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Faith in something greater than ourselves enables us to do what we have said we'll do, to press forward when we are tired or hurt or afraid, to keep going when the challenge seems overwhelming and the course is entirely uncertain.
Author: Gordon B. Hinckley, Source: Standing For SomethingSaved by cboyack in faith challenge trial uncertainty 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
...without hard work, nothing grows but weeds.
Author: Gordon B. Hinckley, Source: http://library.lds.org/nxt/gateway.dll/Magazines/Ensign/1994.h...Saved by cboyack in progress work labor weeds 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
If America is destroyed, it may be by Americans who salute the flag, sing the national anthem, march in patriotic parades, cheer Fourth of July speakers - normally good Americans who fail to comprehend what is required to keep our country strong and free - Americans who have been lulled away into a false security.
Author: Ezra Taft Benson, Source: Conference Report, April 1968Saved by cboyack in constitution patriotism security destruction american 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
For nearly six thousand years, God has held you in reserve to make your appearance in the final days before the Second Coming of the Lord. Every previous gospel dispensation has drifted into apostasy, but ours will not. True, there will be some individuals who will fall away; but the kingdom of God will remain intact to welcome the return of its head--even Jesus Christ. While our generation will be comparable in wickedness to the days of Noah, when the Lord cleansed the earth by flood, there is a major difference this time. It is that God has saved for the final inning some of his strongest children, who will help bear off the Kingdom triumphantly. And that is where you come in, for you are the generation that must be prepared to meet your God.

All through the ages the prophets have looked down through the corridors of time to our day. Billions of the deceased and those yet to be born have their eyes on us. Make no mistake about it--you are a marked generation. There has never been more expected of the faithful in such a short period of time as there is of us. Never before on the face of this earth have the forces of evil and the forces of good been as well organized. Now is the great day of the devil's power, with the greatest mass murderers of all time living among us. But now is also the great day of the Lord's power, with the greatest number ever of priesthood holders on the earth. And the showdown is fast approaching.

Each day the forces of evil and the forces of good pick up new recruits. Each day we personally make many decisions that show where our support will go. The final outcome is certain--the forces of righteousness will finally win. What remains to be seen is where each of us personally, now and in the future, will stand in this fight--and how tall we will stand. Will we be true to our last-days, foreordained mission?

Great battles can make great heroes, but heroes will make great battle. You will never have a better opportunity to be a greater hero in a more crucial battle than in the battle you will face today and in the immediate future. Be warned that some of the greatest battles you will face will be fought within the silent chambers of your own soul.
Author: Ezra Taft Benson, Source: http://speeches.byu.edu/reader/reader.php?id=6718Saved by cboyack in war patriotism faith showdown choice secondcoming valiant hero battle 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Your task is to conquer yourselves, not ships, lands and castles. This battle is the one in which you especially are to 'come off conqueror.' It is fought every day. In fact, it is a continuing process which commenced a long, long time ago.
Author: Neal A. Maxwell, Source: Commencement, Ricks College, April 2000Saved by cboyack in progress self change process 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Why is it that for many persons changing others is so exciting and so relevant, while changing oneself is so boring and irrelevant?
Author: Neal A. Maxwell, Source: "Things As They Really Are"Saved by cboyack in self change 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
...at the center of our agency is our freedom to form a healthy attitude toward whatever circumstances we are placed in!
Author: Neal A. Maxwell, Source: http://library.lds.org/nxt/gateway.dll/Magazines/Ensign/1976.h...Saved by cboyack in agency circumstances attitude positive optimism 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
...all crosses are easier to carry when we keep moving.
Author: Neal A. Maxwell, Source: http://library.lds.org/nxt/gateway.dll/Magazines/Ensign/1976.h...Saved by cboyack in trial cross suffering 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
I thank the Father that His Only Begotten Son did not say in defiant protest at Calvary, “My body is my own!” I stand in admiration of women today who resist the fashion of abortion, by refusing to make the sacred womb a tomb!
Author: Neal A. Maxwell, Source: http://library.lds.org/nxt/gateway.dll/Magazines/Ensign/1978.h...Saved by cboyack in jesuschrist abortion body womb selfish 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
God does not begin by asking us about our ability, but only about our availability, and if we then prove our dependability, he will increase our capability!
Author: Neal A. Maxwell, Source: http://library.lds.org/nxt/gateway.dll/Magazines/Ensign/1975.h...Saved by cboyack in ability potential availability dependability capability 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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