Sunday, July 13, 2014

"The first to apologize is the bravest.  The first to forgive is the strongest.  The first to forget is the happiest."

as published in Guideposts magazine, May 2014, p. 15 volume 69, issue 3, submitted by reader Melanie Samoy-Lutz

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Dieter F Uchtdorf

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters—my dear friends—please, first doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith.  We must never allow doubt to hold us prisoner and keep us from the divine love, peace, and gifts that come through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Come, Join With Us, Ensign, Nov. 2013

Boyd K. Packer

It is not wise to wrestle with the revelations with such insistence as to demand immediate answers or blessings to your liking. You cannot force spiritual things. Such words as compel, coerce, constrain, pressure, demand, do not describe our privileges with the Spirit. You can no more force the Spirit to respond than you can force a bean to sprout, or an egg to hatch before it’s time. You can create a climate to foster growth, nourish, and protect; but you cannot force or compel: you must await the growth.
Do not be impatient to gain great spiritual knowledge. Let it grow, help it grow, but do not force it or you will open the way to be misled.

Joseph Fielding Smith

I know of no greater hope, of no more glorious doctrine, of no more consoling knowledge than this: that the family unit continues forever among those who believe and obey the fullness of the Lord’s laws.

Joseph Fielding Smith, Joseph Fielding Smith: Apostle, Prophet, Father in Israel, Ensign, Aug. 1972

Heber J Grant

Mr. Devil, shut up. I don’t care if every patriarch in the Church has made a mistake in a blessing, and told a lie, I believe with all my heart and soul that the gospel is true and I will not allow my faith to be upset.

Heber J Grant, Heber J Grant: A Prophet for Hard Times, Ensign Jan. 2004

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Jeffrey R. Holland

"...for me there is no greater amazement and no more difficult personal challenge than when, after the anguish in Gethsemane, after being mocked, beaten, and scourged, Jesus staggers under his load to the crest of Calvary and says, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34.)

If ever there is a moment when I indeed stand all amazed, it is here, for this is an amazement of a different kind. So much of the mystery of his power and ministry tear at my mind: the circumstances of his birth, the breadth and variety of his ministry and miracles, the self-summoned power of his resurrection—before all of these I stand amazed and say, “How did he do it?”

But here with disciples who abandoned him in his hour of greatest need, here fainting under the weight of his cross and the sins of all mankind which were attached to it, here rent by piercing spikes in his palms and in his wrists and in his feet—here now the amazement tears not at my mind but at my heart, and I ask not “How did he do it?” but “Why did he do it?”

It is here that I examine my life, not against the miraculousness of his, but against the mercifulness of it, and it is here I find how truly short I fall in emulation of the Master."

Jeffrey R. Holland, I Stand All Amazed, Ensign Aug. 1986

Boyd K. Packer

A testimony is to be found in the bearing of it. Somewhere in your quest for spiritual knowledge, there is that ‘leap of faith,’ as the philosophers call it. It is the moment when you have gone to the edge of the light and step into the darkness to discover that the way is lighted ahead for just a footstep or two.