Sunday, January 9, 2011

Testimony of the Book of Mormon, taken from Jeffrey R. Holland’s talk, “Safety For the Soul

Tuesday, December 28, 2010
And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins. 2 Nephi 25:26
Sunday, December 12, 2010
I don’t want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long, perfectly manicured fingernails. I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to scout camp. I want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbors children. I want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed someone’s garden. I want to be there with children’s sticky kisses on my cheeks and the tears of a friend on my shoulder. I want the Lord to know I was really here and that I really lived. Marjorie Pay Hinckley

"Because of Your Faith," by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland. October General Conference, 2010.

A portion of the talk:

"My thanks to all you wonderful members of the Church—and legions of good people not of our faith—for proving every day of your life that the pure love of Christ ‘never faileth.’ No one of you is insignificant, in part because you make the gospel of Jesus Christ what it is—a living reminder of His grace and mercy, a private but powerful manifestation in small villages and large cities of the good He did and the life He gave bringing peace and salvation to other people. We are honored beyond expression to be counted one with you in such a sacred cause.

As Jesus said to the Nephites, so say I today:

'Because of your faith … , my joy is full.

And when he had said these words, he wept.’

Click here to read the entire talk. 

Friday, December 10, 2010
Salt Lake City, Utah Temple. Decorated for Christmas.

Salt Lake City, Utah Temple. Decorated for Christmas.

Thursday, December 9, 2010
If it was right when you prayed about it and trusted it and lived for it, it is right now. Don’t give up when the pressure mounts. You can find an apartment. You can win over your mother-in-law. You can sell your harmonica and therein fund one more meal. It’s been done before. Don’t give in. Certainly don’t give in to that being who is bent on the destruction of your happiness. He wants everyone to be miserable like unto himself. Face your doubts. Master your fears. “Cast not away therefore your confidence.” Stay the course and see the beauty of life unfold for you. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, “Cast Not Away Therefore Your Confidence