Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Thou Shalt Not Covet

"Being provident providers, we must keep the most basic commandment, "That shalt not covet" (Exodus 20:17). Our world is fraught with feelings of entitlement...If our family does not have everything the neighbors have,...we go into debt to buy things we cannot afford - and things we do not really need. Whenever we do this, we become poor temporally and spiritually."

Robert D. Hales, "Becoming Provident Providers Temporarlly and Spiritually," Ensign, May 2009,8

Monday, November 9, 2009

The Door of True Happiness

"The gospel of Jesus Christ has the answers to all of our problems. The gospel is not a ecret. It is not complicated or hidden. It can unlock the door to true happiness. It is not someone's theory or porposition. It does not come from man at all. It springs from the pure and everlasting waters of the Creator of the universe, who knows truths we cannot even begin to comprehend. And with tha t knowledge, He has given us the gospel - a divine gift, the ultimate formula for happiness and success."

Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "The Way of the Disciple," Ensign, May 2009, 75

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Influences That Erode Faith

“First is doubt. . . . It comes from a lack of confidence in one’s self or abilities. It is inconsistent with our divine identity as children of God. “Doubt leads to discouragement. Discouragement comes from missed expectations. . . . Discouragement leads to distraction, a lack of focus. . . . Distraction leads to a lack of diligence, a reduced commitment to remain true and faithful and to carry on through despite hardship and disappointment. . . . This path ultimately leads to disobedience, which undermines the very basis of faith. So often the result is disbelief, the conscious or unconscious refusal to believe.”

Kevin W. Pearson, “Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ,” Ensign, May 2009, 40

Our True Destination

“Early European converts [sailing to America] . . . had overcome many stumbling blocks. They had a testimony that revelation comes from heaven and that prophets and apostles are again on the earth. They had faith in the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. “They had come to understand the sublime destination that was in store for them. They were not fearful of the arduous journey they were undertaking, and their ultimate destination was not really the Salt Lake Valley. Their true destination was paradise followed by exaltation in the celestial kingdom.”

Quentin L. Cook, “Our Father’s Plan—Big Enough for All His Children,” Ensign, May 2009, 37

Endure Adversity More Confidently

“There is no infirmity, affliction, or adversity that Christ did not feel in Gethsemane. . . .“President Howard W. Hunter said: ‘If our lives and our faith are centered on Jesus Christ and his restored gospel, nothing can ever go permanently wrong. On the other hand, if our lives are not centered on the Savior and his teachings, no other success can ever be permanently right’

(The Teachings of Howard W. Hunter, ed. Clyde J. Williams [1997], 40).” Rafael E. Pino, “Faith in Adversity,” Ensign, May 2009, 41–42

Friday, August 28, 2009

Meek as a Child

"I pray that we will know how to open our hearts like a little child and take pleasure in hearing and practicing the word of God in all the power of its simplicity."

Gérald Caussé, "Even a Child Can Understand, Ensign," Nov. 2008, 34

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Pray Always

"Prayer becomes more meaningful as we counsel with the Lord in all our doings (see Alma 37:37). . . . We are promised that if we pray sincerely for that which is right and good and in accordance with God's will, we can be blessed, protected, and directed (see 3 Nephi 18:20; D&C 19:38)." - David A. Bednar, "Pray Always, Ensign," Nov. 2008, 41