Friday, January 11, 2008

Pres. Hinckley Quote plus Bonus Ones

"Cultivate in your hearts a testimony and a love for God your Eternal Father. We sing, 'I am a child of God' (Hymns, no. 301). That isn't just a figment, a poetic figment- that is the living truth. There is something of divinity within each of us that needs cultivation, that needs to come to the surface, that needs to find expression. You fathers and mothers, teach your children that they are, in a very literal way, sons and daughters of God. There is no greater truth in all the world than that- to think that we have something of divinity in us." GBH

"We long to be close to the Lord, for we know that He loves each of us and desires to encircle us 'eternally in the arms of his love' (2Nephi 1:15). His touch can heal ailments spiritual, emotional, or physical. He is our Advocate, Exemplar, Good Shepherd, and Redeemer. Where else would we look, where else would we reach, where else would we come but to Jesus Christ, 'the author and finisher of our faith?' (Hebrews12:2). "He pronounced: 'Yea, verily . . . , if ye will come unto me ye shall have eternal life. Behold, mine arm of mercy is extended towards you, and whosoever will come, him will I receive' (3 Nephi9:14). His promise invites us not only to reach towards Him but also to take the all-important next step: to come unto Him." (Anne C. Pingree, "To Look, Reach, and Come unto Christ," Ensign, Nov. 2006, 113)

"There are times when you are fearful, when the stress and busyness of life seem to overwhelm you, when you feel adrift from the Spirit. Perhaps you even feel as though you have been abandoned. When I encounter those feelings, the best antidote is my memory of the moments when Christ's peace has come to strengthen me. . . . I invite you to remember with me what it is to feel the Lord's love in your life and to feel encircled in His arms." (Kathleen H. Hughes, "Remembering the Lord's Love," Ensign, Nov. 2006, 111)

"We, [the Lord's] daughters, need to know that He loves us. We need to know that He sees the good in us. Feeling His love encourages us to press forward, reassures us that we are His, and confirms to us that He cherishes us even when we stumble and experience temporary setbacks. . . "Our Heavenly Father loved us before we came to this earth. I know that He loves us, sisters, as does His Son, Jesus Christ.That love will never change--it is constant. You can rely on it.We can trust it. "Just as the motto of Relief Society reminds us that 'charity never faileth,' we must believe that the love of Christ will never fail us. All that we do in Relief Society should reflect the love of our Savior and the love of our Heavenly Father. This great love should be the source of our motivation to serve others. It must be both our point of origin and our destination!" (Bonnie D. Parkin, "Eternally Encircled in His Love," Ensign, Nov. 2006, 108)

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