Blessing to be member of Church
Something is happening in the world. The Spirit of God is resting upon the people, and they are joining this Church. Their lives are blessed. They know the meaning of brotherhood and sisterhood in the gospel of Jesus Christ. They work together, they love one another, and the Spirit of the Lord dwells in their homes. From member meeting Aruba, March 16, 2001
Ceaseless quest for truth
As members of this Church, ours must be a ceaseless quest for truth. That truth must include both spiritual and religious truth, as well as secular. . . . But you must distinguish between truth and sophistry. There can be a vast difference between the two, and unless we are careful we may find that we are believing in the sophistry of man rather than the truth of God. From satellite broadcast, CES Fireside, Sept. 9, 2001
We ought to see that everyone who joins this Church is made welcome, is made to feel at home, has friends in the Church, and has something to do in the Church with which he can grow in faith and faithfulness. From member meeting, Aruba, March 16, 2001
Remember the poor
In February of 1831. . . .the Prophet Joseph received a revelation in which the Church was commanded to 'remember the poor, and consecrate of thy properties for their support. . . . that every man who has need may be amply supplied and receive according to his wants' (Doctrine and Covenants 42:30, 33).
This has been the standing law of the Church from the beginning to the present, repeated and amplified in revelations and discourses. From Welfare Square Rededication, Sept. 5, 2001
Stand grateful before God
I pray with all my heart that we as a people will stand grateful before God with reverence and love for Him; that there will grow in our hearts a desire to live as He would have us live. That when the time comes, when we too must go, we may be assured of the great promises that have been made to those who love Him and seek to do His will. From Payson Utah Regional Conference, Sept. 16, 2001
Stardust of eternity
I promise you that every time you go to the temple you will leave there a better person than you were when you went. A little of the stardust of eternity will be sprinkled upon your brow in that experience. You must be worthy to go. . . . Meeting the requirements of those who qualify for a temple recommend can lead only to improved living. The one who has not had a recommend and then qualifies to secure one, does only that which will improve the quality of her or his life. From meeting, Salt Lake Parleys Stake Relief Society, March 20, 2002
Tithes and offerings
I have in my heart a great appreciation and love for the saints across the world, who pay their tithes and offerings and make it possible for the Church to carry forward this great program of building houses of worship and temples to the Most High. From conference, Washington Utah Buena Vista Stake, Jan. 20, 2002
Treasure your children
I hope that you fathers and mothers come away with the spirit of peace and love in your homes. Treasure your children. They are the most precious gift you have. Love them. Take care of them. Help them. Encourage them and lead them. Let them grow up in righteousness and faith before the Lord. From member meeting, Nadi, Fiji, May 21, 2001
You live the spirit of Relief Society
You are people of faith. You are people of accomplishment. You do the right thing for the right reason. You are neighborly. You are helpful to one another. You live the spirit of Relief Society as expressed in its motto, "Charity never faileth."
You rear your children in righteousness. They respect and love you in return. They bring honor to your name.
You are so richly blessed. When you think of the people across the earth, you are so truly blessed. . . . For the most part you lack nothing that your hearts could desire in righteousness.
You all belong to this great Church. How proud you can be of it. From Salt Lake Parleys Stake Relief Society meeting, March 20, 2002