Friday, October 14, 2011
This is a paradox of man: compared to God, man is nothing; yet we are everything to God. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, You Matter to Him, October General Conference 2011
Sunday, October 9, 2011 Thursday, September 15, 2011

"The Holy Temple - a Beacon to the World," by President Thomas S. Monson.

April 2011 General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

A portion of the talk:

Now, my young friends who are in your teenage years, always have the temple in your sights. Do nothing which will keep you from entering its doors and partaking of the sacred and eternal blessings there. I commend those of you who already go to the temple regularly to perform baptisms for the dead, arising in the very early hours of the morning so you can participate in such baptisms before school begins. I can think of no better way to start a day.

To you parents of young children, may I share with you some sage advice from President Spencer W. Kimball. Said he: ‘It would be a fine thing if … parents would have in every bedroom in their house a picture of the temple so [their children] from the time [they are] infant[s] could look at the picture every day [until] it becomes a part of [their lives]. When [they reach] the age that [they need] to make [the] very important decision [concerning going to the temple], it will have already been made.’

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The world can be a challenging and difficult place in which to live. We are often surrounded by that which would drag us down. As you and I go to the holy houses of God, as we remember the covenants we make within, we will be more able to bear every trial and to overcome each temptation. In this sacred sanctuary we will find peace; we will be renewed and fortified.”

(Click here to read the talk in its entirety.)

Sunday, February 6, 2011

"Be Thou an Example of the Believers," by Elder Russell M. Nelson

A portion of the talk:

"Each member can be an example of the believers. Brethren, as followers of Jesus Christ, each of you can live in accord with His teachings. You can have “a pure heart and clean hands”; you can have “the image of God engraven upon your [countenance].” 10 Your good works will be evident to others. 11 The light of the Lord can beam from your eyes. 12 With that radiance, you had better prepare for questions. The Apostle Peter so counseled, “Be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you.” 13

Let your response be warm and joyful. And let your response be relevant to that individual. Remember, he or she is also a child of God, that very God who dearly wants that person to qualify for eternal life and return to Him one day. You may be the very one to open the door to his or her salvation and understanding of the doctrine of Christ. 14

(Click here to read the entire thing.)

Sunday, January 23, 2011

"O That Cunning Plan of the Evil One," by Elder M. Russell Ballard.

A portion of the talk:

"To those who are dealing with an addiction personally or within your family, I repeat, fervent prayer is key to gaining the spiritual strength to find peace and overcome an addictive craving. Heavenly Father loves all of His children, so thank Him and express sincere faith in Him. Ask Him for the strength to overcome the addiction you are experiencing. Set aside all pride and turn your life and your heart to Him. Ask to be filled with the power of Christ’s pure love. You may have to do this many times, but I testify to you that your body, mind, and spirit can be transformed, cleansed, and made whole, and you will be freed. Jesus said, ‘I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life’ (John 8:12).”

(Click here to read the entire talk)

Sunday, October 31, 2010

"The Transforming Power of Faith and Character," by Richard G. Scott. General Conference, Saturday Afternoon Session, October 2010.

A portion of the talk:

"We become what we want to be by consistently being what we want to become each day. Righteous character is a precious manifestation of what you are becoming. Righteous character is more valuable than any material object you own, any knowledge you have gained through study, or any goals you have attained no matter how well lauded by mankind. In the next life your righteous character will be evaluated to assess how well you used the privilege of mortality.”

Click here to read the entire talk.

(On a personal note, I highly suggest listening to this talk and reading along with it as you do. As I listened to it today, I read along as I listened. For the sake of time [I assume], Elder Scott cut out six or seven paragraphs from his original talk, all of which are posted online. Reading it as you listen, or just reading it instead of listening, provides you with such powerful doctrine that he wasn’t able to include in his talk in Conference. And some of the material in those paragraphs is unbelievably powerful. So, on that note, I highly suggest that you read this talk, not just listen to it.)