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Monday, October 26, 2009

Principles from Prophets

President Monson discusses attributes of prophets he has known.

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Eyewitnesses and Ancient Paralles: The Revelations of Joseph Smith

From BYU Education Week: August 18, 2008. Daniel C Peterson discusses similarities to Joseph Smith's revelations found in antiquity.

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Saturday, October 10, 2009

My Father Is a Prophet

I’d like to tell you a little about my father, the Prophet.  He is a great man, and you might be interested in learning about him.  Let me share with you several characteristics I admire about him.  

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Light, Truth, and Grace: Three Interrelated Necessities for Exaltation

An essential part of the glory of God is light—or living, life-giving energy. In the scriptural sense, light is a capacitating power through which the righteous are given the faculty to receive truth. Possession of truth is the condition of glorification. A fulness of truth—or the knowledge of the sum of existence—requires the acquisition of the fulness of light. The grace of God plays a direct part in the reception of light and truth. Grace expresses itself through impartation. That which is imparted is light. The agency of man is expressed in accepting or rejecting light. But he is not free to accept or reject grace. Grace comes to all men freely, as it is the unmerited favor that God holds for all His children. Grace allows light to flow unto each person. Thus light, through grace, is freely manifest unto all. When people reject light, they reject God’s favor and cut themselves off from truth. Thus they stand under condemnation. When they accept grace by accepting the light, they are capacitated to receive truth. As they continue from grace to grace by giving grace for grace, they receive more light and truth until they are eventually glorified in truth.

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Friday, August 14, 2009

The Least of These

Let no one underestimate the power of faith in the ordinary Latter-day Saints.

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Monday, August 3, 2009

Your Refined Heavenly Home

Brigham Young said: “We are trying to be the image of those who live in heaven; we are trying to pattern after them, to look like them, to walk and talk like them.” To prepare us to do this, the 13th article of faith encourages: “If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.” Refinement is a companion to developed spirituality. Refinement and spirituality are two strings drawn by the same bow.

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Friday, June 12, 2009

Cast Not Away Therefore Your Confidence

I wish to encourage every on of you today regarding opposition that so often comes after enlightened decisions have been made, after moments of revelation and conviction have given us a peace and an assurance we thought we would never lose.

Cast Not Away Therefore Your Confidence

Monday, April 13, 2009

The Instrument of Your Mind and the Foundation of Your Character

I found that it did not matter, really, what kind of bodies we have, so long as we understand that our spirit and our body are combined in such a way that our body becomes an instrument of our mind and the foundation of our character.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Sins and Mistakes

The subject of this talk is the contrast between sins and mistakes. Both can hurt us and both require attention, but the scriptures direct a different treatment. Chewing on a live electrical cord or diving headfirst into water of uncertain depth are mistakes that should be made known so they can be corrected. Violations of the commandments of God are sins that require chastening and repentance. In the treatment process we should not require repentance for mistakes, but we are commanded to preach the necessity of repentance for sins.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Spirit and Purposes of Gathering

Principle, purposes, places, and blessings of of gathering.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Listen Together

I know a few of the reasons why the Lord requires us to listen to mortal servants. One of the reasons is that you and I need a check on our own inspiration occasionally. We can be mistaken. We at times, even with real intent and with faith and with careful prayer, may come to wrong conclusions. Listening to others can provide correction. It can promote more careful consideration. I hope you will always remember that there is safety in counsel.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Keep the Chain Unbroken

Inspirational stories about staying true and faithful to the gospel, and in doing so, we stay true and faithful to our families.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Monday, February 16, 2009

The Voice of the Lord

What is the voice of the Lord like? How Can I Distinguish Between True and Counterfeit Revelation? What Can I Do to Enhance My Ability to Hear, Recognize, and Follow the Voice of the Lord?

Monday, February 9, 2009

Be not afraid, only belive

This prophetic talk sounds like it could have been given last week. But it was actually given in 2001, 2 days before the September 11 attacks.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Broken Things to Mend

My desire today is for all of us—not just those who are "poor in spirit" but all of us—to have more straightforward personal experience with the Savior's example. Sometimes we seek heaven too obliquely, focusing on programs or history or the experience of others. Those are important but not as important as personal experience, true discipleship, and the strength that comes from experiencing firsthand the majesty of His touch.