Sunday, May 22, 2011

Daily Thought -- May 22, 2011

“In these perilous times it is not enough for our youth to merely know. They must do. Wholehearted participation in ordinances, quorums and auxiliaries, inspired programs, and fortifying activities helps youth put on the whole armor of God.”

-Robert D. Hales “Our Duty to God: The Mission of Parents and Leaders to the Rising Generation,” Ensign, May 2010, 97

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Daily Thought -- May 21, 2011

"Coming unto Christ and being perfected in Him is, I believe, the ultimate purpose of all remembering (see Moroni 10:32 33). Therefore, I pray that God will bless us always to remember, especially His perfect Son, and perish not."

-Marlin K. Jensen "Remember and Perish Not," Ensign, May 2007, 38

Friday, May 20, 2011

Daily Thought -- May 20, 2011

"Learning to endure times of disappointment, suffering, and sorrow is part of our on-the-job training. These experiences, while often difficult to bear at the time, are precisely the kinds of experiences that stretch our understanding, build our character, and increase our compassion for others."

-Joseph B. Wirthlin "Come What May, and Love It, Ensign", Nov. 2008, 27

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Daily Thought -- May 19, 2011

"President Gordon B. Hinckley stated: 'I have not spoken face to face with all of the prophets of this dispensation. I was not acquainted with the Prophet Joseph Smith, nor did I ever hear him speak. [However,] my grandfather, who as a young man lived in Nauvoo, did hear him and testified of his divine calling as a great prophet of this dispensation' ("Believe His Prophets," Ensign, May 1992, 50).

"President Hinckley bore witness of the First Vision, when young Joseph Smith went to pray in a grove and received his answer through divine revelation from both the Father and the Son.

"President Hinckley's passion with the building of temples and the sacred work performed therein will be a polar star for each of us to follow."

-F. Michael Watson "His Servants, the Prophets," Ensign, May 2009, 108

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Daily Thought -- May 18, 2011

"The crowning temple ordinance is available only to a man and a woman when they are sealed together, forming an eternal family unit. It is by virtue of this and all other priesthood ordinances that the families of the earth shall be blessed (see Abraham 2:11). This sealing ordinance is so central to the Lord's purposes that He has promised to the faithful who are not sealed in this life through no fault of their own this blessing in the life to come. No other doctrine in all of religion better confirms God's commensurate love for both His sons and His daughters."

-Craig A. Cardon "Moving Closer to Him," Ensign, Nov. 2006, 94-95

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Daily Thought -- May 17, 2011

There are several things we can do to develop a deep conversion and learn how to receive divine inspiration. First, we must have a desire. Alma said, ‘For I know that he granteth unto men according to their desire, whether it be unto death or unto life . . . according to their wills’ (Alma 29:4).”

-Allan F. Packer “Finding Strength in Challenging Times!” Ensign, May 2009, 17

Monday, May 16, 2011

Daily Thought -- May 16, 2011

"In 1936, at the height of the Great Depression in the United States, when people were struggling to make ends meet, Elder John A. Widtsoe admonished the Saints to pay their tithing because of the spiritual blessings they would receive. He said: 'Obedience to the law of tithing . . . brings a deep, inward joy . . . that can be won in no other way. . . . The principles of truth become clearer. . . . Prayer becomes easier. . . . The spiritual sense is sharpened [and] . . . man becomes more like his Father in Heaven' ("Tithing Testimonies of Our Leaders," Deseret News, May 16, 1936, Church Section, 5)."

-Sheldon F. Child "The Best Investment," Ensign, May 2008, 80-81

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Daily Thought -- May 15, 2011

"I express special gratitude to the Lord Jesus Christ. I am thankful for His loving-kindness and for His open invitation to come unto Him (see Matthew 11:28-30). I marvel at His matchless power to heal. I testify of Jesus Christ as the Master Healer. It is but one of many attributes that characterize His incomparable life."

-Russell M. Nelson "Jesus Christ—the Master Healer," Ensign, Nov. 2005,

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Daily Thought -- May 14, 2011

"First-generation members occupy a special and important place in the Church and their families. Did you know that first-generation members constitute more than half of the membership of the Church? Perhaps not since the early days of the Church has the first generation constituted such a large percentage of total Church membership as it does today. Your faith and testimonies are a great strength and blessing to others. Through you, we gain a deeper understanding of gospel principles and our testimonies are strengthened.

"You add great strength to the Church when you use your testimony, talents, abilities, and energy to build the kingdom in your wards and branches. You are great examples of sharing the gospel, serving missions, sending children on missions, and welcoming new members. You reach out in kindness to those around you, lifting and blessing them through inspired service. So much of what is done in the Church today could not be done without your efforts."

-Paul B. Pieper "The First Generation," Ensign, Nov. 2006, 11-12

Friday, May 13, 2011

Daily Thought -- May 13, 2011

"In order to have joy, you need to understand that, as a child of your Heavenly Father, you inherited divine traits and spiritual needs--and just like a fish needs water, you need the gospel and the companionship of the Holy Ghost to be truly, deeply happy. Because you are the offspring of God (see Acts 17:28), it is incompatible with your eternal nature to do wrong and feel right. It cannot be done. It is part of your spiritual DNA, as it were, that peace, joy, and happiness will be yours only to the degree you live the gospel."

-Marcus B. Nash "The Great Plan of Happiness," Ensign, Nov. 2006, 49

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Daily Thought -- May 12, 2011

“The ability to qualify for, receive, and act on personal revelation is the single most important skill that can be acquired in this life.”

-Julie B. Beck “And upon the Handmaids in Those Days Will I Pour Out My Spirit,” Ensign, May 2010, 11

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Daily Thought -- May 11, 2011

"If there is one character more than another in the Book of Mormon that I have admired and whose example I have felt to emulate, that character has been Nephi of old; never discouraged, never disheartened, always ready, always determined to labor to the best of his ability for the accomplishment of the purposes of God."

-Heber J Grant Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Heber J. Grant [2002], 37

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Daily Thought -- May 10, 2011

"A few weeks ago, my father . . . passed away, and now more than ever I feel thankfulness to my God for the richness and beauty of His doctrine.

"Because family life can continue beyond the thresholds of death. Because the royal priesthood has been restored upon the earth. And because the Spirit has spoken to my spirit, giving me a testimony that my Savior Jesus Christ lives and that through His intercession I shall be able, in accordance to my faithfulness, to live with Him. For these reasons and others still, I am a member of the only true Church upon the face of the earth, and I shall be eternally grateful for this."

-Enrique R. Falabella "Why Are We Members of the Only True Church?" Ensign, Nov. 2007,

Monday, May 9, 2011

Daily Thought -- May 9, 2011

"Regular reading of and talking about the Book of Mormon invite the power to resist temptation and to produce feelings of love within our families. And discussions about the doctrines and principles in the Book of Mormon provide opportunities for parents to observe their children, to listen to them, to learn from them, and to teach them."

-David A. Bednar "Watching with All Perserverance," Ensign, May 2010, 41

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mother's Day Thoughts -- May 8, 2011

"I am impressed by countless mothers who have learned how important it is to focus on the things that can only be done in a particular season of life. If a child lives with parents for 18 or 19 years, that span is only one-fourth of a parent's life. And the most formative time of all, the early years in a child's life, represents less than one-tenth of a parent's normal life. It is crucial to focus on our children for the short time we have them with us and to seek, with the help of the Lord, to teach them all we can before they leave our homes. This eternally important work falls to mothers and fathers as equal partners. I am grateful that today many fathers are more involved in the lives of their children. But I believe that the instincts and the intense nurturing involvement of mothers with their children will always be a major key to their well-being. In the words of the proclamation on the family, 'Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children' (The Family: A Proclamation to the World," Ensign, Nov. 1995, 102)."

-M. Russell Ballard "Daughters of God," Ensign, May 2008, 108-109

"My mother assured me that if I stayed on the road of truth, even when it seemed hot and dusty, even when there were distractions, the end would be better than the beginning. I will be eternally grateful that Mother told me."

-Bradley D. Foster "Mother Told Me," Ensign, May 2010, 100

"There are some among us who are unhappy with their lives because they have wanted to achieve a measure of greatness in this life but now feel they have failed in some fundamental way. . . .
"[Joseph F. Smith wrote:] 'Those things which we call extraordinary, remarkable, or unusual may make history, but they do not make real life.
" 'After all, to do well those things which God ordained to be the common lot of all mankind, is the truest greatness. To be a successful father or a successful mother is greater than to be a successful general or a successful statesman.' (Juvenile Instructor, 15 Dec. 1905, p. 752.) . .
"True greatness is never a result of a chance occurrence or a one-time effort or achievement. It requires the development of character. It requires a multitude of correct decisions for the everyday choices between good and evil."

-Howard W. Hunter "True Greatness," Ensign, May 1982, 19-20

"We are living in a great season for all women in the Church. Sisters, you are an essential part of our Heavenly Father's plan for eternal happiness; you are endowed with a divine birthright. You are the real builders of nations wherever you live, because strong homes of love and peace will bring security to any nation."

-Dieter F. Uchtdorf "The Influence of Righteous Women," Ensign, Sept. 2009, 7–8

"What more can a husband do to support his wife, the mother of their children? First, show extra appreciation and give more validation for what your wife does every day. Notice things and say thank you—often. Schedule some evenings together, just the two of you.
"Second, have a regular time to talk with your wife about each child's needs and what you can do to help.
"Third, give your wife a 'day away' now and then. Just take over the household and give your wife a break from her daily responsibilities. Taking over for a while will greatly enhance your appreciation of what your wife does. . . .
"Fourth, come home from work and take an active role with your family. Don't put work, friends, or sports ahead of listening to, playing with, and teaching your children."

-M. Russell Ballard "Daughters of God," Ensign, May 2008, 110

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Daily Thought -- May 7, 2011

“What does it mean to seek the face of the Savior? Surely it means more than just recognizing His picture. Christ’s invitation to seek Him is an invitation to know who He is, what He has done for us, and what He has asked us to do. Coming to Christ, and eventually seeing His face, comes only as we draw close to Him through our faith and our actions. It comes through a lifetime of effort.”

-Cheryl C. Lant “That Our Children Might See the Face of the Savior,” Ensign, May 2010, 81

Friday, May 6, 2011

Daily Thought -- May 6, 2011

"Many of you are single. You are students; you are working; you are new to Relief Society. Some of you have been longtime members. . . . Each of you is valued and needed. Each of you brings love, energy, perspective, and testimony to the work. Your efforts to live close to the Spirit bless us all because you have learned to rely on the Spirit for strength and direction."

-Bonnie D. Parkin "Sweet Moments," Ensign, Nov. 2005, 107

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Daily Thought -- May 5, 2011

"When we came into this world, we brought with us from our heavenly home this God-given gift and privilege which we call our agency. It gives us the right and power to make decisions and to choose. Agency is an eternal law. President Brigham Young, speaking of our agency, taught: 'This is a law which has always existed from all eternity, and will continue to exist throughout all the eternities to come. Every intelligent being must have the power of choice' (Deseret News, Oct. 10, 1866, 355)."

-Wolfgang H. Paul "The Gift of Agency," Ensign, May 2006, 34-35

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Daily Thought -- May 4, 2011

“In many ways the gospel of Jesus Christ is like a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle. When Joseph Smith came on the scene, perhaps 100 pieces were in place. Then Joseph Smith came along and put many of the other 900 pieces in place so that people could say, ‘Oh, now I understand where I came from, why I am here, and where I am going.’ As for Joseph Smith’s role in the Restoration, the Lord defined it clearly: ‘This generation shall have my word through you’ (D&C 5:10).”

-Tad R. Callister “Joseph Smith—Prophet of the Restoration,” Ensign, Nov. 2009, 37

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Daily Thought -- May 3, 2011

"Is it possible to reclaim a life that through reckless abandon has become so strewn with garbage that it appears that the person is unforgivable? Or what about the one who is making an honest effort but has fallen back into sin so many times that he feels that there is no possible way to break the seemingly endless pattern? Or what about the person who has changed his life but just can't forgive himself? . . .

"The Atonement of Jesus Christ is available to each of us. His Atonement is infinite. It applies to everyone, even you. It can clean, reclaim, and sanctify even you. That is what infinite means--total, complete, all, forever."

-Shayne M. Bowen "The Atonement Can Clean, Reclaim, and Sanctify Our Lives," Ensign, Nov. 2006, 33-34

Monday, May 2, 2011

Daily Thought -- May 2, 2011

"As a young boy I discovered amazing power in a small flashlight. . . . To observe the physical properties of light can be exciting, but discovering the properties of spiritual light and truth is even more awe inspiring and essential.

"We live in marvelous times, yet also an hour when peace has been taken from the earth (see D&C 1:35). For us to prosper in these times, spiritual light must burn within us. How do we obtain this spiritual light and ensure that the truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ fill our souls? I would like to suggest three ways: (1) learn true doctrine, (2) gain pure testimony, and (3) live the gospel courageously."

-Robert R. Steuer "The Power of Light and Truth," Ensign, May 2008, 99

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Daily Thought -- May 1, 2011

"Our Father in Heaven wants each of us to enjoy peace and happiness in mortal life. Our Master, Jesus Christ, and His prophets have taught how to have that peace and happiness, even in a world that is ever more challenging, with increasing conflict and an intense concentration of alluring temptations."

-Richard G Scott "The Atonement Can Secure Your Peace and Happiness," Ensign, Nov. 2006, 40