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By Anonym 13 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

Essentially, pride is a 'my will' rather than 'thy will' approach to life.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

The Book of Mormon is the "keystone" of our religion, and the Doctrine and Covenants is the capstone, with continuing latter-day revelation.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

The proud depend upon the world to tell them whether they have value or not. Their self-esteem is determined by where they are judged to be on the ladders of worldly success. They feel worthwhile as individuals if the numbers beneath them in achievement, talent, beauty, or intellect are large enough.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

We have many responsibilities, and one cannot expect the full blessings of a kind Providence if he neglects any major duty. A man has duties to his church, his home, his country, and his profession or job.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

We counsel you, young men, not to pollute your minds with such degrading matter, for the mind through which this filth passes is never the same afterwards. Don't see R-rated movies or vulgar videos or participate in any entertainment that is immoral, suggestive, or pornographic. Don't listen to music that is degrading

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

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

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

Have you ever asked yourself why one person is honorable and another dishonorable; why one is honest, another dishonest; why one is moral, another immoral? Most individuals do not intend to be dishonest, dishonorable, or immoral. They seem to allow their characters to erode by a series of rationalizations, lies, and compromises. Then when grave temptation presents itself, they haven't the strength of character to do what they know to be right.

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

Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the foundation upon which sincere and meaningful repentance must be built. If we truly seek to put away sin, we must first look to Him who is the Author of our salvation.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

Fatherhood is not a matter of station or wealth; it is a matter of desire, diligence, and determination to see one's family exalted in the celestial kingdom. If that prize is lost, nothing else really matters.

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 14 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

Pride is essentially competitive in nature. We pit our will against God's.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

The secret of a happy marriage is to serve God and each other.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

God help us to be grateful for our blessings, never to be guilty of the sin of ingratitude, and to instill this same gratitude into the lives of our children.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

To be a successful missionary one must have the Spirit of the Lord. We are also taught that the Spirit will not dwell in unclean tabernacles. Therefore, one of the first things a missionary must do to gain spirituality is to make sure his own personal life is in order.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

Encourage your children to come to you for counsel with their problems and questions by listening to them every day. Discuss with them such important matters as dating, sex, and other matters affecting their growth and development, and do it early enough so they will not obtain information from questionable sources.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

If there is one word that describes the meaning of character, it is the word honor. Without honor, civilization would not long exist. Without honor, there could be no dependable contracts, no lasting marriages, no trust or happiness. What does the word honor mean to you? To me, honor is summarized in this expression by the poet Tennyson, "Man's word [of honor] is God in man.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

The Book of Mormon is also the keystone of the doctrine of the Resurrection. As mentioned before, the Lord Himself has stated that the Book of Mormon contains the "fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ".

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

If we would truly seek to be more like our Savior and Master, learning to love as He loves should be our highest goal

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

More than ever before, we need to learn and apply the principles of economic self-reliance. We do not know when the crisis involving sickness or unemployment may affect our own circumstances. We do know that the Lord has decreed global calamities for the future and has warned and forewarned us to be prepared. For this reason the Brethren have repeatedly stressed a 'back to basics' program for temporal and spiritual welfare.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

It is my firm belief that the God of Heaven raised up the founding fathers and inspired them to establish the Constitution of this land. This is part of my religious faith. To me this is not just another nation. It is a great and glorious nation with a divine mission to perform for liberty-loving people everywhere.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

Godly sorrow is a gift of the Spirit. It is a deep realization that our actions have offended our Father and our God. It is the sharp and keen awareness that our behavior caused the Savior, He who knew no sin, even the greatest of all, to endure agony and suffering.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

Too often we bask in our comfortable complacency and rationalize that the ravages of war, economic disaster, famine, and earth quake cannot happen here. Those who believe this are either not acquainted with the revelations of the Lord, or they do not believe them. Those who smugly think these calamities will not happen, that they will somehow be set aside because of the righteousness of the Saints, are deceived and will rue the day they harbored such a delusion.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

The Holy Ghost causes our feelings to be more tender. We feel more charitable and compassionate with each other. We are more calm in our relationships. We have a greater capacity to love each other. People want to be around us because our very countenances radiate the influence of the Spirit. We are more godly in our character. As a result, we become increasingly more sensitive to the promptings of the Holy Ghost and thus able to comprehend spiritual things more clearly.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

Pride is competition-competition between God and Man.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

The Lord works from the inside out. The world works from the outside in. The world would take people out of the slums. Christ takes the slums out of people, and then they take themselves out of the slums. The world would mold men by changing their environment. Christ changes men, who then change their environment. The world would shape human behavior, but Christ can change human nature.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

We are recipients of God's choicest blessings. We enjoy an abundance of material things beyond that enjoyed by any other nation in the history of the world; but unless we keep alive a realization that all these blessings come from God and are a part of our great spiritual heritage, they may crumble as ashes in our hands. "In nothing doth man offend God, or against none is his wrath kindled, save those who confess not his hand in all things and obey not his commandments.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

You are the one who must decide whose thoughts you will entertain. You are free to choose-but you are not free to alter the consequences of those choices. You will be what you think about what you consistently allow to occupy the stage of your mind.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

If we have any criticism of our leaders, we invite Satan into our lives and beliefs.

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 15 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

We have a sacred responsibility to fulfill the threefold mission of the Church—first, to teach the gospel to the world; second, to strengthen the membership of the Church wherever they may be; third, to move forward the work of salvation for the dead.

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 13 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

Acknowledging the Lord's hand in our lives cultivates gratitude. . . .

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

We must not lose hope. Hope is an anchor to the souls of men. Satan would have us cast away that anchor.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

For the past two centuries, those who do not prize freedom have chipped away at every major clause of our Constitution until today we face a crisis of great dimensions.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

All through the ages prophets have looked down through the corridors of time to our day. Billions of the deceased and those yet to be born have their eyes on us. Make no mistake about it...this is a marked generation. There has never been more expected of the faithful in such a short time than there is of us.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

Are we reading the Constitution and pondering it? Are we aware of its principles? Are we abiding by these principles and teaching them to others? Could we defend the Constitution? Can we recognize when a law is constitutionally unsound? Do we know what the prophets have said about the Constitution and the threats to it?

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

Youth is the spirit of adventure and awakening. It is a time of physical emerging when the body attains the vigor and good health that may ignore the caution of temperance. Youth is a period of timelessness when the horizons of age seem too distant to be noticed.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

Scouting teaches a boy to take care of himself and stand on his own two feet.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

It is not enough simply to try to resist evil or empty our lives of sin. We must also fill our lives with righteousness

By Anonym 16 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

In the scriptures there is no such thing as righteous pride—it is always considered a sin. Therefore, no matter how the world uses the term, we must understand how God uses the term so we can understand the language of holy writ and profit thereby.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

Husbands, recognize your wife's intelligence and her ability to counsel with you as a real partner regarding family plans, family activities, and family budgeting. Don't be stingy with your time or with your means. Give her the opportunity to grow intellectually, emotionally, and socially as well as spiritually.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

If you turn your life over to the Lord he can do so much more with it than we can.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

The so-called civil rights movement as it exists today is used as a Communist program for revolution in America.

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 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 14 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

Praise your children more than you correct them. Praise them for even their smallest achievement.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ezra Taft Benson

If we love God, do His will, and fear His judgment more than men's, we will have self-esteem.