... Many will lose sight of the goal of eternal life with God and Jesus Christ. Others will fall into deep canyons of doubt or be caught in the brush and thickets of sin and temptations of life. Some will fail to follow the compass directions of the Holy Ghost, prophets, scriptures, and priesthood leaders. But spiritual safety lies in relying absolutely on the foreknowledge of God and the plan of life and salvation that he has provided for us. - Gary J. Coleman, “O How Great the Plan of Our God!” Ensign, February 1996
Even if you exercise your strongest faith, God will not always reward you immediately according to your desires. Rather, God will respond with what in His eternal plan is best for you. He loves you to a depth and completeness you cannot conceive of in your mortal state. Indeed, were you to know His entire plan, you would never ask for that which is contrary to it even though your feelings tempt you to do so. Sincere faith gives understanding and strength to accept the will of our Heavenly Father when it differs from our own. We can accept His will with peace and assurance, confident that His infinite wisdom surpasses our own ability to comprehend fully His plan as it unfolds a piece at a time. - Richard G. Scott, “The Sustaining Power of Faith in Times of Uncertainty and Testing,” Ensign (CR), May 2003, p.75
You will observe that the antidote for selfishness is love, especially love of the Lord. Love can overpower the undermining effect of selfishness. Love engenders faith in Christ's plan of happiness, provides courage to begin the process of repentance, strengthens the resolve to be obedient to His teachings, and opens the door of service, welcoming in the feelings of self-worth and of being loved and needed. - Richard G. Scott, “We Love You--Please Come Back,” Ensign (CR) April 1986
The Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, has declared his great purpose and plan for his children: "For behold, this is my work and my glory--to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." (Moses 1:39.) Without this period of life on earth, we can achieve neither immortality nor eternal life. - Derek A. Cuthbert, “What’s The Difference,” Ensign (CR) October 1985
The following story was related this past Sunday in church by a good friend of ours, Jess Arbon. After church I asked him if I could share this. He agreed.
“When our son Austin started nursery he was pretty reluctant to have anything to do with it. If any of you know him, he is an extremely strong headed child. When he makes his mind up he doesn’t budge and he had made his mind up early on that he didn’t want to be associated with nursery.
Now Austin wasn’t one of those kids that went in and cried for 10 minutes and then stopped. For 2 full hours, on and off, he cried... and chanted “I want my mom!”. He really didn’t want anything to do with nursery no matter what we did.