“We believe that worship is far more than prayer and preaching and gospel performance. The supreme act of worship is to keep the commandments, to follow in the footsteps of the Son of God, to do ever those things that please Him. It is one thing to give lip service to the Lord; it is quite another to respect and honor His will by following the example He has set for us.”
Joseph Fielding Smith
( “I Know That My Redeemer Liveth,” Ensign, Dec. 1971, 27.)
9 ¶O aZion, that bringest bgoodctidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of dJudah, Behold your God! 10 Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand, and hisaarm shall rule for him: behold, his brewardis with him, and his work before him. 11 He shall feed his aflock like a bshepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young. 12 ¶Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance? 13 Who hath adirected the bSpirit of the Lord, or being hisccounsellor hath taught him?
“We sometimes confuse sin with sinner, and we condemn too quickly and with too little compassion. We know from modern revelation that ‘the worth of souls is great in the sight of God.’ We cannot gauge the worth of another soul any more than we can measure the span of the universe.”
-Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “You Are My Hands,” Ensign, May 2010, 69
Were I to draw a distinction in all the duties that are required of the children of men, … I would place first and foremost the duty of seeking unto the Lord our God until we open the path of communication from heaven to earth—from God to our own souls.
Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Brigham Young (1997), 44.