Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A Moral Compass

“In the end, it is only an
internal moral compass
in each individual that can effectively deal with the root causes
as well as the symptoms of societal decay.”

Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Thursday, September 24, 2009


"You've likely been asked if you've been

SAVED by grace.

But, has anyone ever asked you if you've been

CHANGED by grace?"

Brad Wilcox

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Gospel Restored

Many quotes on the Prophet Joseph Smith!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Have a Nice Trauma!

"When God set the workings of this world in motion, He had a very definite plan. A major key in that plan is the fact that there must... needs be opposition in all things. The good news about that is knowing that for every bit of fear and grief and pain and sorrow, there is equal peace and joy and perfect hope. And do you know how that's possible? The answer ties directly into part one: God's love. For God so loved the world that He gave His only Begotten Son."

From: Anita Stansfield's book The Guardian page 301

Not so sure if this is true, because it's not from a credible source like a prophet, scholar, or someone like that, but would be nice if it was. Of course, then we'd say things like "Bring on the pain!" or "Have a nice trauma!" I was talking about his in front of a sales lady at Deseret Book in Logan a few years ago, with my friend Heather. We were talking about life and how it was such a trauma and how we should just say "Have a nice trauma!", instead of have a nice life! As we left the sales lady said the trauma quote to us.

Sometimes trauma can make us laugh! Like river rafting in the rain on the Yakima River with some whinny teenagers! Ahh.......the memories! (of a week and a half a go)

Thursday, September 10, 2009


By Faith We Receive....

"As we receive by faith all temporal blessings that we do receive, so we in like manner receive by faith all spiritual blessings that we do receive. But faith is not only the principle of action, but of power also, in all intelligent beings, whether in heaven or on earth."
Joseph Smith

Sunday, August 30, 2009

The Book is True

The honest in heart, who feel that the true Kingdom of God ought to have special and powerful credentials, and not just be another voice in the crowd, will not go away disappointed from an examination of the claims and evidences of the Book of Mormon.
Hugh W. Nibley

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Make It Happen!

Love is something you make happen.
Sheri Johnson

Saturday, August 22, 2009


“Sometimes you put walls up not to keep people out, but to see who cares enough to break them down.”

Monday, August 10, 2009

Let It Shine, Let It Shine!

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

by: Marianne Williamson
Quoted by Nelson Mandela

Sunday, August 9, 2009

All to our selves!

God is not hurried along in the Time-stream of this universe any more than an author is hurried along in the imaginary time of his own novel. He has infinite attention to spare for each one of us. He does not have to deal with us in the mass. You are as much alone with Him as if you were the only being He had ever created.

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, p. 148

Saturday, August 8, 2009

No Perfect Revelation

    “I do not even believe that there is a single revelation, among the many God has given to the Church, that is perfect in its fulness. The revelations of God contain correct doctrine and principle, so far as they go; but it is impossible for the poor, weak, low, groveling, sinful inhabitants of the earth to receive a revelation from the Almighty in all its perfections. He has to speak to us in a manner to meet the extent of our capacities.” (Brigham Young JD 2:314.)

Like children, we are sometimes only capable of receiving revelations in part, or in basic form, and often in concepts which are familiar to us in our surroundings.

Behold, I am God and have spoken it; these commandments are of me, and were given unto my servants in their weakness, after the manner of their language, that they might come to understanding. (D&C 1:24.)

(c) Copyright Michael R. Ash 1999. All rights reserved

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Judging Success

Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it!

The Dali Lama

Have You Found Your Self?

The more we serve our fellowmen in appropriate ways, the more substance there is to our souls. We become more significant individuals as we serve others. We become more substantive as we serve others--indeed, it is easier to "find" ourselves because there is so much more of us to find!

Spencer W. Kimball

Love is...

Love is...doing the best thing for everyone involved,
including yourself.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Service Heals

when we are serving others,
we are healing ourselves.

Stephanie Smith
CIA Executive


"From failure, you learn.
From success, not so much."

from the movie Meet the Robinsons


“You need not possess children to love them. Loving is not synonymous with possessing, and possessing is not necessarily loving. The world is filled with people to be loved, guided, taught, lifted, and inspired.”

Janice Kapp Perry:

Sunday, July 26, 2009


"The Book of Mormon is true, just what it purports to be, and for this testimony I expect to give an account in the Day of Judgment." (Encyclopedia, 86-87) - Joseph Smith, Jr.

Thursday, July 23, 2009


Do not allow yourself to be self-condemning. Avoid discouragement. Teach yourself correct principles and govern yourself with honor. appropriately involve yourself in helping others. As we develop proper self-image in ourself and others, I promise you the "nobody" attitude will completely disappear.
Marvin J. Ashton

God made you to be you. He put you where you are in order to serve the people that surround you and to learn from those people. Of all the situations in life, the situation you are in is the very best situation for you.

The problem is that we look around at other people and begin to doubt God. Surely He made a mistake! We should be as energetic as a friend down the street or as pretty as the lady in the grocery store or able to sing like the next door neighbor. We think life would be so much better for us if our children behaved like our sister’s children or that our husband was as considerate as our best friend’s husband. We think we aren’t as capable as the friend who owns the boutique or as the cousin with the Master’s degree. We cower and hide the talents God has given us because we deem them not as good as what everyone else has. What a mistake. Just thinking those thoughts keeps us from discovering what we are supposed to be doing. But more than that thinking that way chokes the joy right out of life!

In 1 Peter 4:10 the King James Bible reads, “As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” That same verse in the NRSV Bible reads, “Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.” And the NIV reads, “”Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms."

Between these three translations, you can’t miss the message. Whatever God has given YOU, use it to bless the lives of others. Don’t fret about whether you have more or less or would be better off with something different. The truth is that you have all you need to do what you were sent here to do. So USE it. If you are a good listener, listen. If you have a sense of humor, laugh. If you have a beautiful smile, share it. If you see these wonderful things in others instead of coveting write a note and thank them for making your life better by sharing. If you are healthy, serve others who aren’t. If you struggle with relationships, ask God what you are to learn from it. The list goes on and on. There is a reason and a purpose for everything. Don’t waste time fretting about it. Learn from it. Grow from it. Use it to bless others!It really is great to be you!

Sheri Johnson

Jacob 2:17 Think of your abrethren like unto yourselves, and be familiar with all and free with your bsubstance, that cthey may be rich like unto you.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Prophet of the Restoration

Voice of the Prophet

"I am a rough stone. The sound of the hammer and chisel was never heard on me nor never will be. I desire the learning and wisdom of heaven alone."
Joseph Smith, June 11, 1843

The Prophet's Eternal View

"…I have a father, brothers, children, and friends who have gone to a world of spirits. They are only absent for a moment. They are in the spirit, and we shall soon meet again……When we depart, we shall hail our mothers, fathers, friends, and all whom we love, who have fallen asleep in Jesus……it will be an eternity of felicity." --LDS Church History, Vol. VI, p.316


Could you gaze into Heaven five minutes, you would know more than you would by reading all that was ever written on the subject" - Sermon, October 9, 1843

Get Ye Understanding...

In the beginning God didn't rest until He created man in His own image. In the end He won't rest until man creates in himself the likeness of God.
Joseph Smith, Jr.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Becoming Yourself

The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.

~Anna Quindlen

In my case, It's not thinking I'm mediocre and just being content with me.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Feeling Broken?

"perhaps strength doesn't reside in having never been broken, but in the courage required to grow strong in the broken places."

Monday, July 13, 2009

Religion and Government

For as Latter-day Saints, our obedience to government may be necessary, but our conscience belong to God, and no government has the right to require us to sin against our conscience.

Orson Scott Card

Wednesday, July 1, 2009


Our memories are based on our level of understanding of others. Its only when we put our own wants aside we truly can have better memories. Don't let the good memories pass you by because you can only see the bad!

Brian Haskan (SA friend, retired military)

Tuesday, June 30, 2009


"The genuine and simple religion of Jesus will one day be restored: such as it was preached and practised [sic] by himself,"

Thomas Jefferson in a letter to Van der Kemp, 1820

Monday, June 29, 2009

Testimony and Conversion

It is a common error to feel that testimony means full conversion. We many times equate testimony with a man’s faith. We say, “He has great faith,” meaning that he has a strong testimony, or we say, “He has a strong testimony,” meaning that he has great faith. However, I don’t believe the two are always synonymous. Faith is based on knowledge; it is a hope in that which is not seen which is true. (See Alma 32:21.) Testimony is revealed knowledge.

Hartman Rector Jr., “The Strength of Testimony,” Ensign, May 1974, 109

Monday, June 22, 2009

Fathers Day Quotes

"The father is always a Republican toward his son, and his mother's always a Democrat." -- Robert Frost

"A father is a banker provided by nature." -- French Proverb

"I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection." -- Sigmund Freud

"My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it." -- Clarence Budington Kelland

"Small boy's definition of Father's Day: It's just like Mother's Day only you don't spend so much." -- Unknown

"By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong." -- Charles Wadsworth

Sunday, June 21, 2009

I was made for another world

If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. If none of my earthly pleasures satisfy it, that does not prove that the universe is a fraud. Probably earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy it, but only to arouse it, to suggest the real thing. If that is so, I must take care, on the one hand, never to despise, or be unthankful for, these earthly blessings, and on the other, never to mistake them for the something else of which they are only a kind of copy, or echo, or mirage. I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find till after death; I must never let it get snowed under or turned aside; I must make it the main object of life to press on to that other country and to help others to do the same.

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, p. 121

Friday, June 19, 2009

Freedom in the face of opposition

“The people of Poland are giving us an imperishable example of courage and devotion to the values of freedom in the face of relentless opposition … the torch of liberty is hot. It warms those who hold it high. It burns those who try to extinguish it.”

- Ronald Reagan, December 1981

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Learning from the difficult times

In spite of discouragement and adversity, those who are happiest seem to have a way of learning from the difficult times, becoming stronger, wiser, and happier as a result... Come what may, and love it. Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin

Sunday, June 14, 2009

How to get Charity

But though natural likings should normally be encouraged, it would be quite wrong to think that the way to become charitable is to sit trying to manufacture affectionate feelings. Some people are 'cold' by temperament; that may be a misfortune for them, but it is no more a sin than having a bad digestion is a sin; and it does not cut them out from the chance, or excuse them from the duty, of learning charity. The rule for all of us is perfectly simple. Do not waste time bothering whether you 'love' your neighbor; act as if you did. As soon as we do this we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to love him. If you injure someone you dislike, you will find yourself disliking him more. If you do him a good turn, you will find yourself disliking him less. There is, indeed, one exception. If you do him a good turn, not to please God and obey the law of charity, but to show him what a fine forgiving chap you are, and to put him in your debt, and then sit down to wait for his 'gratitude', you will probably be disappointed. (People are not fools: they have a very quick eye for anything like showing off, or patronage.) But whenever we do good to another self, just because it is a self, made (like us) by God, and desiring its own happiness as we desire ours, we shall have learned to love it a little more or, at least, to dislike it less.

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, p. 116

Sunday, June 7, 2009


"There is no book that you can read to fix your kids, but remember that while trying to change their behavior you also need to change how you react because that may be maintaining their behavior." - I don't know.

"Your toddler will do what they need to do, and not necessarily what you say. If you're patient, then they will be patient. If you speak gently, then they will be gentle. Whatever you want them to be, you have to start becoming."

-Helen Hunt

Beautiful! So well said. I love it. I want to start becoming!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

In the beginning.... In the end.

In the beginning God didn't rest until He created man in His own image. In the end he won't rest until man creates in himself the likeness of God.

Marlena Tayna Muchnic
Jewish Convert to Mormonism

Life Purposes

"If you have problems in your life, don't assume there is something wrong with you. Struggling with those problems is at the very core of life's purpose. As we draw close to God, He will show us our weaknesses and through them make us wiser, stronger."

[Bruce C. Hafen "The Atonement: All for All,"
Ensign, May 2004, 97]

Monday, June 1, 2009

Taking off the fancy dress

We must not think Pride is something God forbids because He is offended at it, or that Humility is something He demands as due to His own dignity — as if God Himself was proud. He is not in the least worried about His dignity. The point is, He wants you to know Him: wants to give you Himself. And He and you are two things of such a kind that if you really get into any kind of touch with Him you will, in fact, be humble — delightedly humble, feeling the infinite relief of having for once got rid of all the silly nonsense about your own dignity which has made you restless and unhappy all your life. He is trying to make you humble in order to make this moment possible: trying to take off a lot of silly, ugly, fancy-dress in which we have all got ourselves up and are strutting about like the little idiots we are. I wish I had got a bit further with humility myself: if I had, I could probably tell you more about the relief, the comfort, of taking the fancy-dress off—getting rid of the false self, with all its 'Look at me' and 'Aren't I a good boy?' and all its posing and posturing. To get even near it, even for a moment, is like a drink of cold water to a man in a desert.

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, p. 113-114

Agency Plus

There is another responsibility correlated and even coexistent with free agency, which is too infrequently emphasized, and that is the effect not only of a person's actions but also of his thoughts upon others. Man radiates what he is, and that radiation affects to a greater or less degree every person who comes within that radiation.

David O. McKay

I find this quote scary. There is a guy who tells me I lack confidence. I do in the relationship realm of life. I have not been successful and it seems that my thoughts have effected not just relationships with men, but with everyone. I'm at a point right now, where I really don't know what to do with me.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

The Plan

Elder Neal A. Maxwell

How can we truly understand who we are unless we know who we were and what we have the power to become? How can there be real identity without real history? How can one understand his tiny, individual plot without knowing, even a little, about Father's grand, galactic plans?(Ensign, May 1986, p. 35)

Richard G. Scott

…you may be disturbed because your life may not now fit [the] mold. I promise you that through your obedience and continuing faith in Jesus Christ— along with your understanding of the whole plan of happiness, even if important parts of the plan aren't fulfilled in your life now— a fulness of blessings will be yours in the Lord's due time. I also promise you that you can have significant growth and happiness now. As a daughter or son of God, live whatever portion of the plan is available to you the best you can. Finding Peace, Happiness, and Joy (Salt Lake City 2007)

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

righteous women

"Of this you may be certain: the Lord especially loves righteous women - women who are not only faithful but filled with faith, women who are striving to live and serve as women of God."

- M. Russell Ballard

reverance involves happiness

“As with the other principles of the gospel, reverence leads to increased joy.

“We must remember that reverence is not a somber, temporary behavior that we adopt on Sunday. True reverence involves happiness, as well as love, respect, gratitude, and godly fear. It is a virtue that should be part of our way of life. In fact, Latter-day Saints should be the most reverent people in all the earth.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Joseph Smith said:

I am a champion for the cause of Christ.

I want to be one too

Mothers that are not yet

“To those who are barren and unable to bear offspring, our deepest sympathy is extended. Let us quote for the consolation of those who are not blessed with the procreative power a statement from the Prophet Brigham Young: ‘Let me here say a word to console the feelings and hearts of all who belong to this Church. Many of the sisters grieve because they are not blessed with offspring. You will see the time when you will have millions of children around you. If you are faithful to your covenants, you will be mothers of nations. You will become Eves to earths like this, and when you have assisted in peopling one earth, there are millions of others still in the course of creation. And when they have endured a thousand million times longer than this earth, it is only as it were at the beginning of your creation. Be faithful and if you are not blessed with children in this time, you will be hereafter.’ "
Deseret News, Vol. 10,
p. 306, October 14, 1860.) (Spencer W. Kimball, fireside address delivered in San Antonio, Texas, 3 Dec. 1977, 24–26).

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

James 1:5-6

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

This single verse of scripture has had a greater impact and a more far reaching effect upon mankind that any other single sentence ever recorded by any prophet in any age.

Elder Bruce R. McConkie; Doctrinal New Testiment Commentary, 3:246-47

Faith and adversity

No one wants adversity. Trials, disappointments, sadness, and heartache come to us from two basically different sources. Those who transgress the laws of God will always have those challenges. The other reason for adversity is to accomplish the Lord’s own purposes in our life that we may receive the refinement that comes from testing. It is vitally important for each of us to identify from which of these two sources come our trials and challenges, for the corrective action is very different.

When you face adversity, you can be lead to ask many questions…. What am I to do? What am I do learn from this experience? What am I to change? Whom am I to help? How can I remember my many blessings in times of trial? Willing sacrifice of deeply held personal desires in favor of the will of God is very hard to do. Yet when you pray with real conviction, ‘please let me know Thy will’ and ‘May Thy will be done,’ you are in the strongest position to receive the maximum help from your loving Father.

Richard G. Scott Nov 1995

Thursday, April 30, 2009

act or acted upon? It's your choice!

How people treat you is their karma;
how you react is yours.

~Wayne Dyer

Monday, April 27, 2009

Smart Women

Stupidity in a woman is unfeminine.

Friedrich Nietzsche
Human, All Too Human, 1878

The guy is an atheist, but recognized that if you loose Christianity, you loose the ideas too.

Scaffolding and Emulation

Building on His firm foundation requires us to emulate Christ's character. There is no joy nor is there any security in giving Him mere lip service. Emulating Him is the key, and our emerging character is the refined structure of our souls. After all the circumstantial scaffolding comes down, character is what is left.
from Elder Neal A. Maxwell in 2002
Pictured: Oquirrh Mountain Temple in Utah

Sunday, April 19, 2009

A Quote From Me

I was giving someone I don't know advice on their blog and I said this to them.

"Never feel bad about doing something
that makes you a better person!"

I realized as I was typing that I need to take my own advice.

Comparing Crosses

Just as no two snowflakes are precisely alike in design, so the configuration of life's challenges differs also. Some of our experiences are not fully shareable with others. Thus, others, try as they may, cannot fully appreciate them. They must trust us, our generalizations and testimonies concerning these experiences. A few of our experiences should not even be shared. But it is useful to ponder the past examples of our partners on the pathway.

In the midst of some of these individualized challenges, however, we may cry out on our small scale as the Savior did on the cross, or as the Prophet did in Liberty Jail. Being in agony, we will pray more earnestly, for cries of agony are not the same as cries of despair.

Our individual experiences may not always be unique, but they are always authentic. God will even take into account our perceptions of, as well as our responses to, our trials. For those of us who do not, for instance, find claustrophobia a challenge, it is difficult to measure the terror that comes to those for whom it is such a challenge. Thus, a friend may seem to struggle unnecessarily long before finally prevailing with regard to a particular principle of the gospel. But for that individual, the struggle was real enough! We need, particularly, to understand with kindness those who are asked o go out to do battle again on a familiar field--on the very battleground where they have already suffered defeat several times. Yet some of our most difficult victories will occur on new terrain--like Joseph's in Egypt--when we do not have the equivalent of a "home court" advantage.

We must remember that, while the Lord reminded the Prophet Joseph Smith that he had not yet suffered as Job, only the Lord can compare crosses!

Neal A. Maxwell

The Liberty Jails of Our Lives

But tonight’s message is that when you have to, you can have sacred, revelatory, profoundly instructive experience with the Lord in any situation you are in. Indeed, let me say that even a little stronger: You can have sacred, revelatory, profoundly instructive experience with the Lord in the most miserable experiences of your life—in the worst settings, while enduring the most painful injustices, when facing the most insurmountable odds and opposition you have ever faced.

Now let’s talk about those propositions for a moment. Every one of us, in one way or another, great or small, dramatic or incidental, is going to spend a little time in Liberty Jail—spiritually speaking. We will face things we do not want to face for reasons that may not have been our fault. Indeed, we may face difficult circumstances for reasons that were absolutely right and proper, reasons that came because we were trying to keep the commandments of the Lord. We may face persecution; we may endure heartache and separation from loved ones; we may be hungry and cold and forlorn. Yes, before our lives are over we may all be given a little taste of what the prophets faced often in their lives. But the lessons of the winter of 1838–39 teach us that every experience can become a redemptive experience if we remain bonded to our Father in Heaven through that difficulty. These difficult lessons teach us that man’s extremity is God’s opportunity, and if we will be humble and faithful, if we will be believing and not curse God for our problems, He can turn the unfair and inhumane and debilitating prisons of our lives into temples—or at least into a circumstance that can bring comfort and revelation, divine companionship and peace.

Jeffery R. Holland

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


My reading of history convinces me
that most bad government
results from too much government.

Thomas Jefferson

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Inconvient Truth

I’ve always felt that Mormonism is the real “inconvenient truth”.

From someone named "Kristine".

A God Who is Engaged and Speaks

We believe in a God who is engaged in our lives, who is not silent, not absent, nor, as Elijah said of the god of the priests of Baal, is He "on a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awakened." In this church, even our young Primary children recite, "We believe all that God has revealed, all that he does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the kingdom of God.

In a sense Joseph Smith and his prophetic successors in this Church answer the challenge Ralph Waldo Emerson put to the students of the Harvard Divinity School 170 years ago this coming summer. To that group of the Protestant best and brightest, the great sage of Concord pled that they teach "that God is, not was; that He speaketh, not spake."

I testify that the heaven are opened. I testify that Joseph Smith was and is a prophet of God, that the Book of Mormon is truly another testament of Jesus Christ. I testify that Thomas S. Monson is God's prophet, a modern apostle with the keys of the kingdom in his hands, a man upon whom I personally have seen the mantle fall. I testify that the presence of such authorized ministry of Christ has been on the earth. I testify that such a ministry is on the earth again, and it is found in this, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Jeffrey R. Holland, Ensign May 2008

A Few Scriptures

We did wait in these difficult circumstances for the space of many months. Alma 58:7

Ye are the children of the prophets. Ye are of the house of Israel, ye are of the covenant which the Father has made with your fathers,.... 3 Nephi 20:25

.....canst thou be humble and meek and conduct thyself wisely before me? Yea, come unto me thy Savior. Amen.

Doctrine and Covenants 19:41

Swim or Stand

In matters of style,
swim with the current;
in matters of principle,
stand like a rock.

Thomas Jefferson

Friday, April 10, 2009

God Sees Not As Man Sees

The Saints should always remember that God sees not as man sees; that he does not willingly afflict his children, and that if he requires them to endure present privation and trial, it is that they may escape great tribulations which would otherwise inevitably overtake them. If He deprives them of any present blessing, it is that he may bestow upon them great and more glorious ones

George Q. Cannon (1827-1901) Beneficial Results of Continued Obedience to the Teachings of God's Servants, Millennial Star, Oct 3, 1863, 634

Help From Both Sides of the Veil.

In the gospel of Jesus Christ you have help from both sides of the veil and you must never forget that. When disappointment and discouragement strike, and they will, you remember and never forget that if our eyes could be opened we would see horses and chariots of fire as far as the eye can see riding at reckless speed to come to our protection.

Jeffrey R. Holland

Lessons of Patience and Waiting

Everywhere in nature we are taught the lessons of patience and waiting. We want things a long time before we get them, and the fact that we want them a long time makes them all the more precious when they come.
~Joseph F. Smith

The Book Of My Life

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. “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” 1 Chorinthians 2:9 Elder Uchtdorf, Oct 2008

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The Influence of Mother

A mother has far greater influence on her children than anyone else, and she must realize that every word she speaks, every act, every response, her attitude, even her appearance and manner of dress affect the lives of her children and the whole family. It is while the child is in the home that he gains from his mother the contribution he will make to society."

N. Eldon Tanner

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Man Made Rules VS God Rules

"Man-made rules have now legalized that which has been forbidden by God from the dawn of time! Human reasoning has twisted and transformed absolute truth into sound-bite slogans that promote a practice that is consummately wrong."(Abortion: An Assault on the Defenseless)

Russell M. Ballard, Oct '08

Friday, April 3, 2009

Sunday Will Come

"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. No matter our desperation, no matter our grief, in this life or the next, Sunday will come."--Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin


Many years ago a learned man, a member of the Roman Catholic Church came to Utah and spoke from the stand of the SL Tabernacle. I became well acquainted with him and we conversed freely and frankly. A great Scholar, with perhaps a dozen languages at this tongues end, he seemed to know all about theology, law, literature, science and philosophy. One day he said to me: "you Mormons are all ignoramuses. You don't even know the strength of your own position. It is so strong that there is only one other tenable in the whole Christian world, and this is the position of the Catholic Church. The issue is between Catholicism and Mormonism. If we are right, you are wrong; if you are right, we are wrong; and that's all there is to it. The Protestants haven't a leg to stand on. For, if we are wrong, they are wrong with us since they were a part of us and went out from us; while is we are right, they are apostates who we cut off long ago. If we have the apostolic succession from St. Peter, as we claim, there is no need of Joseph Smith and Mormonism; but if we have not that succession, then such a man as Joseph Smith was necessary, and Mormonism attitude is the only consistent one. It is either the perpetuation of the gospel from Ancient times, or the restoration of the gospel in the latter day.”

(LeGrand Richards, a Marvelous Work and a Wonder, p 3-4) Quotes in General Conference April 1972 by LeGrand Richards

Doing What's Right

There is always some peace in having submitted to the right. Don't spoil it by worrying about the results, if you can help it. It is not your business to succeed (no one can be sure of that) but to do right: when you have done so, the rest lies with God...

C.S. Lewis, Yours, Jack, p. 45

Respect and Marriage

"Treat your wife always with respect; it will procure respect to you, not from her only, but from all that observe it."

-Benjamin Franklin- 1768

The Beginning

I like quotes that teach and inspire.
I've seen someone else create a blog specifically for quotes.
I'm stealing her idea and doing it too.
I want a place to find them when I want them.
This is the place.