Luke 12:13–21 (The foolish rich man )
"Each of us should evaluate our temporal and spiritual priorities sincerely and prayerfully to identify the things in our lives that may impede the bounteous blessings that Heavenly Father and the Savior are willing to bestow upon us. And surely the Holy Ghost will help us to see ourselves as we really are."
-David A. Bednar, Put On Thy Strength, O Zion
Luke 14:15–24 (The great supper)
Song: I Will Walk With Jesus
"As we seek to be disciples of Jesus Christ, our efforts to hear Him need to be ever more intentional. It takes conscious and consistent effort to fill our daily lives with His words, His teachings, His truths."
-President Nelson, Hear Him
Luke 15:1–10 (The lost sheep)
"We are commanded to seek out those who are lost. We are to be our brother’s keeper. We cannot neglect this commission given by our Savior. We must be concerned for the one"
-Joseph B. Wirthlin, Concern for the One
Luke 15:11–32 (The prodigal son)
Song: The Miracle
"But being caught up in this younger son’s story, we can miss, if we are not careful, the account of an elder son, for the opening line of the Savior’s account reads, “A certain man had two sons”—and He might have added, “both of whom were lost and both of whom needed to come home.”
- Jeffrey R. Holland, The Other Prodigal
Luke 17:11–19 (Ten lepers)
"How would you like to be part of the “nine society”? Wouldn’t that be something—to be numbered among those who failed to return and acknowledge the Savior for the blessings He had given them? Only one returned."
-David B. Haight, Were There Not Ten Cleansed?
John 11:1-27 (Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead)
Song: He Sent His Son
"Each of us will have our own Fridays—those days when the universe itself seems shattered and the shards of our world lie littered about us in pieces. We all will experience those broken times when it seems we can never be put together again. We will all have our Fridays.
But I testify to you in the name of the One who conquered death—Sunday will come. In the darkness of our sorrow, Sunday will come."
-Joseph B. Wirthlin, Sunday Will Come
"The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan... Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ."
Song: I am a Child of God
"[W]e need to ask the Lord for directions along the way. We have to ask some difficult questions, like 'What do I need to change?' 'How can I improve?' 'What weakness needs strengthening?' …as our thoughts are turned heavenward, the Lord can gently tell us what we need to work on next…Humbly ask the Lord the following question: 'What is keeping me from progressing?' In other words: 'What lack I yet?' Then wait quietly for a response."
-Larry R. Lawrence, “What Lack I Yet?”
"The God of heaven and earth will help us overcome discouragement and whatever obstacles we encounter if we look to Him, follow the promptings of the Holy Ghost, and just keep going—with faith. Thankfully, when we are weak or incapable, the Lord can strengthen our faith. He can increase our capacity beyond our own…exercising faith in our Savior, Jesus Christ, helps us overcome discouragement no matter what obstacles we encounter...He has the power to help us finish the work we have been given."
-Carl B. Cook, Just Keep Going—with Faith
"[H]owever late you think you are, however many chances you think you have missed... you have not traveled beyond the reach of divine love...I testify of the renewing power of God’s love and the miracle of His grace. His concern is for the faith at which you finally arrive, not the hour of the day in which you got there…It is never too late so long as the Master of the vineyard says there is time."
-Jeffrey R. Holland, The Laborers in the Vineyard
"It is our sacred responsibility as parents and leaders of this rising generation of children to bring them to the Savior so that they might see His face and the face of our Father in Heaven as well…how do we do this, especially in a world that is full of distractions?…It takes a lot of hard work and patience and faith, but nothing is more important or rewarding. And the Lord will help us, for He loves these children even more than we do. He loves them, and He will bless them."
-Cheryl C. Lant, That Our Children Might See the Face of the Savior
Song: Come Unto Him
"Are we confident and comfortable in our good deeds, trusting in our own righteousness? Are we perhaps a little impatient with those who are not living up to our standards? Are we on autopilot, going through the motions...?[Or d]o we understand our indebtedness to Heavenly Father and plead with all our souls for the grace of God? When we kneel to pray, is it to replay the greatest hits of our own righteousness, or is it to confess our faults, plead for God’s mercy, and shed tears of gratitude for the amazing plan of redemption?"
-Dieter F. Uchtdorf, The Gift of Grace
Matthew 21:1-11 (Jesus rides in triumph into Jerusalem)
Songs: Rejoice, the Lord Is King!
"Palm Sunday…is the anniversary of that momentous occasion nearly two thousand years ago when Jesus of Nazareth, the very Son of God himself, began the ultimate declaration of his divinity and entered the holy city of Jerusalem as the promised Messiah that he was. Riding on a young donkey in fulfillment of Zechariah’s ancient prophecy, he approached the temple on a path that the jubilant crowd lined for him with palm leaves, flowering branches, and some of their own garments, thus carpeting the way properly for the passing of a king. He was their king; these were his subjects.”
-President Howard W. Hunter, “Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee”
Matthew 21:12–14 (Jesus cleanses the temple)
Song: I Love to See the Temple
"Reverence is an expression of deep respect, honor, and adoration for the Lord. It is having reverence for His name, for His words, for His ordinances and covenants, for His servants, for His chapels, and for His temples...The temple is a place of holiness. It is the most sacred and holy place on earth and should be treated with the greatest degree of reverence and respect. Reverence in the temple is an expression to the Lord that we consider it to be sacred and that we recognize it to be, indeed, His holy house."
-L. Lionel Kendrick, Enhancing Our Temple Experience
Song: Nephi's Courage
"A loving Heavenly Father has plotted our course and provided an unfailing guide—even obedience. A knowledge of truth and the answers to our greatest questions come to us as we are obedient to the commandments of God…My brothers and sisters, the great test of this life is obedience. 'We will prove them herewith,' said the Lord, 'to see if they will do all things whatsoever the Lord their God shall command them.'…As the Savior instructed His early Apostles, so He instructs you and me, 'Follow thou me.' Are we willing to obey?"
-President Thomas S. Monson, Obedience Brings Blessings
Songs: Love One Another
"We can best demonstrate our love to God by keeping His commandments. And we can show our love to God and neighbor by charitable acts of service…if we are obedient to the commandment of love, there will be no disputations, contention, nor hatred between nor among us. We will not speak ill of one another but will treat each other with kindness and respect, realizing that each of us is a child of God…given the purpose of our existence, if we do not love God and neighbor, whatever else we do will be of little eternal consequence."
-Robert F. Orton, “The First and Great Commandment”
"The Savior was understanding and compassionate with sinners whose hearts were humble and sincere. But He rose up in righteous anger against hypocrites like the scribes, Pharisees, and Sadducees—those who tried to appear righteous in order to win the praise, influence, and wealth of the world, all the while oppressing the people they should have been blessing...Why do we sometimes try to appear active, prosperous, and dedicated outwardly when on the inside—as the Revelator said of the Ephesians—we have 'left [our] first love'?"
-Dieter F. Uchtdorf, On Being Genuine
Luke 19:1–10 (Zacchaeus)
"I believe the Lord knows my name and your name as well. In Primary we teach the children that each is a child of God and that their Heavenly Father knows them and loves them...Jesus said, 'I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.' The scriptures testify, 'He calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.' The Lord not only knows who we are, He knows where we are, and He leads us to do good…The Savior gave His life for each one of us. He knows our joys and our sorrows. He knows my name and your name."
-Sydney S. Reynolds, He Knows Us; He Loves Us
Matthew 25:1-13 (Parable of the Ten Virgins)
Songs: Today, While the Sun Shines
[R]emember that conversion must come from within. As illustrated in the parable of the ten virgins, we cannot give someone else the oil of our conversion, as much as we might want to. As Elder David A. Bednar taught: “This precious oil is acquired one drop at a time … patiently and persistently. No shortcut is available; no last-minute flurry of preparation is possible.”…the responsibility rests squarely upon each of us to follow the example of the Master and teach like Him. His way is the true way!
-Jan E. Newman, Teaching in the Savior’s Way
Matthew 25:14-30 (Parable of the Talents)
Songs: Come, Let Us Anew
Heavenly Father gave us…gifts to help us identify, perform, and enjoy the work He has for us. Some of us wonder, “Do I have any gifts?”…the answer is yes! …we can ask God. He knows our gifts, since He gave them to us.
As we discover our gifts, we have a responsibility to develop them…Sometimes we feel that we don’t have any particularly important gifts…While some spiritual gifts may not be prominent by the world’s standards, they are essential to God and His work.
- John C. Pingree Jr., “I Have a Work for Thee”
The opportunity to serve is one of the great blessings of membership in the Church. The Lord has said, “If thou lovest me thou shalt serve me,” and we serve Him by serving others. As we serve, we draw closer to God. We come to know Him in ways that we otherwise might not. Our faith in Him increases. Our problems are put into perspective. Life becomes more satisfying. Our love for others increases, as well as our desire to serve. Through this blessed process, we become more like God, and we are better prepared to return to Him.
- Carl B. Cook, Serve
How are we to deal with both the somber prophecies and the glorious pronouncements about our day? The Lord told us how with simple, but stunning, reassurance: “If ye are prepared ye shall not fear.” What a promise! It is one that can literally change the way we see our future… If preparation is our key to embracing this dispensation and our future with faith, how can we best prepare?…let us not just endure this current season. Let us embrace the future with faith!
- President Russell M. Nelson, Embrace the Future with Faith
We can prepare ourselves as a people; we can gather the Lord’s covenant people; and we can help redeem the promise of salvation “made to the fathers,” our ancestors. All of this must occur in some substantial measure before the Lord comes again…crucial for the Lord’s return is the presence on the earth of a people prepared to receive Him at His coming…All who will repent, believe on Christ, and be baptized are His covenant people. The Lord Himself prophesied that before His return, the gospel would be preached in all the world “to recover [His] people, which are of the house of Israel…”
- D. Todd Christofferson, Preparing for the Lord’s Return
Songs: When He Comes Again
The doctrine of the Second Coming of the Messiah provides one of the great incentives to prepare and live right. Heavenly Father knows that promised rewards encourage His children to do works of righteousness and promised penalties create a dread of doing evil. Such are the revelations pertaining to the Second Coming of our Lord…
Inspired preparation rests on the foundation of faith in Jesus Christ, obedience, and a provident lifestyle. Members should not go to extremes, but they should begin… prepare now for rainy days ahead.
- Keith B. McMullin, Lay Up in Store, April 2007