“There is nothing in all the world that is of more value than so to order our lives that those who know us best shall love us; and, above all, the one thing that is of greater value than life itself is to so live that God loves us. And I can say to you that every man, woman, and child that has lived the gospel of Jesus Christ and continues to do so has the love of God Almighty, our Father in Heaven and of His Son Jesus Christ, our Redeemer” (Heber J. Grant, Gospel Standards, p. 102).
Knocking is one of the easiest things in the world to do. It only takes a thimblefull of brains. And it is the cheapest and easiest way to attract attention. But it is a mighty expensive amusement. Everybody hates a knocker.
No man ever got very high by pulling other people down. The intelligent merchant does not knock his competitors. The sensible worker does not knock those who work with him. Don't knock your friends. Don't knock your enemies. Don't knock yourself.
Don't say cutting things. Speak pleasantly of everybody whether you are pleasantly disposed or not. Boost and you will be boosted. Knock and you will be knocked.
-Dr. Frank Crane
“Giving, not getting, brings to full bloom the Christmas spirit. Enemies are forgiven, friends remembered, and God obeyed. The spirit of Christmas illuminates the picture window of the soul, and we look out upon the world’s busy life and become more interested in people than things. To catch the real meaning of the “spirit of Christmas,” we need only drop the last syllable, and it becomes the “Spirit of Christ.”
–Thomas S. Monson, “The Best Christmas Ever”, Liahona, Dec 2008, 2-6
“Jesus exemplified innocence, humility, simplicity, and faith. He showed his great love for us by taking upon himself our sins, by laying down his precious life, and by raising himself from the grave. ‘God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.’ (1 Jn. 4:16.) Throughout the world, our missionaries are going two by two, preaching faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and repentance. There may be few who have retained all of the five qualities mentioned, but all can regain them through repentance and change.” - Derek A. Cuthbert, “The Meaning of Maturity,” Ensign (CR) October 1982
“Cultivate an attitude of happiness. Cultivate a spirit of optimism. Walk with faith, rejoicing in the beauties of nature, in the goodness of those you love, in the testimony which you carry in your heart concerning things divine.”
–Gordon B. Hinckley, “The Spirit of Optimism”, New Era July 2001, 4
“Our willingness to repent shows our gratitude for God’s gift and for the Savior’s love and sacrifice on our behalf. Commandments and priesthood covenants provide a test of faith, obedience, and love for God and Jesus Christ, but even more importantly, they offer an opportunity to experience love from God and to receive a full measure of joy both in this life and in the life to come.”
–Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “A Matter of a Few Degrees”, Ensign, May 2008, 57-60
“I recommend you come to know your Father in Heaven. Come to love Him. Always remember that He loves you and will give you guidance and support if you will but give Him the chance. Include Him in your decision making. Include Him in your heartaches and heartbreaks. Include Him when you take inventory of your personal worth.”
–Marvin J. Ashton, “Becoming a Quality Person Now”, Ensign, Apr 2010, 28-29
“At the heart of the message of the Savior of the world is a single, glorious, wonderful, still largely untried concept. In its simplest terms the message is that we should seek to overcome the selfishness we all seem to be born with, that we should overcome human nature and think of others before self.”
–James E. Faust, “A Pattern of Love,” Ensign, Dec. 1999, 2
“And then what is the reward? We become joint heirs with Jesus Christ and the Father gives us the fulness of his kingdom. That is the reward of faithfulness and we shut all that out—or many of us—because we love this world more than we love him. We should love his Father, and that is the first great commandment. It has been given to us in our own day and repeated in our day. It is our duty and responsibility to love him” (Joseph Fielding Smith, Take Heed to Yourselves!, p. 297).
“I know that God loves us. He allows us to exercise our moral agency even when we misuse it. He permits us to make our own decisions. Christ cannot help us if we do not trust Him; He cannot teach us if we do not serve Him. He will not force us to do what’s right, but He will show us the way only when we decide to serve Him. Certainly, for us to serve in His kingdom, Christ requires that we experience a change of thought and attitude.”
Thomas S. Monson, “Looking Back and Moving Forward”, Ensign, May 2008, 87-90