I give you my testimony that the happiness of the Latter-day Saints, the peace of the Latter-day Saints, the progress of the Latter-day Saints, the prosperity of the Latter-day Saints, and the eternal salvation and exaltation of this people lie in walking in obedience to the counsels of the priesthood of God. We sing, "We thank thee, O God, for a prophet to guide us in these latter days" (Hymns, 1985, no. 19). Let us always follow that guidance.
If we will try with faith and prayer and resolution, we can accomplish great good, especially for our own souls. - Gordon B. Hinckley, “If Ye Be Willing and Obedient,” Ensign, July 1995
It is soul-satisfying to know that God is mindful of us and ready to respond when we place our trust in Him and do that which is right. There is no place for fear among men and women who place their trust in the Almighty and who do not hesitate to humble themselves in seeking divine guidance through prayer. Though persecutions arise, though reverses come, in prayer we can find reassurance, for God will speak peace to the soul. That peace, that spirit of serenity, is life's greatest blessing. - Ezra Taft Benson, “Pray Always,” Ensign, February 1990
Look closely at Paul's counsel: "Continue in faith," he said, issuing a charge to be strong in your testimony, be steadfast, press forward. "Grounded and settled," he said, which suggests putting your roots down in good gospel ground, hold on, be secure, grow strong. "Be not moved away from the hope of the gospel," he cautioned, for it is the hope of the gospel that keeps circumstances, trials, disappointments, and daily experiences in proper perspective. The hope of the gospel includes the promise of peace and comfort from the Holy Ghost. Many distractions or even slight variations draw us away from the important work we have been placed on earth to do. And soon the hope of the gospel, so necessary in our eternal progression, is set aside to allow for the immediate matters of today. - Elaine L. Jack, “Grounded, Settled, and Full of Hope,” Ensign, March 1996
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
“Prayer can solve more problems, alleviate more suffering, prevent more transgression, and bring about greater peace, and contentment in the human soul than can be obtained in any other way.” – President Thomas S. Monson
Energizer: Righteous desires* inspired by today’s quote.
How would your life be better if each ‘desire’ below were true for you? When you see one you’d like to acquire, or one that’s already true for you, add a “yes” at the end and notice how it feels.
- When presented with a problem I would pray first. (yes)
- I would believe God can and will alleviate my suffering and that of others after I pray. (yes)
- I would give no heed to the temptations of the adversary to not pray. He is not my friend. Jesus Christ is my friend and my Savior. (yes)
- When tempted to sin, I would begin to pray immediately. (yes)
- When I pray, I would envision my Heavenly Father and my Savior Jesus Christ listening in love and compassion to my heart-felt prayers. (yes)
I’m thankful for the power and blessings of prayer. I’m grateful Heavenly Father hears our prayers, especially on those occasions when I can’t find words to express the real desires of my heart. I know everything President Monson said about prayer is true. Of this I bear witness.
- Grandpa Tony
* “Each of us will stand to be judged of Him according to our works and the desires of our hearts.” (The Living Christ: The Testimony of the Apostles)
The “I would” format for the energizer activity above was inspired by the following lyrics of the LDS Hymn, Lord I Would Follow Thee: “I would be my brother’s keeper. I would learn the healer’s art. To the wounded and the weary I would show a gentle heart.”
If you’d like, you can think of a favorite statement above as an expression of a desire of your heart, or come up with a better one of your own. This activity is spiritually energizing for me, but only every time I do it. May it prove to be so for you as well.
“Faith fuels hope. The truth is that our only safety, our only security, our only hope is to hold fast to that which is good.”
–David S. Baxter, “Faith, Service, Constancy”, Ensign, Nov 2006, 13-15
“Are these perilous times? They are. But there is no need to fear. We can have peace in our hearts and peace in our homes.”
–President Gordon B. Hinckley Ensign, November 2001, page 74.
“Brethren beloved, continue in brotherly love; walk in meekness, watching unto prayer, that you be not overcome. Follow after peace, as said our beloved brother Paul, that you may be the children of our Heavenly Father” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith, p. 343).
“I think of the condition of the world and realize that the only place where there is any semblance of peace is the land that we live in, [where we have] the promise of God that he will be with . . . his Saints who are worthy to be called Saints, and his power and protection will be over them until their life’s labors are completed” (The Teachings of George Albert Smith, p. 189).