The Power of Believing

“As you keep the faith, you will find yourself invited by the Lord often to serve someone in need when it will not seem convenient. “

Henry B Eyring  “The caregiver”

 

“Too numerous to mention are the examples of all the individuals who have faced difficult circumstances and yet who have persevered and prevailed because their faith in the gospel and in the Savior has given them the strength they have needed.”  

President Thomas S. Monson, General Conference Address April 2009: “Be of Good Cheer.”

“That is a high standard for us, but when we with faith control our tempers and subdue our pride, the Holy Ghost gives His approval, and sacred promises and covenants become sure.”

President Henry B. Eyring “Families under Covenant.”

 “Words from the Book of Mormon helped them know why they felt that joy. It was King Benjamin who said to his people, “Learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are … in the service of your God.”2 And it was Mormon who taught in his words in the Book of Mormon, “Charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him.”

President Henry B. Eyring “A Witness.”

 

“That he may know that thy faithfulness is stronger than the cords of death.”

President Boyd K. Packer “I Will Remember Your Sins No More.”

      

“Spiritual progress is attained through the steps of faith, repentance, baptism, the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end, including the endowment and sealing ordinances of the holy temple.”

Elder Russell M. Nelson “Thanks Be to God.”

 

 “Remove any of your fear with faith. Trust the power of God to guide you.”

 Elder M. Russell Ballard “That the Lost May Be Found.”

 

“Elder Dallin H. Oaks, in a recent general conference, taught, “We have to forego some good things in order to choose others that are better or best because they develop faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and strengthen our families.” 

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf “Of Things That Matter Most.”

“To wait upon the Lord means planting the seed of faith and nourishing it “with great diligence, and … patience.”

 Elder Robert D. Hales “Waiting upon the Lord: Thy Will Be Done.”

“Christ is the source of all true priesthood authority and power on earth. It is His work, in which we are privileged to assist. “And no one can assist in this work except he shall be humble and full of love, having faith, hope, and charity, being temperate in all things, whatsoever shall be entrusted to his care.”

Dieter F Uchtdorf  “The Joy of the Priesthood”

Responsibilities of the Priesthood

But those leaders who could help in this regard are sometimes reluctant to do so. We need to bear in mind that people can change. They can put behind them bad habits. They can repent from transgressions. They can bear the priesthood worthily. And they can serve the Lord diligently. May I provide a few illustrations.

Thomas S monson  “see others as they may become”

“Brethren, our responsibilities as bearers of the priesthood are most significant, as outlined in the Doctrine and Covenants: “The power and authority of the higher, or Melchizedek Priesthood, is to hold the keys of all the spiritual blessings of the church.” And further, “The power and authority of the lesser, or aronic Priesthood, is to hold the keys of the ministering of angels, and to administer in outward ordinances, the letter of the gospel, the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins, agreeable to the covenants and commandments.”  

President Thomas S. Monson “Be Your Best Self.”

“The priesthood is the authority of God delegated to men on the earth to act in all things for the salvation of mankind (see Spencer W. Kimball, “The Example of Abraham,” Ensign, June 1975, 3).”

Elder David A. Bednar “The Powers of Heaven.”

“Priesthood is the means whereby the Lord acts through men to save souls. One of the defining features of the Church of Jesus Christ, both anciently and today, is His authority. There can be no true Church without divine authority.”

Elder David A. Bednar “The Powers of Heaven.” 

“I especially make an appeal for husbands and fathers, priesthood bearers or prospective priesthood bearers, to, as Lehi said, “Awake! and arise from the dust … and be men.”Not always but often it is the men who choose not to answer the call to “come join the ranks.” Women and children frequently seem more willing. Brethren, step up.”
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland “The Labrorers in the Vineyard.”

“Rising to the possibilities of the oath and covenant brings the greatest of all the gifts of God: eternal life. That is a purpose of the Melchizedek Priesthood. Through keeping the covenants as we receive the priesthood and renewing them in the temple ceremonies, we are promised by an oath made by our Heavenly Father, Elohim, that we will gain the fullness of His glory and live as He lives. We will have the blessing of being sealed in a family forever with the promise of eternal increase.”
President Henry B. Eyring “Faith and Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood.”

“Men who worthily receive the priesthood receive the Lord Jesus Christ, and those who receive the Lord receive God the Father. And those who receive the Father receive all that He has. Incredible blessings flow from this oath and covenant to worthy men, women, and children in all the world.”

Elder Russell M. Nelson “Covenants.”

“Priesthood is the authority and the power which God has granted to men on earth to act for Him. When priesthood authority is exercised properly, priesthood bearers do what He would do if He were present.”
President Boyd K. Packer “The Power of the Priesthood.”

“President Joseph F. Smith made this statement about the priesthood in the home: “In the home the presiding authority is always vested in the father, and in all home affairs and family matters there is no other authority paramount…”
Elder Boyd K. Packer “The Power of the Priesthood.”

“Sometimes letting our brethren know they are needed and valued can help them take that step into commitment and full activity. This can be true of priesthood holders regardless of age. It is our responsibility to give them opportunities to live as they should. We can help them to overcome their shortcomings. “

Thomas S Monson  “See Others as they may become”

Amor en Casa

“We have had unprecedented coverage of the conference, reaching across the continents and the oceans to people everywhere. Though we are far removed from many of you, we feel of your spirit and send our love and appreciation to you.”

Thomas S monson “God be with you til we meet again”

“Let us be of good cheer as we go about our lives. Although we live in increasingly perilous times, the Lord loves us and is mindful of us.”

Thomas S monsoon  “God be with you til we meet again”

 

“The more we allow the love of God to govern our minds and emotions—the more we allow our love for our Heavenly Father to swell within our heart the easier it is to love others with the pure love of Christ. As we open our hearts to the glowing dawn of the love of God, the darkness and cold of animosity and envy will eventually fade.”

President Dieter F. Uchtforf “The Merciful Obtain Mercy.

 

 

“Our Heavenly Father is mindful of each of us and our needs.”

President Thomas S. Monson “As We Gather Once Again.”

 

“Mother Teresa, a Catholic nun who worked among the poor in India most of her life, spoke this profound truth: “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”

President Thomas S. Monson “Charity Never Faileth.”

 

“Does my life reflect the love and devotion I feel for the Savior?” 
Elder Neil L. Andersen “What Thinks Christ of Me?”

“The Lord uses individuals for whom we have great respect to teach us truths in a 
dream because we trust them and will listen to their counsel. It is the Lord doing 
the teaching through the Holy Ghost. However, He may in a dream make it both 
easier to understand and more likely to touch our hearts by teaching us 
through someone we love and respect.”

Elder Richard G. Scott “How to Obtain Revelation and Inspiration for Your Personal Life.”

“As His children we should learn at home to love God and to know that we can ask
Him for the help we need.”

Elder M. Russell Ballard “That the Lost May Be Found.”

“Some members seem to want to keep their membership in the Church a secret.
They have their reasons. For example, they may believe that it is not their place to share their beliefs. Perhaps they are fearful they might make a mistake or be asked a question they can’t answer. If such thoughts ever run through your head, I have 
some advice for you. Simply remember the words of John: “There is no fear in 
love; but perfect love casteth out fear” (1 John 4:18). If we simply love God and love our neighbors, we are promised that we will overcome our fears.”
Elder L. Tom Perry “Perfect Love Casteth Out Fear.”

 

“I testify that much of that joy comes as we recognize that we can communicate with our Heavenly Father through prayer and that those prayers will be heard and answered—perhaps not how and when we expected they would be answered, but they will be answered and by a Heavenly Father who knows and loves us perfectly and who desires our happiness. Hasn’t He promised us, “Be thou humble; and the Lord thy God shall lead thee by the hand, and give thee answer to thy prayers”

Thomas S monson  “Consider the blessings”

Let us be clean

We were warned at the beginning of this dispensation that sexual immorality would be perhaps the greatest challenge. Such conduct will, without repentance, cause a spiritual drought and loss of commitment. Movies, TV, and the Internet often convey degrading messages and images. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf and I were recently in an Amazon jungle village and observed satellite dishes even on some of the small, simply built huts. We rejoiced at the wonderful information available in this remote area. We also recognized there is virtually no place on earth that cannot be impacted by salacious, immoral, and titillating images. This is one reason why pornography has become such a plague in our day.

Quentin L cook – Can Ye feel so now?

“Whether it be through the printed page, movies, television, obscene lyrics, vulgarities on the telephone, or flickering personal computer screen, pornography is overpoweringly addictive and severely damaging. This potent tool of Lucifer degrades the mind and the heart and the soul of any who use it. All who are caught in its seductive, tantalizing web and remain so will become addicted to its immoral, destructive influence.”

Elder Richard G. Scott “To Acquire Spiritual Guidance.” 

“Again we see history repeating itself. When we see the pornography, the adulterous practices, homosexuality gone rampant, the looseness and permissiveness of an apparently increasing proportion of the people, we say the days of Satan have returned and history seems to repeat itself.”

President Spencer W. Kimball “Why Do We Continue to Tolerate Sin?”

“There is also great concern about some of the pernicious, addictive behaviors like gambling and evil pornography that are so personally destructive and so rampant in our society. Remember, brothers and sisters, any kind of addiction are to surrender to something, thus relinquishing agency and becoming dependent.”
Elder M. Russell Ballard “O That Cunning Plan of the Evil One.”

“Avoid the deadly poisons of pornography and narcotics. If these are in your life, beware! If allowed to continue, they can destroy you. Talk to your parents; talk to your bishop. They will know how to help you.”

President Boyd K. Packer “Counsel to Young Men.”

“Because the Spirit whispers to us gently and delicately, it is easy to understand why we should shun inappropriate media, pornography, and harmful, addictive substances and behaviors. These tools of the adversary can impair and eventually destroy our capacity to recognize and respond to the subtle messages from God delivered by the power of His Spirit.”

Elder David A. Bednar “The Spirit of Revelation.”

“There’s a spiritual snare today called pornography, and many, allured by its provocative messages, enter this deadly trap. Like any trap, it is easy to enter but difficult to escape. Some rationalize that they can casually view pornography without suffering its adverse effects. They say initially, “This isn’t so bad,” or, “Who cares? It won’t make any difference,” or, “I’m just curious.” But they are mistaken. The Lord has warned, “And he that looketh upon a woman to lust after her shall deny the faith, and shall not have the Spirit; and if he repents not he shall be cast out” (D&C 42:23).  

Elder L. Whitney Clayton  “Blessed Are All the Pure in Heart.”

Pornography is one of the hallmarks of our time. Its producers grow rich on the gullibility of those who like to watch it. In the opening lines of the revelation which we call the Word of Wisdom, the Lord declares: “In consequence of evils and designs which do and will exist in the hearts of conspiring men in the last days, I have warned you, and forewarn you, by giving unto you this word of wisdom by revelation” (D&C 89:4). 

President Gordon B. Hinckley “Loyalty.”

Avoid any semblance of pornography. It will desensitize the spirit and erode the conscience. We are told in the Doctrine and Covenants, “That which doth not edify is not of God, and is darkness.” Such is pornography. 

President Thomas S. Monson “True to the Faith.”

“He pointed out that for most principles the Church teaches, there is at least some recognition in society at large that violating these principles can have devastating effects on health and well-being. He mentioned cigarette smoking, drug use, and alcohol consumption by young people. But he noted that there is no corresponding outcry or even a significant warning from society at large about pornography or immorality.”

Quentin L cook “Can ye feel so now?”

The new-coming generation

We continue to need many more senior couples. As your circumstances allow, as you are eligible for retirement, and as your health permits, I encourage you to make yourselves available for full-time missionary service. Both husband and wife will have a greater joy as they together serve our Father’s children.

Thomas S monson “Welcome to conference”

It was the beginning of a new day for that man. His life was quickly put in order, and he assured me that he would live the commandments as he was expected to live them. In a few months he was ordained an elder. He and his wife and family eventually went to the temple and were sealed. Their children served missions and married in the house of the Lord.

Thomas S monson  “See others as they may become”

 “Still others remain unmarried and therefore childless. Some, due to circumstances beyond their control, are raising children as single mothers or single fathers. These are temporary states. In the eternal scheme of things—not always in mortality—righteous yearning and longing will be fulfilled.”

President Boyd K. Packer “And a Little Child Shall Lead Them.”

 

 

“The great plan of happiness” centers on family life. The husband is the head of the home and the wife the heart of the home. And marriage is an equal partnership. A Latter-day Saint man is a responsible family man, faithful in the gospel. He is a caring, devoted husband and father. He reveres womanhood. The wife sustains her husband. Both parents nurture the spiritual growth of their children.”

President Boyd K. Packer “Guided by the Holy Spirit.”

 

“The fourth opportunity to lead your family in the Lord’s way comes when discipline is needed. We can meet our obligation to correct in the Lord’s way and then lead our children toward eternal life.”

President Henry B. Eyring “Families under Covenant.”

 

“One way for you to reproduce the successes of Father Lehi is by the way you lead family prayers and family time, such as family home evenings. Give children opportunities to pray, when they can pray, for each other in the circle who need blessings. Discern quickly the beginnings of discord and recognize acts of unselfish service, especially to each other. When they pray for each other and serve each other, hearts will be softened and turned to each other and to their parents.”

President Henry B. Eyring “Families under Covenant.”

    

“To you parents of young children, may I share with you some sage advice from President Spencer W. Kimball. Said he: “It would be a fine thing if … parents would have in every bedroom in their house a picture of the temple so [their children] from the time [they are] infant[s] could look at the picture every day [until] it becomes a part of [their lives]. When [they reach] the age that [they need] to make [the] very important decision [concerning going to the temple], it will have already been made.”

 President Thomas S. Monson “The Holy Temple–a Beacon to the World.”

 

“Our Heavenly Father loves His children. He has blessed each with physical and spiritual gifts.”

Elder Russell M. Nelson “Thanks Be to God.”

“We yearn, as spirit children of our Heavenly Father, for that joy which we once had with Him in the life before this one. His desire is to grant us that sacred wish for unity out of His love for us.”

 President Henry B. Eyring “Our Hearts Knit as One.”

 

“Having promised to go and do anything, anywhere, she put fear aside and took her children overseas. In the mission field she had another child—on a missionary transfer day. Submitting fully to heaven’s will, as this young mother did, is essential to removing the spiritual pavilions we sometimes put over our heads. But it does not guarantee immediate answers to our prayers.”

Henry B Eyring  “Where is the pavillon”

To choose or to follow

My beloved young sisters, you have the precious gift of agency. I plead with you to choose to obey.

Thomas s Monson  “Believe, Obey, and Endure”

And finally from President John Taylor: “What is priesthood? … It is the government of God, whether on the earth or in the heavens, for it is by that power, agency, or principle that all things are governed on the earth and in the heavens, and by that power that all things are upheld and sustained.

Thomas S Monson “Willing and worthy to serve”

“Some challenges result from the agency of others. Agency is essential for individual spiritual growth and development. Evil conduct is an element of agency.”

Elder Quentin L. Cook “The Songs They Could Not Sing.”

“We teach that agency is the ability and privilege God gives us to choose and “to act for [ourselves] and not to be acted upon.”  Agency is to act with accountability and responsibility for our actions. Our agency is essential to the plan of salvation. With it we are “free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil.” 

Elder Robert D. Hales “Agency: Essential to the Plan of Life.”

“You must exercise your agency to authorize the Spirit to teach you. As you make this a practice in your life, you will be more perceptive to the feelings that come with spiritual guidance. Then, when that guidance comes, sometimes when you least expect it, you will recognize it more easily.”

Elder Richard G. Scott “To Acquire Spiritual Guidance.”

“But the final responsibility to prepare for salvation and exaltation rests upon each person, accountable for individual agency, acting in one’s own family, bearing another sacred title of mother, father, daughter, son, grandmother, or grandfather.”

Elder Russell M. Nelson “Salvation and Exaltation.”

“Understanding that faith is a principle of action and of power inspires us to exercise our moral agency in compliance with gospel truth, invites the redeeming and strengthening powers of the Savior’s Atonement into our lives, and enlarges the power within us whereby we are agents unto ourselves (see D&C 58:28)”

Elder David A. Bednar “Ask In Faith.”

“The Lord declares that herein lies “the agency of man” (see D&C 93:31), and with this agency comes the responsibility for self. With this agency we can rise to glory or fall to condemnation. May we individually and collectively be ever self-reliant. This is our heritage and our obligation.”

President Spencer W. Kimball “Becoming the Pure in Heart.”

“I testify that Lucifer was also in the council of heaven. He sought to destroy the agency of man. He rebelled. (See Moses 4:3.)”

President Ezra Taft Benson “I Testify.”

“I mention first the right of choice. I am so grateful to a loving Heavenly Father for His gift of agency, or the right to choose. President David O. McKay, ninth President of the Church, said, “Next to the bestowal of life itself, the right to direct that life is God’s greatest gift to man.”

Thomas S Monson “The three Rs of choice”

The Power of Obidience

“Our experience with these 18-year-old missionaries has been positive. Their mission presidents report that they are obedient, faithful, mature, and serve just as competently as do the older missionaries who serve in the same missions. Their faithfulness, obedience, and maturity have caused us to desire the same option of earlier missionary service for allyoung men, regardless of the country from which they come.”

 Thomas s monson  –  “Welcome to General Conference”

 

Conversion is an enlarging, a deepening, and a broadening of the undergirding base of testimony. It is the result of revelation from God, accompanied by individual repentance, obedience, and diligence.

David A Bednar “Converted unto the Lord”

 “…as endowed temple recommend holders, we establish patterns of Christ like living. These include obedience, making sacrifices to keep the commandments, loving one another, being chaste in thought and action, and giving of ourselves to build the kingdom of God.”

Elder Robert D. Hales “Coming to Ourselves: The Sacrament, the Temple, and Sacrifice in Service.”

“Anyone who studies the workings of the human body has surely “seen God moving in his majesty and power.” Because the body is governed by divine law, any healing comes by obedience to the law upon which that blessing is predicated.”

Elder Russell M. Nelson “Thanks Be to God.”

“Obedience to the truth you have received will keep the testimony alive and strengthen it. Obedience to the commandments is part of the nourishment you must provide for your testimony.”
President Henry B. Eyring “A Living Testimony.”

As to obedience, [Christ] taught, “If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself” (John 7:17). I testify of the truth of these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.”

Elder Dallin H. Oaks “Teachings of Jesus.”

“Obedience gives us greater control over our lives, greater capacity to come and go, to work and create. Of course, age, accident, and illnesses inevitably take their toll, but even so, our obedience to this gospel law enhances our capacity to deal with these challenges.”

Elder D. Todd Christopherson “The of Power of Covenants.”

“When we love the Lord, obedience ceases to be a burden. Obedience becomes a delight. When we love the Lord, we seek less for things that benefit us and turn our hearts toward things that will bless and uplift others.”

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin “The Great Commandment.”

“You gain a vibrant, life-changing testimony today the same way it has always been done. The process hasn’t been changed. It comes through desire, study, prayer, obedience, and service. That is why the teachings of prophets and apostles, past and present, are as relevant to your life today as they ever have been.”

Elder M. Russell Ballard “Learning Lessons of the Past.”

“The third article of faith states, “We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.” President Joseph F. Smith taught: “Men cannot forgive their own sins; they cannot cleanse themselves from the consequences of their sins. 

Boyd K packer  “the atonement”