Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Self-defeat -- enemy of achievement

"At times many of us let that enemy of achievement--even the culprit 'self-defeat'--dwarf our aspirations, smother our dreams, cloud our vision, and impair our lives. The enemy's voice whispers in our ears, 'You can't do it.' 'You're too young.' 'You're too old.' 'You're nobody.' This is when we remember that we are created in the image of God. Reflection on this truth provides a profound sense of strength and power."
--President Thomas S. Monson, "Choose You This Day," Ensign, Nov. 2004, 68

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Journeys

When setting out on a journey do not seek advice from someone who has never left home. ~ Rumi

Monday, March 21, 2011

Faith

"We're not going to survive in this world, temporally or spiritually, without increased faith in the Lord-and I don't mean a positive mental attitude-I mean downright solid faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. That is the one thing that gives vitality and power to otherwise rather weak individuals."
--A. Theodore Tuttle, "Developing Faith", Ensign, Nov. 1986, 72

Friday, March 18, 2011

Gratitude

"A grateful heart, then, comes through expressing gratitude to our Heavenly Father for His blessings and to those around us for all that they bring into our lives. This requires conscious effort-at least until we have truly learned and cultivated an attitude of gratitude. Often we feel grateful and intend to express our thanks but forget to do so or just don't get around to it. Someone has said that "feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it."
--Thomas S. Monson, "The Divine Gift of Gratitude", Ensign, Nov 2010, 87–90

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Home

Church activities must be replaced by family activities." Only when parents and children work together for the same high objective-to put home and family first-can the home be preserved as God intended. Following President McKay's well-known statement "No other success can compensate for failure in the home," he went on to say: "The poorest shack in which love prevails over a united family is of greater value to God and future humanity than any other riches. In such a home God can work miracles and will work miracles."
--Rex D. Pinegar, "Home First", Ensign, May 1990, 9

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Repentance

"The invitation to repent is rarely a voice of chastisement but rather a loving appeal to turn around and to "re-turn" toward God.14 It is the beckoning of a loving Father and His Only Begotten Son to be more than we are, to reach up to a higher way of life, to change, and to feel the happiness of keeping the commandments. Being disciples of Christ, we rejoice in the blessing of repenting and the joy of being forgiven. They become part of us, shaping the way we think and feel."
--Neil L. Andersen, "Repent That I May Heal You", Ensign, Nov 2009, 40–43

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Faith

Remember that faith and obedience are still the answers, even when things go wrong, perhaps especially when things go wrong."
--Elder David E Sorensen, "Faith Is the Answer", May 2005 Ensign pg. 72

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Fathers

"There is no higher authority in matters relating to the family organization, and especially when that organization is presided over by one holding the higher priesthood, than that of the father. The patriarchal order is of divine origin and will continue throughout time and eternity. There is then a particular reason why men, women, and children should understand this order and this authority in the households of the people of God, and seek to make it what God intended it to be, a qualification and preparation for the highest exaltation of His children."
--L. Tom Perry, ""Fatherhood, an Eternal Calling", Liahona, May 2004, 69-72

Friday, March 4, 2011

Peace

"The price of peace is righteousness. Men and nations may loudly proclaim, 'Peace, peace,' but there shall be no peace until individuals nurture in their souls those principles of personal purity, integrity, and character which foster the development of peace. Peace cannot be imposed. It must come from the lives and hearts of men. There is no other way."
---Ezra Taft Benson ,Quoted By Thomas S. Monson, "Finding Peace", Ensign, March 2004

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Standards

The Lord's standards have come from Him. Some of them may appear a little out-of-date in our society, but this does not detract from their validity nor diminish the virtue of their application. The subtle reasoning of men, no matter how clever, no matter how plausible it may sound, cannot abridge the declared wisdom of God."
--President Gordon B. Hinckley, "Pursue the Steady Course", Ensign, Jan. 2005, 5