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"Do we appreciate the joy of a blind person as his nimble fingers pass quickly over the pages of the Braille edition of the New Testament? He pauses at the twelfth chapter of John and contemplates the depth of meaning in the promise of the Prince of Peace: 'I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.' (John 12:46.)" — "Lost Battalions," General Conference, April 1971

"Let us make of our homes sanctuaries of righteousness, places of prayer, and abodes of love, that we might merit the blessings that can come only from our Heavenly Father. We need His guidance in our daily lives." — "To Learn, To Do, To Be," General Conference, April 1992

"Pray always in the performance of your priesthood responsibilities, and you will never be in the position of Alice in Wonderland. As Lewis Carroll tells us, Alice was following a path through a forest in Wonderland when it divided into two directions. Standing irresolute, she inquired of the Cheshire Cat, which had suddenly appeared in a nearby tree, which path she should take. 'Where do you want to go?' asked the cat. 'I don't know,' said Alice. 'Then,' said the cat, 'it really doesn't matter, does it?'" — "Who Honors God, God Honors," General Conference, October 1995

"You see, our Heavenly Father knows who we are, His sons and His daughters. He wants to bring into our lives the blessings for which we qualify, and He can do it. He can accomplish anything." — "They Will Come," General Conference, April 1997

"Are there Pied Pipers even today? Are they playing alluring music to lead, to their own destruction, those who listen and follow? These 'pipers' pipe the tunes of pride and pleasure, of selfishness and greed and leave in their wake confused minds, troubled hearts, empty lives, and destroyed dreams." — "That All May Hear," General Conference, April 1995

"As years come and then go and life's challenges become more difficult, the visits of home teachers to those who have absented themselves from Church activity can be the key which will eventually open the doors to their return." — "Home Teaching—A Divine Service," General Conference, October 1997

"I stand all amazed at the love Jesus offers me and the love Jesus offers you. I think of the love he provided in Gethsemane. I think of the love he provided in the wilderness. I think of the love he provided at the tomb of Lazarus; of the love he demonstrated on Golgotha's hill, at the open tomb, and, yes, when he appeared in that sacred grove with his Father and spoke those memorable words to Joseph Smith. I thank God for his love in sharing his Only Begotten Son in the flesh, even Jesus Christ, for you and me. I thank the Lord for the love he demonstrated by providing his life, that we might have life eternal." — Thomas S. Monson, "Formula for Success," Ensign, Mar. 1996, p. 6

"Every bishop can testify to the promptings that attend calls to serve in the Church. Frequently the call seems to be for the benefit not so much of those to be taught or led as for the person who is to teach or lead." — Thomas S. Monson, "The Spirit Giveth Life," Ensign, June 1997, p. 4

"In our time, when otherwise honorable men bend the law, twist the law, and wink at violations of the law, when crime goes unpunished, legally imposed sentences go unserved, and irresponsible and illegal conduct soars beyond previously recorded heights, there is a very real need to return to the basic justice that the laws provide when honest men sustain them." — Thomas S. Monson, "In Quest of the Abundant Life," Ensign, Mar. 1988, p. 3

"So I would plead with all to rid from our lives any spirit of contention, any spirit wherein we might vie one with another for the spoils of life, but rather that we might cooperatively work with our brethren and with our sisters for the fruits of the gospel of Jesus Christ." — Thomas S. Monson, "Be Your Best Self," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1979], p. 187

"True, we live in a world where moral character ofttimes is relegated to a position secondary to facial beauty or personal charm. We read and hear of local, national, and international beauty contests. Throngs pay tribute to Miss America, Miss World, and Miss Universe. Athletic prowess, too, has its following. The winter games, the world Olympics, the tournaments of international scope bring forth the adoring applause of the enthralled crowd. Such are the ways of men! But what are the inspired words of God? From a time of long ago, the counsel of Samuel the prophet echoes in our ears: '... the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart." (1 Samuel 16:7)" — Thomas S. Monson, "Pathways to Perfection," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1973], p. 82

"Do we need a prophet today? Does God regard his children today as dearly as he did when Amos, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel were on the earth? One of the foremost educators in America, Dr. Robert Gordon Sproul, described the need in these words: 'We have the peculiar spectacle of a nation, which to a limited extent, practices Christianity without actively believing in Christianity. We are asked to turn to the church for enlightenment, but when we do we find that the voice of the church is not inspired. The voice of the church today is the echo of our own voices. And the result of this experience already manifest is disillusionment. The way out is the sound of a voice, not our voice, but a voice coming from somewhere not ourselves in the existence of which we cannot disbelieve. It is the task of the pastors to hear this voice, cause us to hear it and tell us what it says. If they cannot hear it or if they fail to tell us what it says, we as laymen are wholly lost. Without it we are no more capable of saving the earth than we were capable of creating it in the first place.'" - Thomas S. Monson, "General Conference Reports," October 1964, p. 18

"Brethren, ours is the responsibility, yes, even the solemn duty, to reach out to those who have slipped into inactivity or strayed from the family circle." - Thomas S. Monson, "Bring Him Home," General Conference, 4 October 2003

"Jesus, the Bridge Builder, spanned that vast chasm we call death. 'For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.' (1 Cor. 15:22.) He did for us what we could not do for ourselves; hence, mankind can cross the bridges He built-into life eternal." - Thomas S. Monson, "The Bridge Builder," General Conference, 5 October 2003

"Should there be anyone who feels he is too weak to change the onward- and downward-moving course of his life, or should there be those who fail to resolve to do better because of that greatest of fears, the fear of failure, there is no more comforting assurance to be had than the words of the Lord: 'My grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.' (Ether 12:27.)" - Thomas S. Monson, "The Precious Gift of Sight," Ensign, Sept. 1989, p. 5

"The decision to change one's life and come unto Christ is, perhaps, the most important decision of mortality. Such a dramatic change is taking place daily throughout the world." - Thomas S. Monson, "They Will Come," General Conference, April 1997

"Our Mediator, our Redeemer, our Brother, our Advocate with the Father died for our sins and the sins of all mankind. The Atonement of Jesus Christ is the foreordained but voluntary act of the Only Begotten Son of God. He offered His life as a redeeming ransom for us all." - Thomas S. Monson, "They Showed the Way," General Conference, April 1997

"Of Him who delivered each of us from endless death, even Jesus Christ, I testify that He is a teacher of truth-but He is more than a teacher. He is the Exemplar of the perfect life-but He is more than an exemplar. He is the Great Physician-but He is more than a physician. He who rescued the 'lost battalion' of mankind is the literal Savior of the world, the Son of God, the Prince of Peace, the Holy One of Israel-even the risen Lord-who declared, 'I am the first and the last; I am he who liveth, I am he who was slain; I am your advocate with the Father.' (D&C 110:4.) " - Thomas S. Monson, "Today Determines Tomorrow," Ensign, Nov. 1998, p. 51

"Do we remember the question posed by one Pontius Pilate as he spoke to those who would shed the blood of Jesus and thus end His mortal life? 'What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified.' (Matt. 27:22.) And so He was. The question each of us must answer is the same: What shall I do with Jesus? He Himself has provided us the answer: 'Follow me, and do the things which ye have seen me do.' (2 Ne. 31:12.)" - Thomas S. Monson, "Christ at Bethesda's Pool," Ensign, Nov. 1996, p. 17

"Home should be a haven of love. Honor, courtesy, and respect symbolize love and characterize the righteous family. Fathers in such homes will not hear the denunciation of the Lord as recorded in the book of Jacob from the Book of Mormon: 'Ye have broken the hearts of your tender wives, and lost the confidence of your children, because of your bad examples before them; and the sobbings of their hearts ascend up to God against you' (Jacob 2:35)." - Thomas S. Monson, "The Doorway of Love," Ensign, Oct. 1996, p. 4

"He calls you and me to serve Him here below and sets us to the task He would have us fulfill. The commitment is total. There is no conflict of conscience. As we follow that Man of Galilee-even the Lord Jesus Christ-our personal influence will be felt for good wherever we are, whatever our callings." - Thomas S. Monson, "Your Personal Influence," General Conference, April 2004

"Life's journey is not traveled on a freeway devoid of obstacles, pitfalls, and snares. Rather, it is a pathway marked by forks and turnings. Decisions are constantly before us. To make them wisely, courage is needed: the courage to say, 'No,' the courage to say, 'Yes.' Decisions do determine destiny." - Thomas S. Monson, "The Call for Courage," General Conference, April 2004

"It is necessary to prepare and to plan so that we don't fritter away our lives. Without a goal, there can be no real success. One of the best definitions of success I have ever heard goes something like this: Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal. Someone has said the trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never crossing the goal line." - Thomas S. Monson, "In Search of Treasure," General Conference, April 2003

"The holy scriptures are for children, to fill their eager minds with sacred truth. They are for youth, to prepare them for the challenges of our fast-moving world. They are for the sisters, remembering President Spencer W. Kimball's advice: 'We want our sisters to be scholars of the scriptures as well as our men.' (Ensign, Nov. 1978, p. 102.) They are for the brethren of the priesthood, that each may qualify for the description given in the Book of Mormon to the sons of Mosiah: 'They were men of a sound understanding and they had searched the scriptures diligently, that they might know the word of God.' (Alma 17:2.)" - Thomas S. Monson, "Come, Learn of Me," Ensign, December 1985, p. 48

"President David O. McKay, in his opening message to the membership of the Church at a general conference in April 1957, stated very simply and yet so powerfully, 'Keep the commandments of God.' His successors have urged the same compliance. Such was the burden of our Savior's message, when He declared: 'For all who will have a blessing at my hands shall abide the law which was appointed for that blessing, and the conditions thereof, as were instituted from before the foundation of the world.' (D&C 132:5.)" - Thomas S. Monson, "Be Your Best Self," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1979], p. 102

"Life is full of difficulties, some minor and others of a more serious nature. There seems to be an unending supply of challenges for one and all. Our problem is that we often expect instantaneous solutions to such challenges, forgetting that frequently the heavenly virtue of patience is required." - Thomas S. Monson, "Patience-A Heavenly Virtue," Ensign, November 1995, p. 59

"Elder Delbert L. Stapley, who served as a member of the Council of the Twelve a number of years ago, quoted Paul in his epistle to the Romans: 'For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation.' Then Elder Stapley added: 'If we are not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, then we should not be ashamed to live it. And if we are not ashamed to live it, then we should not be ashamed to share it.'" - Thomas S. Monson, "That All May Hear," Ensign, May 1995, p. 49

"'By man came death,' the scripture says, 'For as in Adam all die.' (1 Cor. 15:21-22.) Each of us is a partaker of the experience called death. None escapes. Were we to remain unrescued, lost would be paradise. Lost would be family. Lost would be friends. Realizing this truth, we begin to appreciate the supreme joy that accompanied the birth of the Savior of the world. How glorious the pronouncement of the angel: Behold a virgin 'shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.' (Matt. 1:21.)" - Thomas S. Monson, "Lost Battalions," Ensign, April 1987, p. 6

"For us our Heavenly Father gave his Son. For us our Elder Brother gave his life.

"At the last moment the Master could have turned back. But he did not. He passed beneath all things that he might save all things-the human race, the earth, and all the life that ever inhabited it.

"No words in Christendom mean more to me than those spoken by the angel to the weeping Mary Magdalene and the other Mary as they approached the tomb to care for the body of their Lord: 'Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen.' (Luke 24:5-6.)" - Thomas S. Monson, "Lost Battalions," Ensign, June 1971, p. 97

"Some point the accusing finger at the sinner or the unfortunate and in derision say, 'He has brought his condition upon himself.' Others exclaim, 'Oh, he will never change. He has always been a bad one.' A few see beyond the outward appearance and recognize the true worth of a human soul. When they do, miracles occur. The downtrodden, the discouraged, the helpless become 'no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God.' (Eph. 2:19.) True love can alter human lives and change human nature." - Thomas S. Monson, "With Hand and Heart," Ensign, Dec. 1971, p. 132

"I like the thought, 'Before Easter, there must be a cross.' And many have heavy crosses to bear. With the birth of the Babe in Bethlehem, there emerged a great endowment-a power stronger than weapons, a wealth more lasting than the coins of Caesar. He may come to us as one unknown, without a name, as by the lakeside He came to those men who knew Him not. He speaks to us the same words, 'Follow thou me,' and sets us to the task which He has to fulfill for our time. He commands, and to those who obey Him, whether they be wise or simple, He will reveal Himself in the toils, the conflicts, the sufferings that they shall pass through in His fellowship; and they shall learn in their own experience who He is." - Thomas S. Monson, "What He Would Have Us Do," Ensign, May 1994, p. 91

"I like this thought: 'Your mind is a cupboard, and you stock the shelves.' Let us make certain that our cupboard shelves, and those of our family members, are stocked with the things which will provide safety to our souls and enable us to return to our Father in Heaven. Such shelves could well be stocked with gospel scholarship, faith, prayer, love, service, obedience, example, and kindness." - Thomas S. Monson, "Constant Truths for Changing Times," General Conference, April 2005

"What does it mean to magnify a calling? It means to build it up in dignity and importance, to make it honorable and commendable in the eyes of all men, to enlarge and strengthen it, to let the light of heaven shine through it to the view of other men.

And how does one magnify a calling? Simply by performing the service that pertains to it." - Thomas S. Monson, "The Sacred Call of Service," General Conference, April 2005

"The Prophet Joseph Smith faced temptation. Can you imagine the ridicule, the scorn, the mocking that must have been heaped upon him as he declared that he had seen a vision? I suppose it became almost unbearable for the boy. He no doubt knew that it would be easier to retract his statements concerning the vision and just get on with a normal life. He did not, however, give in. These are his words: 'I had actually seen a light, and in the midst of that light I saw two Personages, and they did in reality speak to me; and though I was hated and persecuted for saying that I had seen a vision, yet it was true.... I had seen a vision; I knew it, and I knew that God knew it, and I could not deny it.' (Joseph Smith-History 1:25.) Joseph Smith taught courage by example. He faced temptation and withstood it." - Thomas S. Monson, "Be Thou an Example," General Young Women's Meeting, March 2005

"Heartwarming is the example of the mother in America who prayed for her son's well-being as the ship on which he served sailed into the bloody cauldron known as the Pacific theater of war. Each morning she would arise from kneeling in prayer and serve as a volunteer on those production lines which became lifelines to men in battle. Could it he that a mother's own handiwork might somehow directly affect the life of a loved one? All who knew her and her family cherished the actual account of her sailor son, Elgin Staples, whose ship went down off Guadalcanal. Staples was swept over the side; but he survived, thanks to a life belt that proved, on later examination, to have been inspected, packed, and stamped back home in Akron, Ohio, by his own mother!" - Thomas S. Monson, "The Prayer of Faith," Ensign, May 1978, p. 21

"Love is the catalyst that causes change. Love is the balm that brings healing to the soul. But love doesn’t grow like weeds or fall like rain. Love has its price. 'God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life' (John 3:16). That Son, even the Lord Jesus Christ, gave His life that we might have eternal life, so great was His love for His Father and for us." - Thomas S. Monson, "The Doorway of Love," Ensign, Oct. 1996, p. 2

"In this world in which we live, there is a tendency for us to describe needed change, required help, and desired relief with the familiar phrase, 'They ought to do something about this.' We fail to define the word they. I love the message, 'Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.' Tears came to my eyes when I read of a young boy who noticed a vagrant asleep on a sidewalk and who then went to his own bedroom, retrieved his pillow, and placed it beneath the head of that one whom he knew not. Perhaps there came from the past these welcome words: 'Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me' (Matt. 25:40)." - Thomas S. Monson, "The Doorway of Love," Ensign, Oct. 1996, 4–5

"For those of us who hold the Melchizedek Priesthood, our privilege to magnify our callings is ever present. We are shepherds watching over Israel. The hungry sheep look up, ready to be fed the bread of life. Are we prepared to feed the flock of God? It is imperative that we recognize the worth of a human soul, that we never give up on one of His precious sons." - Thomas S. Monson, "Priesthood Power," Ensign, Nov. 1999, 50

"Before we can successfully undertake a personal search for Jesus, we must first prepare time for him in our lives and room for him in our hearts. In these busy days there are many who have time for golf, time for shopping, time for work, time for play, but no time for Christ.

"Lovely homes dot the land and provide rooms for eating, rooms for sleeping, playrooms, sewing rooms, television rooms, but no room for Christ.

"Do we get a pang of conscience as we recall his own words, '...foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head'? (Matt. 8:20.) Or do we flush with embarrassment when we remember, 'And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn'? (Luke 2:7.) No room. No room. No room. Ever has it been.

"As we undertake our personal search for Jesus, aided and guided by the principle of prayer, it is fundamental that we have a clear concept of him whom we seek. The shepherds of old did seek Jesus the child. But we seek Jesus the Christ, our older Brother, our Mediator with the Father, our Redeemer, the Author of our salvation him who was in the beginning with the Father, him who took upon himself the sins of the world and so willingly died that we might forever live. This is the Jesus whom we seek." - Thomas S. Monson, "Conference Report," October 1965, Afternoon Meeting 143

"The birth of the babe in Bethlehem was transcendent in its beauty and singular in its significance. Jesus of Nazareth brought prophecy to fulfillment. He cleansed lepers, He restored sight, He opened ears, He renewed life, He taught truth, He saved all. In so doing, He honored His Father and provided you and me with an example worthy of emulation." - Thomas S. Monson, "The Prayer of Faith," Ensign (CR), May 1978, p.20

"We remember His counsel: 'When thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men.
"'But thou, when thou prayest,... pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. (Matt. 6:5-6.)

"This guiding instruction has helped troubled souls discover the peace for which they fervently yearn and earnestly hope.

"Unfortunately, prosperity, abundance, honor, and praise lead some men to the false security of haughty self-assurance and the abandonment of the inclination to pray. Conversely, trial, tribulation, sickness, and death crumble the castles of men's pride and bring them to their knees to petition for power from on high." - Thomas S. Monson, "The Prayer of Faith," Ensign (CR), May 1978, p.20

"A popular song includes the words, 'There are angels among us.' These angels are quite frequently the precious little ones God, our Father, has entrusted to our earthly care. To them may we teach prayer, inspire faith, live truth, and honor God. Then we shall have heavenly homes and forever families. For what higher gift could we wish? For what greater blessing could we pray? None!" - Thomas S. Monson, "Teach the Children," Ensign (CR), November 1997, p.17

"When the pathway of life takes a cruel turn, there is the temptation to ask the question 'Why me?' Self-incrimination is a common practice, even when we may have had no control over our difficulty. At times there appears to be no light at the tunnel's end, no dawn to break the night's darkness. We feel surrounded by the pain of broken hearts, the disappointment of shattered dreams, and the despair of vanished hopes. We join in uttering the biblical plea 'Is there no balm in Gilead?' (Jer. 8:22.) We feel abandoned, heartbroken, alone.

"To all who so despair, may I offer the assurance found in the psalm 'Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.' (Ps. 30:5.)" - Thomas S. Monson, "Look to God and Live," Ensign (CR), May 1998, p.52

"Yes, the Lord [has] indeed risen. He appeared to Mary; He was seen by Cephas, or Peter, then by His brethren of the Twelve. He was seen by Joseph Smith, who declared: 'This is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives! For we saw him, even on the right hand of God.' (D&C 76:22-23.)

"Our Mediator, our Redeemer, our Brother, our Advocate with the Father died for our sins and the sins of all mankind. The Atonement of Jesus Christ is the foreordained but voluntary act of the Only Begotten Son of God. He offered His life as a redeeming ransom for us all.

"His mission, His ministry among men, His teachings of truth, His acts of mercy, His unwavering love for us prompts our gratitude and warms our hearts." - Thomas S. Monson, "They Showed the Way," Ensign (CR), May 1997, p.50

"The Lord counseled, 'Seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning, even by study and also by faith.' (D&C 88:118.)

"We can find truth in the scriptures, the teachings of the prophets, the instructions from our parents, and the inspiration that comes to us as we bend our knees and seek the help of God.

"We must be true to our ideals, for ideals are like the stars: you cant touch them with your hands, but by following them you reach your destination. (See Carl Schurz, 1859, in John Bartlett, comp., 'Familiar Quotations,' 15th ed. (1980), 602.) - Thomas S. Monson, "Pathways to Perfection," Ensign (CR), May 2002, p.99

"In a revelation given through the Prophet Joseph Smith at Kirtland, Ohio, December 27, 1832, the Master counseled, 'Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing; and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God.' (D&C 88:119.)

"Where could any of us locate a more suitable blueprint whereby he or she could wisely and properly build a house to personally occupy throughout eternity?

"In a very real sense, we are builders of eternal houses. We are apprentices to the trade—not skilled craftsmen. We need divine help if we are to build successfully. The words of instruction provided by the Apostle Paul give the assurance we need: 'Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?' (1 Cor. 3:16.)

"When we remember that each of us is literally a spirit son or daughter of God, we will not find it difficult to approach our Heavenly Father in prayer. He appreciates the value of this raw material which we call life. 'Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God.' (D&C 18:10.) His pronouncement finds lodgment in our souls and inspires purpose in our lives." - Thomas S. Monson, "Your Eternal Home," Ensign (CR), May 2000, p.52

"Take the Lord as your guide. Do not lend a listening ear to the persuasive voice of that evil one who would entice you to depart from your standards, your home-inspired teachings, and your philosophy of life. Rather, remember that gentle and ever genuine invitation from the Redeemer, 'Come, follow me.' (Luke 18:22.) Follow Him, and you will be acting wisely and will be blessed eternally.

"Along your pathway of life you will observe that you are not the only traveler. There are others who need your help. There are feet to steady, hands to grasp, minds to encourage, hearts to inspire, and souls to save." - Thomas S. Monson, "A Time to Choose," Ensign (CR), May 1995, p.97

"Time marches on. Duty keeps cadence with that march. Duty does not dim nor diminish. Catastrophic conflicts come and go, but the war waged for the souls of men continues without abatement. Like a clarion call comes the word of the Lord to you and to me,.... I reiterate that word: 'Wherefore, now let every man learn his duty, and to act in the office in which he is appointed, in all diligence' (D&C 107:99)." - Thomas S. Monson, "True to Our Priesthood Trust," Ensign, November 2006

"At times there appears to be no light at the tunnel's end, no dawn to break the night's darkness. We feel surrounded by the pain of broken hearts, the disappointment of shattered dreams, and the despair of vanished hopes. We join in uttering the biblical plea, 'Is there no balm in Gilead?' (Jeremiah 8:22). We are inclined to view our own personal misfortunes through the distorted prism of pessimism. We feel abandoned, heartbroken, alone.

"How can we build a foundation strong enough to withstand such vicissitudes of life? How can we maintain the faith and testimony which will be required, that we might experience the joy promised to the faithful? Constant, steady effort is necessary. Most of us have experienced inspiration so strong that it brings tears to our eyes and a determination to ever remain faithful. I have heard the statement, 'If I could just keep these feelings with me always, I would never have trouble doing what I should.' Such feelings, however, can be fleeting. The inspiration we feel during these conference sessions may diminish and fade as Monday comes and we face the routines of work, of school, of managing our homes and families. Such can easily take our minds from the holy to the mundane, from that which uplifts to that which, if we allow it, will chip away at our testimonies, our strong foundations.

"May I offer three guidelines to help us in our quest.

"First, fortify your foundation through prayer....

"My second guideline: Let us study the scriptures and 'meditate therein day and night,...'

"My third guideline for building a strong foundation of faith and testimony involves service." - Thomas S. Monson, "How Firm a Foundation," Ensign, November 2006

"We remember that during the meridian of time a bright, particular star shone in the heavens. Wise men followed it and found the Christ child. Today wise men still look heavenward and again see a bright, particular star. It will guide you and me to our opportunities. The burden of the downtrodden will be lifted, the cry of the hungry stilled, the lonely heart comforted. And souls will be saved—yours, theirs, and mine." - Thomas S. Monson, "The Long Line of the Lonely," Ensign (CR), May 1981, p.47

"Today in our hurried and hectic lives, we could well go back to an earlier time for the lesson taught us regarding crossing dangerous streets. 'Stop, look, and listen' were the watchwords. Could we not apply them now? Stop from a reckless road to ruin. Look upward for heavenly help. Listen for His invitation: 'Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.' (Matt. 11:28.)" - Thomas S. Monson, "Patience — A Heavenly Virtue," Ensign (CR), November 1995, p.59

"My brothers and sisters, may we resolve from this day forward to fill our hearts with love. May we go the extra mile to include in our lives any who are lonely or downhearted or who are suffering in any way. May we '[cheer] up the sad and [make] someone feel glad.' (Hymns, no. 223.) May we live so that when that final summons is heard, we may have no serious regrets, no unfinished business, but will be able to say with the Apostle Paul, 'I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.' (2 Tim 4:7)" - Thomas S. Monson, "Now Is the Time," Ensign (CR), November 2001, p.59

"My brothers and sisters, we laugh, we cry, we work, we play, we love, we live. And then we die. Death is our universal heritage. All must pass its portals. Death claims the aged, the weary and worn. It visits the youth in the bloom of hope and the glory of expectation. Nor are little children kept beyond its grasp. In the words of the Apostle Paul, 'It is appointed unto men once to die.' (Hebrews 9:27)

"And dead we would remain but for one Man and His mission, even Jesus of Nazareth. Born in a stable, cradled in a manger, His birth fulfilled the inspired pronouncements of many prophets. He was taught from on high. He provided the life, the light, and the way. Multitudes followed Him. Children adored Him. The haughty rejected Him. He spoke in parables. He taught by example. He lived a perfect life." - Thomas S. Monson, "I Know That My Redeemer Lives," General Conference, April 2007

"My brethren of the priesthood—from the youngest to the oldest—are you living your life in accordance with that which the Lord requires? Are you worthy to bear the priesthood of God? If you are not, make the decision here and now, muster the courage it will take, and institute whatever changes are necessary so that your life is what it should be. To sail safely the seas of mortality, we need the guidance of that eternal mariner—even the great Jehovah. If we are on the Lord's errand, we are entitled to the Lord's help." - Thomas S. Monson, "The Priesthood—a Sacred Gift," General Conference, April 2007

"Each of us should remember that he or she is a son or daughter of God, endowed with faith, gifted with courage, and guided by prayer. Our eternal destiny is before us. The Apostle Paul speaks to us today as he spoke to Timothy long years ago: 'Neglect not the gift that is in thee.' 'O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust.' (1 Tim. 4:14; 1 Tim. 6:20.)

"At times many of us let that enemy of achievement—even the culprit 'self-defeat'—dwarf our aspirations, smother our dreams, cloud our vision, and impair our lives. The enemy's voice whispers in our ears, 'You can't do it.' 'You're too young.' 'You're too old.' 'You're nobody.' This is when we remember that we are created in the image of God. Reflection on this truth provides a profound sense of strength and power." - Thomas S. Monson, "Choose You This Day," Ensign (CR), November 2004, p.67

"A happy home is but an earlier heaven. President George Albert Smith asked, 'Do we want our homes to be happy? If we do, let them be the abiding place of prayer, thanksgiving and gratitude.' (In Conference Report, Apr. 1944, p. 32.)" - Thomas S. Monson, "
Precious Children—A Gift from God," Ensign (CR), November 1991, p.67

"We really don't know how much good we can do until we put forth the effort. Our testimonies can penetrate the hearts of others and can bring to them the blessings which will prevail in this troubled world and which will guide them to exaltation." - Thomas S. Monson, "
Pioneers All," Ensign (CR), May 1997, p.93

"Times may change, circumstances may alter, but the marks of a true holder of the priesthood of God remain constant.... the mark of vision... the mark of effort... the mark of faith... the mark of virtue... the mark of prayer." - Thomas S. Monson, "
A Royal Priesthood," General Conference, 6 October 2007

"Make every decision you contemplate pass this test: What does it do to me? What does it do for me? And let your code of conduct emphasize not, 'What will others think?' but rather, 'What will I think of myself?' Be influenced by that still, small voice. Remember that one with authority placed his hands on your head at the time of your confirmation and said, 'Receive the Holy Ghost.' Open your hearts, even your very souls, to the sound of that special voice which testifies of truth. As the prophet Isaiah promised, 'Thine ears shall hear a word... saying, This is the way, walk ye in it.' (
Isaiah 30:21.)" - Thomas S. Monson, "Be Thou an Example," Ensign (CR), April 2005

"My brothers and sisters, in this marvelous dispensation of the fulness of times, as we journey through mortality and face the trials and challenges of the future, may we remember the examples of these models to follow which I have referred to this morning. May we have the unfeigned humility of John the Baptist, the unquestioning obedience of Abraham, the unlimited patience of Job, the unwavering faith of Noah, the undeviating loyalty of Ruth, the unflagging determination of Nephi, the undaunted courage of the Prophet Joseph Smith, and the unfailing optimism of President Hinckley. Such will be as a fortress of strength to us throughout our lives." - Thomas S. Monson, "Models to Follow," Ensign (CR), November 2002, p.60

"This precious Son, our Lord and Savior, atoned for our sins and the sins of all. That memorable night in Gethsemane His suffering was so great, His anguish so consuming that He pleaded, 'Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.' (Matt. 26:39) Later, on the cruel cross, He died that we might live, and live everlastingly. Resurrection morning was preceded by pain, by suffering in accordance with the divine plan of God. Before Easter there had to be a cross. The world has witnessed no greater gift, nor has it known more lasting love." - Thomas S. Monson, "Gifts," Ensign (CR), May 1993, p.59

"Fathers, grandfathers, are we reading to our sons and grandsons the word of the Lord? Returned missionaries, do your messages and your lives inspire others to stand up and serve? Brethren, are we sufficiently in tune with the Spirit that when the Lord calls, we can hear, as did Samuel, and declare, 'Here am I?' Do we have the fortitude and the faith, whatever our callings, to serve with unflinching courage and unshakable resolve? When we do, the Lord can work His mighty miracles through us." - Thomas S. Monson, "The Priesthood in Action," Ensign (CR), November 1992, p.47

"Ours is the task to be fitting examples. We are strengthened by the truth that the greatest force in the world today is the power of God as it works through man. If we are on the Lord's errand, ... we are entitled to the Lord's help. Never forget that truth. That divine help, of course, is predicated upon our worthiness. Each must ask: Are my hands clean? Is my heart pure? Am I a worthy servant of the Lord?" - Thomas S. Monson, "Examples of Righteousness," General Conference, April 2008

"It was said of the Savior that He 'went about doing good . . . for God was with him.' (Acts 10:38) May we follow that perfect example. In this sometimes precarious journey through mortality, may we also follow that advice from the Apostle Paul which will help to keep us safe and on course: “Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.' (Philippians 4:8)" - Thomas S. Monson, "Looking Back and Moving Forward," General Conference, April 2008

"I believe the most valuable thing a mother can teach her child is belief, confidence, and faith in a loving Godto reach outward and upward beyond himself for strength and courageand to instill in that child the simple faith that he or she is a child of God with a purposeful life ahead. Life is filled with the unexpected: accidents, deaths, hazards, fears. Mother, father, the light switch, water in the tap may not always be there. But resource to God is always available." - "Favorite Quotations from the Collection of Thomas S. Monson," p.39

"Now, my brothers and sisters, we have come here to be instructed and inspired. Some of you are new in the Church. We welcome you. Some of you are struggling with problems, with challenges, with disappointments, with losses. We love you and pray for you. Many messages will be shared during the next two days. I can assure you that those men and women who will speak to you have prayed about what they should say. They have been inspired and impressed as they have sought heaven’s help and direction." - Thomas S. Monson, "Welcome to Conference," October 2008

"We urge all Latter-day Saints to be prudent in their planning, to be conservative in their living, and to avoid excessive or unnecessary debt. The financial affairs of the Church are being managed in this manner, for we are aware that your tithing and other contributions have not come without sacrifice and are sacred funds.

"Let us make our homes sanctuaries of righteousness, places of prayer, and abodes of love that we might merit the blessings that can come only from our Heavenly Father. We need His guidance in our daily lives." - Thomas S. Monson, "To Learn, to Do, to Be," General Conference, October 2008

"Who was this Man of sorrows, acquainted with grief? Who is the King of glory, this Lord of hosts? He is our Master. He is our Savior. He is the Son of God. He is the Author of our Salvation. He beckons, 'Follow me.' He instructs, 'Go, and do thou likewise.' He pleads, 'Keep my commandments.'

"Let us follow Him. Let us emulate His example. Let us obey His word. By so doing, we give to Him the divine gift of gratitude." - Thomas S. Monson, "Finding Joy in the Journey," General Conference, October 2008

"In one of Christopher Marlowe's plays, The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus, there is portrayed an individual, Dr. Faustus, who chose to ignore God and follow the pathway of Satan. At the end of his wicked life, and facing the frustration of opportunities lost and punishment certain to come, he lamented, '[There is] more searing anguish than [flaming] fire—eternal exile from God.'

"My brothers and sisters, just as eternal exile from God may be the most searing anguish, so eternal life in the presence of God is our most precious goal.

"With all my heart and soul I pray that we might continue to persevere in the pursuit of this most precious prize." - Thomas S. Monson, "Until We Meet Again," General Conference, October 2008

"Don't be afraid to walk out of a movie, turn off a television set, or change a radio station if what's being presented does not meet your Heavenly Father's standards. In short, if you have any question about whether a particular movie, book, or other form of entertainment is appropriate, don't see it, don't read it, don't participate." - Thomas S. Monson, "That We May Touch Heaven," Ensign (CR), November 1990, p.45

"We know that when we serve our fellowmen, we are only in the service of our God. (See Mosiah 2:17.) We have the responsibility to serve as though the entire future of the Church depended upon you or upon me." - Thomas S. Monson, Area Conference Report, Copenhagen, 1976, p. 31

“Jesus, the Bridge Builder, spanned that vast chasm we call death. "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. (1 Cor. 15:22. ) He did for us what we could not do for ourselves; hence, mankind can cross the bridges He built—into life eternal.” - Thomas S. Monson, “The Bridge Builder,” Ensign (CR), November 2003, p. 67

“There are those among us who torture themselves through their inability to show mercy and to forgive others some supposed offense or slight, however small it may be. At times the statement is made, ‘I never can forgive [this person or that person].’ Such an attitude is destructive to an individual's well-being. It can canker the soul and ruin one's life. In other instances, an individual can forgive another but cannot forgive himself. Such a situation is even more destructive.” - Thomas S. Monson, “Mercy- The Divine Gift,” Ensign (CR), May 1995, p. 54

“The passage of time has not altered the capacity of the Redeemer to change men’s lives-our lives and the lives of those with whom we labor. As He said to the dead Lazarus, so He says today: ‘Come forth.’ Come forth from the despair of doubt. Come forth from the sorrow of sin. Come forth from the death of disbelief. Come forth to a newness of life. Come forth.

“We will discover that those whom we serve, who have felt through our labors the touch of the Master’s hand, somehow cannot explain the change which comes into their lives. There is a desire to serve faithfully, to walk humbly, and to live more like the Savior. Having received their spiritual eyesight and glimpsed the promises of eternity, they echo the words of the blind man to whom Jesus restored sight, who said, ‘One thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.’” - Thomas S. Monson, “To the Rescue,” Ensign (CR), May 2001, p. 48

“To an alarming extent, our children today are being educated by the media, including the Internet. In the United States, it is reported that the average child watches approximately four hours of television daily, much of the programming being filled with violence, alcohol and drug use, and sexual content. Watching movies and playing video games is in addition to the four hours. And the statistics are much the same for other developed countries. The messages portrayed on television, in movies, and in other media are very often in direct opposition to that which we want our children to embrace and hold dear. It is our responsibility not only to teach them to be sound in spirit and doctrine but also to help them stay that way, regardless of the outside forces they may encounter. This will require much time and effort on our part-and in order to help others, we ourselves need the spiritual and moral courage to withstand the evil we see on every side.” - Thomas S. Monson, “Three Goals to Guide You,” CR October 2007

“My brethren of the priesthood, the task is ours. Let us remember and never forget, however, that such an undertaking is not insurmountable. Miracles are everywhere to be seen when priesthood callings are magnified. When faith replaces doubt, when selfless service eliminates selfish striving, the power of God brings to pass His purposes. We are on the Lord's errand. We are entitled to the Lord's help. But we must try. From the play Shenandoah comes the spoken line which inspires: ‘If we don't try, then we don't do; and if we don't do, then why are we here?’” - Thomas S. Monson, “Anxiously Engaged,” Ensign (CR), November 2004, p. 56

“When firmly planted, your testimony of the gospel, of the Savior, and of our Heavenly Father will influence all that you do throughout your life. It will help to determine how you spend your time and with whom you choose to associate. It will affect the way you treat your family, how you interact with others. It will bring love, peace, and joy into your life. It should help you determine to be modest in your dress and in your speech. In the past year or so we have noticed a dramatic change in the way some of our young women are dressing. Styles in clothing change; fads come and go; but if the dress styles are immodest, it is important that our young women avoid them. When you dress modestly, you show respect for your Heavenly Father and for yourself. At this time, when dress fashions are styled after the skimpy clothing some of the current movie and music idols are wearing, it may be difficult to find modest apparel in clothing stores. However, it is possible, and it is important. The Apostle Paul declared: ‘Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? . . . The temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.’  You know the truth; live it.” - Thomas S. Monson, “Be Thou an Example,” Ensign (CR), April 2005

“It is necessary to prepare and to plan so that we don’t fritter away our lives. Without a goal, there can be no real success. One of the best definitions of success I have ever heard goes something like this: Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal. Someone has said the trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never crossing the goal line.” - Thomas S. Monson, “In Search of Treasure,” Ensign (CR), May 2003, p. 19

“Each of us has opportunities for Church assignments. This opportunity of serving in the Church enables us to demonstrate a love of God and a love of our neighbor. It was King Benjamin who said: ‘When ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.’ (Mosiah 2:17.) There is no finer way to demonstrate love of God than by serving Him in the positions to which we may be called. Occasionally, the reward for that service will be prompt, and we’ll see the light in the eyes of the person whom we have helped. Other times, however, the Lord will let us wait a little while and let our reward come another way. Many are in the process of helping less active people. It is important to never give up, but forever press on in our efforts to help them. The best way to help people to become fully active in the Church is to love them into that activity.” - Thomas S. Monson, “Live the Good Life,” p. 112

“None of us makes it through this life without problems and challenges—and sometimes tragedies and misfortunes. After all, in large part we are here to learn and grow from such events in our lives. We know that there are times when we will suffer, when we will grieve, and when we will be saddened. However, we are told, ‘Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy’ (2 Nephi 2:25).

“How might we have joy in our lives, despite all that we may face? Again from the scriptures: ‘Wherefore, be of good cheer, and do not fear, for I the Lord am with you, and will stand by you’ (D&C 68:6).” - Thomas S. Monson, “Be of Good Cheer,” Ensign, May 2009, 89–92

“There are times when we can become upset at imagined hurts or perceived injustices. President Heber J. Grant, seventh President of the Church, told of a time as a young adult when he did some work for a man who then sent him a check for $500 with a letter apologizing for not being able to pay him more. Then President Grant did some work for another man—work which he said was 10 times more difficult, involving 10 times more labor and a great deal more time. This second man sent him a check for $150. Young Heber felt he had been treated most unfairly. He was at first insulted and then incensed.

“He recounted the experience to an older friend, who asked, ‘Did that man intend to insult you?’

“President Grant replied, ‘No. He told my friends he had rewarded me handsomely.’

“To this the older friend replied, ‘A man’s a fool who takes an insult that isn’t intended.’” Thomas S. Monson, “School Thy Feelings, O My Brother,” Ensign, November 2009

“The Apostle Paul admonished, ‘By love serve one another.’ Recall with me the familiar words of King Benjamin in the Book of Mormon: ‘When ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.’

“The Savior taught His disciples, ‘For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.’

“I believe the Savior is telling us that unless we lose ourselves in service to others, there is little purpose to our own lives. Those who live only for themselves eventually shrivel up and figuratively lose their lives, while those who lose themselves in service to others grow and flourish—and in effect save their lives.” – Thomas S. Monson, “What Have I Done for Someone Today?” Ensign, November 2009

“Let us reach out to rescue those who need our help and lift them to the higher road and the better way. Let us focus our thinking on the needs of priesthood holders and their wives and children who have slipped from the path of activity. May we listen to the unspoken message from their hearts. You will find it to be familiar: ‘Lead me, guide me, walk beside me, / Help me find the way. / Teach me all that I must do / To live with him someday.’” - Thomas S. Monson, The Sacred Call of Service, Ensign (CR), April 2005

“I truly believe that those who have the ability to reach out and to lift up have found the formula descriptive of Brother Walter Stover—a man who spent his entire life in service to others. At Brother Stover’s funeral, his son-in-law paid tribute to him in these words: ‘Walter Stover had the ability to see Christ in every face he encountered, and he treated each person accordingly.’ Legendary are his acts of compassionate help and his talent to lift heavenward every person whom he met. His guiding light was the Master’s voice speaking, ‘Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these … , ye have done it unto me.’” - Thomas S. Monson, “To the Rescue,” Ensign (CR), May 2001, p. 48

“In the performance of our responsibilities, I have learned that when we heed a silent prompting and act upon it without delay, our Heavenly Father will guide our footsteps and bless our lives and the lives of others. I know of no experience more sweet or feeling more precious than to heed a prompting only to discover that the Lord has answered another person's prayer through you.” - Thomas S. Monson, “Peace, Be Still,” Ensign (CR), November 2002, p. 53

“The critical step in handling any challenging occurrence is making the decision about what to do. No one can be successful in business or private life unless he is able to make decisions backed by resolution. The important thing is to do what your good judgment tells you offers some probability of success, even though you know that if you were given time to think and to plan, you might come up with a better scheme.” – “Favorite Quotations from the Collection of Thomas S. Monson,” p. 148

“Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.” – “Favorite Quotations from the Collection of Thomas S. Monson,” p. 273

“The unsatisfied yearnings of the soul will not be met by a never-ending quest for joy midst the thrills of sensation and vice. Vice never leads to virtue. Hate never points to love. Cowardice never reflects courage. Doubt never inspires faith.” - Thomas S. Monson, “Conference Report,” April 1967, Second Day—Morning Meeting, p. 57

"Home teaching is part of today's plan to rescue. When it was introduced by President David O. McKay to all of the General Authorities, he counseled: 'Home teaching is one of our most urgent and most rewarding opportunities to nurture and inspire, to counsel and direct our Father's children. ... [It] is a divine service, a divine call. It is our duty as Home Teachers to carry the divine spirit into every home and heart."
- Thomas S. Monson, "Stand in Your Appointed Place," Ensign (CR), May 2003, p. 54

"Be careful to go to places where there is a good environment, where you won’t be faced with temptation.

"A wise father said to his son, 'If you ever find yourself in a place where you shouldn’t ought to be, get out!' Good advice for all of us." -
Thomas S. Monson, Preparation Brings Blessings," Ensign (CR) May 2010

"No words in Christendom mean more to me than those spoken by the angel to the weeping Mary Magdalene and the other Mary when, on the first day of the week, they approached the tomb to care for the body of their Lord. Spoke the angel:

"'Why seek ye the living among the dead?

"'He is not here, but is risen.'" - Thomas S. Monson, "He Is Risen," Ensign (CR) May 2010

"My brothers and sisters, today, as we look at the world around us, we are faced with problems which are serious and of great concern to us. The world seems to have slipped from the moorings of safety and drifted from the harbor of peace.

"Permissiveness, immorality, pornography, dishonesty, and a host of other ills cause many to be tossed about on a sea of sin and crushed on the jagged reefs of lost opportunities, forfeited blessings, and shattered dreams.

"My counsel for all of us is to look to the lighthouse of the Lord. There is no fog so dense, no night so dark, no gale so strong, no mariner so lost but what its beacon light can rescue. It beckons through the storms of life. The lighthouse of the Lord sends forth signals readily recognized and never failing." - Thomas S. Monson, "A Word at Closing," Ensign (CR) May 2010

"When faced with significant choices, how do we decide? Do we succumb to the promise of momentary pleasure? To our urges and passions? To the pressure of our peers?

"Let us not find ourselves as indecisive as is Alice in Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. You will remember that she comes to a crossroads with two paths before her, each stretching onward but in opposite directions. She is confronted by the Cheshire cat, of whom Alice asks, 'Which path shall I follow?’

"The cat answers, 'That depends where you want to go. If you do not know where you want to go, it doesn’t matter which path you take.’

"Unlike Alice, we all know where we want to go, and it does matter which way we go, for by choosing our path, we choose our destination.” - Thomas S. Monson, "The Three Rs of Choice,” Ensign (CR) October 2010

I testify to you that our promised blessings are beyond measure. Though the storm clouds may gather, though the rains may pour down upon us, our knowledge of the gospel and our love of our Heavenly Father and of our Savior will comfort and sustain us and bring joy to our hearts as we walk uprightly and keep the commandments. There will be nothing in this world that can defeat us. - Thomas S. Monson, "Be of Good Cheer," Ensign (CR) April 2009

"Like the vital rudder of a ship, we have been provided a way to determine the direction we travel. The lighthouse of the Lord beckons to all as we sail the seas of life. Our home port is the celestial kingdom of God. Our purpose is to steer an undeviating course in that direction. A man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder—never likely to reach home port. To us comes the signal: Chart your course, set your sail, position your rudder, and proceed." - Thomas S. Monson, "Sailing Safely the Seas of Life," Ensign (CR) April 1982

We know each one lived in the spirit world with Heavenly Father. We understand we have come to earth to learn, to live, to progress in our eternal journey toward perfection. Some remain on earth but for a moment, while others live long upon the land. The measure is not how long we live, but rather how well we live. Then come death and the beginning of a new chapter of life. Where does that chapter lead? - Thomas S. Monson, "He Is Risen," Ensign (CR) October 1981

The sands flow through the hourglass, the clock of history moves on; yet the divine truth prevails undiminished, undiluted, unchanged. -
Thomas S. Monson, "Anonymous," Ensign (CR) April 1983

Increasingly, some celebrities and others who—for one reason or another—are in the public eye have a tendency to ridicule religion in general and, at times, the Church in particular. If our testimonies are not firmly enough rooted, such criticisms can cause us to doubt our own beliefs or to waver in our resolves. - Thomas S. Monson, "Dare to Stand Alone," Ensign (CR) October 2011

Our code of conduct is definitive; it is not negotiable. It is found not only in the Ten Commandments but also in the Sermon on the Mount, given to us by the Savior when He walked upon the earth. It is found throughout His teachings. It is found in the words of modern revelation. - Thomas S. Monson, "Stand in Holy Places," Ensign (CR) October 2011

Brothers and sisters, I assure you that our Heavenly Father is mindful of the challenges we face in the world today. He loves each of us and will bless us as we strive to keep His commandments and seek Him through prayer. - Thomas S. Monson, "Until We Meet Again," Ensign (CR) October 2011

Jesus, throughout His ministry, blessed the sick, restored sight to the blind, made the deaf to hear and the maimed to walk. He taught forgiveness by forgiving. He taught compassion by being compassionate. He taught devotion by giving of Himself. Jesus taught by example. - Thomas S. Monson, "Those Who Love Jesus," Ensign (CR) October 1985

Each of us is a runner in the race of life. Comforting is the fact that there are many runners. Reassuring is the knowledge that our eternal Scorekeeper is understanding. Challenging is the truth that each must run. But you and I do not run alone. That vast audience of family, friends, and leaders will cheer our courage, will applaud our determination as we rise from our stumblings and pursue our goal. - Thomas S. Monson, "Never Give Up," Ensign, September 1994

Jesus provided our watchword: “Go, and do thou likewise.” When we obey that declaration, we receive opportunities for joy seldom equaled and never surpassed. - Thomas S. Monson, "Your Jericho Road," Liahona, September 1989

Out of Nazareth and down through the generations of time come his excellent example, his welcome words, his divine deeds. They inspire patience to endure affliction, strength to bear grief, courage to face death, and confidence to meet life. In this world of chaos, of trial, of uncertainty, never has our need for such divine guidance been greater. - Thomas S. Monson, "Can Any Good Come from Nazareth?" Liahona, April 1989

There is much that is difficult and challenging in the world today, my brothers and sisters, but there is also much that is good and uplifting. As we declare in our thirteenth article of faith, “If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.” May we ever continue to do so. - Thomas S. Monson, "As We Gather Once Again," Ensign, (CR) May 2012

Miracles are everywhere to be found when the priesthood is understood, its power is honored and used properly, and faith is exerted. When faith replaces doubt, when selfless service eliminates selfish striving, the power of God brings to pass His purposes. - Thomas S. Monson, "Willing and Worthy to Serve," Ensign (CR) May 2012

How grateful we should be that a wise Creator fashioned an earth and placed us here, with a veil of forgetfulness of our previous existence so that we might experience a time of testing, an opportunity to prove ourselves in order to qualify for all that God has prepared for us to receive. - Thomas S. Monson, "The Race of Life," Ensign (CR) May 2012

We live in troubled times. I assure you that our Heavenly Father is mindful of the challenges we face. He loves each of us and desires to bless us and to help us. May we call upon Him in prayer, as He admonished when He said, “Pray always, and I will pour out my Spirit upon you, and great shall be your blessing—yea, even more than if you should obtain treasures of earth.” - Thomas S. Monson, "As We Close This Conference," Ensign (CR) May 2012

Our Heavenly Father rejoices for those who keep His commandments. He is concerned also for the lost child, the tardy teenager, the wayward youth, the delinquent parent. Tenderly the Master speaks to these and indeed to all: “Come back. Come up. Come in. Come home. Come unto me.” - Thomas S. Monson, "The Race of Life," Ensign (CR) May 2012

As we venture forth on our individual voyages, may we sail safely the seas of life. With the never-failing rudder of faith guiding our passage, we too will find our way safely home. “Home is the sailor, home from sea.” Home to family, home to friends, home to heaven, home to God. - Thomas S. Monson, "Sailing Safely the Seas of Life," Ensign (CR) May 1982

To measure the goodness of life by its delights and pleasures is to apply a false standard. The abundant life does not consist of a glut of luxury. It does not make itself content with commercially produced pleasure, mistaking it for joy and happiness.

To find real happiness, we must seek for it in a focus outside ourselves. No one has learned the meaning of living until he has surrendered his ego to the service of his fellowmen. Service to others is akin to duty, the fulfillment of which brings true joy. - Thomas S. Monson, "The Lord's Way," Ensign (CR) May 1990

As I have indicated previously, no Church-built facility is more important than a temple, and we are pleased to have 139 temples in operation throughout the world, with 27 more announced or under construction. We are grateful for these sacred edifices and the blessings they bring into our lives. - Thomas S. Monson, "Welcome to Conference," Ensign (CR) November 2012

There is absolutely nothing in this world that will provide more comfort and happiness than a testimony of the truth. Although to varying degrees, I believe every man or young man here tonight has a testimony. If you feel that you do not yet have the depth of testimony you would wish, I admonish you to work to achieve such a testimony. If it is strong and deep, labor to keep it that way. How blessed we are to have a knowledge of the truth. - Thomas S. Monson, "See Others as They May Become," Ensign (CR) November 2012

My brothers and sisters, the Lord’s purposes are often accomplished as we pay heed to the guidance of the Spirit. I believe that the more we act upon the inspiration and impressions which come to us, the more the Lord will entrust to us His errands. - Thomas S. Monson, "Consider the Blessings," Ensign (CR) November 2012

May we ever watch over one another, assisting in times of need. Let us not be critical and judgmental but let us be tolerant, ever emulating the Savior’s example of loving-kindness. In that vein, may we willingly serve one another. May we pray for the inspiration to know of the needs of those around us, and then may we go forward and provide assistance. - Thomas S. Monson, "God Be with You Till We Meet Again," Ensign (CR) November 2012

How can we cultivate within our hearts an attitude of gratitude? President Joseph F. Smith, sixth President of the Church, provided an answer. Said he: “The grateful man sees so much in the world to be thankful for, and with him the good outweighs the evil. Love overpowers jealousy, and light drives darkness out of his life.” He continued: “Pride destroys our gratitude and sets up selfishness in its place. How much happier we are in the presence of a grateful and loving soul, and how careful we should be to cultivate, through the medium of a prayerful life, a thankful attitude toward God and man!” - Thomas S. Monson, "The Divine Gift of Gratitude," Ensign (CR) November 2010

Today, the challenge which we face and must meet is not that we should go forth on the battlefield of war and lay down our lives. Rather, it is that we, on the battlefield of life, so live and serve that our lives and actions reflect a true love of God, of His Son, Jesus Christ, and of our fellowmen. - Thomas S. Monson, "Those Who Love Jesus," Ensign (CR) November 1985

Look heavenward. As we do, we find it comforting and satisfying to communicate with our Heavenly Father through prayer, that path to spiritual power-even a passport to peace. We are reminded of His beloved Son, the Prince of Peace, that pioneer who literally showed the way for others to follow. His divine plan can save us from the Babylons of sin, complacency, and error. His example points the way. When faced with temptation, He shunned it. When offered the world, He declined it. When asked for His life, He gave it. - Thomas S. Monson, "The Path to Peace," Ensign (CR), May 1994, p.60

In conclusion let me say again, that to be merely mentally trained is to be only partly trained. The man whose mind only has been trained may be likened to the ship with great engines and a huge propeller, ready to drive the ship forward, but without rudder, chart, compass, or definite destination. When we add to the man, so trained, spiritual training, then it is as if we add to the ship, with its wonderful machinery, a compass, a chart, a rudder, and a dependable intelligence which controls the whole machinery, above and below deck, so that the vessel may reach a safe haven, according to a definite purpose. - John A. Widtsoe, Conference Report, October 1922, Afternoon Session, p.48

My brothers and sisters, true love is a reflection of the Savior’s love. In December of each year we call it the Christmas spirit. You can hear it. You can see it. You can feel it. - Thomas S. Monson, "Christmas Is Love," Ensign December 2012

Times have not really changed. Prayer continues to provide power—spiritual power. Prayer continues to provide peace—spiritual peace. - Thomas S. Monson, "Come Unto Him in Prayer and Faith," Ensign March 2009

It is not difficult to withstand the mockings and unsavory remarks of foolish ones who would ridicule chastity, honesty, and obedience to God's commands. The world has ever belittled adherence to principle. Times change. Practices persist. When Noah was instructed to build an ark, the foolish populace looked at the cloudless sky, then scoffed and jeered--until the rain came. - Thomas S. Monson, Conference Report, April 1967, Second Day-Morning Meeting, p.58

The battle for our souls is no less important that the battle fought by David. The enemy is no less formidable, the help of Almighty God no farther away. What will our action be? Like David of old, “our cause is just.” We have been placed upon earth not to fail or fall victim to temptation’s snare, but rather to succeed. Our giant, our Goliath, must be conquered. - Thomas S. Monson, "Meeting Your Goliath," New Era, June 2008

As we look heavenward, we inevitably learn of our responsibility to reach outward. To find real happiness, we must seek for it in a focus outside ourselves. No one has learned the meaning of living until he has surrendered his ego to the service of his fellow man. Service to others is akin to duty, the fulfillment of which brings true joy. We do not live alone—in our city, our nation, or our world. - Thomas S. Monson, "The Joy of Service," New Era, October 2009

We live in a complex world with daily challenges. There is a tendency to feel detached, even isolated, from the Giver of every good gift. We worry that we walk alone.

From the bed of pain, from the pillow wet with the tears of loneliness, we are lifted heavenward by that divine assurance and precious promise, “I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee” (Josh. 1:5).

Such comfort is priceless as we journey along the pathway of mortality, with its many forks and turnings. Rarely is the assurance communicated by a flashing sign or a loud voice. Rather, the language of the Spirit is gentle, quiet, uplifting to the heart and soothing to the soul. - Thomas S. Monson, "The Spirit Giveth Light," Ensign, June 1997

Through tears and trials, through fears and sorrows, through the heartache and loneliness of losing loved ones, there is assurance that life is everlasting. Our Lord and Savior is the living witness that such is so. His words in holy writ are sufficient: “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). I testify to this truth." - Thomas S. Monson, "Peace, Be Still," Liahona, March 2013

It is necessary to prepare and to plan so that we don’t fritter away our lives. Without a goal, there can be no real success. One of the best definitions of success I have ever heard goes something like this: Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal. Someone has said the trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never crossing the goal line. - Thomas S. Monson, "In Search of Treasure," Ensign (CR) May 2003

Our responsibility is to rise from mediocrity to competence, from failure to achievement. Our task is to become our best selves. One of God’s greatest gifts to us is the joy of trying again, for no failure ever need be final….

President Theodore Roosevelt said, “It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena” (Clifton Fadiman, ed., The American Treasury: 1455–1955, New York: Harper and Brothers, 1955, p. 689). - Thomas S. Monson, "The Will Within," Ensign (CR) May 1987

Although the world has changed, the laws of God remain constant. They have not changed; they will not change. The Ten Commandments are just that—commandments. They are not suggestions. They are every bit as requisite today as they were when God gave them to the children of Israel. - Thomas S. Monson, "Stand in Holy Places," Ensign (CR) November 2011

The clock of history, like the sands of the hourglass, marks the passage of time. A new cast occupies the stage of life. The problems of our day loom ominously before us. Surrounded by the sophistication of modern living, we look heavenward for that unfailing sense of direction, that we might chart and follow a wise and proper course. He whom we call our Heavenly Father will not leave our sincere petition unanswered. - Thomas S. Monson, "Sailing Safely the Seas of Life," Ensign (CR) May 1982

In a very real sense, we are builders of eternal houses. We are apprentices to the trade—not skilled craftsmen. We need divine help if we are to build successfully. The words of instruction provided by the Apostle Paul give the assurance we need: “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” - Thomas S. Monson, "Your Eternal Home," Ensign (CR) May 2000

We will know of God’s love for us. We will understand that we do not ever walk alone. I promise you that you will one day stand aside and look at your difficult times, and you will realize that He was always there beside you. - Thomas S. Monson, "Women's Conference, September 2013

May I leave with you today a simple yet far-reaching formula to guide you in the choices of life:

Fill your minds with truth.

Fill your hearts with love.

Fill your lives with service.

By doing so, may we one day hear the plaudit from our Lord and Savior, “Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” - Thomas S. Monson, “Choose You This Day,” Ensign (CR) November 2004

Since that time of long ago, I have had countless prayers answered. Not a day has gone by that I have not communicated with my Father in Heaven through prayer. It is a relationship I cherish—one I would literally be lost without. If you do not now have such a relationship with your Father in Heaven, I urge you to work toward that goal. As you do so, you will be entitled to His inspiration and guidance in your life—necessities for each of us if we are to survive spiritually during our sojourn here on earth. Such inspiration and guidance are gifts He freely gives if we but seek them. What treasures they are! - Thomas S. Monson, “Stand in Holy Places,” Ensign (CR) November 2011

Inasmuch as the trend in society today is rapidly moving away from the values and principles the Lord has given us, we will almost certainly be called upon to defend that which we believe. Will we have the courage to do so? - Thomas S. Monson, “Be Strong and of a Good Courage,” Ensign (CR) May 2014

We cannot truly love God if we do not love our fellow travelers on this mortal journey. Likewise, we cannot fully love our fellowmen if we do not love God, the Father of us all. The Apostle John tells us, “This commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.” We are all spirit children of our Heavenly Father and, as such, are brothers and sisters. As we keep this truth in mind, loving all of God’s children will become easier. - Thomas S. Monson, “Love—the Essence of the Gospel,” Ensign (CR) May 2014

In a hundred small ways, all of you wear the mantle of charity. Life is perfect for none of us. Rather than being judgmental and critical of each other, may we have the pure love of Christ for our fellow travelers in this journey through life. May we recognize that each one is doing her best to deal with the challenges which come her way, and may we strive to do our best to help out. - Thomas S. Monson, “Charity Never Faileth,” Ensign (CR) November 2010

… are we prepared for the voyage of life? The sea of life can at times become turbulent. Crashing waves of emotional conflict may break all around us. Chart your course, be cautious, and follow the safety measures outlined.

1. Choose good friends.
2. Seek parental guidance.
3. Study the gospel.
4. Obey the commandments.
5. Serve with love.
6. Pray with purpose.

Thomas S. Monson, “In Harm’s Way,” Ensign (CR) May 1998

It is impossible to stand upright when one plants his roots in the shifting sands of popular opinion and approval. Needed is the courage of a Daniel, an Abinadi, a Moroni, or a Joseph Smith in order for us to hold strong and fast to that which we know is right. They had the courage to do not that which was easy but that which was right. - Thomas S. Monson, “Be Strong and of a Good Courage,” Ensign (CR) May 2014

Beyond comprehension, my brothers and sisters, is the love of God for us. Because of this love, He sent His Son, who loved us enough to give His life for us, that we might have eternal life. As we come to understand this incomparable gift, our hearts will be filled with love for our Eternal Father, for our Savior, and for all mankind. - Thomas S. Monson, “Love—the Essence of the Gospel,” Ensign (CR) May 2014

I have spoken over the years with many individuals who have told me, “I have so many problems, such real concerns. I’m overwhelmed with the challenges of life. What can I do?” I have offered to them, and I now offer to you, this specific suggestion: seek heavenly guidance one day at a time. Life by the yard is hard; by the inch it’s a cinch. Each of us can be true for just one day—and then one more and then one more after that—until we’ve lived a lifetime guided by the Spirit, a lifetime close to the Lord, a lifetime of good deeds and righteousness. The Savior promised, “Look unto me, and endure to the end, and ye shall live; for unto him that endureth to the end will I give eternal life.” - Thomas S. Monson, “Believe, Obey, and Endure,” Ensign (CR) May 2012

We need not walk by the shores of Galilee or among the Judean hills to walk where Jesus walked. All of us can walk the path He walked when, with His words ringing in our ears, His Spirit filling our hearts, and His teachings guiding our lives, we choose to follow Him as we journey through mortality. His example lights the way. Said He, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” - Thomas S. Monson, “Ponder the Path of Thy Feet,” Ensign (CR) November 2014

There are those who struggle every day with challenges. Let us extend to them our concern, as well as a helping hand. As we care for each other, we will be blessed. - Thomas S. Monson, “Until We Meet Again,” Ensign (CR) November 2014

My brothers and sisters, do we remember to give thanks for the blessings we receive? Sincerely giving thanks not only helps us recognize our blessings, but it also unlocks the doors of heaven and helps us feel God’s love.

My beloved friend President Gordon B. Hinckley said, “When you walk with gratitude, you do not walk with arrogance and conceit and egotism, you walk with a spirit of thanksgiving that is becoming to you and will bless your lives.” - Thomas S. Monson, “The Divine Gift of Gratitude,” Ensign (CR) October 2010

Why is the story A Christmas Carol so popular? Why is it ever new? I personally feel it is inspired of God. It brings out the best within human nature. It gives hope. It motivates change. We can turn from the paths which would lead us down and, with a song in our hearts, follow a star and walk toward the light. - Thomas S. Monson, “Now is the Time,” Ensign (CR) October 2001

Courage comes in many forms. Wrote the Christian author Charles Swindoll: “Courage is not limited to the battlefield … or bravely catching a thief in your house. The real tests of courage are much quieter. They are inner tests, like remaining faithful when no one’s looking, … like standing alone when you’re misunderstood.” I would add that this inner courage also includes doing the right thing even though we may be afraid, defending our beliefs at the risk of being ridiculed, and maintaining those beliefs even when threatened with a loss of friends or of social status. He who stands steadfastly for that which is right must risk becoming at times disapproved and unpopular. - Thomas S. Monson, “Be Strong and of a Good Courage,” Ensign (CR) April 2014

My brothers and sisters, let us resolve here and now to follow that straight path which leads home to the Father of us all so that the gift of eternal life—life in the presence of our Heavenly Father—may be ours. Should there be those things which need to be changed or corrected in order to do so, I encourage you to take care of them now. - Thomas S. Monson, “True to the Faith,” Ensign (CR) April 2006

This is our one and only chance at mortal life—here and now. The longer we live, the greater is our realization that it is brief. Opportunities come, and then they are gone. I believe that among the greatest lessons we are to learn in this short sojourn upon the earth are lessons that help us distinguish between what is important and what is not. I plead with you not to let those most important things pass you by as you plan for that illusive and nonexistent future when you will have time to do all that you want to do. Instead, find joy in the journey—now. - Thomas S. Monson, “Finding Joy in the Journey,” Ensign (CR) October 2008

“The worth of souls is great in the sight of God” is not an idle phrase but a heaven-sent declaration for our enlightenment and guidance. We must ever remember who we are and what God expects us to become. - Thomas S. Monson, “The Priesthood—A Sacred Trust,” Ensign (CR) April 1994

From the bed of pain, from the pillow wet with tears, we are lifted heavenward by that divine assurance and precious promise "I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” - Thomas S. Monson, "Look to God and Live," Ensign (CR), May 1998

The years have brought me more opportunities to provide blessings to those in need than I could possibly count. Each opportunity has found me deeply grateful that God has entrusted to me this sacred gift. I revere the priesthood. I have witnessed its power time and time again. I have seen its strength. I have marveled at the miracles it has wrought. - Thomas S. Monson, “The Priesthood—a Sacred Gift,” Ensign (CR) April 2015

As I think of temples, my thoughts turn to the many blessings we receive therein. As we enter through the doors of the temple, we leave behind us the distractions and confusion of the world. Inside this sacred sanctuary, we find beauty and order. There is rest for our souls and a respite from the cares of our lives. - Thomas S. Monson, “Blessings of the Temple,” Ensign (CR) April 2015

But we can be explorers in spirit, with a mandate to make this world better by discovering improved ways of living and of doing things. The spirit of exploration, whether it be of the surface of the earth, the vastness of space, or the principles of living greatly, includes developing the capacity to face trouble with courage, disappointment with cheerfulness, and triumph with humility. - Thomas S. Monson, "Pathways to Perfection," p. 123

Because life is fragile and death inevitable, we must make the most of each day. - Thomas S. Monson, "Now Is the Time," Ensign (CR), November 2001, p. 59

Men cannot really long rest content with mediocrity once they see excellence is within their reach. - Thomas S. Monson, "To the Rescue," Ensign (CR), May 2001, p. 48

When faced with the agony of Gethsemane where he endured such pain that his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground, he exemplified the epitome of true love, the pinnacle of perfection by saying, "Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done." (Luke 22:42.) - Thomas S. Monson, "Pathways to Perfection," p. 180

God’s commandments are not given to frustrate us or to become obstacles to our happiness. Just the opposite is true. He who created us and who loves us perfectly knows just how we need to live our lives in order to obtain the greatest happiness possible. He has provided us with guidelines which, if we follow them, will see us safely through this often treacherous mortal journey. We remember the words of the familiar hymn: “Keep the commandments! In this there is safety; in this there is peace.” - Thomas S. Monson, “Keep the Commandments,” Ensign (CR) November 2015

How reassuring are the Savior’s words: “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” Of Him I testify. He is our Savior and Redeemer, our Advocate with the Father. He is our Exemplar and our strength. He is “the light which shineth in darkness.” That each of us within the sound of my voice may pledge to follow Him, thus becoming a shining light to the world, is my prayer in His holy name, even Jesus Christ the Lord, amen. - Thomas S. Monson, “Be An Example and A Light,” Ensign (CR) November 2015

It must not be expected that the road of life spreads itself in an unobstructed view before the person starting her journey. You must anticipate coming upon forks and turnings in the road. But you cannot hope to reach your desired journey's end if you think aimlessly about whether to go east or west. You must make your decisions purposefully. - Thomas S. Monson, "Your Celestial Journey," Ensign (CR), May 1999, p.96

As we strive for perfection, we seek excellence. Excellence may leave one sensitive in the face of the jaded; curious in the crowd of uninterested; quiet in groups of static and noise; caring in the company of the unconcerned; exact while all about us is approximation; refined in place of gross; exceptional instead of commonplace. - Thomas S. Monson, "Pathways to Perfection," p.112

This precious gift of priesthood power brings with it not only solemn responsibilities but also special blessings for ourselves and for others. May we, in whatever place we may find ourselves, always be worthy to call upon its power, for we never know when our need and our opportunity to do so may come. - Thomas S. Monson, “A Sacred Trust,” Ensign (CR) May 2016

May we choose to build up within ourselves a great and powerful faith which will be our most effective defense against the designs of the adversary—a real faith, the kind of faith which will sustain us and will bolster our desire to choose the right. Without such faith, we go nowhere. With it, we can accomplish our goals. - Thomas S. Monson, “Choices,” Ensign (CR) May 2016

The entire message of the New Testament breathes a spirit of awakening to the human soul. Shadows of despair are dispelled by rays of hope, sorrow yields to joy, and the feeling of being lost in the crowd of life vanishes with the certain knowledge that our Heavenly Father is mindful of each of us. - Thomas S. Monson, "The Spirit Giveth Life", Ensign (CR), May 1985, p.68

I have been thinking recently about choices and their consequences. It has been said that the gate of history turns on small hinges, and so do people's lives. The choices we make determine our destiny. - Thomas S. Monson, “Choose You This Day,” Ensign (CR), November 2004, p.67

In order for us to be strong and to withstand all the forces pulling us in the wrong direction or all the voices encouraging us to take the wrong path, we must have our own testimony. Whether you are 12 or 112—or anywhere in between—you can know for yourself that the gospel of Jesus Christ is true. Read the Book of Mormon. Ponder its teachings. Ask Heavenly Father if it is true. We have the promise that “if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.” – Thomas S. Monson, “Dare to Stand Alone,” Ensign (CR) November 2011

Sometimes we can take offense so easily. On other occasions we are too stubborn to accept a sincere apology. Who will subordinate ego, pride, and hurt—then step forward with, “I am truly sorry! Let’s be as we once were: friends. Let’s not pass to future generations the grievances, the anger of our time.” Let’s remove any hidden wedges that can do nothing but destroy. – Thomas S. Monson, “Hidden Wedges,” Ensign (CR) May 2002

The wayward son, the willful daughter, the pouting husband, the nagging wife—all can change. There can occur a parting of the clouds, a break in the storm. Maturity comes, friendships alter, circumstances vary. “Cast in concrete” need not describe human behavior.

From the perspective of eternity, our sojourn in this life is ever so brief. Detours are costly; they must be shunned. The spiritual nature within us should not be dominated by the physical. It behooves each of us to remember who he or she is and what God expects him or her to become. – Thomas S. Monson, “The Will Within,” Ensign (CR) May 1987

Not too many months ago I received a letter from a man who once thought he could have it both ways. He has now repented and has brought his life into compliance with gospel principles and commandments. I want to share with you a paragraph from his letter, for it represents the reality of flawed thinking: “I have had to learn for myself (the hard way) that the Savior was absolutely correct when He said, ‘No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.’ I tried, about as hard as anyone ever has, to do both. In the end,” said he, “I had all of the emptiness, darkness, and loneliness that Satan provides to those who believe his deceptions, illusions, and lies.” – Thomas S. Monson, “Dare to Stand Alone,” Ensign (CR) November 2011

To all who have lost loved ones, we would turn Job’s question to an answer: If a man die, he shall live again. We know, for we have the light of revealed truth. “I am the resurrection, and the life,”spoke the Master. “He that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.”

Through tears and trials, through fears and sorrows, through the heartache and loneliness of losing loved ones, there is assurance that life is everlasting. Our Lord and Savior is the living witness that such is so. – Thomas S. Monson, “I Know That My Redeemer Lives,” Ensign (CR) May 2007

Whenever temptation comes, remember the wise counsel of the Apostle Paul, who declared, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
When you were confirmed a member of the Church, you received the right to the companionship of the Holy Ghost. He can help you make good choices. When challenged or tempted, you do not need to feel alone. Remember that prayer is the passport to spiritual power. –
Thomas S. Monson, “Preparation Brings Blessings,” Ensign (CR) May 2010

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