Quotes By Latter-day Prophets
Do it
    ~President Spencer W. Kimball

When obedience ceases to be an irritant and becomes our quest,
in that moment God will endow us with power.
    ~President Ezra Taft Benson

As man now is God once was....... as God now is man may become
    ~President Joseph Smith.

Let us endeavor so to live that when we die even the undertaker will be sorry.
    ~Elder Harold B. Lee

You cannot kindle a fire in any other heart unless you have one burning in your own.
    ~Elder Harold B. Lee

Evil is a creature, Of such terrible mien, When first encountered, We treat with disdain. But the more exposed To that awesome face, We first endure,  And then - embrace
 ~President Harold B. Lee

The most important work you will do for the Church will be within the walls of your own home.
    ~President Harold B. Lee
 


CHASTITY

Prophets on Morality

President Ezra Taft Benson:   "Decide now to be chaste.  The decision to be chaste and virtuous need only May made once. Make that decision now, and let it be so firm and with such deep commitment that it can never be shaken. . . . We must also fill our lives with righteousness.  We must engage in activities that bring spiritual power." (New Era, Jan. 1988, pp. 6-7.)  President Spencer W. Kimball: "My beloved youth, he is not your friend,  who would rob you of your virtue.  She does not love you if she tempts you or yields to you.  Such is your enemy.  To require the yielding to passion, and gratification, yet to profess love, is to lie; for we never exploit one whom we love." (Conference Report, Sydney Australia Area Conference, 1976, p. 54.)  President Harold B. Lee: "To some it may seem old - fashioned to speak of virtue and chastity, honesty, morality, faith, character, but these are the qualities which have built great men and women and point the way by which one may find happiness. . . . These are the qualities which are the anchors to our lives."      (Stand Ye in Holy Places, Selected sermons and Writings of President Harold  B. Lee,  Salt Lake City; Deseret Book Co., 1976, pp. 3-4.)  President Joseph Fielding Smith: "Chastity is a vital doctrine of the Church and is a standard which we are taught cannot be violated without dire consequences." (Take Heed to Yourselves!   Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1971, p. 6.) satisfy  President Heber J. Grant: "How glorious and near to the angels is youth that is clean; this youth has joy unspeakable here and eternal happiness hereafter.  Sexual purity is youth's most precious possession; it is the foundation of all righteousness."  (Improvement Era,  May 1942, p. 273.)     The prophets have taught of the peace and happiness that come through obedience to the law of chastity, as well as the misery and unhappiness that follow in the wake of willful disobedience of this sacred law.  The plague of AIDS illustrates the negative reasons for these teachings: promiscuity can literally kill us.  And beyond destroying the body, 'whoso comitteth adultery [also]. . . destroyeth his own soul." (Proverbs. 6:32.)    However, the positive basis for chastity may be less familiar.  We restrain our passions and seek virtue not because romantic love is bad, but precisely because it is good.; it is pure, precious, even sacred and holy.  Indeed, the satisfying sacredness that is possible within marriage is but one illustration of the gospel's unique yet profoundly reassuring doctrines: the Lord seeks to satisfy, everlastingly, our deepest human longings.    Jacob said, "Come, my brethren, every one that thirsteth. . . .    "Do not spend money for that which is of no worth, nor your labor for that which cannot   satisfy. . .; and come unto the Holy One of Israel, and feast upon that which perisheth not, neither can be corrupted, and let your soul delight in fatness."   (2 Nephi 9:50-51.)    The savior told the rich young man, "Sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and ...take up the cross, and follow me." (Mark 10:21.) And peter told the Lord, "We have left all, and have followed thee." ((Mark 10:28.)  These passage imply that to follow the Savior is to live a life of self - denial, in which we renounce the human urge to be satisfied in strict obedience to heavenly laws.  Isn't that what the Word of Wisdom and fast Sunday and the Ten Commandments are all about?                                     Bruce and Marie K. Haven  -   Ensign, Feb.' 94, pp. 14- 15)
    ~President Ezra Taft Benson

 
GOVERNMENT
   Experience has taught man that any kind of government is better than no government at all.  Government, law, order, as a means of safety must be recognized ever where the guidance of the Almighty has been rejected.  Authority among people and nations is just as essential  as law is anywhere else.  Even in hell there is organization, a form of government; someone presides and others recognize authority, even in the  carrying out of the works of darkness and rebellion against the authority of God.
    ~President Joseph Fielding Smith 
GREATEST GIFT
   I wonder how pleased we are that we are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  If we have the right understanding, this is the greatest gift so far as mortality is concerned that can be given us -- membership in the kingdom of God, his divinely appointed Church.
    ~President Joseph Fielding Smith 
HOLY GHOST
1.  Everyone over 8 years of age - totally repentant & baptized properly - will receive the Holy Ghost.  2.  If heeded - it will guide- inspire & warn & neutralize the promptings of the evil one.  3.  The Lord said, "Therefore, as I said unto mine Apostles I say unto you again, that every soul who believeth on your words, and is baptized in water for the remission of sins, shall receive the Holy Ghost."  4.  Moroni said, "And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things."  5.  Mosiah 16:5, "But remember that he that persists in his own carnal nature, and goes on in the ways of sin and rebellion against God, remaineth in his fallen state and the devil hath all power over him."      it is my judgment that there are many members of this Church who have been baptized for the remission of their sins, who have had hands laid upon their heads for the gift of the Holy Ghost, who have never received that gift, that is, the manifestation of it.  Why?  Because they have never put themselves in order to receive these manifestation.  They have never humbled themselves.  They have never taken the steps that would prepare them for the companionship of the Holy Ghost.
    ~President Joseph Fielding Smith 
IMMORALITY
   Immorality today receives the wink of those who formerly fought it.     Sexual experience outside of marriage locks the doors to the Temples.
    ~President Spencer w. Kimball 
LESSONS LEARNED OF LIFE
Different things learned by people of different ages:
Age 9 - I've learned that when I wave to people in the country, they stop what they are doing and wave back.
Age 14 - I've learned that it's easier to stay out of trouble than to get out of trouble.
Age 30 - I've learned that to experience the wonder of life through the eyes of a child is the most rewarding feeling in the world.
Age 42 - I've learned that if your life is free of failures, you're probably not taking enough risks.
Age 51 - I've ;earned that the best and quickest way to appreciate other people is to try and do their job.  Age 51 - I've learned that there are no unimportant acts of kindness.
Age 62 - I've ;earned that nothing tastes as good as a vegetable from your own garden.
Age 72 - I've learned to stand up for what you believe.
Age 86 - I've learned to keep looking ahead.  There are still so many good books to read, sunsets to see, friends to  visit, and old dogs to take for a walk.
Age 88 - I've learned that days are long, but life is short.
Age 92 - I've learned that I still have a lot to learn.
    ~President Spencer W. Kimball

LONELINESS OF LEADERSHIP
I suppose many of you watched President Nixon last night as I did, when he spoke to the nation and was listened to by the world.  I watched him with great interest.  I observed him as he wiped the perspiration from his face, realizing, I am sure, the importance of what he was saying.  As I looked at him I thought of the terrible loneliness of leadership. . . .    The price of leadership is loneliness.  The price of adherence to conscience is loneliness.  The price of adherence to principle is loneliness.  I think it is inescapable.  The savior of the world was a man who walked in loneliness.  I do not know of any statement more underlined with the pathos of loneliness than his statement:    . . .The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air  have nests; but the Son  of man hath not where to lay his head. (Matthew 8:20.)     There is no lonelier picture in history than of the Savior upon the cross, alone, the Redeemer of mankind, the Savior of the world, bringing to pass the atonement, the Son of God suffering for the sins of mankind.  As I think of that I reflect on a statement made by Channing Pollock,    Judas with  his thirty pieces of silver was a failure.  Christ on the cross was the greatest figure of time and eternity. . . .     When the declaration was made concerning the only true and living Church upon the face of the earth, we were immediately put in a position of loneliness, the loneliness of leadership from which we cannot shrink nor run away and which we must face up to with boldness and courage and ability.   Our history is one of being driven, of being winnowed (To examine closely in order to separate the good from the bad; sift ) and peeled, or being persecuted and hounded. Recently we have experienced a new wave of criticism, as many of you know.     I go back to the wards of Paul:    We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;  Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; (2 Corinthians 4:8-9.)     It is not easy  to be virtuous when all about you there are those who scoff at virtue.     It is not easy to be honest when all about you are those who are interested only in making "a fast buck."         It is not always easy to be temperate when all about you there are those who scoff at sobriety.     It is not easy to be industrious when all about you there are those who do not believe in the value of work.     It is not easy to be a man of integrity when all about you there are those who will forsake principle for expediency.
    ~Elder Gordon B. Hinckley of 12 Nov. 4, 1969  Address to Student Body of Brigham Young University 
 MISSIONARIES
David O. McKay, with his kindly but penetrating eyes looked at a group of Netherlands Missionaries and said in essence," You are outstanding." He paused, then continued, "In fact, you are so fine and so outstanding that you ought to be ashamed of yourselves for not being better than you are.
    ~President David O. McKay
PERFECTION
The more nearly we perfect our lives here, the more nearly perfect they will be there. If we have practiced principles of perfection, and sought the will of the Father here, then we will find it less difficult to continue on the same paths when we pass beyond this mundane sphere.
    ~President Joseph Fielding Smith
PERSISTENCE
When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, 'til it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. Harriett B. Stowe That which we persist in doing becomes easy to do. Not that the nature of the thing has changed, but the power to do had increased.
    ~President Heber J. Grant "Nothing will take the place of persistence.
PERSONALITY
One of the greatest responsibilities that is ever entrusted to any human being is that of building his own personality. The chief business of our lives is to build a house that will bear the weight of eternal life. God has instructed us to use only the finest materials. He cannot look upon sin with the least degree of allowance, because he knows its terrible destructiveness in people's lives.
    ~President Joseph Fielding Smith