Week of September 26, 2016: “Thereafter, we can receive and retain the companionship of the Holy Ghost by always remembering the Savior, keeping His commandments, repenting of our sins, and worthily partaking of the sacrament on the Sabbath day” — Robert D. Hales, “The Holy Ghost,” Ensign, May 2016, p. 105.
Week of September 19, 2016: “The key sacred records were kept on metal to ensure their permanence; accounts kept on any more perishable substance would, they assumed, become unreadable over time (see Jacob 4:2). The use of copies of the scriptures on paper for everyday use is implied by the burning of those in the possession of Alma’s converts at Ammonihah (see Alma 14:8; compare Mosiah 2:8; 29:4; and Alma 63:12). Metal plates were not easy to manufacture (see Mormon 8:5) and engrave, so they were in limited supply” –John Sorenson, “Mormon’s Miraculous Book,” Ensign, February 2016, p. 40.
Week of September 12, 2016: “Many evolutions and iterations of religious creeds have greatly distorted the simple clarity of true doctrine, declaring the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost to be abstract, absolute, transcendent, immanent, consubstantial, coeternal, and unknowable; without body, parts, or passions; and dwelling outside space and time. In such creeds, all three members are separate persons, but they are a single being, the oft-noted ‘mystery of the trinity.’ They are three distinct persons, yet not three Gods but one. All three persons are incomprehensible, yet it is one God who is incomprehensible. We agree with our critics on at least that point—that such a formulation for divinity is incomprehensible” –Jeffrey R. Holland, “Knowing the Godhead,” Ensign, January 2016, pp. 36-37.
Week of September 5, 2016: “Because the President of the Church speaks for the Lord (see D&C 1:38), it is not wise to pick and choose just parts of his counsel that we want to follow. Rather, we treat his counsel and invitations as if we had received them directly from Jesus Christ, ‘in all patience and faith’ (D&C 21:5)” –“We Believe in Following the Prophet,” Ensign, June 2016, p. 8.
Week of August 22, 2016: “Although none of us can achieve perfection is this life, we can become increasingly worthy and spotless as we are ‘cleansed by the blood of the Lamb’” –David A. Bednar, “Always Retain a Remission of Your Sins,” Ensign, May 2016, p. 62.
Week of August 1, 2016: “Of all the gifts our loving Heavenly Father has provided to His children, the greatest is eternal life (see D&C 14:7). That gift is to live in the presence of God the Father and His Beloved Son forever in families. Only in the highest of the kingdoms of God, the celestial, will the loving bonds of family life continue”–Henry B. Eyring, “The Hope of Eternal Family Love,” Ensign, August 2016, p. 4.
Week of July 25, 2016: “We claim that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the kingdom of God and the only true Church on the earth. It is called the Church of Jesus Christ because He stands at the head; it is His Church, and all these things are possible because of His atoning sacrifice. We believe that these distinguishing features can be found in no other place or organization on this earth. As good and sincere as other religions and churches are, none of them have the authority to provide the ordinances of salvation that are available in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints”–Bonnie L. Oscarson, Young Women General President, “Do I Believe?” Ensign, May 2016, p. 88.
Week of July 18, 2016: “We honor Heavenly Father as we deepen our relationship with Him by making and keeping all the saving covenants and ordinances. He blesses those who keep their covenants with His Spirit to guide and strengthen them”–Joseph W. Sitati, “Honoring God by Honoring Our Covenants,” Ensign, June 2016, pp. 58, 60.
Week of July 11, 2016: “What will people do I the celestial kingdom? Those who inherit the highest degree of the celestial kingdom will be exalted, which means they will have eternal life, become like our Heavenly Father, and receive all that the Father has. To become like Heavenly Father means to acquire His attributes of perfection, including love and service. It also means to share in His work and glory, which is ‘to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man’ (Moses 1:39). Exaltation includes being sealed in marriage for eternity, living in eternal families, and having eternal spirit offspring” –David A. Edwards, “What Do We Know About Life after Death?” Ensign, June 2016, p. 67
Week of July 4, 2016: “As we receive the inspiration of the Holy Ghost for ourselves, it is wise to remember that we cannot receive revelation for others. I now of a young man who told a young woman, ‘I’ve had a dream that you are to be my wife.’ The young woman pondered that statement and then responded, ‘When I have the same dream, I’ll come and talk to you’” –Robert D. Hales, “The Holy Ghost,” Ensign, May 2016, p. 106.
Week of June 27, 2016: “Then one night last May, I was awakened by those two little girls from the other side of the veil. Though I did not see or hear them with my physical senses, I felt their presence. Spiritually, I heard their pleadings. Their message was brief and clear: ‘Brother Nelson, we are not sealed to anyone! Can you help us?’ Soon thereafter, I learned that their mother had passed away, but their father and younger brother were still alive” –Russell M. Nelson, “The Price of Priesthood Power,” Ensign, May 2016, p. 66.
Week of June 20, 2016: “Sunday afternoon, following the conference, I met with Sister Tumiri and explained this glorious doctrine to her as well. With the pain of her loss still fresh, but now with a glimmer of hope, she tearfully asked, ‘Will I really be able to hold my little boy in my arms again? Is he really mine forever?’ I assured her that as she kept her covenants, the sealing power found in the temple, effective because of the authority of Jesus Christ, would indeed allow her to be with her son again and hold him in her arms.” –Bishop W. Christopher Waddell, “A Pattern For Peace,” Ensign, May 2016, p. 91
Week of June 6, 2016: “Truth is found in the simplicity of a Primary song: ‘Words of a prophet: Keep the commandments. In this there is safety and peace’” –W. Christopher Waddell, Second Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric, “A Pattern for Peace,” Ensign, May 2016, p. 92.
Week of May 23, 2016: “Sometimes the adversary tempts us with false ideas that we may confuse with the Holy Ghost. I testify that faithfulness in obeying the commandments and keeping our covenants will protect us from being deceived” –Robert D. Hales, “The Holy Ghost,” Ensign, May 2016, p. 106.
Week of May 9, 2016: “The full blessings of the priesthood are received together as husband and wife or not at all” –Seventy Paul B. Pieper, “Revealed Realities of Mortality,” Ensign, January 2016, p. 21.
Week of May 2, 2016: “Great and eternal blessings are promised to those who receive gospel ordinances performed by proper priesthood authority and sealed by the Holy Spirit of Promise, and who then keep the sacred covenants associated with the ordinances. These blessings include forgiveness of sins, the power of godliness, and the companionship of the Holy Ghost, together with the guidance, inspiration, comfort, peace, hope, and sanctification that attend that gift. The greatest of all the blessings and gifts of God is eternal life—which is the life God lives! This gift is given only to those who receive all gospel ordinances and abide by the covenants encompassed within the new and everlasting covenant” –Marcus B. Nash, “The New and Everlasting Covenant,” Ensign, December 2015, p. 43.
Week of April 25, 2016: “Our devoted weekly observance of the Sabbath is our sign to the Lord that we love Him.” –Seventy Randall K. Bennett, “Your Next Step,” Ensign, November 2015, p. 70.
Week of April 18, 2016: “So the priesthood has a direct line from our Lord and Savior through the chief Apostle to the other Apostles and on to the other priesthood holders in the Church. Keys of authority are given to the Apostles, and as long as those keys are on the earth, we will be guided by the Lord Himself. This divine direction protects us and assures us that the Church will not vary from the truth. It will remain consistent because it is not directed by any earthly being. It is directed by the Lord.”–Apostle L. Tom Perry, “The Priesthood: A Sure Anchor,” Ensign, April 2016, p. 75.
Week of April 4, 2016: “Further, as the Prophet also taught, there is ‘a God above the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ’” –Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, 1966, p. 322.
Week of March 28, 2016: “Pray that the Holy Spirit will be with you as you study and teach the talk(s). You may be tempted to prepare the lesson using other materials, but the conference talks are the approved curriculum. Your assignment is to help others learn and live the gospel as taught in the most recent general conference of the Church” –“Teachings for Our Time,” Ensign (Conference Edition), May 2013, p. 133. See also Ensign (Conference Edition), November 2004, p. 120).
Week of March 21, 2016: “What is said is not as important as what we hear and what we feel. That is why we make an effort to experience conference in a setting where the still, small voice of the Spirit can be clearly heard, felt, and understood” –Robert D. Hales, “General Conference: Strengthening Faith and Testimony,” Ensign (Conference Edition), November 2013, p. 6).
Week of March 14, 2016: “Our marching orders for each six months are found in the general conference addresses, which are printed in the Ensign magazine”–Ezra Taft Benson, Teachings of the Living Prophets Student Manual Religion 333, 2010, p. 23.
Week of March 7, 2016: “Then in Gethsemane we will see the Son of God ransom man from the temporal and spiritual death that came to us because of the Fall”–Apostle Bruce R. McConkie, “The Three Gardens of God,” Ensign, March 2016, p. 43.
Week of February 29, 2016: “To make our repentance complete we must keep the commandments of the Lord (see D&C 1:32)” —Gospel Principles, 2009, p. 111.
Week of February 22, 2016: “There are members who know this latter-day work is true, but who fail to endure to the end. One who rationalizes that he or she has a testimony of Jesus Christ but cannot accept direction and counsel from the leadership of His Church is in a fundamentally unsound position and is in jeopardy of losing exaltation” –Ezra Taft Benson, The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p. 467.
Week of February 15, 2016: “We are saved when we are ‘born again.’ This happens when we enter into a covenant relationship with Christ by accepting baptism, receiving the Holy Ghost, and taking Christ’s name upon us. We must faithfully keep and renew that covenant relationship”–Book of Mormon Seminary Student Guide, 2000, p. 100.
Week of February 8, 2016: “Our agreement to keep all the commandments is our covenant with God. Only as we do this may we deserve His blessings and merit His mercy” –Ezra Taft Benson, The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p. 442.
Week of Febraruy 1, 2016: “No matter how hard you play a video game, virtual work can never bring you the satisfaction that accompanies real work”–Seventy Paul P. Pieper, “Revealed Realitiies of Mortality,” Ensign, January 2016, p. 20.
Week of January 25, 2016: “So we are very comfortable, frankly, in letting it be known that we do not hold a fourth- or fifth-century, pagan-influenced view of the Godhead, and neither did those first Christian Saints who were eyewitnesses of the living Christ. We are New Testament–not Nicene–Christians”–Apostle Jeffrey R. Holland, “Knowing the Godhead,” Ensign, January 2016, p. 37.
Week of January 18, 2016: “The full blessings of the priesthood are received together as husband and wife or not at all.” –Seventy Paul B. Pieper, “Revealed Realitiies of Mortality,” Ensign, January 2016, p. 21.
Week of January 11, 2016: “What might be some of those vanities that can interfere in the process of receiving a remission of our sins and that are associated with keeping the Sabbath day holy? Some examples include arriving late for sacrament meeting without a valid reason; arriving, without previously having examined ourselves, to eat the bread and drink from the cup unworthily (see 1 Corinthians 11:28); and arriving without first having confessed our sins and having asked God for forgiveness for them. Other examples: being irreverent by exchanging messages on our electronic devices, leaving the meeting after partaking of the sacrament, and engaging in activities in our homes that are inappropriate for that sacred day” –Francisco J. Vinas, “The Pleasing Word of God,” Ensign (Conference Edition), November 2015, pp. 37-38.
Week of January 4, 2016: “We do not have to be perfect, but we need to be good and getting better. We need to strive to live the plain and simple truths of the gospel. If we take upon us the name of Christ, act with faith in Him to repent of our sins, keep His commandments, and always remember Him, we will receive the companionship of the Holy Ghost through the mercy and grace of Jesus Christ” –Kim B. Clark, “Eyes to See and Ears to Hear,” Ensign (Conference Edition), November 2015, p. 125.
Week of December 28, 2015: “Too many people think Church leaders and members should be perfect or nearly perfect. They forget that the Lord’s grace is sufficient to accomplish His work through mortals. Our leaders have the best intentions, but sometimes we make mistakes. This is not unique to Church relationships, as the same thing occurs in our relationships among friends, neighbors, and workplace associates and even between spouses and in families” –M. Russell Ballard, “God is at the Helm,” Ensign (Conference Edition), November 2015, p. 24.
Week of December 21, 2015: “It is important that we realize that just like the remission of sins, repentance is a process and not something that happens at one particular moment. It requires consistency in each of its steps. For example, when we partake of the sacrament, we show the Lord that we are going to remember Him always and keep His commandments. That is an expression of our sincere intent. The moment we begin to remember Him and keep His commandments every day—and not just on the Sabbath day—is when the remission of our sins begins to gradually take effect and His promise of having His Spirit with us begins to be fulfilled. Without the proper obedience that must accompany our intent, the effect of remission may disappear before long and the companionship of the Spirit begins to withdraw. We will run the risk of honoring Him with our lips while removing our hearts from Him (see 2 Nephi 27:25)” –Francisco J. Vinas, “The Pleasing Word of God,” Ensign (Conference Edition), November 2015, pp. 36-37.
Week of December 14, 2015: “We should not deceive ourselves about what it takes to return and remain in the presence of our Father in Heaven. We have to be clean” –Allen D. Haynie, “Remembering in Whom We Have Trusted,” Ensign (Conference Edition), November 2015, p. 122.
Week of November 30, 2015: ”Brothers and sisters, if you ever think that the gospel isn’t working so well for you, I invite you to step back, look at your life from a higher plane, and simplify your approach to discipleship. Focus on the basic doctrines, principles, and applications of the gospel. I promise that God will guide and bless you on your path to a fulfilling life, and the gospel will definitely work better for you” — Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “It Works Wonderfully,” Ensign (Conference Edition), November 2015, p. 22.
Week of November 23, 2015: “My heart sank during a recent meeting with wonderful Latter-day Saints. The question was asked, ‘Who desires to live with Heavenly Father again?’ Every hand went up. The next question was ‘Who has confidence you’ll succeed?’ Sadly and surprisingly, most hands went down. When we perceive a gap between who we are now and who we desire to become, many of us are tempted to choose to lose faith and hope. Because ‘no unclean thing can dwell with God,’ in order to live with Him again we will need to be cleansed of sin and sanctified. If we had to do this alone, none of us would make it. But we are not alone. In fact, we are never alone”–Randall K. Bennett, “Your Next Step,” Ensign (Conference Edition), November 2015, p. 69.
Week of November 16, 2015: “But the Savior’s grace can do much more for us. As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we aspire to something unimaginably greater. It is exaltation in the celestial kingdom. It is life eternal in the presence of our Father in Heaven. It is the greatest gift of God. In the celestial kingdom, we receive ‘of his fulness, and of his glory.’ Indeed, all that the Father hath shall be given unto us. Exaltation is our goal; discipleship is our journey” –Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “It Works Wonderfully,” Ensign (Conference Edition), November 2015, p. 23.
Week of November 9, 2015: “My message to you tonight is straightforward. It is this: keep the commandments. God’s commandments are not given to frustrate us or to become obstacles to our happiness. Just the opposite is true. He who created us and who loves us perfectly knows just how we need to live our lives in order to obtain the greatest happiness possible. He has provided us with guidelines which, if we follow them, will see us safely through this often treacherous mortal journey. We remember the words of the familiar hymn: ‘Keep the commandments! In this there is safety; in this there is peace.’ Our Heavenly Father loves us enough to say: Thou shalt not lie; thou shalt not steal; thou shalt not commit adultery; thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself; and so on. We know the commandments. He understands that when we keep the commandments, our lives will be happier, more fulfilling, and less complicated. Our challenges and problems will be easier to bear, and we will receive His promised blessings. But while He gives us laws and commandments, He also allows us to choose whether to accept them or to reject them. Our decisions in this regard will determine our destiny” –Thomas S. Monson, “Keep the Commandments,” Ensign (Conference Edition), November 2015, p. 83. Italics in original.
Week of November 2, 2015: “Joseph related that when he finally obtained the plates from Moroni in 1827, he also received two stones to be used in translating them. He and close acquaintances left accounts of these stones, describing them as white or clear in appearance, set in silver bows or rims like modern eyeglasses or spectacles, and connected to a large breastplate. As described, this seeric device would have been bulky. Joseph Smith’s mother said that he detached the stones from the breastplate for convenience while using them” –Richard E. Turley, Jr., Robin S. Jensen, and Mark Ashurst-McGee, “Joseph the Seer,” Ensign, October 2015, p. 51.
Week of October 26, 2015: “Recognizing that today so much information about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can be obtained from questionable and often inaccurate sources, officials of the Church began in 2013 to publish straightforward, in-depth essays on a number of topics. The purpose of these essays, which have been approved by the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, has been to gather accurate information from many different sources and publications and place it in the Gospel Topics section of LDS.org, where the material can more easily be accessed and studied by Church members and other interested parties.” –LDS.org article on the Gospel Topics Essays
Week of October 19, 2015: “In fact, historical evidence shows that in addition to the two seer stones known as ‘interpreters,’ Joseph Smith used at least one other seer stone in translating the Book of Mormon, often placing it into a hat in order to block out light. According to Joseph’s contemporaries, he did this in order to better view the words on the stone” –Richard E. Turley, Jr., Robin S. Jensen, and Mark Ashurst-McGee, “Joseph the Seer,” Ensign, October 2015, p. 51.
Week of October 12, 2015: “The casuistry of Mormon leaders was obviously self-protective. As guardians of the church, they were motivated to defend the religious institution and it tenets, including plural marriage, at all costs. This commitment to plural marriage had repeatedly dictated situational responses to ethical dilemmas since the early 1830s. Apostle Matthias F. Cowley, in testimony before the Council of the Twelve on 10 May 1911, articulated the rationale for such duplicities: “I have always been taught that when the brethren were in a tight place that it would not be amiss to help them out. One of the Presidency of the Church made the statement some years ago. . . that he would lie like hell to help his brethren.”–Richard S. Van Waggoner, Mormon Polygamy, p. 151.
Week of October 5, 2015: “Everyone who is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a descendant of Israel either by bloodline or adoption. If you magnify your callings and receive all of the ordinances offered by our Father in the temple, you are entitled to all the promised blessings—the inheritance. –Seventy Shayne M. Bowen, “The Blessings and Mission of the Seed of Abraham,” Ensign, October 2015, pp. 20-21.
Week of September 28, 2015: “Much inspired counsel by prophets, seers, revelators, and other General Authorities of the Church is given during general conference. Our modern-day prophets have encouraged us to make the reading of the conference editions of our Church magazines an important and regular part of our personal study. Thus, general conference becomes, in a sense, a supplement to or an extension of the Doctrine and Covenants” –Howard W. Hunter, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Howard W. Hunter, p. 119.
Week of September 21, 2015: “Look to the President of the Church for your instructions. If ever there is a conflict, you keep your eyes on the President if you want to walk in the light.” —Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Harold B. Lee, p. 85.
Week of September 14, 2015: “I testify that the boy prophet, who is so many ways remains the central miracle. . . of this church’s experience, is living proof that, within God’s hands and under the direction of the Savior of the world, weak and simple things should come forth and break down the mighty and strong ones” (Howard W. Hunter, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Howard W. Hunter, p. 90. Ellipsis in original.)
Week of September 7, 2015: “When you renew your covenants each week by partaking of the sacrament, you covenant that you will always remember the Savior and keep His commandments.” –Elaine S. Dalton, “At All Times, in All Things, and in All Places,” Ensign (Conference Edition), May 2008, p. 117.
Week of August 31, 2015: “Unlike the Bible, which passed through generations of copyists, translators, and corrupt religionists who tampered with the text, the Book of Mormon came from writer to reader in just one inspired step of translation.” —Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Ezra Taft Benson, p. 129.
Week of August 24, 2015: “When the Lord came to earth, He had a veil of forgetfulness placed over His mind, as we do, but He, like us, progressed from grace to grace.” –Jay E. Jensen, “The Savior the Master Teacher,” Ensign, January 2011, p. 42.
Week of August 17, 2015: “In reality, every day is a day of judgment. We speak, think, and act according to celestial, terrestrial, or telestial law. Our faith in Jesus Christ, as shown by our daily actions, determines which kingdom we will inherit.” —Gospel Principles, 2009, p. 273.
Week of August 10, 2015: “Eternal life is to gain exaltation in the highest heaven and live in the family unit.” –Apostle Russell M. Nelson, “Prepare for the Blessings of the Temple,” Ensign Special Issue Temples, October 2010, p. 49.
Week of August 3, 2015: “When we become members of the Church of Jesus Christ, we covenant to always remember Him, take His name upon us, and keep His commandments (see D&C 20:77). Any sin prevents us from keeping this covenant, but there’s one sin, above all others, that we need to avoid because it leads to so many others: pride.” –“We Believe in Being Humble,” Ensign, August 2015, p. 10.
Week of July 27, 2015: “I think there is one thing which we should have exceedingly clear in our minds. Neither the President of the Church, nor the First Presidency, nor the united voice of the First Presidency and the Twelve will ever lead the Saints astray or send forth counsel to the world that is contrary to the mind and will of the Lord.” —Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith, p. 159.
Week of July 20, 2015: “Note that you cannot be saved in your sins; you cannot receive unconditional salvation simply by declaring your belief in Christ with the understanding that you will inevitably commit sins throughout the rest of your life (see Alma 11:36-37). Through the grace of God, you can be saved from your sins (see Helaman 5:10-11). To receive this blessing, you must exercise faith in Jesus Christ, strive to keep the commandments, forsake sin, and renew your repentance and cleansing through the ordinance of the sacrament.” –True to the Faith, 2004, pp. 151-152.
Week of July 13, 2015: “Grandpa has graduated–he has taken the next step. I know that Grandpa is still alive and that if we live worthy, we will see him again.”
–Alllan F. Packer, grandson of Apostle Boyd K. Packer, at the apostle’s funeral service (Salt Lake Tribune, 7/11/15, A-2)
Week of July 6, 2015: “If a couple are (sic) true to their covenants, they are entitled to the blessing of the highest degree of the celestial kingdom. These covenants today can only be entered into by going to the House of the Lord.”
—Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Ezra Taft Benson, p. 171.
Week of June 29, 2015: “The Apostle Paul wrote that we should become living sacrifices, holy and acceptable unto God (see Romans 12:1). If we are to be a living sacrifice, we must be willing to give everything we have for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—to build the kingdom of God on the earth and labor to bring forth Zion (see 1 Nephi 13:37).”
–Gospel Principles, 2009, p. 151.
Week of June 22, 2015: “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is no partisan Church. It is not a sect. It is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is the only one today existing in the world that can and does legitimately bear the name of Jesus Christ and his divine authority.”
—Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph F. Smith, p. 396.
Week of June 15, 2015: “Our marching orders for each six months are found in the general conference addresses, which are printed in the Ensign magazine.”
—Teachings of the Living Prophets Student Manual Religion 333, p. 23, quoting the second point of Ezra Taft Benson’s “Fourteen Fundamentals in Following the Prophet”
Week of June 8, 2015: “The priesthood power to bind families eternally is one of the greatest gifts of God. Every person who understands the plan of salvation longs for that lasting blessing. Only in sealing ceremonies performed in dedicated temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does God offer the promise that families can be bound together forever.”
–Henry B. Eyring, “Families can be together forever,” Ensign, June 2015, p. 4
Week of June 1, 2015: “We must not pick and choose which commandments we think are important to keep but acknowledge all of God’s commandments.”
–L. Tom Perry, “Obedience to Law is Liberty,” Ensign (Conference Edition), May 2013, p. 88). [Note: This LDS apostle passed away on May 30, 2015 in Salt Lake City.]
Week of May 25, 2015: (Referring to Moses 1:6) “The phrase ‘there is no God beside me’ should not be interpreted to mean that mankind does not have the eternal potential to become like God.”
—The Pearl of Great Price Student Manual Religion 327, p. 4.
Week of May 18, 2015: “I think there is one thing which we should have exceedingly clear in our minds. Neither the President of the Church, nor the First Presidency, nor the united voice of the First Presidency and the Twelve will ever lead the Saints astray or send forth counsel to the world that is contrary to the mind and will of the Lord.”
—Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith, p. 159.
Week of May 11, 2015: “Grace is a gift of God, and our desire to be obedient to each of God’s commandments is the reaching out of our mortal hand to receive this sacred gift from our Heavenly Father.
–Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “The Gift of Grace,” Ensign (Conference Edition), May 2015, p. 110.
Week of May 4, 2015: “Obedience is essential for us to obtain exaltation and eternal life and thus become like our Father—beings of flesh and bone, immortal, exalted, and glorified. Only then will we be heirs of all He possesses.”
–Adhemar Damiani, “The Merciful Plan of the Great Creator,” Ensign, March 2004, p. 10.
Week of April 27, 2015: “A part of tithing is no tithing at all, no more than immersing only half a person’s body is baptism.”
–Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Lorenzo Snow, 2012, p. 161.
Week of April 20, 2015: “Jesus said, ‘Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect’ (Matthew 5:48). Because it is very difficult to become perfect, our Father helps us. He has established the Church; called leaders; and given us commandments, principles, and ordinances. In our Church meetings we receive instructions concerning these things. We must obey and live according to God’s laws to become perfect.”
—The Latter-day Saint Woman Part A, p. 122.
Week of April 13, 2015: “We can sustain the General Authorities and our local leaders and officers in several ways: By our faith and prayers in their behalf. By following their counsel. By helping when they ask us. By accepting callings they extend to us. Sustaining our leaders is evidence of our goodwill, faith, and fellowship.”
–“We Sustain our Leaders,” Ensign, March 2012, p. 8.
Week of April 6, 2015:
“What do Latter-day Saints believe about grace? We believe that God’s grace is what ultimately saves us; yet it does not save us without our doing all that we can to live God’s commandments and follow Jesus Christ’s teachings. We do not believe salvation comes by simply confessing belief in Christ as our Savior. Faith, works, ordinances, and grace are all necessary.”
–Ensign, March 2013, p. 21.
Week of March 30, 2015:
“We must obey the Word of Wisdom to be worthy to enter the temple. If we do not obey the Word of Wisdom, the Lord’s Spirit withdraws from us.”
–Gospel Principles, 2009, p. 167.
Week of March 23, 2015:
“Exaltation is eternal life, the kind of life God lives. He lives in great glory. He is perfect. He possesses all knowledge and all wisdom. He is the Father of spirit children. He is a creator. We can become like our Heavenly Father. This is exaltation. If we prove faithful to the Lord, we will live in the highest degree of the celestial kingdom of heaven. We will become exalted, to live with our Heavenly Father in eternal families. Exaltation is the greatest gift that Heavenly Father can give His children (see D&C 14:7.”
–Gospel Principles, 2009, p. 275.
Week of March 16, 2015:
“By keeping God’s commandments, we prepare for eternal life and exaltation. Sometimes we do not know the reason for a particular commandment. However, we show our faith and trust in God when we obey Him without knowing why.”
–Gospel Principles, 2009, p. 202.
Week of March 9, 2015:
“Latter-day prophets have said that the spirits of those who have died are not far from us.”
–Gospel Principles, 2009, p. 241.
Week of March 2, 2015: “We read in Acts 10 that the Roman soldier Cornelius received inspiration from the Holy Ghost so that he knew the gospel of Jesus Christ was true. But Cornelius did not receive the gift of the Holy Ghost until after he was baptized. The Prophet Joseph Smith taught that if Cornelius had not received baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost, the Holy Ghost would have left him (see Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith, 97.”
–Gospel Principles, 2009, p. 122.
Weeks of February 16 and 24, 2015: “The Church today teaches the same principles and performs the same ordinances as were performed in the days of Jesus.”
–Gospel Principles, 2009, p. 98.
Week of February 9, 2015: “The Savior told him not to join any church because the true Church was not on the earth. He also said that the creeds of present churches were ‘an abomination in his sight’ (Joseph Smith—History 1:19; see also verses 7–18, 20).”
–Gospel Principles 2009, p. 96.
Week of February 2, 2015: “Jesus is the only person on earth to be born of a mortal mother and an immortal Father. That is why He is called the Only Begotten Son. He inherited divine powers from His Father. From His mother He inherited mortality and was subject to hunger, thirst, fatigue, pain, and death. No one could take the Savior’s life from Him unless He willed it. He had power to lay it down and power to take up His body again after dying. (See John 10:17–18.)”
–Gospel Principles, 2009, p. 53.
Week of January 26, 2015: “What is your purpose? You brethren were foreordained in a premortal realm to bear the priesthood (see Alma 13:2-3). And you sisters were chosen before the foundation of the world to bear and care for God’s children; in doing so, you glorify God (see D&C 132:63). Have you sisters considered what it really means to be co-creators with God?”
–Ensign, January 2015, p. 31.
Week of January 19, 2015: “We are told that faith without works is dead; that as the body without the spirit is dead, so also is faith without works dead [see James 2:17, 26], and I am sorry to say that there are many professed Latter-day Saints who are spiritually dead.”
–Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Heber J. Grant, p. 25.
Week of January 12, 2015: “When the Smiths moved to Ohio in 1831, Joseph there met the majority of his future wives. Most of them were still adolescents—the children of close associates. . . In other words, for a decade prior to Smith’s first plural marriages, he met and established relationships with those who would later become his wives. . . .By the time the Latter-day Saints settled in Illinois, the young women Joseph once met as pre-teenagers had become old enough for him to marry.” (Nine of Smith’s wives were 12 or younger when Smith first met them, as young as 5 (Sarah Ann Whitney) or 6 (Nancy Winchester).
–George A. Smith, Nauvoo Polygamy, pp. 29, 30, 35, 51
Week of January 5, 2015: “He [the Holy Ghost] will help us understand that we can become exalted like our Heavenly Father. (See Romans 8:16–17.)”
–Gospel Principles, 2009, p. 32. Brackets ours.
Week of December 29, 2014: “Live your lives so that when you need a blessing from Heavenly Father, you can receive it out of your righteousness, not His mercy.”
Week of December 22, 2014: “If we want to accomplish something, we must climb the stairs that take us to our destination,” he told the graduates. “We may be blessed with talent and capacity, but raw ability alone has never produced anything of lasting value. Real progress and accomplishment are the products of careful planning, hard work and the blessings of heaven.”
–L. Whitney Clayton, Presidency to the Seventy, address to BYU-Hawaii graduates
Week of December 15, 2014: (Referring to why the Gospel Topics essays were written): “Most who study our history well understand the context of these matters, as far as time and place. But some members of the church, many really, are surprised by some of the things they learn in our history, and we want them to be able to go to a place where they can read accurate information and be able to seek to understand those historical chapters in the context of time and place.”
–Seventy Steven E. Snow, LDS.org
Week of December 8, 2014: “Qualifying for exaltation is like entering another country. We must each obtain our spiritual passport. We do not set the requirements, but, individually, we must meet all of them. The plan of salvation contains all of the doctrines, laws, commandments, and ordinances needed for all to qualify for exaltation. Then, ‘through the Atonement of [Jesus] Christ, all mankind may be saved.’ The Church helps but cannot do it for us. Qualifying for exaltation becomes a quest of a lifetime.”
–Allan F. Packer, “The Book,” Ensign (Conference edition), November 2014, p. 99.
Week of December 1, 2014: “When we consider the ancient methods of transmitting texts by hand, we realize that the Bible went through a remarkable process to make it into this century. The Dead Sea Scrolls stand as a witness that the Old Testament has been passed down through the centuries with a respectable degree of accuracy.”
–Donald W. Parry (BYU Professor of Hebrew Bible at BYU), “The Dead Sea Scrolls: Window to the Modern Bible,” Ensign, December 2014, p. 61).
Week of November 24, 2014: “When we invite you to attend church with us or to learn with the full-time missionaries, we are not trying to sell you a product. As members of the Church, we do not receive prizes or bonus points in a heavenly contest. We are not seeking simply to increase the numerical size of the Church. And most importantly, we are not attempting to coerce you to believe as we do. We are inviting you to hear the restored truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ so you can study, ponder, pray, and come to know for yourself if the things we are sharing with you are true. Some of you may respond, ‘But I already believe in Jesus and follow His teachings,’ or ‘I am not sure if God really exists.’ Our invitations to you are not an attempt to diminish your religious tradition or life experience. Bring all that you know is true, good, and praiseworthy—and test our message.”
–David A. Bednar, “Come and See,” Ensign (Conference Edition), November 2014, p. 107.
Week of November 17, 2014: “Many details about the early practice of plural marriage are unknown. Plural marriage was introduced among the early Saitns incrementally, and participants were asked to keep their actions confidential. They did not discuss their experiences publicly or in writing until after the Latter-day Saints had moved to Utah and Church leaders had publicly acknowledged the practice. The historical record of early plural marriage is therefore thin: few records of the time provides details, and later reminiscences are not always reliable. Some ambiguity will always accompany our knowledge about this issue. Like the participants, we ‘see through a glass, darkly’ and are asked to walk by faith.”
–Gospel Topics Essay, lds.org
Week of November 10, 2014: “When we invite you to attend church with us or to learn with the full-time missionaries, we are not trying to sell you a product. As members of the Church, we do not receive prizes or bonus points in a heavenly contest. We are not seeking simply to increase the numerical size of the Church. And most importantly, we are not attempting to coerce you to believe as we do. We are inviting you to hear the restored truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ so you can study, ponder, pray, and come to know for yourself if the things we are sharing with you are true. Some of you may respond, ‘But I already believe in Jesus and follow His teachings,’ or ‘I am not sure if God really exists.’ Our invitations to you are not an attempt to diminish your religious tradition or life experience. Bring all that you know is true, good, and praiseworthy—and test our message.”
–David A. Bednar, “Come and See,” Ensign (Conference Edition), November 2014, p. 107.
Week of November 3, 2014: “We have had misguided souls in the Church who have, in their ignorance, opposed the advice of the [President of the Church], not sensing the fact that they were opposing the Lord and they have fallen into darkness and sorrow, and unless they repent they will not find a place in the celestial kingdom. Let us remember that the President of this Church has been officially designated as the pilot of the Church here in mortality to represent the Master of heaven and earth.
–Teachings of Presidents of the Church: George Albert Smith, p. 116
Week of October 27, 2014: “If you have a tattoo, you wear a constant reminder of a mistake you have made. You might consider having it removed.”
–True to the Faith: A Gospel Reference, p. 167.
Week of October 20, 2014: “The first vision of the Prophet Joseph Smith is bedrock theology to the Church.”
–Ezra Taft Benson, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Ezra Taft Benson, p. 105.
Week of October 13, 2014: “Near the middle of the twentieth century Joseph Fielding Smith gave a more tempered explanation of this teaching: ‘All children born under the covenant belong to their parents in eternity, but that does not mean that they, because of that birthright, will inherit celestial glory. The faith and faithfulness of fathers and mothers will not save disobedient children. Salvation is an individual matter.’ More recently, President James E. Faust put a few cuffs on Orson F. Whitney’s divine ‘tentacles’ saying that, in order for wayward children who have been sealed to their parents to be saved, they ‘must fully repent’ and their salvation ‘must be fully earned.’ The implication of these later teachings is that the salvation of sealed children is now seen as being essentially up to the individual and is not guaranteed by virtue of the covenant of the parents as in earlier teachings.”
–Charles R. Harrell, “This is My Doctrine”: The Development of Mormon Theology, p. 327
Week of October 6, 2014: “The first vision of the Prophet Joseph Smith is bedrock theology to the Church.”
–President Ezra Taft Benson, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Ezra Taft Benson, p. 105.
Week of September 29, 2014: “Simply feeling remorseful is not repentance. True repentance leads to a new and righteous pattern of life.”
–John B. Dickson, “After the Manner of Happiness,”Ensign, February 2008, p. 17.
Week of September 22, 2014: “After the Crucifixion of the Savior and the death of His Apostles, people changed some of the doctrines and ordinances of the gospel. Even though many good people believed in Jesus Christ and tried to understand and teach His gospel, the fullness of truth was no longer available. The result was varying stages of apostasy among the surviving Christians. While they had many truths, none of them had the fullness of Christ’s doctrines, ordinances, or priesthood.”
–“The Gospel of Jesus Christ was Restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith,” Ensign, December 2012, p. 8.
Week of September 15, 2014: “Other people do not understand the true nature of God. They are still bound by the old Nicene Creed of the fourth century, which I cannot understand. But we have a perfect knowledge of the nature of God that has come through the First Vision of the Prophet Joseph Smith.”
President Gordon B. Hinckley, “Inspirtational Thoughts,” Ensign, February 2007, p. 8
Week of September 8, 2014: “Every member of the Church is a missionary.”
–Gospel Principles, 2009, p. 192.
Week of September 1, 2014: “Don’t put your eternal life at risk. Keep the commandments of God.”
–Thomas S. Monson, “Preparation Brings Blessings,” Ensign, May 2010, p. 66
Week of August 25, 2014: “You must not only believe, but you must obey and do the things that [God] commands. You must not only do that, but you must give your heart, your affection and your whole soul with a willing mind to God. You must give up your will to the will of the Father, and you must do all things that He requires at your hands, if you will be saved and exalted in His presence.”
—Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph F. Smith, p. 244.
Week of August 18, 2014: “Eternal life is to gain exaltation in the highest heaven and live in the family unit”
–Apostle Russell M. Nelson, “Prepare for the Blessings of the Temple,” Ensign Special Issue Temples, October 2010, p. 49.
Week of August 11, 2014: “Teach the doctrine. Approved curriculum materials from the Church, such as scriptures, general conference talks, and manuals, contain doctrine–eternal truths from God.”
—Ensign, “We Teach By the Power of the Holy Ghost” (What We Believe), July 2014, p. 10. Boldface in original.
Week of August 4, 2014: “There are . . . many members of the Church who are lax and careless and who continually procrastinate. They live the gospel casually but not devoutly. They have complied with some requirements but are not valiant. They do no major crime but merely fail to do the things required—things like paying tithing, living the Word of Wisdom, having family prayers, fasting, attending meetings, serving.”
—Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Spencer W. Kimball, p. 8. Ellipsis in original.
Week of July 28, 2014: “(40-7) We Can Become like God Because We Have the Seed of Deity Within Us. When Jesus was created after the fashion and in the likeness of the Father, and was therefore in the image of his Father, did he strive also to become like God in every other way? What does the word equal mean? And since Jesus thought that it was not robbery for him to become like God, what does Paul say you should strive to do as well? (See Philippians 2:5–8, 12; 3 Nephi 27:27.)”
—The Life and Teachings of Jesus & His Apostles Religion 211-212, p. 328. Bold and italics in original.
Week of July 21, 2014: “A common tactic used by those who are trying to destroy faith is called a ‘straw man’ argument. This is done by setting up a false image—a straw man—of the truth and then attacking the false image in order to convince others the true image is false. A simple example of this is a child accusing parents who won’t let him play until he gets his work done of not wanting him to have any fun. This is faulty reasoning, but it is often used to deceive others. Sometimes others claim that Latter-day Saints believe something that we don’t believe. They claim that the false belief is false and then show that it is false. It has nothing to do with what we really believe but is an attempt to make us seem to be in error.”
–Book of Mormon Student Manual 121-122, p. 216.
Week of July 14, 2014: “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is no partisan Church. It is not a sect. It is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is the only one today existing in the world that can and does legitimately bear the name of Jesus Christ and his divine authority.”
—Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph F. Smith, p. 396.
Week of July 7, 2014: “Write the following statement on the board: Adam and Eve were the first Christians. Have students find phrases in Moses 5:7–11 that show this statement to be true. Tell students that most people think Christianity did not exist until Jesus Christ lived on the earth. List and discuss other people from before the time of Christ who were Christians (for example, see 2 Nephi 25:26; Alma 46:13–15; D&C 138:12–16, 38–46). Ask students why they think the gospel of Jesus Christ has been taught since the beginning.”
–The Pearl of Great Price Teacher Manual Religion 327, p. 22. Italics in original.
Week of June 30, 2014: “In the premortal Council in Heaven, Lucifer rebelled against Heavenly Father’s plan. Those who followed Lucifer ended their eternal progression—be careful who you follow!”
–Robert D. Hales, “If Ye Love Me, Keep my Commandments,” Ensign (Conference Edition), May 2014, p. 35.
Week of June 23, 2014: “Other people do not understand the true nature of God. They are still bound by the old Nicene Creed of the fourth century, which I cannot understand. But we have a perfect knowledge of the nature of God that has come through the First Vision of the Prophet Joseph”
–President Gordon B. Hinckley, “Inspirational Thoughts,” Ensign, February 2007, p. 8.
Week of June 16, 2014: ”They should never criticize priesthood leaders or say unkind things about them. Criticizing our leaders endangers our own salvation.”
—The Latter-day Saint Woman: Basic Manual for Women, Part B, p. 106.
Week of June 9, 2014: “The Lord commanded Joseph Smith not to join any church because all of them were wrong (see Joseph Smith—History 1:18–20; see also 2 Timothy 4:3–4; Mormon 8:28, 32–38).”
–The Pearl of Great Price Teacher Manual Religion 327, p. 56.
Week of June 2, 2014: ““Which is more likely, that he [Joseph Smith] dreamed it all up on his own or that he had the help of heaven? Do the scriptures he produced sound like the words of man or the words of God?”
–Lawrence E. Corbridge, “The Prophet Joseph Smith,” Ensign (Conference Edition), May 2014, p. 105.
Week of May 26, 2014: “After that, in the most sublime show of His love for humankind, and in the full exercise of His will, He walked bravely and determinedly to face His most demanding trial. In the Garden of Gethsemane, in utter loneliness, He suffered the most intense agony, bleeding from each pore. In total submission before His Father, He atoned for our sins and also took upon Him our illnesses and afflictions in order to know how to succor us (see Alma 7:11-13)”
–Carlos H. Amado, “Christ the Redeemer,” Ensign (Conference Edition), May 2014, p. 13.
Week of May 19, 2014: “The greatest of all the blessings of God, eternal life, will come to us only as we make covenants offered in the true Church of Jesus Christ by His authorized servants. Because of the Fall, we all need the cleansing effects of baptism and the laying on of hands to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. These ordinances must be performed by those who possess the proper priesthood authority. Then, with the help of the Light of Christ and the Holy Ghost, we can keep all the covenants we make with God, especially those offered in His temples. Only in that way, and with that help, can anyone claim his or her rightful inheritance as a child of God in a family forever. To some listening to me, that may seem a nearly hopeless dream.”
–Henry B. Eyring, Counselor in the First Presidency, April 2014 general conference address (“A Priceless Heritage of Hope,” Ensign, May 2014, p. 24)