I think the challenge for all of us--but perhaps particularly for young adults--is to try not to look sideways to see how others are viewing our lives but to look up to see how Heavenly Father sees us. He doesn't look on the outward appearance but on the heart (see 1 Samuel 16:7). And He knows, better than anyone else, what each one of us needs. - Carl B. Cook, “Look Up,” Liahona, January 2012
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
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
We were in bondage, through Adam’s transgression. He and his posterity after him became subject to death. Death had dominion over us, and if that had continued, hell would have had dominion over us. What did Christ do? He ransomed us. He restored us. He brought us back through his atonement, through the shedding of his blood. He paid the price, as Paul says. He rescued us from captivity and bondage. That is what ransomed means. He liberated us from death. He paid the price that death required; and we, through his redemption, were recovered by the payment of the shedding of his blood. - Joseph Fielding Smith, “Doctrines of Salvation,” 3 vols., edited by Bruce R. McConkie, 1:124
We do not become saints automatically by entering the waters of baptism. We become saints, in the true sense of the word, as we live saintly lives and cultivate Christlike attributes. Similarly, we do not become the elect of God instantaneously by receiving the priesthood. Such honor will come only so fast as we remember and perform according to the priesthood covenant. - Carlos E. Asay, “The Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood,” Ensign (CR) October 1985
A hurricane gains impact, comes on with mighty force,
Wreaking mass destruction, along its chosen course.
The waters of a mighty flood will make men run in fear,
As does the black tornado, when its funneled wrath appears.
Earthquakes cause much damage, arising from its berth,
And man claims nuclear weapons can eradicate the earth.
But of all the mighty powers, there’s one that stands alone
For its power stems from righteousness and claims a mighty throne.
The priesthood of God long missing, from churches of our time
Is now restored and shall prevail, in every tongue and clime.
The priesthood sets our church apart from every other church
And through its restoration, has ended many a search.
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"A conviction that you are a daughter of God gives you a feeling of comfort in your self-worth. It means that you can find strength in the balm of Christ. It will help you meet the heartaches and challenges with faith and serenity" ("What It Means to Be a Daughter of God," Liahona, Jan. 2000, 123; Ensign, Nov. 1999, 102).
“First, do you know that you are a son of God? You are literally a son of God, "spiritually begotten in the premortal life. As His child, you can be assured that you have divine, eternal potential and that [your Heavenly Father] will help you in your sincere efforts to reach that potential.” (“Do You Know Who You Are?” Dean R. Burgess, Ensign, May 2008.)
Far too often we forget who we are. We forget that we have a divine potential and purpose here on the earth. We forget our divine heritage. But we are all son’s and daughters of heavenly parents who love us and want us to succeed in life.
I hope this video made you smile. And if it did…. pass it on. You ARE great (in every sense of the word)!!
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The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. No matter our talents, education, backgrounds, or abilities, we each have an inherent wish to create something that did not exist before.
Everyone can create. You don't need money, position, or influence in order to create something of substance or beauty.
You might say, "I'm not the creative type. If that is how you feel, think again, and remember that you are spirit daughters of the most creative Being in the universe. Isn't it remarkable to think that your very spirits are fashioned by an endlessly creative and eternally compassionate God? Think about it--your spirit body is a masterpiece, created with a beauty, function, and capacity beyond imagination.
Creation is your opportunity in this life, and in the life to come. Start small. Creativity does not require a brush, a pen, or the keys of a piano. Don’t let the voice of critics paralyze you. You will make the world a better place. Improve, beautify, extend, smile, cultivate, develop, create.
The more you trust and rely upon the Spirit, the greater your capacity to create.
When we watch this movie and read Elder Uchdorf’s talk we have a couple of thoughts. Our main thoughts revolve around our ability to create something out of nothing, and the power that gives to us. This creation can be in terms of material goods, relationships, or our abilities as we learn new skills and develop our talents each day. Each of these experiences gives our self confidence and self worth opportunity to grow, and our understanding of our place in God’s plan increases. This ultimately leads to a knowledge of God’s love for us, as well as his trust in us. How grateful we are for the abilty we have to create our home, and strive each day to make it into the home father would have us create.