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By Anonym 15 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

The revelation to store food may be as essential to our temporal salvation today as boarding the ark was to the people in the days of Noah.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

Marriage. . . is the most glorious and most exalting principle of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  No ordinance is of more importance and none more sacred and more necessary to the eternal joy of man.  Faithfulness to the marriage covenant brings the fullest joy here and glorious rewards hereafter.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

One of the cardinal sins in our country is profanity -- the taking of the name of the Lord in vain.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

We believe in a moral code. Communism denies innate right or wrong. As W. Cleon Skousen has said in his timely book, The Naked Communist: The communist 'has convinced himself that nothing is evil which answers the call of expediency.' This is a most damnable doctrine. People who truly accept such a philosophy have neither conscience nor honor. Force, trickery, lies, broken promises are wholly justified.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

I have a vision of artists putting into film, drama, literature, music, and paintings great themes and great characters from the Book of Mormon.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

"On my honor" - what an ennobling phrase! Three short words, nine letters, but the summation of all we call character. From the Boy Scout's Oath.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

Christ wants to lift us to where He is. Do we desire to do the same for others?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

Beguiling voices in the world cry out for 'alternative lifestyles' for women. They maintain that some women are better suited for careers than for marriage and motherhood.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

With pride, there are many curses. With humility, there come many blessings.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

Let your minds be filled with the goal of being like the Lord, and you will crowd out depressing thoughts as you anxiously seek to know Him and do His will.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

To the proud, the applause of the world rings in their ears; to the humble, the applause of heaven warms their hearts.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

Today, with the abundance of books available, it is the mark of a truly educated man to know what not to read. … Feed only on the best. As John Wesley’s mother counseled him: ‘Avoid whatever weakens your reason, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God, takes off your relish for spiritual things, … increases the authority of the body over the mind.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

One of Satan's greatest tools is pride: to cause a man or a woman to center so much attention on self that he or she becomes insensitive to his Creator or fellow beings. It is a cause for discontent, divorce, teenage rebellion, family indebtedness, and most other problems we face.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

The devil knows that if the elders of Israel should ever wake up, they could step forth and help preserve freedom and extend the gospel. Therefore the devil has concentrated, and to a large extent successfully, in neutralizing much of the priesthood. He has reduced them to Sleeping Giants.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

A secret combination that seeks to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries is increasing in its evil influence and control over America and the entire world.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

I feel certain that if, in our homes, parents will read from the Book of Mormon prayerfully and regularly, both by themselves and with their children, the spirit of that great book will come to permeate our homes and all who dwell therein.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

There is, however, a far more common ailment among us—and that is pride from the bottom looking up. It is manifest in so many ways, such as faultfinding, gossiping, backbiting, and murmuring, living beyond our means, envying, coveting, withholding gratitude and praise that might lift another, and being unforgiving and jealous.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

Prepare yourselves mentally. A mission requires a great deal of mental preparation. You must memorize missionary discussions, memorize scriptures, and oftentimes learn a new language. The discipline to do this is learned in your early years. Establish now the daily practice of reading the scriptures ten to fifteen minutes each day. If you do so, by the time you reach the mission field, you will have read all four of the standard works. I urge you to read particularly the Book of Mormon so that you can testify of its truthfulness as the Lord has directed.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

Happy and successful homes cannot be built on immorality.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

The expression "follow the Brethren" has a broader meaning than some would apply to it. It means not only to agree with the counsel given to the Church by the Brethren, but also to follow their example in appearance and deportment.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

Periodic fasting can help clear up the mind and strengthen the body and the spirit.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

Communism introduced into the world a substitute for true religion. It is a counterfeit of the gospel plan.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

One of Satan's most frequently used deceptions is the notion that the commandments of God are meant to restrict freedom and limit happiness.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

Temples are places of personal revelation. When I have been weighed down by a problem or a difficulty, I have gone to the House of the Lord with a prayer in my heart for answers. The answers have come in clear and unmistakable ways.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

First, we should become informed about communism, about socialism, and about Americanism. What better way can one become informed than by first studying the inspired words of the prophets and using that as a foundation; against which to test all other material. This is in keeping with the Prophet Joseph Smith's motto, "When the Lord commands, do it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

The Declaration of Independence to which these great men affixed their signatures is much more than a political document. It constitutes a spiritual manifesto-revel ation, if you will-declaring not for this nation only, but for all nations, the source of man's rights.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

Since the beginning, a woman's first and most important role has been ushering into mortality spirit sons and daughters of our Father in Heaven.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

The man [who] is greatest and most blessed and joyful [is one] whose life most closely approaches the pattern of Christ. This has nothing to do with earthly wealth, power, or prestige. The only true test of greatness, blessedness, joyfulness is how close can a life come to being like the Master, Jesus Christ. He is the right way, the full truth, and the abundant life.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

There is no greater Church calling than that of a home teacher. There is no greater Church service rendered to our Father in Heaven's children than the service rendered by a humble, dedicated, committed home teacher.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

The Lord is pleased with every effort, even the tiny, daily ones in which we strive to be more like Him.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

Not only must we move forward in a monumental manner more copies of the Book of Mormon, but we must move boldly forward into our own lives and throughout the earth more of its marvelous messages.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

In the beginning, Adam — not Eve— was instructed to earn the bread by the sweat of his brow. Contrary to conventional wisdom, a mother's calling is in the home, not in the marketplace.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

When obedience ceases to be an irritant and becomes our quest, in that moment God will endow us with power.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

This is our first interest as a church-to save and exalt the souls of the children of men. There is no richer program anywhere in the world than we have in the Church today for the building of men and women and providing the answers to the problems that face parents, families, and individuals. It is a program that is needed today as never before.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

Young people, your parents, with their maturity of years and experience you have not had, can provide wisdom, knowledge, and blessings to help you over life's pitfalls. You may find, that life's sweetest experiences come when you go to Mom and Dad for help.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

For nearly six thousand years, God has held you in reserve to make your appearance in the final days before the Second Coming of the Lord. . . . God has saved for the finalinning some of His strongest and most valiant children, who will help bear off the kingdom triumphantly. That is where you come in, for you are the generation that must be prepared to meet your God. . . .

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

Bad experience is a school that only fools keep going to.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

Our enmity toward God takes on many labels, such as rebellion, hard-heartedness, stiff-neckedness, unrepentant, puffed up, easily offended, and sign seekers. The proud wish God would agree with them. They aren't interested in changing their opinions to agree with God's.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

Every member of the priesthood should understand the divine plan designed by the Lord to raise up the first free people in modern times.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

Fathers, yours is an eternal calling from which you are never released. Callings in the Church, as important as they are, by their very nature are only for a period of time, and then an appropriate release takes place. But a father's calling is eternal, and its importance transcends time. It is a calling for both time and eternity.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

The stage, the screen, the novel, casual conversation, the street discussion, and too often the fireside intimacies are punctuated with blasphemy, to which may be added, as of the same nature, coarse, ribald jokes, foul stories, and low small talk. Some would have us believe that profanity is a sign of masculinity and emotion maturity.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

Satan knows that youth is the springtime of life when all things are new and young people are most vulnerable.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

In these sacred documents are embodied eternal principles that no man, group of men, or nation has the right to withhold from others. Here is our basis for freedom of individual achievement. Our Constitution with its Bill of Rights guarantees to all our people the greatest freedom ever enjoyed by the people of any great nation. This system guarantees freedom of individual enterprise, freedom to own property, freedom to start one's own business and to operate it according to one's own judgment so long as the enterprise is honorable.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

Above all else, children need to know and feel they are loved, wanted, and appreciated. They need to be assured of that often. Obviously, this is a role parents should fill, and most often the mother can do it best.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

An honorable man or woman is one who is truthful; free from deceit; above cheating, lying, stealing, or any form of deception. An honorable man or woman is one who learns early that one cannot do wrong and feel right. A man's character is judged on how he keeps his word and his agreements.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

Someone has said it is better to appreciate the things you don't own than to own things you don't appreciate. I hope we will have with us a spirit of appreciation for all of the good things we enjoy, all the blessings that we have, many of which have come so easy to us, with very little effort on our part, and yet they are very real and very choice and are truly rich blessings.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

Personal revelation, consecration of performance, attention to detail, and dependency on God-with these qualities you cannot fail.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

A missionary should never permit himself to see a movie or (read) cheap literature, or hear music that tends to interfere with or which dampens the spirit of missionary work. There is ample evidence that rock music is offensive to the Spirit and affects adversely the spirituality of the missionaries and thus the success of the proselyting work.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

I counsel you, in the words of Jesus Christ, to "watch and pray I always lest ye enter into temptation; for Satan desireth to have you, that he may sift you as wheat" (3 Nephi 18:18). If you will earnestly seek guidance from your Heavenly Father, morning and evening, you will be given the strength to shun any temptation.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

The purpose of the Sabbath is for spiritual uplift, for a renewal of our covenants, for worship, for prayer. It is for the purpose of feeding the spirit, that we may keep ourselves unspotted from the world by obeying God's command.