs of Spirituality,” Ensign (CR) October 1978

Just as gas is necessary to fill a balloon to push it upward, so must the individual be filled with inner motivation in order to move upward. Just as the balloon can rise higher by throwing ballast overboard, so must a person be willing to rid himself of unnecessary ballast that limits his rise in spirituality. - Jacob de Jager, “Climbing to Higher Spirituality,” Ensign (CR) April 1983

It is like building muscle strength. You must break down your muscles to build them up. You push muscles to the point of exhaustion. Then they repair themselves, and they develop greater strength. Increased spiritual strength is a gift from God which He can give when we push in His service to our limits. Through the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, our natures can be changed. Then our power to carry burdens can be increased more than enough to compensate for the increased service we will be asked to give. - Henry B. Eyring, "O Ye That Embark,” Ensign (CR) October 2008

Life is effort, struggle, the putting forth of energy. It is by going that we arrive, by doing that we learn. We live on a slippery slope. If we do not go forward, we slip back and lose our footing. - Abel S. Rich, "Conference Report," October 1936, Afternoon Meeting, p.38

Remember, all problems do not keel over as Goliath did before David. All battles do not end as dramatically as the one fought at Cumorah. All miracles are not as immediate as when Joseph Smith blessed the sick on the banks of the Missouri River. But problems do go away, battles are won, and miracles do occur in the lives of us all. In Deuteronomy 7:22 the Lord described his battle plan for purifying Israel in this way: "And the Lord thy God will put out those nations before thee by little and little." Victory often does come little by little. - Hugh W. Pinnock, "Beginning Again," Ensign (CR), May 1982, p.12

We have paused on some plateaus long enough. Let us resume our journey forward and upward. Let us quietly put an end to our reluctance to reach out to others—whether in our own families, wards, or neighborhoods. We have been diverted, at times, from fundamentals on which we must now focus in order to move forward as a person or as a people. - Spencer W. Kimball, "Let Us Move Forward and Upward," Ensign (CR), May 1979, p.82

I am like a huge, rough stone rolling down from a high mountain; and the only polishing I get is when some corner gets rubbed off by coming in contact with something else, striking with accelerated force against religious bigotry, priestcraft, lawyer-craft, doctor-craft, lying editors, suborned judges and jurors, and the authority of perjured executives, backed by mobs, blasphemers, licentious and corrupt men and women—all hell knocking off a corner here and a corner there. Thus I will become a smooth and polished shaft in the quiver of the Almighty, who will give me dominion over all and every one of them, when their refuge of lies shall fail, and their hiding place shall be destroyed, while these smooth-polished stones with which I come in contact become marred. - Joseph Smith, "Discourses of the Prophet Joseph Smith," compiled by Alma P. Burton, p.27

Spirituality is first an attitude of faith toward eternal realities. Faith in God and the unseen world; faith in man's family relationship to God; and faith in the great plan under which earth and man have their existence and destiny. A peaceable life, however virtuous, is not necessarily spiritual, for in every spiritual life faith is the first and chief desideratum. As faith increases, based upon rational considerations, it becomes a basis for greater spirituality. - John A. Widtsoe, "Program of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints," p.63

Spiritual food is necessary for spiritual survival, especially in a world that is moving away from belief in God and the absolutes of right and wrong. In an age dominated by the Internet, which magnifies messages that menace faith, we must increase our exposure to spiritual truth in order to strengthen our faith and stay rooted in the gospel. – Dallin H. Oaks, “The Parable of the Sower,” Ensign (CR) May 2015 

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