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My dear friends, you are a royal generation. You were preserved to come to the earth in this time for a special purpose. Not just a few of you, but all of you. There are things for each of you to do that no one else can do as well as you. If you do not prepare to do them, they will not be done. Your mission is unique and distinctive for you. Please don’t make another have to take your place. He or she can’t do it as well as you can. If you will let Him, I testify that our Father in Heaven will walk with you through the journey of life and inspire you to know your special purpose here.

Author: Bishop H. Burke Peterson, Source: New Era Magazine, May 1979Saved by jr00ck in liberty lds lastdays 6 years ago[save this] [permalink]
“The noblest calling in the world is motherhood. True motherhood is the most beautiful of all arts, the greatest of all professions. She who can paint a masterpiece, or who can write a book that will influence millions, deserve the plaudits and admiration of mankind; but she who rears successfully a family of healthy, beautiful sons and daughters whose immortal souls will exert influence throughout the ages long after paintings shall have faded, and books and statues shall have decayed or been destroyed, deserves the highest honor that man can give, and the choicest blessings of God.”
Author: David O. McKay, Source: unknownSaved by kathrynskaggs in prophet women motherhood parenting lds mormon 7 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Nearly 70 years ago President David O. McKay, then serving as a counselor in the First Presidency of the Church, asked this question to a congregation gathered for general conference: "If at this moment each one [of you] were asked to state in one sentence . . . the most distinguishing feature of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, what would be your answer?"


"My answer," he replied, "would be . . . divine authority by direct revelation."


That divine authority is, of course, the holy priesthood.


President Gordon B. Hinckley has added his testimony when he said: "[The priesthood] is a delegation of divine authority, different from all other powers and authorities on the face of the earth. . . . It is the only power on the earth that reaches beyond the veil of death. . . . Without it there could be a church in name only, [a church] lacking authority to administer in the things of God."


Just four weeks ago President James E. Faust said to BYU students in their devotional: "[The priesthood] activates and governs all activities of the Church. Without priesthood keys and authority, there would be no church."


I begin tonight with these three brief citations (to which scores of others could be added) to stress emphatically just one point: that the priesthood of God, with its keys, its ordinances, its divine origin and ability to bind in heaven what is bound on earth, is as indispensable to the true Church of God as it is unique to it and that without it there would be no Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Author: Elder Jeffrey R. Holland Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Source: http://lds.org/conference/talk/display/0,5232,23-1-520-16,00.h...Saved by mlsscaress in priesthood revelation authority lds bless mormon minister 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

The question “Why me?” can be a difficult one to answer and often leads to frustration and despair. There is a better question to ask ourselves. That question is “What could I learn from this experience?”


The way we answer that question may determine the quality of our lives not only on this earth but also in the eternities to come. Though our trials are diverse, there is one thing the Lord expects of us no matter our difficulties and sorrows: He expects us to press on.

Author: Joseph B. Wirthlin, Source: http://www.lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=2354fccf2b7db0...Saved by rpage in faith endurance covenants lds conference 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]
It was all part of God’s plan—the coming of Columbus, the colonization, wise men raised up to frame the Constitution, Joseph Smith prepared for his part in the restoration of the gospel, even the persecution which drove the Saints to the Rocky Mountains where the Church could continue to grow.

What does all this mean to you and me as individuals? It means that God, as our Father, made all these arrangements for you and me. We were part of his eternal scheme. And so it is not enough merely to observe these various anniversaries, but we must recommit and rededicate ourselves to uphold the convictions and the principles upon which the blessings we enjoy are predicated. We too must be prepared to sacrifice, where necessary, to keep our freedoms inviolate. My father used to say: “The true way to honor the past is to improve upon it.”

Therefore, we should love God more. We should serve our fellowmen better. We should keep all the commandments. We should be better prepared as parents to teach our children to pray and to walk uprightly before the Lord, and to assume their responsibilities. It would be tragic if for fear of the challenge involved the descendants of those who gave so liberally and sacrificed so much shrank from the duties of their day and time.
Author: President N. Eldon Tanner, Source: Pioneers Are Still Needed, Ensign, Jul 1976, 2. http://www.lds...Saved by mlsscaress in constitution sacrifice josephsmith challenge responsibility example individual pray service parenting conviction contribution principles eternal lds columbus better colonization recommit rededicate 10 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Let me say something of the marvelous members of the Church themselves. In the reorganization of a rather far-flung stake recently, I felt the Lord’s prompting to call a man to the stake presidency who, I had been told, owned a bicycle but no automobile. Many leaders across the Church don’t have cars, but I was nevertheless worried about what that might mean for this man in this particular stake. In my terminally-ill Spanish I pursued the interview, then said, “Hermano, ¿no tiene un auto?” With a smile and not a second’s hesitation he replied, “No tengo un auto; pero yo tengo pies, yo tengo fe.” (“I do not have a car, but I do have feet and I do have faith.”) He then said he could ride the bus, ride his bicycle, or walk, “como los misioneros,” he smiled—“like the missionaries.” And so he does.
Author: Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, Source: Abide in Me,” Liahona, May 2004, 30–32. http://www.lds.org/lds...Saved by mlsscaress in sacrifice calling effort dedication members lds missionaries 11 years ago[save this] [permalink]
If someone were to ask you who we are as a people, what would you say? Who are we as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

The answer, I believe, is a simple one given to us by the Savior Himself. We are a people who love the Lord with all our hearts, souls, and minds. And we are a people who love our neighbor as ourselves. (See Matthew 22:37–39.)

This answer satisfies many of the questions asked about why we do what we do. Why does the Church ask so much of its members? Because we love the Lord, and we love our neighbor. Why do we do temple work? Missionary work? Welfare work? Because we love the Lord, and we love our neighbor.

These are the roots of all that we do. We do not send our missionaries out into the world to collect statistics. We send them into the world because we love our Heavenly Father, and we love our fellowmen.

That is who we are as a people. That is why we do what we do.

Author: Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Source: “Band of Brothers,” Ensign, Feb 2008, 28–33. http://www.lds.or...Saved by mlsscaress in priorities love lds why visitingteaching roots 11 years ago[save this] [permalink]
I have become convinced the LDS people will have to come back to the fundamental principles of constitutional government voluntarily or the Lord will punish us so harshly that we will be led back to them to escape our sufferings.
Author: H. Verlan Andersen, Source: http://inspiredconstitution.org/mbfs/appendix_2.htmlSaved by cboyack in constitution liberty government lds 11 years ago[save this] [permalink]
By "drawing the line" I do not mean to exclude ourselves from that society. I do suggest that we must confirm and coalesce our opposition to the surge of degeneracy that now permeates our entertainments, our literature, and our so-called arts. We can no longer casually endure (if not ultimately embrace) the continued downward spiral of our culture's art, literature, and entertainment into the abyss of vile perversion. As Joshua challenged Israel, so we must accept the challenge to "choose you this day whom ye will serve." As Christ taught so directly, "Ye cannot serve God and mammon." Latter-day Saints can no longer accept the false notion that it is possible to honor the covenants we have made, to be loyal to the Godhead who have revealed themselves to us, and at the same time participate, even in the role of a passive observer, in the practices all about us that are leading to greater and greater degeneracy.
Author: John Harmer, Source: A War We Must WinSaved by richardkmiller in art literature entertainment covenants lds degeneracy choose serve 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
For the Latter-day Saint, the survival of the American Republic is an essential part of his religious responsibility. The Constitution of the United States is a divinely revealed document intended by the Lord to be a vital factor in preparing the earth for the Savior's return. One cannot in ignorance or apathy fulfill that mandate to preserve the Constitution and the institutions of our liberty.
Author: John Harmer, Source: A War We Must WinSaved by richardkmiller in constitution liberty secondcoming usa lds 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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