[H]ow can each of us experience the power of understanding our divine identity? It begins by seeking to know God, our Father...Learning of and following the Savior helps us come to know the Father. “Being … the express image of his [Father],” Jesus taught, “The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do.” Christ’s every word and deed reveals the true nature of God and our relationship to Him.
- Brian K. Taylor, Am I a Child of God?
One evening after work, years ago, I boarded my usual bus home...The woman I happened to sit next to noticed what I was writing on my computer and asked, “You believe in…Christ?” I said, “Yes, I do!”… I asked her, “Do you know why I as a Christian believe in Jesus Christ?” She...invited me to tell her... How would you have responded in a few minutes? I testified to my friend, and I witness to you, that Jesus Christ is that Savior...
- Ahmed S. Corbitt, Do You Know Why I as a Christian Believe in Christ?
[T]he Savior offers us relief and comfort as we face our afflictions, temptations, and weaknesses of mortal life...Christ is ever aware of the adversities we experience in mortality. He understands all of the bitterness, agony, and physical pain as well as the emotional and spiritual challenges we face...This is possible because He personally experienced and took upon Himself in the flesh the pain of our weakness and infirmities.
- Ulisses Soares, Jesus Christ: The Caregiver of Our Soul
As people heed the words of the prophets, the Lord blesses them...Prosperity often leads to pride, which leads to sin. Sin leads to wickedness and to hearts that become hardened to things of the Spirit.…In our day we face a similar choice. We can foolishly ignore the prophets of God, depend on our own strength, and ultimately reap the consequences. Or we can wisely draw near to the Lord and partake of His blessings.
- Joseph B. Wirthlin, Journey to Higher Ground
Thousands of members of the Church across the earth are called every week to serve…And so, to everyone...I give you my counsel. First, you are called of God. The Lord knows you. He knows whom He would have serve in every position in His Church. He chose you. He has prepared a way so that He could issue your call... The person who was inspired to recommend you for this call didn’t do it because they liked you or because they needed someone to do a particular task. They prayed and felt an answer that you were the one to be called.
- President Henry B. Eyring, Rise to Your Call
Hope is a gift of the Spirit. It is a hope that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ and the power of His Resurrection, we shall be raised unto life eternal and this because of our faith in the Savior...Because of His infinite Atonement, we can be cleansed of sin and stand pure and holy before the judgment bar. The Savior is the Author of our Salvation...No matter how bleak the chapter of our lives may look today, because of the life and sacrifice of Jesus Christ, we may hope and be assured that the ending of the book of our lives will exceed our grandest expectations.
- Dieter F. Uchtdorf, The Infinite Power of Hope
If I were to ask you, “Who is the greatest leader who ever lived?”—what would you say? The answer, of course, is Jesus Christ. He sets the perfect example of every imaginable leadership quality...The world teaches that leaders must be mighty; the Lord teaches that they must be meek...In God’s eyes, the greatest leaders have always been the greatest followers…Leadership is an expression of discipleship—it is simply a matter of helping others come unto Christ, which is what true disciples do. If you are striving to be a follower of Christ, then you can help others follow Him and you can be a leader.
- Stephen W. Owen, The Greatest Leaders Are the Greatest Followers
The temple lies at the center of strengthening our faith and spiritual fortitude because the Savior and His doctrine are the very heart of the temple. Everything taught in the temple, through instruction and through the Spirit, increases our understanding of Jesus Christ…Temple ordinances and covenants are ancient...In every age, the temple has underscored the precious truth that those who make covenants with God and keep them are children of the covenant...He is the One who wants you to experience fully His sacred ordinances. He wants you to comprehend your privileges, promises, and responsibilities.
- President Russell M. Nelson, The Temple and Your Spiritual Foundation
We come unto Christ by “exercising faith in [Him], repenting daily, making covenants with God as we receive the ordinances of salvation and exaltation, and enduring to the end by keeping those covenants”… The doctrine of Christ helps us find and stay on the covenant path, and the gospel is so arranged that the Lord’s promised blessings are received through sacred ordinances and covenants…God will not abandon His relationship with, or withhold His promised blessings of eternal life from, any faithful covenant keeper. And as we honor sacred covenants, we are drawn closer to the Savior.
- Adeyinka A. Ojediran, The Covenant Path: The Way to Eternal Life
God invites us to respond with faith to our own unique afflictions in order that we may reap blessings and gain knowledge that can be learned in no other way…we can know in the midst of our afflictions that God has provided an eternal compensating reward…your personal struggles—your individual sorrows, pains, tribulations, and infirmities of every kind—are all known to our Father in Heaven and to His Son. Take courage! Have faith! And believe in the promises of God!
- Evan A. Schmutz, God Shall Wipe Away All Tears
Sometimes God manifests His love by chastening us. It is a way of reminding us that He loves us and that He knows who we are. His promised blessing of peace is open to all those who courageously walk the covenant path and are willing to receive correction...The Lord chastens whom He loves. The scriptures tell us so. That chastening, or spiritual surgery, will bring about needed change in our lives. We will realize, brothers and sisters, that it refines and purifies our inner vessels.
- Tanielo B. Wakolo, God Loves His Children
We are invited by a loving Heavenly Father to walk the path of discipleship and to return to Him. He loves us with a perfect love...Heavenly Father will never leave us when we reach for Him. We can fall and get up, and He will help us brush off the dirt from our knees. Some of us are wounded, but the first-aid kit of the Lord has bandages big enough to cover all of our wounds…We are all children of a Heavenly Father who loves us. And He did not send us here to fail but to return gloriously to Him.
- Hans T. Boom, Knowing, Loving, and Growing
[H]aving patience is the key to letting [our] trials work for our good…Chapter 6 of Preach My Gospel teaches key attributes of Christ that we can emulate: “Patience is the capacity to endure delay, trouble, opposition, or suffering without becoming angry, frustrated, or anxious. It is the ability to do God’s will and accept His timing. When you are patient, you hold up under pressure and are able to face adversity calmly and hopefully”.
- Jeremy R. Jaggi, Let Patience Have Her Perfect Work, and Count It All Joy!
In matters of personal belief, how do we know what really is true? I testify that the way to know the truth about God is through the Holy Ghost…Cultivate a diligent desire to know that God lives...With softened hearts we are prepared to heed the Savior’s call to “search the scriptures” and to humbly learn from them. We are then ready to ask our Heavenly Father sincerely, in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ, if the things we have learned are true.
- Robert D. Hales, Seeking to Know God, Our Heavenly Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ
In today’s world, there are a multitude of activities, subjects, and interests vying for every minute of our attention. With so many distractions, do we have the strength, discipline, and commitment to remain focused on what matters most?...The scriptures teach that we must be “doers of the word, and not hearers only.” We live the gospel and become “doers of the word” by exercising faith, being obedient, lovingly serving others, and following our Savior’s example.
- Ann M. Dibb, I Know It. I Live It. I Love It
The Savior loves all of God’s children regardless of their socioeconomic circumstance, race, religion, language, political orientation, nationality, or any other grouping. And so should we! God’s greatest reward goes to those who serve without expectation of reward. It goes to those who serve without fanfare; those who quietly go about seeking ways to help others; those who minister to others simply because they love God and God’s children…Let us serve others humbly—with energy, gratitude, and honor.
- Dieter F. Uchtdorf, The Greatest among You
Faith requires work, such as studying it out in your mind, then asking in prayer if it is right…Faith without works is dead. Thus, “ask in faith, nothing wavering.” ...If we are sincerely seeking the truth, we will do all in our power to find it, which can include reading the scriptures, going to church, and doing our best to keep the commandments of God. It also means that we are willing to do God’s will when we find it…God will reveal truth to those who seek for it as prescribed in the scriptures. It requires more effort than to just search the Internet, but it is worth it.
- Marcos A. Aidukaitis, If Ye Lack Wisdom
Sisters and brothers, how often do we intentionally “speak kind words to each other”?…I invite each of us to heed Elder Jeffrey R. Holland’s heartfelt plea: “Brothers and sisters, in this long eternal quest to be more like our Savior, may we try to be ‘perfect’ men and women in at least this one way now—by offending not in word, or more positively put, by speaking with a new tongue, the tongue of angels.”...I have committed to speak words of kindness more often.
- Linda K. Burton, We’ll Ascend Together
We all rely daily on the same atoning power of Christ…our path will not be free from grief, sorrow, or sadness. But we came this far “by the word of Christ with unshaken faith in him, relying wholly upon the merits of him who is mighty to save.” And together we will “press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all [people].” Together we will “rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory,” for Jesus Christ is our strength!
- Dieter F. Uchtdorf, The Prodigal and the Road That Leads Home
How can each of us become such a significant influence? We must be sure to sincerely love those we want to help in righteousness so they can begin to develop confidence in God’s love…We best serve our Father in Heaven by righteously influencing others and serving them. The greatest example who ever walked the earth is our Savior, Jesus Christ. His mortal ministry was filled with teaching, serving, and loving others...He invites us to follow His perfect example.
- Richard G. Scott, “I Have Given You an Example”
We have taken upon ourselves the name of the Savior. What more are we to do? …With those around us, let us be more open, more willing to talk of Christ…Be more open on social media in talking about your trust in Christ...We care more about being His followers than being “liked” by our own followers. Peter counseled, “Be ready always to give an answer [for] the hope that is in you.” Let us talk of Christ…As the world speaks less of Jesus Christ, let us speak more of Him. As our true colors as His disciples are revealed, many around us will be prepared to listen.
- Neil L. Andersen, We Talk of Christ
What do we really know about conditions in the spirit world?…[W]e know...some faithful spirits teach the gospel to those who have been wicked or rebellious...modern revelation reveals that the work of salvation goes forward in the spirit world…[W]hat we do know about the spirit world is that the Father’s and the Son’s work of salvation continues there. Our Savior initiated the work of declaring liberty to the captives, and that work continues as worthy and qualified messengers continue to preach the gospel...
- President Dallin H. Oaks, Trust in the Lord
Although the time of Peter’s own martyrdom was approaching, his words are not filled with fear or pessimism; rather, he taught the Saints to “rejoice,” even though they were “in heaviness through manifold temptations.” ...As we face the storms of life, I know that if we make our best effort and rely upon Jesus Christ and His Atonement as our refuge, we will be blessed with the relief, comfort, strength, temperance, and peace that we are seeking...
- Ricardo P. Giménez, Finding Refuge from the Storms of Life
We comprehend more fully the exceeding great and precious promises and begin to partake of the divine nature by responding affirmatively to the call from the Lord to glory and virtue. As described by Peter, this call is fulfilled by striving to escape the corruption that is in the world…What we do in our homes with His sacred time and with what we learn in His sacred space is pivotal to becoming partakers of the divine nature.
- David A. Bednar, Exceeding Great and Precious Promises