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calling and election (Joseph Smith)

After a person has faith in Christ, repents of his sins, and is baptized for the remission of his sins and receives the Holy Ghost . . . then let him continue to humble himself before God, hungering and thirsting after righteousness, and living by every word of God, and the Lord will soon say unto him, Son, thou shalt be exalted. When the Lord has thoroughly proved him, and finds that the man is determined to serve Him at all hazards, then the man will find his calling and his election made sure.


Joseph Smith (DHC, Vol. 3, p. 380).

parenting (Loomans)

If I had my child to raise all over again, I’d build self-esteem first, and the house later. I’d finger-paint more, and point the finger less. I would do less correcting and more connecting. I’d take my eyes off my watch, and watch with my eyes. I’d take more hikes and fly more kites. I’d stop playing serious, and seriously play. I would run through more fields and gaze at more stars. I’d do more hugging and less tugging.
-- Diane Loomans

he lived as he taught (George Albert Smith)

When he was 34 years old, George Albert Smith made a list of resolutions that he called his “personal creed”—11 ideals that he committed to live by: “I would be a friend to the friendless and find joy in ministering to the needs of the poor. “I would visit the sick and afflicted and inspire in them a desire for faith to be healed. “I would teach the truth to the understanding and blessing of all mankind. “I would seek out the erring one and try to win him back to a righteous and a happy life. “I would not seek to force people to live up to my ideals but rather love them into doing the thing that is right. “I would live with the masses and help to solve their problems that their earth life may be happy. “I would avoid the publicity of high positions and discourage the flattery of thoughtless friends. “I would not knowingly wound the feelings of any, not even one who may have wronged me, but would seek to do him good and make him my friend. “I would overcome the tendency to selfishness and jealo…

the Lord will take care of you in times of danger, if you will give him the opportunity (George Albert Smith)

On one occasion J. Golden Kimball and George Albert Smith were traveling together and had been invited to spend the night in a small log home. George Albert Smith later recalled: “About midnight we were awakened with a terrible shouting and yelling from the outside. Foul language greeted our ears as we sat up in bed to acquaint ourselves with the circumstances. It was a bright moonlit night and we could see many people on the outside. President Kimball jumped up and started to dress. The men pounded on the door and used filthy language ordering the Mormons to come out, that they were going to shoot them. President Kimball asked me if I wasn’t going to get up and dress and I told him no, I was going to stay in bed, that I was sure the Lord would take care of us. In just a few seconds the room was filled with shots. Apparently the mob had divided itself into four groups and were shooting into the corners of the house. Splinters were flying over our heads in every direction. There were a …

the power of prayer (Brigham Young)

As you advance in life you will find every position and occupation surrounded by its peculiar temptations, the great strength and bulwark against all of which is prayer to our Heavenly Father. Cultivate this spirit and you will find that it shall be a wall of fire around you, and your glory in the midst of you. In its practice you will find a safeguard against the wiles of the adversary, and every good resolution will be fortified by it, and every seductive influence will lose its power to annoy you.


Brigham Young, Discourses of Brigham Young, 41 Don Jesse, Letters, Introduction, p. XXXV

the dynamic, powerful element of faith (Hinckley)

If there is one thing you or I need in this world it is faith, that dynamic, powerful, marvelous element by which, as Paul declared, the very worlds were framed. Faith – the kind of faith that moves one to get on his knees and plead with the Lord and then get on his feet and go to work – is an asset beyond compare, even in the acquisition of secular knowledge by His Holy Spirit, yea, by the unspeakable gift of the Holy Ghost.


Gordon B. Hinckley, Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley , 186