While musical experts of the world focus on what choir members can do, I would like to focus on what choir members can be.
I fear that there are too many priesthood bearers who have done little or nothing to develop their ability to access the powers of Heaven.
To bear means to support the weight of that which is held. It is a sacred trust to bear the priesthood, which is the mighty power and authority of God.
No, we don't own our children. Our parental privilege is to love them, to lead them, and to let them go.
Mission presidents hold keys of responsibility for the welfare, safety, and success of their missionaries.
It is important for you to know who you are and who you may become. It is more important than what you do, even as vital as your work is and will be.
Even the best teams can fail. Celebrities can fade. There is only One in whom your faith is always safe, and that is in the Lord Jesus Christ. And you need to let your faith show!
Imagine the privilege the Lord has given us of sustaining His prophet, whose counsel will be untainted, unvarnished, unmotivated by any personal aspiration, and utterly true!
Have you not learned that strength comes to an ordinary soul when given an extraordinary calling?
We are all pleased when our names are pronounced and spelled correctly.
We make the Sabbath a delight when we teach the gospel to our children.
He chose to honor us with His priesthood. So we honor Him by honoring His priesthood - both its power and those who bear it.
Many religious confessions share common values. They teach that we should do unto others as we would have them do unto us.
A worthy woman personifies the truly noble and worthwhile attributes of life.
Life is filled with detours and dead ends, trials and challenges of every kind. Each of us has likely had times when distress, anguish, and despair almost consumed us.
How much better it would be if all could be more aware of God's providence and love and express that gratitude to Him.
To rule children by force is the technique of Satan, not of the Savior.
Contention does not usually begin as strife between countries. More often, it starts with an individual, for we can contend within ourselves over simple matters of right and wrong. From there, contention can infect neighbors and nations like a spreading sore.
Clinicians, academicians, and politicians are often put to a test of faith. In pursuit of their goals, will their religion show or will it be hidden? Are they tied back to God or to man?
From an eternal perspective, the only death that is truly premature is the death of one who is not prepared to meet God.
All leaders in the Lord's Church are called by proper authority. No prophet or any other leader in this Church, for that matter, has ever called himself or herself. No prophet has ever been elected.
The Sabbath provides a wonderful opportunity to strengthen family ties.
The only way to take sorrow out of death is to take love out of life.
Many shoulder heavy burdens of righteous responsibility which, on occasion, seem so difficult to bear. I have heard those challenges termed impossible.
When I think of the love I feel for each member of our family, I sense, to a slight degree, the love that our Heavenly Father bears for His children.
Men and women may form associations for and among themselves and be governed by stipulations that are mutually acceptable.
We can feel joy even while having a bad day, a bad week, or even a bad year!
Many institutions of higher learning will grant an 18- to 30-month deferral to prospective missionaries. This will enable you elders and sisters to serve without worrying about where you will begin your advanced education. We are very grateful to leaders of educational institutions who are making such planning possible!
A saint is tolerant and is attentive to the pleadings of other human beings, not only to spoken messages but to unspoken messages as well.
Surely wisdom will come as we listen to learn from children, parents, partners, neighbors, Church leaders, and the Lord.
My concern is that contention is becoming accepted as a way of life.
Each faithful young woman in the Church proclaims that individual worth is one of her most cherished values.
I fear that too many have sadly surrendered their agency to the adversary and are saying by their conduct, 'I care more about satisfying my own desires than I do about bearing the Savior's power to bless others.'
Heavenly Father loves every one of His children. After all, He is their Father.
Eternal principles that govern happiness apply equally to all.
We were born to die and we die to live. As seedlings of God, we barely blossom on earth; we fully flower in heaven.
Generally, the younger the victim, the greater the grief. Yet even when the elderly or infirm have been afforded merciful relief, their loved ones are rarely ready to let go.
To understand the power of the priesthood, we must know its limitations.
As a member of the Church, you have made sacred covenants with the Lord.
Think of our physical sustenance. It is truly heaven-sent. The necessities of air, food, and water all come to us as gifts from a loving Heavenly Father.
We are eternal beings - spirit children of heavenly parents.
We should understand the source of our authority and something of the keys that control its power.