Submitted by: Theodore Sumrall ~Thanks for your thoughts!
When I was much younger and before I became a member of the Church, the world had me on the run. I lived my life to please others in the great and spacious building. Finally, I realized I was being a phony and began to reflect and to change.
Many years later, as I look back, I recognize that I was being driven by Satan. Being led by The Lord is a much safer path I have concluded and had I not recognized that the path I was following was the wrong one, I most likely would be dead by now.
I have seen so many individuals energetically climb the ladder of success and once they reached the top realized that the ladder had been leaning against the wrong wall. Often, however, they do not recognize this until they have been driven down the path that they do not have the desire to change.
If we wish to come unto Jesus through the sacrament, we must believe in Him, rely on Him, repent of our sins, take His name upon us by being baptized in His Church, receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, and faithfully follow Christ all of our lives.
The invitation to come unto the Savior is universal. Everyone is included--men, women, and children; old and young alike. None are barred except by themselves. - John H. Groberg, “The Beauty and Importance of the Sacrament,” Friend, October 1990
The spiritual body and the mind, like the physical body, are made up of what they feed upon. On a trip some years ago, my wife and I drank some water that we were unused to, and we were sick for several weeks. The mind is like that. It, too, is made up of what it feeds upon. The spirit is influenced by what the body and the mind feed upon. - James M. Paramore, “Hold On!” Ensign, February 2002
There are two patterns for making decisions in life: (1) decisions based upon circumstance and (2) decisions based upon eternal truth. Satan encourages choices to be made according to circumstance. That is: What are others doing? What seems to be socially or politically acceptable? What will bring the quickest, most satisfying response? That pattern gives Satan the broadest opportunity to tempt an individual to make decisions that will be harmful and destructive, even though they may appear most appealing when a decision is made. With this approach there is no underlying set of values or standards used to consistently guide those decisions. Each one is made for what appears to be the most attractive choice at the moment. Those who choose this path cannot expect the help of the Lord but are left to their own strength and to that of others influenced to act in their favor. Sadly, most of God's children make decisions this way. That is why the world is in such turmoil. -Richard G. Scott, “Living Right,” Ensign, January 2007
A person is poor when his character is honeycombed with greed and warped by dishonesty. When we yield to misconduct under pressure, we are poor. A person who has to beg for bread is not poor if he has not bent to expediency. An individual is headed for personal bankruptcy when he sells his character and reputation for cash, honor, or convenience. We are poor in character when we think getting by is a substitute for doing our best. Virtue, action, and truth properly blended in life make a person rich. - Marvin J. Ashton, “It’s No Fun Being Poor,” Ensign, September 1982
We all want to be on the right road. We all desire to move effectively down that highway of life with the least amount of detours and delays. We all have moments when we get slightly confused and need additional help in making correct choices. We are frequently at a crossroads where we must choose one of two highways: the lower road leading to spiritual delays and sorrow, or the higher road leading to spiritual progress and happiness. It is very important for us to always choose the higher road. - W. Craig Zwick, “Taking the Higher Road,” Ensign, August 2002
Number one, Satan, or Lucifer, or the father of lies--call him what you will--is real, the very personification of evil. His motives are in every case malicious, and he convulses at the appearance of redeeming light, at the very thought of truth. Number two, he is eternally opposed to the love of God, the Atonement of Jesus Christ, and the work of peace and salvation. He will fight against these whenever and wherever he can. He knows he will be defeated and cast out in the end, but he is determined to take down with him as many others as he possibly can.
…I ask for a stronger and more devoted voice, a voice not only against evil and him who is the personification of it, but a voice for good, a voice for the gospel, a voice for God. Brethren of all ages, unbind your tongues and watch your words work wonders in the lives of those "who are only kept from the truth because they know not where to find it."
October 2011 General Conference, JEFFREY R. HOLLAND, We Are All Enlisted
There are those today who say that man is the result of his environment and cannot rise above it. Those who justify mediocrity, failure, and even weakness and criminality are certainly misguided. Surely the environmental conditions found in childhood and youth are an influence of power. But the fact remains that every normal soul has its free agency and the power to row against the current and to lift himself to new planes of activity and thought and development, Man can transform himself. Man must transform himself. - Spencer W. Kimball, “The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball,” edited by Edward L. Kimball, p.169
“It is not just that the Book of Mormon teaches us truth, through it indeed does that. It is not just that the Book of Mormon bears testimony of Christ, though it indeed does that, too. But there is something more. There is a power in the book which will begin to flow into your lives the moment you begin a serious study of the book… You will find greater power to resist temptation. You will find the power to avoid deception. You will find the power to stay on the strait and narrow path. The scriptures are called “the words of life” (D&C 84:85), and nowhere is that more true than it is of the Book of Mormon. When you begin to hunger and thirst after those words, you will find life in greater and greater abundance.”
President Ezra Taft Benson, October General Conference 1986
Our success in the journey of life requires careful planning and execution, wise use of our resources, and constant reliance on and dedication to eternal principles. - Elaine L. Jack, "Never Take No Cutoffs," BYU Devotional, 16 November 1993