Asking for and receiving daily bread at God's hand plays a vital part in learning to trust Him and in enduring life's challenges. We also need a daily portion of divine bread to become what we must become. To repent, improve, and eventually reach "the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ" (Ephesians 4:13) is a step-by-step process. Incorporating new and wholesome habits into our character or overcoming bad habits or addictions often means an effort today followed by another tomorrow and then another, perhaps for many days, even months and years, until we achieve victory. But we can do it because we can appeal to God for our daily bread, for the help we need each day. - D. Todd Christofferson, “Recognizing God’s Hand in Our Daily Blessings,” Liahona, January 2012
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
I remember reading a poster once that said, "A ship in a harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are made for." I think that applies to our lives. We may pass through troubled times, but if we constantly seek nothing but physical security, we're probably not doing what we should. We need to seek the spiritual security of knowing we are doing the Lord's will. Sometimes that will not give us all the physical security we may desire, but it will give us all we need. - John H. Groberg, “What Are You Doing Here?” Ensign, January 1987
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
In some ways our world today is similar to Kirtland of the 1830s. We too live in times of financial distress. There are those who persecute and rail against the Church and its members. Individual and collective trials may sometimes seem overwhelming.That is when we need, more than ever, to draw near unto the Lord. As we do, we will come to know what it means to have the Lord draw near unto us. As we seek Him ever more diligently, we will surely find Him. We will see clearly that the Lord does not abandon His Church or His faithful Saints. Our eyes will be opened, and we will see Him open the windows of heaven and shower us with more of His light. We will find the spiritual strength to survive even during the darkest night. - Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Hold On a Little Longer,” Liahona, January 2010
Each of us is a runner in the race of life. Comforting is the fact that there are many runners. Reassuring is the knowledge that our eternal Scorekeeper is understanding. Challenging is the truth that each must run. But you and I do not run alone. That vast audience of family, friends, and leaders will cheer our courage, will applaud our determination as we rise from our stumblings and pursue our goal. - Thomas S. Monson, “Never Give Up,” Ensign, September 1994
The greatest news of all times is that Jesus lives and that his atoning sacrifice took place for all people; and when they put their trust in him and indeed walk in obedience to his commandments, there is a way for them to gain salvation and exaltation. - Jacob de Jager, “The Greatest News of All Times Is That Jesus Lives,” Ensign (CR) April 1986
When the Lord wants to change the world, he doesn't send armies or use powerful groups.
When it was time to lead the children of Israel from Egyptian bondage, the Lord didn't send an army; he sent a baby boy to a Levite home. This baby boy was later to be known as Moses, whom we know as the great lawgiver and the one who delivered the children of Israel from bondage.
In the meridian of time, the Father sent his own Son to be born of a virgin mother in a lowly manger. The whole world was affected by his brief life's mission, and he still remains the only hope of mankind, here and hereafter.
When it was time to restore his gospel to prepare the world for the second coming of his Son, he again sent a baby boy to the home of a righteous father and mother. On 23 December 1805, a baby boy came to the home of Joseph and Lucy Mack Smith. - Rex C. Reeve, “Joseph Smith, the Chosen Instrument,” Ensign (CR) October 1985
Just as a sewing pattern determines the dress or clothes we wear, so our present lives determine our future existence. Why do people have to go through the "school of hard knocks" to learn this truth? The scriptures and instructions from our spiritual leaders teach us how to avoid the heartache which always results from sin. -Theodore M. Burton, “Let Mercy Temper Justice,” Ensign (CR) October 1985
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Trust The Lord
Put thy Faith in the Lord
and You will see,
Thy wondrous plan that
He's made for You & Me.
He knows Your "pain"
He knows your “needs”,
He's walked the road
Life is a struggle for all of us
But that's the Plan He has
made for us.
This life is a test
for each & everyone,
And to prove to Him
We should embrace His Son.
There's nothing to fear
But FEAR itself,
Because FAITH is the key
To live through ETERNITY.