Thomas S. Monson

Born: August 21, 1927

Occupation: Author

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Thomas S. Monson

Don't forget: one of the saddest things in life is wasted talent.

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Youth need less critics and more models.

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Like the vital rudder of a ship, we have been provided a way to determine the direction we travel. The lighthouse of the Lord beckons to all as we sail the seas of life. Our home port is the celestial...

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The principles of living greatly include the capacity to face trouble with courage, disappointment with cheerfulness, and trial with humility.

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Perhaps the surest test of an individual's integrity is his refusal to do or say anything that would damage his self-respect.

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Choose your friends with caution; plan your future with purpose, and frame your life with faith.

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Choose your love, Love your choice.

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I forbid you, agnostic, doubting thoughts, to destroy the house of my faith.

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Amidst the confusion of the times, the conflicts of conscience, and the turmoil of daily living, an abiding faith becomes an anchor to our lives.

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Work will win when wishy washy wishing won t.

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Courage, not compromise, brings the smile of God's approval.

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On occasion we need to make a second effort - and a third effort, and a fourth effort, and as many degrees of effort as may be required to accomplish what we strive to achieve.

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I urge you to hold fast to your standards. I plead with you not to waver.

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I hope that you will learn to take responsibility for your decisions. don't take counsel of your fears.

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The way to be with God in every season is to strive to be near Him every week and each day.

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Each heartfelt prayer, each Church meeting attended, each worthy friend, each righteous decision, each act of service perfomed all precede that goal of eternal life.

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In reality, we are all travelers - even explorers of mortality.

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Though we may not necessarily forfeit our lives in service to our God, we can certainly demonstrate our love for Him by how well we serve Him.

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Choose a field that will supply sufficient remuneration to provide adequately for your companion and your children. I bear testimony that these criteria are very important in choosing your life's work.

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I counseled many returning missionaries. I interviewed 1,700 missionaries all over the world. My advice to them is that you should study and prepare for your life's work in a field that you enjoy.

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I acknowledge that I do not understand the processes of creation, but I accept the fact of it.

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I wasn't with Joseph, but I believe him. My faith did not come to me through science, and I will not permit so-called science to destroy it.

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We should strive for steadiness, and for a commitment to God that does not ebb and flow with the years or the crises of our lives.

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We tend to become like those whom we admire.

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We may not only find faith in God in our sorrow. We may also become faithful to Him in times of calm.

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Should doubt knock at your doorway, just say to those skeptical, disturbing, rebellious thoughts, I propose to stay with my faith, with the faith of my people.

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Our Father's commitment to us, His children, is unwavering. Indeed He softens the winters of our lives, but He also brightens our summers.

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I am certain that the Lord, who notes the fall of a sparrow, looks with compassion upon those who have been called upon to part, even temporarily, from their precious children.

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The storm stops at the door. Love reigns, peace dwells.

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Recent surveys of Church members have shown a serious erosion in the number of families who have a year's supply of life's necessities. Most members plan to do it. Too few have begun... It is our sacred...

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Any excuse, no matter how valid, only weakens the character.

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To you who are parents, I say, show love to your children. You know you love them, but make certain they know it as well. They are so precious. Let them know. Call upon our Heavenly Father for help as...

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Let us open wide the windows of our hearts, that each family member may feel welcome and 'at home.

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There are lives to brighten. There are hearts to touch. There are souls to save.

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Home should be a haven of love. Honor, courtesy, and respect symbolize love and characterize the righteous family.

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Rather than dwelling on the past, we should make the most of today, of the here and now, doing all we can to provide pleasant memories for the future…If you are still in the process of raising children...

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The most constant thing is change.

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Serving throughout the world is a great missionary force going about doing good. Missionaries teach truth. They dispel darkness. They spread joy. They bring precious souls to Christ.

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How you speak and the words you use tell much about the image you choose to portray. Use language to build and uplift those around you. Profane, vulgar, or crude language and inappropriate or off-color...

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Ideals are like the stars - you can't touch them with your hands, but by following them you reach your destination.

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Along your pathway of life you will observe that you are not the only traveler. There are others who need your help. There are feet to steady, hands to grasp, minds to encourage, hearts to inspire, and...

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When called to the Council of the Twelve, October 4, 1963, he said in the Salt Lake Tabernacle: I think of a little sister, a French-Canadian sister, whose life was changed by the missionaries as her spirit...

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We need learn what we need to learn, know what we need to know, and do what we need to do.

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Life is perfect for none of us. Rather than being judgmental and critical of each other, may we have the pure love of Christ for our fellow travelers in this journey through life.

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Everyone can be discontented if he ignores his blessings and looks only at his burdens.

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Finding the real joy of #‎ Christmas comes not in the hurrying and the scurrying to get more done, nor is it found in the purchasing of #‎ gifts . We find real joy when we make the Savior the focus...

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My brothers and sisters, do we remember to give thanks for the blessings we receive? Sincerely giving thanks not only helps us recognize our blessings, but it also unlocks the doors of heaven and helps...

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There is no more beautiful sight in all this world than to see a family praying together. There is real meaning behind the oft-quoted ‘The family that prays together stays together.

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We do not find truth groveling through error.

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We were not placed on this earth to walk alone.

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We truly need Him every hour, whether they be hours of sunshine or of rain.

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If you want to give light to others you have to glow yourself.

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So much in life depends on our attitude. The way we choose to see things and respond to others makes all the difference.

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I promise you that one day you will stand aside and look at your difficult times, you will realize that he was always there beside you.

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Physically walking where Jesus walked is less important than walking as He walked.

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Decisions determine destiny.

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Find joy in the journey.

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Have we been guilty of declaring, 'I've been thinking about making some course corrections in my life. I plan to take the first step-tomorrow'? With such thinking, tomorrow is forever. Such tomorrows rarely...

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Many more people could ride out the storm-tossed waves in their economic lives if they had their year's supply of food…and were debt-free. Today we find that many have followed this counsel in reverse:...

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Raising children, be aware that the piles and piles of laundry will disappear all too soon and that you will, to your surprise, miss them profoundly.

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This is my philosophy on all life, not just when it comes to love. All the best things are terrifying, but that's why they're the best things. Nothing worth having comes easy. You have to be afraid to...

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You have a heritage honor it. You have posses a testimony share it. You will face temptations withstand it. You know the truth live it.

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Do we have a guide to help us choose the right and avoid dangerous detours? I have tried to pattern my life after the Master. Whenever I have a difficult decision to make, I have looked at that picture...

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Our task is to become our best selves. One of God's greatest gifts to us is the joy of trying again, for no failure ever need be final.

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Remember that ofttimes the wisdom of God appears as foolishness to men, but the greatest single lesson we can learn in mortality is that when God speaks and a man obeys, that man will always be right.

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Despite the changes which come into our lives and with gratitude in our hearts, may we fill our days-as much as we can-with those things which matter most. May we cherish those we hold dear and express...

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Ours is the responsibility to show our gratitude by the actions of our lives.

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In the private sanctuary of one's own conscience lies that spirit, that determination to cast off the old person and to measure up to the statue of true potential.

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We are a temple-building and a temple-attending people.

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Family prayer is the greatest deterrent to sin, and hence the most beneficent provider of joy and happiness. The old saying is yet true: 'The family that prays together stays together.'

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It is in the home that we form our attitudes, our deeply held beliefs. It is in the home that hope is fostered or destroyed. Our homes are to be more than sanctuaries; they should also be places where...

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Faith precedes the miracle. It has ever been so and shall ever be. It was not raining when Noah was commanded to build an ark. There was no visible ram in the thicket when Abraham prepared to sacrifice...

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Sometimes we let our thoughts of tomorrow take up too much of today. Daydreaming of the past and longing for the future may provide comfort but will not take the place of living in the present. This is...

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Whatever our calling, regardless of our fears or anxieties, let us pray and then go and do.

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Your mind is a cupboard and you stock the shelves.

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Gaze Upward, Look Inward, Reach Outward, Press Forward.

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Your Heavenly Father loves you-each of you. That love never changes. It is not influenced by your appearance, by your possessions, or by the amount of money you have in your bank account. It is not changed...

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To live with gratitude ever in our hearts is to touch heaven.

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Be of good cheer. The future is as bright as your faith.

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Think to Thank. In these three words are the finest capsule course for a happy marriage, formula for enduring friendship, and a pattern for personal happiness.

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Let us respect others no one lives alone in a city, a nation, or a world.

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I urge you to live within your means. One cannot spend more than one earns and remain solvent. I promise you that you will then be happier than you would be if you were constantly worrying about how to...

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Glance backward, look heavenward, reach outward, press onward

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Wonderful, glorious things are in store for you, if only you will believe, obey, and endure.

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Can we somehow muster the courage and steadfastness of purpose that characterized the pioneers of a former generation? Can you and I, in actual fact, be pioneers [today]?

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Graduation is not the conclusion of an achievement but simply the ending of one chapter and the beginning of another chapter

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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...

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This is a wonderful time to be living here on earth. Our opportunities are limitless. While there are some things wrong in the world today, there are many things right, such as teachers who teach, ministers...

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A home is much more than a house built of lumber, brick, or stone. A home is made of love, sacrifice, and respect. We are responsible for the homes we build. We must build wisely, for eternity is not a...

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When we deal in generalities, we shall never succeed. When we deal in specifics, we shall rarely have a failure. When performance is measured, performance improves. When performance is measured and reported,...

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My dear sisters, do not pray for tasks equal to your abilities, but pray for abilities equal to your tasks. Then the performance of your tasks will be no miracle, but you will be the miracle.

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Work without vision is drudgery. Vision without work is dreaming. Work coupled with vision is destiny.

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The Lord shapes the back to bear the burden placed upon it.

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There will be times when you will be frightened and discouraged. You may feel that you are defeated. The odds of obtaining victory may appear overwhelming. At times you may feel like David trying to fight...

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May we muster courage at the crossroads, courage for the conflicts, courage to say, "no," courage to say, "yes," for courage counts.

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In the performance of our responsibilities, I have learned that when we heed a silent prompting and act upon it without delay, our Heavenly Father will guide our footsteps and bless our lives and the lives...

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In sickness, with its attendant pain, patience is required. If the only perfect man who ever lived-even Jesus of Nazareth-was called upon to endure great suffering, how can we, who are less than perfect,...

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There is much that is difficult and challenging in the world today, my brothers and sisters, but there is also much that is good and uplifting. As we declare in our thirteenth article of faith, 'If there...

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The spirit of Christmas is the spirit of love and of generosity and of goodness. It illuminates the picture window of the soul, and we look out upon the world's busy life and become more interested in...

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I express my profound thanks to a loving Heavenly Father who gives to you, to me, and to all who sincerely seek, the knowledge that death is not the end, that His Son--even our Savior Jesus Christ--died...

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No one has learned the meaning of living until he has surrendered his ego to the service of his fellow man. Service to others is akin to duty, the fulfillment of which brings true joy.

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Anger does not solve anything; it builds nothing.

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Together we shall move forward doing [the Lord's] work

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May we realize how close to us He is willing to come, how far He is willing to go to help us and how much He loves us.

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Through tears and trials, through fears and sorrows, through the heartache and loneliness of losing loved ones, there is assurance that life is everlasting. Our Lord and Savior is the living witness that...

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Life by the yard is hard; by the inch it's a cinch. Decisions Determine Destiny.

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Through personal prayer, through family prayer, by trusting in God with faith, nothing wavering, we can call down to our rescue His mighty power.

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A grateful heart ... comes through expressing gratitude to our Heavenly Father for His blessings and to those around us for all that they bring into our lives.

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Times change; years speed by; but Christmas continues sacred.

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Fill your mind with truth; fill your heart with love; fill your life with service.

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We can bolster human spirits, clothe cold bodies, feed hungry people, comfort grieving hearts, and lift to new heights precious souls.

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We can’t direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails. For maximum happiness, peace, and contentment, may we choose a positive attitude.

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So much in life depends on our attitude. The way we choose to see things and respond to others makes all the difference. To do the best we can and then to choose to be happy about our circumstances, whatever...

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Our most significant opportunities will be found in times of greatest difficulty.

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Cooperativeness is not so much learning how to get along with others as taking the kinks out of ourselves, so that others can get along with us.

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Some are young people who don't know who they are, what they can be or even want to be. They are afraid, but they don't know of what. They are angry, but they don't know at whom. They are rejected and...

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The future will present insurmountable problems- only when we consider them insurmountable.

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Men take care not to make women weep, for God counts their tears.

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Courage is required to make an initial thrust towards ones coveted goal, But even greater courage is called for when one stumbles and must make a second effort to achieve.

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Courage becomes a worthwhile and meaningful virtue when it is regarded not so much as a willingness to die manfully but as a determination to live decently.

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Man has made remarkable strides in conquering outer space, but how futile have been his efforts in conquering inner space- the space in our hearts and minds of men.

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When we treat people merely as they are, they will remain as they are. When we treat them as if they were what they should be, they will become what they should be.

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May each of us remember this truth; 'one cannot forget mother and remember God. One cannot remember mother and forget God.' Why? Because these two sacred persons, God and mother, partners in creation,...

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Our thinking will automatically improve when we remember the words of Paul: 'know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and the spirit of God dwelleth in you?

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Our challenge is to join forces of the old and the new- experience and experiment, history and destiny, the world of man and the new world of science- but always in accordance with the never-changing word...

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Our Heavenly Father can appreciate our love for Him by how well we serve Him and how well we serve our fellowmen.

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The temples are a refuge from life's storms even a never-failing beacon guiding us to safety.

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God’s love is there for you whether or not you feel you deserve love. It is simply always there.

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We learn to pray by praying. One can devote countless hours to examining the experiences of others, but nothing penetrates the human heart as does a personal fervent prayer and its heaven sent response.

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If ingratitude be numbered among the serious sins, then gratitude takes its place among the noblest of virtues.

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Perhaps when we face our maker, we will not be asked, 'How many positions did you hold,' but rather, 'How many people did you help?

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When you're at a funeral and you're crying, you're crying for yourself

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We will never regret the kind words spoken or the affection shown. Rather, our regrets will come if such things are omitted from our relationships with those who mean the most to us.

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From the Book of Mormon come other precious promises, including promises of peace, freedom, and blessings if we 'will but serve the God of the land, who is Jesus Christ' (Ether 2:12).

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Forgiveness should go hand-in-hand with love.

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This is our one and only chance at mortal life-here and now. The longer we live, the greater is our realization that it is brief. Opportunities come, and then they are gone. I believe that among the greatest...

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Because of Jesus Christ the world has changed, the divine Atonement has been made, the price of sin has been paid, and the fearful spectacle of death yields to the light of truth and the assurance of resurrection....

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There are those who struggle every day with challenges. Let us extend to them our concern, as well as a helping hand. As we care for each other, we will be blessed.

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Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting.

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Help others in their race of life. Remember that when you help another up a mountain, you are a little nearer the top yourself.

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Have times really changed? Don't we today, as always, love our children and want them to live righteously? Don't we today, as always, need God's divine protecting care? Don't we today, as always, continue...

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Heavenly Father has a picture of you on His dresser. He loves you and will help you. Call upon Him.

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As you walk through life, always walk toward the light, and the shadows of life will fall behind you.

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Your future depends on your Faith.

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We are reminded that anger doesn't solve anything. It builds nothing, but it can destroy everything.

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Prayer can solve more problems, alleviate more suffering, prevent more transgression, and bring about greater peace and contentment in the human soul than can be obtained in any other way.

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The power to lead is the power to mislead, and the power to mislead is the power to destroy.

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As a teenage daughter hears her sweet mother plead unto the Lord that her daughter will be inspired in the selection of her companions, that she will prepare herself for a temple marriage, don't you believe...

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We cannot know what faith is if we have never had it, and we cannot obtain it as long as we deny it. Faith and doubt cannot exist in the same mind at the same time, for one will dispel the other.

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It was by faith, nothing wavering, that Joseph saw God our Eternal Father and Jesus Christ, His Son.

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Prayer continues to provide power--spiritual power. Prayer continues to provide peace--spiritual peace.

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There is a golden thread that runs through every account of faith from the beginning of the world to the present time. Abraham, Noah, the brother of Jared, the Prophet Joseph Smith, and countless others...

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I extol those who, with loving care and compassionate concern, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and house the homeless. He who notes the sparrow's fall will not be unmindful of such service.

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The needs of others are ever present, and each of us can do something to help someone.... Unless we lose ourselves in service to others, there is little purpose to our own lives.

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Courage is required to make an initial thrust toward one's coveted goal, but even greater courage is called for when one stumbles and must make a second effort to achieve. Have the determination to make...

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Life by the yard is hard; by the inch it's a cinch. Each of us can be true for just one day--and then one more and then one more after that--until we've lived a lifetime guided by the Spirit, a lifetime...

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Temples are more than stone and mortar. They are filled with faith and fasting. They are built of trials and testimonies. They are sanctified by sacrifice and service.

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If you will study the scriptures diligently, your power to avoid temptation and to receive direction of the Holy Ghost in all you do will be increased.

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There is absolutely nothing in this world that will provide more comfort and happiness than a testimony of the truth.

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Gracias, danke, merci - whatever language is spoken, "thank you" frequently expressed will cheer your spirit, broaden your friendships, and lift your lives to a higher pathway as you journey toward perfection....

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Miracles are everywhere to be found when priesthood callings are magnified. When faith replaces doubt, when selfless service eliminates selfish striving, the power of God brings to pass His purposes. The...

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No temptation, no pressure, no enticing can overcome us unless we allow such. If we make the wrong choice, we have no one to blame but ourselves.

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Kneel down to pray. Step up to serve. Reach out to rescue. Each is a vital page of God's blueprint to make a house a home and a home a heaven.

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Along that straight and true path there are other goals: missionary service, temple marriage, Church activity, scripture study, prayer, temple work. There are countless worthy goals to reach as we travel...

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The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Watch your step.

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May we show increased kindness toward one another, and may we ever be found doing the work of the Lord.

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We are surrounded by those in need of our attention, our encouragement, our support, our comfort, our kindness... We are the Lord’s hands here upon the earth, with the mandate to serve and to lift His...

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Decisions are constantly before us. To make them wisely, courage is needed-the courage to say no, the courage to say yes. Decisions do determine destiny. I plead with you to make a determination right...

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A man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder - never likely to reach home port. To us comes the signal: chart your course, set your sail, position your rudder, and proceed.

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As you and I walk the pathway Jesus walked, let us listen for the sound of sandaled feet. Let us reach out for the Carpenter's hand. Then we shall come to know Him.

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You can dress attractively without being immodest. Within the Lord’s guidelines, there is room for you to be lively, vibrant, and beautiful both in your dress and in your actions.

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No member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who has canned peas, topped beets, hauled hay, shoveled coal, or helped in any way to serve others ever forgets or regrets the experience of...

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I like this thought: Your mind is a cupboard, and you stock the shelves. Let us make certain that our cupboard shelves, and those of our family members, are stocked with the things which will provide safety...

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As the Christmas season envelops us with all its glory, may we, as did the Wise Men, seek a bright, particular star to guide us in our celebration of the Savior’s birth.

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In the search for our best selves, several questions will guide our thinking: Am I what I want to be? Am I closer to the Savior today than I was yesterday? Will I be closer yet tomorrow? Do I have the...

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I plead with you to have the courage to refrain from judging and criticizing those around you, as well as the courage to make certain that everyone is included and feels loved and valued.

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To catch the real meaning of the Spirit of Christmas, we need only drop the last syllable, and it becomes the Spirit of Christ.

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What is most important almost always involves the people around us.

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LOVE should be the very heart of FAMILY life.

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Let us not only remember the past and its required sacrifice, let us also remember that we are responsible to build a legacy for the generations which follow us.

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If we will put our trust in the Lord, he will help us through our difficulties, whatever they my be.

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May we give as the Savior gave. To give of oneself is a holy gift. We give as a remembrance of all the Savior has given.

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It is not enough to want to make the effort and to say we'll make the effort. We must actually make the effort. It's in the doing, not just the thinking, that we accomplish our goals. If we constantly...

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We must not let our passions destroy our dreams.

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Charity is having patience with someone who has let us down. It is resisting the impulse to become offended easily. It is accepting weaknesses and shortcomings. It is accepting people as they truly are....

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Whether it is the best of times or the worst of times, He is with us. He has promised us that this will never change.

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Our opportunities to give of ourselves are indeed limitless, but they are also perishable.

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Avoid pornography at all costs!

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Thomas S. Monson

When we keep the spirit of Christmas, we keep the spirit of Christ, for the Christmas spirit is the Christ spirit.

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Thomas S. Monson

God left the world unfinished for man to work his skill upon. He left the electricity in the cloud, the oil in the earth. He left the rivers unbridged and the forests unfelled and the cities unbuilt. God...

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Thomas S. Monson

At times some may think that no one cares--but someone always cares! Your Heavenly Father will not leave you to struggle alone, but stands ever ready to help.

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Thomas S. Monson

You can't be right by doing wrong; you can't be wrong by doing right.

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Thomas S. Monson

Let us not demean or belittle. Rather, let us be compassionate and encouraging.

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Thomas S. Monson

It’s not enough to wish, it’s not enough to dream, it’s not enough to promise. We must do.

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Let me begin now, this very night, to emulate Christ. Cast off forever will be the old self and with it defeat, despair, doubt, and disbelief. To a newness of life I come--a life of faith, hope courage,...

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Thomas S. Monson

To be angry is to yield to the influence of Satan. No one can make us angry. It is our choice. If we desire to have a proper spirit with us at all times, we must choose to refrain from becoming angry....

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Thomas S. Monson

How does one magnify a calling? Simply by performing the service that pertains to it.

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Thomas S. Monson

The Savior taught His disciples, 'For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it' (Luke 9:24)."I believe the Savior is telling us that...

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Thomas S. Monson

I believe that no concern of ours is too small or insignificant.

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Thomas S. Monson

We are going to make mistakes, but none of us can become an expert in family history work without first being a novice.

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Thomas S. Monson

Love is the catalyst that causes change. Love is the balm that brings healing to the soul.

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Hope is putting faith to work when doubting would be easier

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Thomas S. Monson

Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing...

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Thomas S. Monson

Don’t limit yourself and don’t let others convince you that you are limited in what you can do. Believe in yourself and then live so as to reach your possibilities. You can achieve what you believe...

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Thomas S. Monson

When we encounter challenges and problems in our lives, it is often difficult for us to focus on our blessings. However, if we reach deep enough and look hard enough, we will be able to feel and recognize...

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Thomas S. Monson

The face of sin today often wears the mask of tolerance. Do not be deceived; behind that facade is heartache, unhappiness and pain. .. YOU be the one to make a stand for right, even if you stand alone....

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Thomas S. Monson

When the time for decision arrives, the time for preparation is past.

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Thomas S. Monson

There are hearts to gladden... kind words to say... gifts to be given... deeds to be done.

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Thomas S. Monson

The spirit must be freed from tethers so strong and feelings never put to rest, so that the lift of life may give buoyancy to the soul. In many families, there are hurt feelings and a reluctance to forgive....

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Thomas S. Monson

The battle for self-discipline may leave you a bit bruised and battered but always a better person. Self-discipline is a rigorous process at best; too many of us want it to be effortless and painless....

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Thomas S. Monson

Let us have the courage to defy the consensus, the courage to stand for principle. Courage, not compromise, brings the smile of God’s approval. Courage becomes a living and an attractive virtue when...

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Thomas S. Monson

As parents, we should remember that our lives may be the book from the family library which the children most treasure. Are our examples worthy of emulation? Do we live in such a way that a son or a daughter...

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Thomas S. Monson

A prominent judge was asked what we, as citizens of the countries of the world, could do to reduce crime and disobedience to law and to bring peace and contentment into our lives and into our nations....

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Thomas S. Monson

There are many out there who plead and pray for help. There are those who are discouraged, those who are beset by poor health and challenges of life which leave them in despair. I’ve always believed...

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Thomas S. Monson

The greatest force in the world today is the power of God as it works through man.

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Thomas S. Monson

May we be faithful followers of Christ, examples of righteousness, thus becoming lights in the world.

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Thomas S. Monson

When we safeguard (the heavenly virtue of freedom), when we honor it, when we protect it, we will walk with Washington, we will pray with patriots, and we shall have peace on earth, good will to men,

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Who the Lord calls, the Lord will qualify.

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When you’re on the Lord’s errand, you’re entitled to the Lord’s blessings.

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Thomas S. Monson

Oh, sweet the joy this sentence gives: ‘I know that my Redeemer lives!’

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Thomas S. Monson

It has been said that the gate of history turns on small hinges, and so do people's lives. The choices we make determine our destiny.

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Thomas S. Monson

As we seek Christ, as we find Him, as we follow Him, we shall have the Christmas spirit, not for one fleeting day each year, but as a companion always.

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Thomas S. Monson

A friend is more concerned about helping people than getting credit. A friend cares. A friend loves. A friend listens. And a friend reaches out.

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Thomas S. Monson

You can share your testimony in many ways, by the words you speak, by the example you set, by the manner in which you live your life.

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Thomas S. Monson

What will you and I give for Christmas this year? Let us in our lives give to our Lord and Savior the gift of gratitude by living His teachings and following in His footsteps. It was said of Him that He...

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Thomas S. Monson

Life's journey is not traveled on a freeway devoid of obstacles, pitfalls, and snares. Rather, it is a pathway marked by forks and turnings. Decisions are constantly before us. To make them wisely, courage...

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Thomas S. Monson

So frequently we mistakenly believe that our children need more things, when in reality their silent pleadings are simply for more of our time.

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Thomas S. Monson

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,...

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Thomas S. Monson

As we move toward the future, we must not neglect the lessons of the past. Our Heavenly Father gave His Son. The Son of God gave His life. We are asked by Them to give our lives, as it were, in Their divine...

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Thomas S. Monson

Look to the lighthouse of the Lord. There is no fog so dense, no night so dark, no gale so strong, no mariner so lost but what its beacon light can rescue.

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Thomas S. Monson

The problems of our day loom ominously before us. Surrounded by the sophistication of modern living, we look heavenward for that unfailing sense of direction, that we might chart and follow a wise and...

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Thomas S. Monson

I know that God loves us. He allows us to exercise our moral agency even when we misuse it. He permits us to make our own decisions. Christ cannot help us if we do not trust Him; He cannot teach us if...

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Thomas S. Monson

Wherefore, be of good cheer, and do not fear, for I the Lord am with you, and will stand by you.

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Thomas S. Monson

If we do not have a deep foundation of faith and a solid testimony of truth, we may have difficulty withstanding the harsh storms and icy winds of adversity which inevitably come to each of us.

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Thomas S. Monson

This will equally apply to every Latter-day Saint. Salvation is an individual operation.

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Thomas S. Monson

We become so caught up in the busyness of our lives. Were we to step back, however, and take a good look at what we’re doing, we may find that we have immersed ourselves in the “thick of thin things.”...

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Thomas S. Monson

We've all felt anger. It can come when things don't turn out the way we want. It might be a reaction to something which is said of us or to us. We may experience it when people don't behave the way we...

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Thomas S. Monson

Mortality is a period of testing, a time to prove ourselves worthy to return to the presence of our Heavenly Father. In order for us to be tested, we must face challenges and difficulties. These can break...

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Thomas S. Monson

It is necessary to prepare and to plan so that we don’t fritter away our lives. Without a goal, there can be no real success. One of the best definitions of success I have ever heard goes something like...

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Thomas S. Monson

The passage of time has not altered the capacity of the Redeemer to change men’s lives. As he said to the dead Lazarus, so he says to you and me: “come forth.” Come forth from the despair of doubt....

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Thomas S. Monson

Who was this Man of sorrows, acquainted with grief? Who is the King of glory, this Lord of hosts? He is our Master. He is our Savior. He is the Son of God. He is the Author of our Salvation. He beckons,...

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Thomas S. Monson

Youth of the Church, the world is in need of your help. There are feet to steady, hands to grasp, minds to encourage, hearts to inspire, and souls to save. The harvest truly is great. Let there be no mistake...

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Thomas S. Monson

Heavenly Father loves you—each of you. That love never changes.

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Thomas S. Monson

We must develop the capacity to see men not as they are at present but as they may become.

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Thomas S. Monson

Dedicated missionary service returns a dividend of eternal joy which extends throughout mortality and into eternity.

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Thomas S. Monson

As a result of the sacred ordinances performed in the holy house of God, no light need be permanently extinguished, no voice permanently stilled, no place in our heart permanently left vacant.

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Thomas S. Monson

Missionary work is an identifying feature of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Always has it been; ever shall it be.

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Thomas S. Monson

Testimony bearing is the key to missionary work

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Thomas S. Monson

With the birth of the babe in Bethlehem, there emerged a great endowment—a power stronger than weapons, a wealth more lasting than the coins of Caesar. This child was to become the King of kings and...

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Thomas S. Monson

There is no better time than now, this very Christmas season, for all of us to rededicate ourselves to the principles taught by Jesus Christ. It is the time to love the Lord, our God, with all our heart...

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Thomas S. Monson

The work is demanding, the impact everlasting. This is no time for 'summer soldiers' in the army of the Lord.

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Thomas S. Monson

To you who are worthy and able to attend the temple, I would admonish you to go often. The temple is a place where we can find peace. There we receive a renewed dedication to the gospel and a strengthened...

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Thomas S. Monson

As we touch the temple and love the temple, our lives will reflect our faith. As we go to the holy house, as we remember the covenants we make therein, we will be able to bear every trial and overcome...

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Thomas S. Monson

Be not weary in well-doing. … Out of small things proceedeth that which is great. Behold, the Lord requireth the heart and a willing mind.

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Thomas S. Monson

This is not a time for fear, brethren, but rather a time for faith—a time for each of us who holds the priesthood to be his best self.

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Thomas S. Monson

We forget how the Greeks and Romans prevailed magnificently in a barbaric world and how that triumph ended-how a slackness and softness finally overcame them to their ruin. In the end, more than they wanted...

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Thomas S. Monson

The person who is working on his or her family history fits the description of one who is fulfilling his or her duty. I know the effort, I know the expense. I know the difficulties through which one may...

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Thomas S. Monson

Happiness comes from living the way the Lord wants you to live.

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Thomas S. Monson

This Sabbath day has been designated as a day of thanksgiving, a day of gratitude-even a day of prayer. We pause, we ponder, we reflect on the blessings an all-wise Heavenly Father has bestowed upon us,...

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Thomas S. Monson

Let us open wide the windows of our hearts, that each family member may feel welcome and 'at home.' Let us open also the doors of our very souls, that the dear ________ may enter. Remember His promise:...

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Thomas S. Monson

We cannot truly love God if we do not love our fellow travelers on this mortal journey.

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Thomas S. Monson

As we arise each morning, let us determine to respond with love and kindness to whatever might come our way.

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Thomas S. Monson

Now, some of you may be shy by nature, perhaps feeling yourselves inadequate to respond affirmatively to a calling. Remember that this work is not yours and mine alone. It is the Lord's work, and when...

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Thomas S. Monson

As we follow that Man of Galilee-even the Lord Jesus Christ-our personal influence will be felt for good wherever we are, whatever our callings.

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Thomas S. Monson

There are feet to steady, hands to grasp, minds to encourage, hearts to inspire, and souls to save

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Thomas S. Monson

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...

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Thomas S. Monson

The world around you is not equipped to provide the help you need to make it through this often treacherous journey.

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Thomas S. Monson

Stick to a task 'til it sticks to you. . .for beginners are many, but finishers few.

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Thomas S. Monson

May we ever watch over one another, assisting in times of need. Let us not be critical and judgmental, but let us be tolerant, ever emulating the Savior's example of loving-kindness. In that vein, may...

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Thomas S. Monson

I would hope that we would not lose the real objective of our cherished opportunities to serve. That objective, that eternal goal, is the same spoken of by the Lord and found in the Pearl of Great Price:...

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Thomas S. Monson

Our opportunities to give of ourselves are indeed limitless, but they are also perishable. There are hearts to gladden. There are kind words to say. There are gifts to be given. There are deeds to be done....

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Thomas S. Monson

Have an attitude of gratitude.

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Thomas S. Monson

I add my personal witness: Our missionaries are not salesmen with wares to peddle; rather, they are servants of the Most High God, with testimonies to bear, truths to teach, and souls to save. Each missionary...

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Thomas S. Monson

None of us will honor our Heavenly Father and our Savior more than by serving as a devoted, compassionate missionary, "For them that honour me I will honour."

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Thomas S. Monson

"President Monson, I may never see the Prophet. I may never hear the Prophet. But President, far better, now that I am a member of this Church, I can obey the Prophet."

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Thomas S. Monson

I dreamt and saw that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was duty. I served and found that duty was joy. See Life a Duty, Ellen Sturgis Hooper, (1816-1841) Topics: beauty, duty & Life I slept, and...

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Thomas S. Monson

The passage of time has not altered the capacity of the Redeemer to change lives.

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Thomas S. Monson

Remember who you are and what God expects you to become.

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Thomas S. Monson

None of us makes it through this life without problems and challenges—and sometimes tragedies and misfortunes. After all, in large part we are here to learn and grow from such events in our lives. We...

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Thomas S. Monson

…Faith forged in the furnace of trials and tears is marked by trust and testimony. Only God can count the sacrifice; only God can measure the sorrow; only God can know the hearts of those who serve Him.

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Thomas S. Monson

On occasion I have observed parents shopping to clothe a son about to enter missionary service. The new suits are fitted, the new shoes are laced, and shirts, socks, and ties are bought in quantity. I...

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Thomas S. Monson

We can lift ourselves, and others as well, when we refuse to remain in the realm of negative thought and cultivate within our hearts an attitude of gratitude.

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Thomas S. Monson

All of us remember the home of our childhood. Interestingly, our thoughts do not dwell on whether the house was large or small, the neighborhood fashionable or downtrodden. Rather, we delight in the experiences...

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Thomas S. Monson

Love is the very essence of the gospel.

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Thomas S. Monson

Keep the commandments of God. If you have sinned, the sooner you begin to make your way back, the sooner you will find the sweet peace and joy that come with the miracle of forgiveness. Happiness comes...

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Thomas S. Monson

Vice never leads to virtue. Hate never promotes love. Cowardice never gives courage. Doubt never inspires faith.

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Thomas S. Monson

[The Lord] has indicated that the greatest work we parents can do is performed in our homes, and our homes can be heaven, particularly when our marriages are sealed in the house of God.

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Thomas S. Monson

May we all make the journey to Bethlehem in spirit, taking with us a tender caring heart as our gift to the Savior.

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Thomas S. Monson

True love is a reflection of the Savior's love. In December of each year we call it the Christmas Spirit.

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Thomas S. Monson

We find real joy when we keep the Savior the focus of the season.

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Thomas S. Monson

Christ instructs us to stand up bravely for our beliefs... He asks us to let our lights shine.

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Thomas S. Monson

If you are persistent, you will succeed

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Thomas S. Monson

Christmas is a glorious time of the year, simple in origin, deep in meaning, beautiful in tradition and custom, rich in memories, and charitable in spirit.

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Thomas S. Monson

Avoid the philosophy and excuse that yesterday's luxuries have become today's necessities. They aren't necessities unless we ourselves make them such. . . . It is essential for us to live within our means.

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Thomas S. Monson

Choose your friends carefully, for you will tend to be like them and be found where they choose to go.

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Thomas S. Monson

Anxiously you ask, 'Is there a way to safety? Can someone guide me? Is there an escape from threatened destruction?' The answer is a resounding yes! I counsel you: Look to the lighthouse of the Lord. There...

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Thomas S. Monson

Blame keeps wounds open; only forgiveness heals

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Thomas S. Monson

The lighthouse of the Lord sends forth signals readily recognized and never failing

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Thomas S. Monson

Opportunities are everywhere. Needed are eyes to see the pitiable plight and ears to hear the silent pleadings of a broken heart.

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Thomas S. Monson

Men and women of integrity, character, and purpose have ever recognized a power higher than themselves and have sought through prayer to be guided by that power. Such has it ever been. So shall it ever...

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Thomas S. Monson

Lessons learned in the home, last the longest.

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Thomas S. Monson

To express gratitude is gracious and honorable, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live with gratitude ever in our hearts is to touch heaven.

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Thomas S. Monson

As we remember prayer and take time to turn to the scriptures, our lives will be infinitely more blessed and our burdens will be made lighter.

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Thomas S. Monson

We are never alone when we stand with our Father in Heaven.

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Thomas S. Monson

How much better the world would be if we all gave gifts of understanding, and compassion, of service, and friendship, of kindness and gentleness.

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Thomas S. Monson

Miracles are everywhere to be found when the priesthood is understood, its power is honored and used properly, and faith is exerted.

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Thomas S. Monson

The past is behind, learn from it. The future is ahead, prepare for it. The present is here, live it.

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Thomas S. Monson

Do not procrastinate. Someone has said that procrastination is the thief of time. Actually, procrastination is much more. It is the thief of our self-respect. It nags at us and spoils our fun. It deprives...

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Thomas S. Monson

The ability to communicate is not something we are born with. We have to learn it and earn it.

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Thomas S. Monson

A moral coward is one who is afraid to do what he thinks is right because others will disapprove or laugh. Remember that all men have their fears, but those who face their fears with dignity have courage...

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Thomas S. Monson

Of course, we will face fear, experience ridicule, and meet opposition. Let us have the courage to defy the consensus, the courage to stand for principle. Courage, not compromise, brings the smile of God's...

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Thomas S. Monson

Reading is one of the true pleasures of life. In our age of mass culture, when so much that we encounter is abridged,adapted, adulterated, shredded, and boiled down, it is mind-easing and mind-inspiring...

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Thomas S. Monson

We must learn to separate need from greed...We must not allow our yearnings to exceed our earnings.

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Thomas S. Monson

Sometimes we can take offense so easily. On other occasions we are too stubborn to accept a sincere apology. Who will subordinate ego, pride, and hurt-then step forward with 'I am truly sorry! Let's be...

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Thomas S. Monson

Study with purpose, both in church and in school. Write down your goals and what you plan to do to achieve them. Aim high, for you are capable...

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Thomas S. Monson

He who gives money gives some, he who gives time gives more, and he who gives of himself gives all.

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Thomas S. Monson

Let us be kind to one another, to be aware of each other’s needs, and try to help in that regard.

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Thomas S. Monson

One day each of us will run out of tomorrows. Let us not put off what is important.

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Thomas S. Monson

Learn from the past, prepare for the future, live in the present.

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Thomas S. Monson

Things which provide deep and lasting happiness and gratitude are the things which money cannot buy: our families, the gospel, good friends, our health, our abilities, the love we receive from those around...

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Thomas S. Monson

The road back to God is not nearly so steep nor is it so difficult as some would have us believe.

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Thomas S. Monson

True love can alter human lives and change human nature.

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Thomas S. Monson

Self-discipline is a rigorous process at best; too many of us want it to be effortless and painless.

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Thomas S. Monson

May we be people of honesty and integrity trying to do the right thing at all times and in all circumstances.

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Thomas S. Monson

No force in this world can stop the work of God.

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Thomas S. Monson

Prayer is the passport to peace.

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Thomas S. Monson

Find someone who is having a hard time or is ill or lonely, and do something for him or her.

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Thomas S. Monson

Stand for right, even if you stand alone.

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Thomas S. Monson

The battle for self-discipline may leave you a bit bruised and battered but always a better person.

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Thomas S. Monson

Each of us has much for which to be grateful if we will but pause and contemplate our blessings.

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Thomas S. Monson

There will be occasions in each of our lives when we will be called upon to explain or to defend our beliefs. When the time for performance arrives, the time for preparation is past.

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Thomas S. Monson

Do we give thanks to God 'for his unspeakable gift' and His rich blessings so abundantly bestowed upon us?

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Thomas S. Monson

One man said, "I looked at my brother through the microscope of criticism, and I said, "How coarse my brother is." Then I looked at my brother through the telescope of scorn, and I said, "How small my...

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Thomas S. Monson

Let us relish life as we live it, find joy in the journey, and share our love with family and friends.

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Thomas S. Monson

When faith replaces doubt, when selfless service eliminates selfish striving, the power of God brings to pass His purposes.

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Thomas S. Monson

There is no tomorrow to remember if we don’t do something today, and to live most fully today, we must do that which is of greatest importance. Let us not procrastinate those things which matter most.

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Thomas S. Monson

There is no better time than now, this very Christmas season, for all of us to rededicate ourselves to the principles taught by Jesus the Christ.

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Thomas S. Monson

Don't save something for a special occasion. Every day of your life is a special occasion.

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Thomas S. Monson

The good you have done, the kind words you have spoken, the love you have shown to others, can never be fully measured.

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Thomas S. Monson

May I share with you a formula that in my judgment will help you and help me to journey well through mortality... First, fill your mind with truth; second, fill your life with service; and third, fill...

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